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Book Title: Showcase Presents: Wonder Woman, Vol. 2|
The author of the book: Robert Kanigher
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: November 11th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781401219482
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.98 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.4
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Ross Andru's art is terrific, while Robert Kanigher's elaborate tales of Wonder-action are decidedly so-so.
"Wonder Woman #118" features the ongoing "who would Wonder Woman marry between us even though she's not really going to marry anyone" feud between Steve Trevor and the Merman she's known her whole life, that feud gets so heavy that they get their romantic tea leaves from how she reacts when they almost die.
The idea isn't inherently bad, but Kanigher sort of beating around the bush for 25 pages, with on the nose dialogue and and on the nose thought bubbles about "is she really into me?".
It seems like these mens don't even care to ask Wonder Woman how she feels, and this kind of emotional distance summarizes not just Kanigher on "WW" comics, but basically DC until the mid-70s. Ugh.
"Wonder Woman #130" is much better paced, although it's almost kind of sad that it accomplishes this just by splitting up one issue into two stories instead of one.
Wonder Tot, Wonder Woman at baby age is kind of a mixed bag. It's supposedly funnier, because she approaches decisions with impish rashness or with "dumb baby logic" (kind of like a caveman exactly for some reason).
It's a little more interesting in this issue, because her Genie sidekick creates both actual team dynamics and a basic antagonism of "don't do that!". But also, it's kind of unfortunate that both characters lack any real depth aside from vaguely doing the thing they were supposed to do, to get the object, etc.
The back up story is a little more interesting in outline than execution, but basically Wonder Woman gives Steve Trevor some comeuppance for being so vain about how pretty Wonder Woman is. Some different bodied Wonder Woman artwork designs for Ross Andru to try, and ACTUAL POSITIVE GENDER MESSAGING, wow.
"Wonder Woman #137" features Wonder Woman trapped in a duel that "she seemingly cannot win" against the Robo-Wonder Woman from the Robo-Amazon Robo-Tribe.
Definitely a good idea for any superhero to fight robo-selves, but the problem about old-timey comic writers building new worlds like Robo-Amazon is that you have to get so many convoluted explanations about the robots and where they came from and what their goals are (something about men setting foot on the robo-land, but they're robo-men?)
And then it gets more convoluted, because inevitable robo-skill gives an edge in the duel in a complicated way that doesn't make sense and uses pseudo-science (oh, she used phosphorescent dots on the ground...of course!). And then Wonder Woman pulls shit out of her hat that isn't really physically possible, and along the way Steve Trevor is doing something weird that is explained away in a cop out way.
So to summarize all of this, Ross Andru is arguably the greatest comic book artist of superhero stuffs, Wonder Woman is great iconography, but execution is minimal, often too long and convoluted.
3/5 (mostly because it's not an unlikable read, i think)
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Read information about the authorOne of the most prolific writers in comics, particularly in the Silver Age. He took over scripting duties on Wonder Woman after William Moulton Marston's death, and handled the character's transition from the Golden to the Silver Age. He also created Barry Allen, the second Flash, for editor Julius Schwartz's superhero revival of 1956, as well as writing and editing DC's pioneering war titles.
His creations include Sgt. Rock, the Unknown Soldier, Barry Allen, Ragman, the Losers, Black Canary, the Metal Men, Poison Ivy, Enemy Ace, the Suicide Squad, and Rex the Wonder Dog.
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