Charles Soule’s excellent week continues, first the debut of She-Hulk, and now another great issue of Superman/Wonder Woman! I really don’t understand why people are still hating on this book, it’s just solid, traditional superhero comic with plenty of exciting action and compelling characters.
The issue begins on Themyscira, with Wonder Woman going back there to talk to the statue of her mother about her relationship with Superman, and how she’s struggling with, for the first time in her life, not knowing what to do. Superman has his own problems, and they are a bit more physical, as he’s under attack by an alien monster that Zod has set on him, and now both Zod and Faora are free on Earth. From the end of last issue, I had mistakenly thought that Faora was dead, but she isn’t. What she is, is a little crazy, as she flails around mindlessly, even attacking Zod. Superman chases after them, and calls Batman to tell him what’s going on, and also to not get the rest of the Justice League involved, as this is his mess. Batman tells him to call Wonder Woman, but Superman is reluctant after their disagreement. Bats is pretty great in this scene, as he sets Clark straight, if the world is in danger, he needs Wonder Woman’s help, he can’t let everything be destroyed just because he’s arguing with his girlfriend. Batman tries to get in touch with Diana, but because she’s on Themyscira, he can’t reach her.
Faora manages to wake up from her daze, but as soon as she does, Superman is there to try and stop both her and Zod. But they aren’t having it and just start beating him up, two Kryptonians are better than one. On Themyscira, Diana makes her way to the entrance to Tartarus, which the Amazons are supposed to protect, but in their absnce, it’s been opened, and something has escaped. This leads to her fighting a big red lizard monster, which is always fun, but the main purpose of this fight seems to be for her to be without her lasso, as she uses it to force the Tartarus doors shut.
Wonder Woman puts her boots back on, and immediately starts to hear Batman’s messages (is her communication device in her shoes? That’s weird) and so flies off to help Superman, who is outnumbered and outmatched by Zod and Faora, as even if he’s able to corner Zod, that just leaves Faora free to attack innocent civilians. Wonder Woman arrives and is able to balance the fight out (I loved the knee to the face she gave Zod) but without her lasso, she isn’t able to restrain Faora, so we end with a bit of a Mexican standoff, Zod has his hand around Superman’s throat, and Wonder Woman has hers around Faora’s. The only solution that can end without someone dying right there is for each side to let each other go, which is what happens. This was only a small teaser of the bigger fight that’s yet to come, and I can’t wait.
Tony Daniel’s art continues to be top notch, the action scenes here were crisp and exciting and he gets the smaller moments too, like Wonder Woman’s face when she’s preparing to leave Themyscira once again. This was a more action-focused issue than previous SM/WW’s have been, and the subplots around Cat Grant and who leaked the relationship to the public are absent, but I didn’t mind, this issue delivered straight up action and excitement.