I have feelings. Let’s discuss them together, shall we?
First of all, what’s with the prevalence of female comic book heroes playing in bands these days, and how can we make it keep happening, because it’s awesome?
The art in this issue is a complete slam-dunk. Sauvage utilizes the digital format seamlessly, doing away with strange panel sequencing while injecting action and movement via sleek fluid lines, and smartly utilizing the available space by occasionally blocking out a panel in a single color, which keeps the limited space from feeling cluttered. Also, I require that mini-dress, like, now. Cosplay idea! I don’t often consider Wonder Woman’s sense of style, but I dig the heavy eyeliner and lace-up boots.
Unsurprisingly, though, she has her detractors, because she’s a woman wearing clothes in the world.
(Later on, this dude has a totally measured response to getting shut down.)
This isn’t exactly uncharted territory for our Princess. In fact, this issue hits on a couple of popular themes: how the world views her costume versus how she herself views it; the importance of female friendship; compassion. Still, they’re especially apropos to run across today.
Anyway, the basic message is that she’s down with men projecting their wants and requirements onto women, because women aren’t there to be a reflection of some dude’s expectations. Thanks, Diana!
But the coolest and most Diana part of this issue is easily when she befriends two teen fans, who promptly nearly drop dead from excitement:
I especially love how Sophia is basically closet-cosplaying Wondie, with her red-and-yellow shirt, starred socks, and blue shorts. Thumbs up, Sophia!
I haven’t loved all the Sensation Comics one-shots (and you’ll never know why because I was remiss in reviewing them and got locked in the punishment closet), but I do love this one. The art is clean and interesting and beautiful, the writing is crisp and hits the nail on the head for two of Diana’s most wondrous characteristics: the breadth and depth of her friendship towards other women, and her disdain at men trying to tell her how she ought to care about their opinion of how she looks or acts. Williams ensures that we know Diana’s first priority is the safety and well-being of the two girls she’s with. One of the things I love most about Diana is how conscious she is of her position as a role model, and how she actively pursues personal connections with the girls who admire her so much. Personal criticisms may bring her down, but she always rallies when she remembers what she represents to millions of girls and women the world over.
Did you catch last week’s installment? Do you have feelings to share? Weigh in below!