Review: Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power Couple

July 10, 2014 Book 4

Review: Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power CoupleSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule, Tony S. Daniel
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comic, Contemporary, Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Superhero, Urban Fantasy
Published by DC Comics on September 23rd 2014
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Beginning a bold new series that details the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess as writer Charles Soule (Swamp Thing) is joined by artist Tony S. Daniel (Batman) to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it-and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday!

Collects Issues #1-7 of Superman/Wonder Woman.

I love Superman, and after watching the animated movie Justice League: War, I also developed a small taste for Wonder Woman as well. It’s been a year since I discovered this new spin-off where Superman/Clark Kent is in a relationship with Princess Diana/Wonder Woman. At first I really couldn’t see the connections between them, specially since I was team Lois Lane and Clark all the way (though I admit there are times where I don’t like Lois too much). After I watched the animated movie mentioned above, I got curious to read this, specially since I saw some chemistry with these two characters that was sure to bring something fresh to the characters.

Now I really dislike Superman and all my respect for him is slowly banishing. I haven’t read most of the comics, only a thing here and there, but I don’t like this Superman. I prefer the one I see in the animated movies and the Hollywood movies rather than the comic one.

First, the plot. I am so bored of the same enemies and villains! If you thought General Zod and Doomsday, you are the winner! We are yet again watching Superman, now joined by Wonder Woman, face these old-ass villains that never seem to give up. I feel like their only improvement is in their clothes, powers, and true evil plans. The rest is very predictable, the destruction of Earth, world domination, power blah, I want to kill you, you know the drill. Doomsday doesn’t appear much in this comic collection, but just to think of it I get bored. There has been so many years since the creation of Superman, and these villains. I get to wonder why aren’t there more interesting, cunning, horrible or awesome villains thrown into the mix? I can understand that we all get to like a villain a lot, like The Joker for example, but I feel like there’s not much originality on these new stories as one would expect.

Superman is such a detestable character now, ugh. He’s so gullible, without any malice, not a single dubious thought, he’s like a child in a body full of bulking muscle! And while this has been known for a while, here it’s put on in such a way that I started to doubt why I even liked his character in the first place. Let’s put ourselves in Superman’s shoes for a bit. There’s the Phantom Zone, a prison made by Kryptonians to keep in the really bad guys. General Zod and Company are in there. Now, for some unknown reason, Zod gets out of the Zone and kills people on Earth where he landed out in an uncontrollable rage. He calms down, you as Superman have to take care of him because he’s your kind and might know of your history. As Superman, you obviously leave him alone in your Fortress of Solitude to tinker with your super tech Kryptonian stuff you barely know how to use, right? You trust him as if he were your friend, because there must have been a mistake for him to be in the Phantom Zone, right? No? Oops, sorry, maybe not, but Superman thought it was okay because what harm could someone like Zod do? A lot. All thanks to you Sups.

At least I liked Wonder Woman a bit more. She was strong, independant, stubborn but also selfless and a true fighter. I really liked reading of her whenever possible and get to know her more, even though there wasn’t much development as I will mention below. She was her best when alone and not thinking of Superman and such.

The storyline, at best, made some sense. There was some info regarding Wonder Woman I didn’t know much because it was history from previous comics, but I read some things in the internet to have an idea of what it was about. As I said, not an avid comic reader. At first the story was interesting, starting with an action scene where we see Superman and Wonder Woman work as a team for a greater good in which each observes the other with great admiration. Then, between the bad guys attacking and a scandal rising from the secret relationship between these two superheroes, not much goes on in character development. They fought because they didn’t want to let their relationship be public, they kissed and admired the other, and fought together, but other than that nothing happened. I couldn’t understand why they were both together and why they would want to, other than the attraction and admiration you saw in the drawings. Or maybe it was just me.

Other than that, the drawings were amazing. The blood, the action, the kisses, the characters, it all seemed to want to pop out of the pages and out. They were extremely vivid and colorful, sure to catch the attention of anyone who saw a glimpse of it around.

There was one thing though that really worries me. Superman made an atomic bomb go off. He became zombie like because of said bomb and didn’t have a fast contact with he sun to heal up. He was a zombie, with perfect hair. He was a walking corpse with perfect, black, shiny, curly at one end, hair. All of him was destroyed, except his perfect hair. Is anyone around here an expert in Atomic Bombs that can explain me if that’s even possible?

Overall, I was very disappointed with this story. I expected to see more action between Superman and Wonder Woman, plus an exciting story to make me grip my seat and want more. Unfortunately, I think this is one of the last attempts on DC Comics I will have in a while related to previous superheroes I like a lot. While the drawings were breath-taking and incredible, a comic isn’t only that. It’s both drawings and a good story with a structure and development. I might not be a comic expert, but I think this one could have been a whole lot better. Maybe there will be more of this on the following issues after the ones collected here.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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  • Yeah… that’s the thing about comics-the villains are pretty much indestructible xD I haven’t read that many and the few that I did were Marvel. Marvel all the way *evil laughter* But anyways, Superman sounds kind of annoying. I can see why you would like the other versions better. And for some reason, I never made the connection between Superman and Wonder Woman until now :O Why did I not see this, aha. I always like him with Lois as well. Loved the review!

  • Hahahha oh hilarity about the atomic bomb and the even more perfect hair! I think having his perfect hair and body must be part of Superman’s powers, hahaha. I was never really a fan of him either, I just found him kind of boring you know? And I hated the movie, he looked like a plastic Ken doll. Wonder woman is awesome though!

  • I love watching superhero movies, but I’ve tried reading a few books and didn’t enjoy them nearly as much. Maybe I just picked a couple of bad eggs, or maybe my imagination can’t compete with on-screen action. Either way, I won’t be adding this one to my TBR pile. Thanks for the honest review!

  • I’m a HUGE dc fan but the reboot with the new 52 was a miss with a few of my favorites and Superman and Wonder Woman is definitely two of them. Geoff Johns and Mark Waid have written great story lines for Superman. And as far as Wonder Woman goes, try ANYTHING by Phil Jimenez or George Perez. Don’t give up on the Man of Steel bcz he’s still really awesome. It’s embarrassing how much I love comics! And PS: great review