Review: Sensational Wonder Woman #7

By | February 24, 2021

Sensational Wonder Woman #7, written by Corrina Bechko (Star Wars Legacy, Invisible Republic) and drawn by Dani (Sandman, ) is a book with promise that sadly fails to deliver in many of the technical aspects which are fundamental to any comic book.  The story is modern and brings back an old but under-used villain.  But the story that holds so much promise can’t make up for the shortcomings I will discuss in this review.

Sensational Wonder Woman #7 opens with Wonder Woman attending a conference on climate change.  I appreciated this approach from Bechko and it hearkens back to an episode of Justice League Unlimited (To Another Shore).  Wonder Woman, from her inception, has often been on the leading edge of social causes.  Wonder Woman, seeking to protect farmers attending the conference, accompanies them to see a product demonstration.  This product seeks to alleviate the affects of climate change.  As the plot unfolds, the mid-tier villain is revealed to be Blue Snowman.  Blue Snowman is an underused villain dating back to the Golden Age Wonder Woman.  She is often depicted as being part of the LGBTQ community (bisexual or transgender) and I think the possibilities for this character are interesting.  This book is the beginning of a new story arc so there is not a of depth to the story yet as we are being introduced to the power players.  However, the story is perfectly acceptable….presenting us with all of the story elements needed.  Protagonist seeks to help those in need, a crisis is introduced and an antagonist with an unknow motivation comes forward to challenge the protagonist.  Bechko has left a number of questions unanswered and her writing makes we want to know more.

Unfortunately for the story, the artwork and color go from barely passable to unacceptable.  Let me begin with the art style itself.  The best way to describe this style is surreal minimalism.  I will admit that this style of artwork in any medium does not appeal to me.  However, this artist, Dani, has used this style before in other books and pulled it off.  While

it may not be my favorite look, especially for a comic book, I can recognize when it is done well.  I do not think that is the case in this issue.  There are many panels in the book where there are grievous errors in anatomy, the panels are flat and boring, and there is a general lack of dynamism that is inexcusable in any comic book let alone a comic book where many of the panels are action oriented.  These failures are highlighted by the minimalist art style.  Additionally, there is a general lack of inking throughout the book.  When inking is done, it is mostly used for large areas of shadow though there are some panels that are inked to a minimal standard.  The failure to ink the linework contributes to the dull, flat and unappealing nature of the book.  Colorist Mike Spicer also makes some strange choices as well.  The book is colored using pastel water colors.  This also contributes to the dull, flat nature of the book.  Additionally, the highlighting color choice is downright unusual at times and can be grating.  Diana’s hair is highlighted in pale purple, not a traditional highlight color for black, and gives Wonder Woman the look of an edgy college student.  In another panel, it is snowing and Wonder Woman’s armor is highlighted in washed out orange for some reason.  The effect takes away from the reds in her armor and does not mesh with other colors in the scene.  The combination of art and color combine to form a perfect storm of missteps that seriously detract from the overall quality of the book.

It is really unfortunate that the book has so many technical problems as the story holds promise.  I would like to know more but, personally, I would not pay money for this book as it is.  I’m confused by the choices made by the art team and hope they correct course in future issues.  I can’t recommend this story unless you are deeply invested in Wonder Woman and, even then, I would wait to pick it up at a lower price point.

Writing – 3.5 of 5 Stars
Art –  2.5 of 5 Stars
Inking – 1.5 of 5 Stars
Color – 2.5 of 5 Stars

Overall – 2.5 of 5 Stars

Writer – Corrina Bechko
Artist – Dani
Colorist – Mike Spicer
Letterer – Ferran Delgado
Publisher – DC Comics Digital First

Nemesis Ratings Explained

1 – Amateur
2 – Below average, seriously flawed
3 – Average
4 – Above Average, stands out
5 – Outstanding