I went into my comic shop on my lunch break and the dude was all like, “we’ve got this HUGE walking dead sale event going on and I thought everyone would be buying that but EVERYONE who’s come in today snagged SM/WW#1” It put a huge smile on my face. He went on to say, “I like Lois but seriously Superman should be with Wonder Woman. Read Kingdom Come and it’s laid out perfectly. ….
We got into this big love fest over SM/WW and the other guys in the shop were all for it too. This first issue really woke people up and are changing minds. I love what I’ve been seeing and hearing from everybody!
From Action Comics 23.2 Zod
Anyone intending to pick up the Superman/Wonder Woman series might be interested in taking this up because General Zod is a teased villain for that first arc.
At hellyeahsupermanandwonderwoman we have no issues with anyone questioning what this book is about, how it might portray both characters etc. It’s not only about Diana but two heroes. Like Batman/Superman, this Superman/Wonder Woman title will have them doing epic things, facing down foes, kicking ass but…it does not have a bromance, it has a romance. And here’s the thing, there is nothing wrong in that.
Some of the best stories have romance in the hero/action/sci-fi/fantasy genre. This book is attempting to balance off sci-fi and mythical aspects with two strong, iconic protagonists, who happen to be in a relationship. This is nothing new. Currently Saga is like this and it’s critically acclaimed. We are sure the romantic aspect adds a another layer and yes, let’s be fair here…well written romance can attract women AND men.
There is nothing amiss in looking at the current market and seeing trends and trying to look at ways to increase readership. It is not different to the TV or even movies trying tactics to appeal to a certain demographic. Do men get upset and offended if we say they like action and must have fighting for them? It does not mean they don’t appreciate other genres, so why the heck are some fans insistent on misinterpreting Tony Daniel’s explanation about trying to expand the growing female readership? The guy said “:for want of a better example” and went for the most obvious romance that is a best seller and you have to not grasp language and context to see that he never said this couple or the plot is going to be like Twilight.
No matter what anyone feels of Twilight, some fans should not assume higher morality over others and condescend and look down upon others for liking something different. I see many females do this to others, all the time. That is not feminism. Attacking other females for enjoying something different and congratulating yourself as if you are better than they are. As fellow fan countryboylife said, reading is good. Twilight could get these girls to pick up something else, like an Ann Rice novel, The Historian or even Dracula. People ridicule comic fans enough for us to do that to others. Respect choice.
Tumblr has some evidence that romance draws people into certain genres. Heck, shipping blogs abound run by females ( and males). DC do publish strong female characters but the fact is comics are not something females gravitate towards in large numbers. You need a hook to get us in and hopefully once we in, we stick around a bit because we grow to appreciate the stories and characters. Kingdom Come did it for me when I saw Clark kiss Diana when I, by chance, picked up this graphic novel in a library. If that scene was not there would I have checked it out? Probably not. How many came into Superman because of Lois/Clark, Lana/Clark or Diana/Clark? Many if we are honest. It’s a bit of double standards to act all outraged as if DC are insulting us. Romance, like any genre, horror, sci-fi, action, drama, fantasy etc can be written good or bad.
So, yes, we can discuss and ask questions of the creators but in a constructive way and not in a way that borders on harassment by telling them how to tweet or what neologism to use. We should be happy if DC can get people who might never consider a comic as an option.They might love it and pick up more. Like I did.
We don’t condone fans twisting and manipulating tweets and words to smear creators. These very angry fans are spreading that Charles Soule and Tony Daniel are sexist and hate women. That is the lowest level some fans can go. Disliking a concept has zero to do with a person’s character. And seems some of these angry feminists have no problems with romance…it’s just the ‘wrong’ romance in their eyes.
Fans, the above tweet by Mr Soule is sound advice. You can never know if something will be what you hope it will be until you see it or read it and then judge. How many times have we had people say everything we want to hear and then the issue wasn’t all that or the movie turned out to be a disappointment?
So to those who are open to the idea of SM/WW or simply curious or just plain love them…vote with your wallets. Then we all get to legitimately judge what it is like.
Q:There are no Wonder Woman issues in the new 52 about the ship? Also, is the Young Romance issue worth getting? Thanks for your time running this blog btw :)
No. The Wonder Woman book does not feature the ship. It has kind of isolated Diana from the rest of the DCU because it wants to just focus on the Olympian story. Not even Steve Trevor or Diana’s classic rogues are in it. It is more self contained and could be its own continuity. So if you want to just read Wonder Woman only with her new god family, then pick it up. If you want to read about Clark and Diana’s relationship and how that affects them and those around them in the DCU you will not find anything in it.
As to Young Romance. It depends. If you love Clark and Diana. Yes, buy it. The cover alone is beautiful and worth collecting and it has a very poignant moment in their relationship. The story is a little short though so not sure if you will feel you got enough of them worth the cover price. There are other stories in it so if you ship Bat/Cat, Mera/ Arthur etc so that is a bonus. There are also collectors cards for Valentine’s inside.
No shipper I know had any regrets picking it up.
Charles Soule talks Superman/Wonder Woman with ComicVineVideos