Story: Amy Chu
Art: Bernard Chang
What They Say:
A combat pilot gets a little help from Wonder Woman as a routine reconnaissance mission turns deadly in “Rescue Angel” part 1 of 1.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After the three part arc that gave us a lot of action for Diana, Sensation Comics goes in a very different direction here. Giving us a story where she’s really not part of it, but a part of the fabric of it, is an interesting approach and not exactly uncommon as these kinds of stories have been done many times over the years across publishers. Part of the appeal of Sensation Comics is definitely giving us stories that aren’t done in the main book itself and often can’t be done, and to do things that are self contained and really accessible. In a way, I can see this being shared quite easily with a lot of people and being inspiration and welcome to read. But for me, where I do try to get away from the real world within many of my comic book stories, the issue really left me not wanting to revisit it.
The book follows the story of Lieutenant Angel Santiago, who has been brought to one of the forward operating bases in Afghanistan. She’s there as part of a program to get involved with the locals and a story that’s being covered on it that focuses on the Female Engagement Team, as men aren’t able to go to the places women go in a lot of these areas and it’s important to be able to reach them. While Santiago wasn’t chosen for any specific reason beyond being a woman, she’s able to bring the right sense of things as she interacts with the women and kids there to get a handle on their lives and understand it. We get some decent cultural exploration going on here and some amusing moments as well because Santiago prefers her helmet over everything. She also has a particular affection for a Wonder Woman charm that she has from her niece, which provides a nice tie into things.
When things go south during their travel at one point, it turns into a pretty decent action segment that has everyone performing well and Santiago going above and beyond, but the arrival of Wonder Woman changes the dynamic in their favor. This is one of those areas where things get complicated and you start dislike the crossing over of things like this into the real world because that’s such a dirty and awful situation all around. Amy Chu does bring us a “twist” to it that works well enough, and serves as a decent bit of inspiration as we see that Diana wasn’t really there and Santiago imagined it, because this is a world where superheroes are in the comics and real heroes are in the real world. It has a solid message to it, there’s no denying that, but it’s a story that straddles the propaganda line in some ways.
Sensation Comics provides a good look at how superheroes can inspire people in their lives as we follow Santiago on her mission in Afghanistan. While the book initially gives you the belief that we’re dealing with events within the world of superheroes, it instead plays it in the real world sense with those we know and are familiar with being what they really are, just comic books. But the power of the form is compelling here in what it can allow people to do and to imagine that they’re doing in order to cope with stressful situations. There’s some good things here in exploring the culture of both the area and the military, but it’s also an area that I’ll easily admit that I wasn’t looking for within my comics. I get plenty of that elsewhere, but I can see the importance and usefulness of it all. It’s simply not for me.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: December 18th, 2014