Love this artwork of love and closeness between Superman and Wonder Woman.
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Superman/Wonder Woman Power Couple Vol 1 Review
Charles Soule is good. He’s really good. And how do we know? Well, Marvel is trusting him to kill Wolverine. That’s a hell of an example. But personally, I prefer this one: He took Superman and Wonder Woman, two of the most fantastic and over the top creations of popular culture, and make them feel like real people. Even the best writers have trouble in that front. What’s more, he made them real people in a relationship. As implausible as the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship is to some, Soule (with help from Tony Daniel and the rest of the art team, of course) makes it feel real within the context of the DC Universe.
Clark and Diana’s relationship is still very new when we open Power Couple, and only a select few know about it. But that will soon change, as the world comes to know that arguably the two most powerful beings on Earth are a romantic item. As if that weren’t enough, Clark and Diana must deal with a Phantom Zone breach. Wonder Woman meets Doomsday for the first time, and Superman comes face to face with someone from his father’s past. A man named Zod.
I find it somewhat fateful that I’m reviewing this particular book in the wake of yet another “Fappening” celebrity photo leak. Secrets are part and parcel to the whole superhero gig. But now two of the world’s greatest heroes have had their privacy violated. A guarded secret is now out for allies and enemies alike to see. Their response, and those of their supporting cast, are very telling from a character standpoint. Soule and Daniel pull off an awesome two-page spread (shown left), giving us reactions from across the world. Amongst a litany of everyday civilians, we get responses from Green Lantern and Flash, Eros and Apollo, Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor, even the President of the United States. Later on we get Lex Luthor, as well as Batman. The issue does a great job capturing just how fast and how far news/scandal can travel in the 21st century.
My only complaint about the “leak” falls back on DC’s tendency to “over-Baturate” things. While almost everyone else’s response to the leak was condensed into the two-page spread containing the kiss, Batman’s response somehow merited a two-page spread of its own. This is completely out of whack within the context of the story. Yes, we know Batman is cool and important. But his moment really only consists of throwing some Batarangs at a big screen to keep people from seeing some distasteful news coverage. We needed two whole pages for that? Right…
Skewed perspective notwithstanding, what’s truly impressive about Power Couple are the one-on-one scenes between Clark and Diana. Soule absolutely nails them. Given the culture she’s from, Wonder Woman is clearly the more aggressive of the two, and she’s not afraid to assert herself. At one point when she and Superman are fighting Zod and Faora, she actually tells Clark, who is trying to offer her advice, to “Pay attention to your own fight!” Indeed, if Diana has her way, Superman/Wonder Woman will see the Man of Steel become a better fighter. “You’re so strong, Clark. But you’ve never been trained to fight. Power isn’t everything…” she says. “You have much to learn, and I’m just the woman to teach you.”
But Wondie isn’t strictly a warrior. She also has a nurturing, loving side. When Superman learns about Doomsday’s return, she assures him he won’t be fighting alone. For Christmas, she gives him a gift that perhaps only a fellow superhero can truly appreciate. We even see a bit of a sensual side, as Tony Daniel renders her walking barefoot on the beaches of Paradise Island.
On the other hand, Clark is more the conventional romantic. He brings Diana a flower from the Fortress of Solitude. He beats himself up when he says something cheesy to her. He even stands up for her when Apollo condescends.
This is such great character work by Soule because it rings true to the essence of both Superman and Wonder Woman. They both have a strong set of ideals and principles, and they’re not as similar as one might believe. And yet, they care for each other because at their core, they both fight for things like peace, justice, truth, and defending the defenseless. Again, it feels very real within the context of the DC Universe. And despite their differences, we see just how similar they are during the book’s climax.
Tony Daniel does mostly good work here. But the one thing that really holds this book back, and much of Daniel’s work for that matter, is the color palette presented by Tomeu Morey. There’s a certain dullness to almost everything that robs the book of a certain epic feel. We’ve got such flamboyant and iconic characters on the page, and yet they feel subdued in a sense. Still, this is some of Daniel’s best work in recent memory. The final page of the book certainly resonates in a powerful way.
DC lost a hell of a player when Soule signed his exclusive contract with Marvel. What he gives us here is no small feat. The Superman/Wonder Woman romance isn’t necessarily one we can relate to, or project ourselves on to. But in Power Couple, Soule, Daniel, and the creative team make it one we care about. I can’t help but tip my hat to them for that.
Q:so some anonymous just showed up and harassed me about Superwonder and how I ship it being sexist and I thought I'd ask... how is it sexist, exactly? For those of who don't know why (myself incuded), can you say how it's sexist?
Well that’s the typical behavior we have come to know of them. This is why we don’t turn off our anon asks feature because fans like yourself who might ask openly at times get attacked. But don’t apologize for what you love in terms of fiction to anyone. Or allow them to bully you. It’s the tactics of cowards to troll and try to demean others.
Put simply because they are very complex issues…Sexism is about purposely discriminating against women simply because of their gender. Feminism as we know it about women ( and men) being allowed to have equal opportunities in all spheres.
So how can Superman/Wonder Woman be sexist? I don’t know where that comes from.
I know it is two strong iconic characters who share a title who have been around for decades. Who do not have a history of co-dependence. ie he or she can’t sell if they are not in each other’s books. They still have their main titles and those sell even when they are not in them.
Some try to say Superman is a symbol of patriarchy. If there was one male character who is not a poster boy for male domination over females , it is him. He is a character who is noble, compassionate, who stands up for the innocent, a protector, who respects women. In his relationships with his love interests, he never mistreats or demeans. When he loves he loves wholeheartedly. His romances with Lana Lang and Lois Lane we are sure could attest to that fact. In fact his Clark Kent persona is that of an everyman that connects to ordinary people. As Superman he suffers the same alienation many feel be it because of their race, religion, social standing or simple beliefs etc and burdens we all carry when we are responsible for others. If anything Clark Kent was treated with not much respect by his main love interest for many decades. Being ignored simply because he was not a Superman. And if it is okay for him to be with Lois Lane, who many know as a strong capable female and it never tarred her, how can it suddenly Diana? Diana who is an Amazon and who is self assured, confident and strong? How can you want Lois with a symbol of patriarchy? I don’t get that myself. That’s a huge contradiction.
Similarly we had Steve Trevor treat Diana Prince the way Lois treated Clark for many decades. She pined, while he noticed Wonder Woman first. Nowadays those troupes are being left behind. Because it really does not say something good about the love interests these people are trying to get to notice them. We could say which message for girls and (boys) is the more empowering one? Be yourself and give your love to someone who treats you right and with respect? Or hide who you are, tolerate their mistreatment because one day…after your long suffering you’ll win them?
There is also the bad boy good girl troupe that is popular with some fans who think Diana needs love interests that she needs to school or change. That that somehow makes her a better hero or woman. No, it does not. Just by her good example she can do that with anyone, be it woman, man, monster, God. One does not have to have sex with a character to help him/her be a better person. Diana, as an Amazon, with no self esteem issues and no western hang ups, we never saw as a woman to chase after anyone to get a date like a teenager as with Batman or endure male chauvinism because it creates “tension.” as with Orion. If anything Superman is one of the men that would be a prime example to a woman reared by Amazons who mistrusted males ( to the point of selling them away as babies) that men could be selfless, noble, compassionate and not cruel and about dominating women. She would gravitate towards that because he represents characteristics that she shares. How could Diana not admire Kal? And vice versa? It is the most natural thing in the world for these two characters to find each other. And fall in love. It’s happening now. Before it happened when they were both older in Elseworld stories because DC had a fixed status quo in canon. It is not something out of the blue. It’s an idea that has been around for a while and played with because it pretty much reflects what’s happening today in terms of male/females standing alongside each other as equals in every way.
That they happen to be two different cultures but with the same core is what makes the story intriguing. We don’t live in a world any more where you have to marry the same person of your own culture, race, religion, or country. Anyone who wants to cite that as a reason that they should not be together…well we leaving problems of sexism and getting into xenophobia and that’s just as bad. Love is love. The world proves that love does not see those barriers. An island girl can fall in love with a farmer’s boy. A soldier can fall in love with a writer. A princess can fall in love with a commoner.
Diana is written very well rounded and strong in Charles Soule’s Superman/Wonder Woman. It is cited by many while Azzarello gets her compassionate side…Soule shows us a hero who is also a young woman. Some writers don’t explore the other aspects of a character. It’s cool to see Wonder Woman always trying to do the right thing and a badass but it’s also nice to just see Diana. The woman who has charm. The woman who has a fun aspect to her personality. The woman you’d go dancing with all night and who dances like no one is watching. The woman who feels anxieties in the early stages of a romance like we all do. The woman who will stand up to the man she loves. The woman who inspires little girls around her with wise words. The woman who shows her boyfriend he doesn’t have to hide all that he is. The woman who will not sit by to watch her boyfriend save the world, she will race him to it.The woman who can shed a tear when she sees the man she loves come back from the dead. Soule showed us other aspects that make the character tangible than just being a female messiah.
Sexist? No, it is not sexist. It’s a superwonderful story so far and it’s an inspiring relationship.
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Superman/Wonder Woman Power Couple Vol 1 Review
Love. Drama. And all that sentimental stuff us guys really would hate to see in a superhero comic. But there is something special about bringing the two most powerful super people together. I really have to say Charles Soule is extremely talented and spears to be having fun with this book. He has taken what is great with the current Wonder Woman fair and blended it perfectly into the Superman mythos. Do not get me wrong women will enjoy the juicy mushy moments between Clark and Diana. But guys will soon see that there is a lot of action and big brawls in this book. Most importantly Charles doesn’t make this love story easy but he gives the reader the love story to end all love stories. You really want this power couple to stay together but lets face there are so many obstacles for them to overcome. But doesn’t every relationship. What is most beautiful about this story is that Superman and Wonder Woman really embody the hope of what men and women can be if we do not fight our differences but embrace them and allow love to push us to inspire each other to greatness. Great comic book story telling at its best. Tony S. Daniel is a spectacular comic artist by the way. This should be a five star story but it does have a few weak moments. Can not wait to read the doomsday story.