Superman and Wonder Woman have reached the lowest point of their relationship. Can they make it through, and what doom lurks in the deep sea?
Writer: Charles Soule
Art: Paulo Siquiera, Eddy Barrows, Barry Kitson
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Previously in Superman/Wonder Woman: In a last ditch effort to defeat Zod and Faora, Superman and Wonder Woman set off a nuclear explosion with themselves at ground zero! Can our heroes survive the blast?
PAGE TURNS ARE A LOST ART
The previous issue’s cliffhanger of a nuclear explosion was a massive game changer. Not only was the explosion big, but moments before they set it off Clark declared his love to Diana. It was a great character moment wrapped up in a huge action piece that made last issues ending feel huge. Sadly, this issue completely drops the ball, losing all the tension and drama that it had built up in the last issue.
As soon as you open page one of issue seven, we get a big reveal that Clark and Diana are perfectly fine. All drama is immediately lost on the opening page. Setting a scene of Superman and Wonder Woman flying through London discussing their relationship, and then flashing back to the resolution of last issue’s cliffhanger makes the reader immediately devalue this issue. Making it seem as though it is filler. Clark is turned into a near skeleton, and Diana is gravely hurt. The issue could have spent most of the majority of the story dealing with the emotional trauma that comes with a severe injury. Instead, it rushes through scenes so the main characters can be fixed and 100 percent by issue’s end.
When Superman/Wonder Woman was first announced, I like everyone else immediately dismissed the book as fluff. It seemed like a superhero romance book that DC was trying to cash in on. Thankfully, Charles Soule bucked the trend and turned this book into a real page turner. Sadly, if this is any reader’s first issue they will immediately think this book is nothing but the Superman and Wonder Woman go on dates book. With a very forced tie-in to Superman Doomed, this is the weakest issue of Superman/Wonder Woman so far.
THREE IS NOT BETTER THAN ONE
Three different artists take a crack at the power couple in this issue. Series regular artist Tony Daniel is nowhere to be seen, and his presence is greatly missed. Paolo Siquiera does some great shots of the city of London, and he is definitely the strongest artist of the three. Although, nothing in his style makes him stand out anymore than any normal fill-in “house style” DC artist.
THE BOTTOM LINE: THE HONEYMOON IS OVER
With very uneven art and an uneven resolution to last issue dramatics, Superman/Wonder Woman #7 is a very weak issue. Which is a disappointment since Charles Soule has been knocking it out of the park in previous issues. I do hope that this issue was the result of DC editorial forcing a Superman Doomed tie-in; depriving Soule of the pages he needed to give Clark and Diana proper resolution to last issue’s developments. It would be sad to see this title sink and end before it even hits ten issues. Fly higher next time, my DC power couple, fly high!