DC Comics is celebrating International Women’s Day with a special extra-sized Wonder Woman comic this week with three stories. These tales range from technological supervillain fights to threats to our universe, and even a body swap story. All told, it’s an anthology that honors Wonder Woman while celebrating female voices.
Sensational Wonder Woman Special #1 opens with a story by Paul Sevenbergen with art by Paul Pelletier. The story focuses on a little girl who dresses up as Wonder Woman but is soon bullied by bigger kids who appear to prefer Robin and Green Lantern. Soon, though, danger drops down on their heads and it’s Wonder Woman who saves them. It’s a classic example of courageous kids being inspired by heroes like Wonder Woman to risk their life and limb to help others and eventually save the day. Plus there are tons of ice puns thanks to Blue Snowman being the big bad.
Art by Pelletier is strong with a detailed style that really makes Wonder Woman’s costume pop. Inks by Norm Rapmund and colors by Adriano Lucas bring this tale up to another level. It’s a somewhat predictable romp, but kiddos will enjoy it. Pat Brosseau’s letters are clearly hand-drawn, adding to the overall experience.
Following this is a story written and drawn by Scott Kolins with letters by Ryan Christy. This is a good team-up tale featuring Dr. Fate and ramping up the high stakes. Throw in a kaiju, some weird scientists, and some close calls and it’s an exciting story. It also prominently features Themyscira at times which adds to the fantasy element.
Closing out the special is a story by Stephanie Phillips with art by Alitha Martinez and colors by Carrie Strachan. It’s a bold move to homage Freaky Friday, but Phillips and company pull it off well. There’s some humor (wait till you see Wonder Woman in a child’s body take on dodgeball), some heartfelt beats for the teenage main characters, and some primo Circe action. The length of this story practically makes it worthy of its own issue and there are some good twists and turns in the story. The premise has been done to death, of course, but the creative team maximizes the entertainment and makes it a joy to read.
For seemingly the billionth time, DC Comics proves they’re the best in the biz at making anthology comics. Sensational Wonder Woman Special features three entirely different tales from common supervillain fight stuff, cosmic high stakes, and even a body swap story that is worth a read.
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