IGN is reporting that October will see the debut of a new Superman/Wonder Woman ongoing by Charles Soule and Tony Daniel.

I'm of two minds about this. On one hand, Soule is a good writer (or at least, I like his Swamp Thing), and Daniel has greatly improved in the past few years. (He's much better now than when I first encountered his art, on early Morrison Batman.)

Plus: If this is going to be a new DCU, well then it should behave like a new universe. A Superman/Wonder Woman romance doesn't appeal to me... but at least it's something new at the foundation of the new 52, rather than, as so many things are, something old with a more garish coat of paint. It's an idea that hasn't been explored at length.

And yet: As I said above, the core concept of this doesn't appeal to me. I'd happily read a book about Superman and Wonder Woman teaming up, but I haven't yet read anything with the pair together as a couple that hasn't made me think one or both of them should be taking a step back, and saying, a la Gob Bluth, "I've made a huge mistake." (Even disregarding the fact that Wonder Woman in her own title is nothing like she is in the rest of the DCU, where she'd be more likely to say, "Superman who?")

Ongoing or not (and I think the idea of labeling this as an ongoing isn't exactly truth-in-advertising, although the title's exact expiration date might be unknown), what I really look forward to is when this couple ends their relationship. I'm not crazy about them as a "power couple," but when characters start having ex-boyfriends and -girlfriends, it's a signal that the universe is starting to mature, and get a lived-in quality. 

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I was hoping when I saw this that it would be back to back tv shows.

Rob Staeger said:

Plus: If this is going to be a new DCU, well then it should behave like a new universe. A Superman/Wonder Woman romance doesn't appeal to me... but at least it's something new at the foundation of the new 52, rather than, as so many things are, something old with a more garish coat of paint. It's an idea that hasn't been explored at length.

That, right there, is why I'm interested. If this is a new 52, let's do something that hasn't been done before, or at least, do something that has been under-examined and under-explored. Heck, I would love to see Gail Simone handle this the way she did Wonder Woman's courtship of Nemesis when she was doing the Wonder Woman title. I know nothing about writer  Charles Soule and what he's capable of, but I hope he knocks this out of the park.

His three issues of Swamp Thing (19-21) have been pretty good; they're a 2-parter followed by a done-in-one (with loose threads), so they're pretty commitment-free to sample if you're curious.

Oh, I'd like that! The Superman/Wonder Woman Power Hour!

Mark S. Ogilvie said:

I was hoping when I saw this that it would be back to back tv shows.



Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Oh, I'd like that! The Superman/Wonder Woman Power Hour!

Mark S. Ogilvie said:

I was hoping when I saw this that it would be back to back tv shows.

Well I've given up hope on a live action Wonder Woman show.

I'm interested since it will finally give me a chance to regularly read Superman in something.

Yeah, up until Superman Unchained hit, it had been a few months for me. Well, besides Justice League, I guess.

At this point, they have Superman and Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman.

Any chance they'd ever close the triangle and make Wonder Woman and Batman? I'm only half-way kidding. One of my favorite OGNs of recent memory has been Wonder Woman: Hiketeia. That was a Batman and Wonder Woman story. I doubt they would do this, but it is a combination that is always interesting. They are two very clashing personalities.

I'm a little behind on my reading, but I got to Superman/Wonder Woman #8 this morning (#9 is already out), and I liked the way they played the relationship between Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Lois Lane. I didn't realize Clark had been working with Cat Grant (I say "had been", because in Johns and JRJr's first issue of Superman, he quits that job and is back on at the Planet).

This Doomsday disease that Clark has been infected with is making him into kind of a meanie, much to his chagrin. I like the way, when Superman/Doomsday was talking to Wonder Woman while snapping her rope between his hands, you didn't need to worry about Wonder Woman's safety, because she can handle herself. It made it a chilling scene without the fear that you would have if it had been Lois or Lana.

Other little touches I liked:

  • When Wonder Woman lands on the Bat-Plane while Batman is talking to Alfred. He just says, "I'll call you back."
  • Wonder Woman says, "I can be single-minded sometimes. I get so focused on one way of seeing things that it's hard not to look at it any other way. Batman says, "Look who you're talking to, Diana."

Charles Soule has done such a great job with this book. The art by Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea, and Matt Banning is so nice. I'm never distracted by it other than to admire how nice it looks. I haven't been reading it very long, but I have the trade pre-ordered when it comes out (August or September?).

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