Rating: 4/5 – Nice mix of romance and action with a threat worthy of the title characters.
Initially dismissing this series, I primarily became interested in it after realizing Charles Soule, who wrote some of my favorite “Villain Month” one-shots, was the author. I’ll go on the record as not being a fan of Dan Didio’s “DC Heroes should not be in relationships” stance, and the dissolution of most of the relationships of DC heroes since the New52 relaunch that this position has entailed.
That said, Superman and Wonder Woman are a natural pairing (though it leaves Batman the odd man out in DC’s power trinity). The romance has been explored before, most notably in the “10 years later” epilogue of Kingdom Come and the Elseworlds OGN Superman: Distant Fires, but for fans who grew up on Clark & Lois in comics, TV, and movies, it still takes a bit of getting used to.
This issue had a good mix of action, we jump into that right away on page 1, as well as flashback to some more ‘human’ moments of both Clark & Diana with members of their respective supporting casts as well as interacting with one another. Where Soule kicks this up a notch is with the introduction of the MAJOR BAD GUY that Supes & WW are going to need to defeat in this inaugural arc. Tony Daniel does a stunning job of the introduction on a 2-page spread on pages 20-21, somewhat gruesome but a perfect indicator of the kind of threat level we’re dealing with that will require the combined might of Superman and Wonder Woman to eventually overcome.
Where this series will succeed or fail is in how the relationship between the title characters proceeds. Will they be allowed to find some semblance of happiness, at least for a while, or will this fall into the ‘publicity stunt’ category. I’d like to see this become part of the New52 status quo, at least for a few years before the powers that be at DC mess with it.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – firstname.lastname@example.org
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