Dark Superman vs. Dark Batman, Darkly. In Darkness.

Dark Superman vs. Dark Batman, Darkly. In Darkness.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2016. 

In principle, I should have been excited about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Wonder Doomsday

Wonder Doomsday

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click 

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Time Is Broken

Time Is Broken

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click 

here for previous installments. Read more

They Come in Threes

They Come in Threes

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

Last Wednesday no fewer than three comics starring Wonder Woman came out. If that’s not worth a write-up, I don’t know what is.

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It’s a Wonder Woman Thing

It’s a Wonder Woman Thing

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

So what was the Wonder Woman of the 1970s up to in 1977, while both her own comic and her backup feature in World’s Finest were only telling stories set during World War II, taking their cue from the Lynda Carter TV show? Well, the modern-day WW was still appearing regularly in Justice League of America (and Super Friends, but that was based on the cartoon and wasn’t quite in continuity), despite DC’s editorial stance that it would be confusing for new readers to have her in the 1940s on TV and the present day in the comics. Really, they were just trying to have it both ways.

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Who Was that Masked Nazi?

Who Was that Masked Nazi?

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click 

here for previous installments. Read more

That’s Really Super, Broadway

That’s Really Super, Broadway

42nd Street Moon digs up a long-forgotten Superman musical that pretty much demonstrates why it’s long forgotten. My review on KQED Arts includes a sage discussion of Superman’s junk.

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His and Hers

His and Hers

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

I’ve written at length already about why I’m not a fan of the New 52, DC Comics’ linewide relaunch that’s been the status quo since 2011. One of the things I particularly dislike is what’s been done with Superman. While a few other characters such as Batman and Green Lantern continued more or less where they left off, Superman was rebooted entirely. He has a silly costume redesign, he’s younger and “edgier,” and his marriage to Lois Lane never happened. In fact, now he’s going out with Wonder Woman.

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Let Her Cross Over

Let Her Cross Over

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

This is so strange to say that I can hardly believe it as I type it, but Wonder Woman has never headlined an intercompany crossover comic. Even during the period when DC and Marvel were crossing over so often that you had such B- and C-list matchups as Darkseid/Galactus, Team X/Team 7 and Green Lantern/Silver Surfer, Wonder Woman got no play.

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The Super-Weddings of Zenda

The Super-Weddings of Zenda

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

I’ve said this before, but one thing I love about writer-artist Mike Sekowsky’s non-superpowered mod version of Wonder Woman is the variety of stories he tells with her. In one issue it’s all espionage and Bond villains, then she’s donning yellowface and a machine gun and fighting the Red Army in China, then she’s off to a medieval world to lead a siege and teach them how to make cannons, and then she’s back to the streets of New York, trying to keep a friend from killing a guy. And now, she’s off to a quaint European kingdom to marry a handsome prince! The only problem is, she doesn’t really want to marry the guy and is just standing in because the real bride’s been kidnapped.

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