DC Digital Wonder Woman '77 #1 review




I'm far too young to remember the Seventies Wonder Woman TV show...

...not buying that? Suit yourself. The series had a spotty screening history in the UK, I'm not sure more than one series was ever shown, but I've seen a fair few episodes courtesy of the Purple DVD Machine. And I've always enjoyed the light-hearted dramatics led by the superb Lynda Carter and stolid Lyle Waggoner. We won't see their like again.

Not on TV, anyway - but DC Digital has brought back IADC agents Diana Prince and Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman '77, an extension of the Batman '66 idea that's no less great for being obvious.

Did I say great? Make that groovy, because that's what our heroes' investigation into Russia's kidnappings of defector scientists is. The trail laid down by writer Marc (not Mark, title page designer!) Andreyko takes them to the hottest nitespot in Seventies New York, Studio '52 - and don't they look hawt? 




That's penciller Drew Johnson perfectly capturing the wholesome sex appeal of his leads. But they don't just look fine dressed for disco, Prince and Trevor look equally good in their regular workwear, and as for Johnson's Wonder Woman - wow! He captures the Lynda vibe well, the combination of grace and charm that imprinted on a generation of fans.


For some reason, the likeness is better when Diana's in civvies than in superhero costume, but the difference isn't jarring. Fixtures and fittings look authentic, and the clothes bring back all sorts of terrible memories - check out the first scientist's shoes, yikes. The naturalistic colours of Romulo Fajardo Jr evoke the source material, while letterer Wes Abbott enjoys himself with Cyrillic script in the delightful opening tussle between Diana and Russian roller derby bad girls.

And there's even a super-villain, making her TV continuity debut - well, she wasn't invented for the comic until well after the telly show went off the air. Yes, it's ... well, see for yourself on that last page. Safe to say, her schtick suits the Studio 54 setting down to the ground.

There are two more parts to this weekly opening story, Disco Inferno, and I recommend it hugely. From the Nicola Scott/Annette Kwok cover to Andreyko's last-page surprise, via Johnson's panel border bonus images, it's a superb value time travel trip for the Diana Princely sum of just 99 cents. Wonderful.

Comments

  1. I liked it well enough. The artwork was great and the story held enough fun surprises that it held my attention.
    I'm curious about the shipping schedule. At the moment it's weekly? And Sensation comics is MIA? Ideally the two books will slip into a bi-weekly schedule so that we get some new Wondy very week instead of three weeks of Wonder Woman '77 and then (I assume) Sensation's return.

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    1. As I understand it, this is weekly for six weeks. I've not heard about Sensation being on hiatus - that'd be weird, especially in the middle of a continued story.

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    2. I know. And yet, it's been two weeks with no new issue of Sensation (even though they're right smack dab in the middle of a multi-parter), so I figured they were giving this series a push and then would settle into a bi-weekly schedule for the two. I hadn't heard about Wonder Woman '77 only being six issues, but maybe by that point they'll have enough digital sales figures to determine whether it can become an ongoing.

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    3. I tweeted Hank K, and he says it should be dropping today.

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    4. Lol! "Dropping today'" must have a different meaning south of the border than it does here in Canadaland.

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    5. One day I'll get there and find out.

      And it ain't dropped yet, boo.

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  2. I'll be buying the print copy of this. I'm so excited. This is the comic book I've waited 38 years for!

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    1. That's rather great, if you're on Twitter let DC Digital boss Hank Kanalz - that's @Kanalz - know and we may get more!

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  3. Downloaded this the other night and its lovely, simply lovely.

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    1. And number 2 will be here soon, yay!

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  4. Wow, this was phenomenal. Thanks, Mart!

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