Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Superman/Wonder Woman #13

Battlefield of Love

Writer Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller Doug Mahnke
Inkers Jaime Mendoza and Don Ho (pgs. 14-15)
Colorist Tomeu Morey
Letterer Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Mahnke & Morey
Assistant Editor Jeremy Bent
Group Editor Eddie Berganza
Superman crated by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family.
Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston

This cover, I believe, is a good example of the difference an inker can make. Mahnke apparently inked this himself, and I think it looks terrible. Superman's face is supposed to be in shadows, but it just looks like his eye got melted away. Luckily, the inside pages don't look quite as bad.

Our story begins with a flashback to the Darkseid invasion five years ago — specifically the moment Superman first met Wonder Woman and commented on her strength.

We then get an extension of that original conversation. Superman suggests they build a wall to protect the bystanders from the parademons, but Wonder Woman believes their time is better spent on killing the beasts. They argue a bit about their tactics, and Superman becomes frustrated when it appears Wonder Woman isn't concerned about protecting the innocent.

The story then skips ahead to today, where Superman and Wonder Woman try to go out on a date, but get sidetracked by two villains named Major Disaster and Atomic Skull. The Flash isn't involved at all, so I'll end my review here.

The Good:

It was nice to see a flashback that didn't contradict what previously happened. This was just a quick extension of a conversation that felt like it easily could have taken place during the fight. I wish more people at DC would be careful like this when adding details to flashbacks.

The Bad:

Little to no Flash. Trying to find Flash in this issue was like a game of Where's Waldo. I'm not saying he needed to be a big part of this issue, but it would have been nice to have seen him doing something interesting in the flashback.

Final score: 4 out of 10

Next time, we'll return to Wonder Woman's mystery of the disappearing villages in Wonder Woman #40.

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