Story: Colleen Doran
Art: Colleen Doran
Colors: David Baron
Letterer: Gabriela Downie
What They Say:
Wonder Woman faces her most relentless foe yet—a marketing maven who would sell her Louboutins for the chance to manage the Amazing Amazon! Can Wonder Woman escape her most persistent pitches? She does make some excellent points…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Few creator’s names get me excited like Colleen Doran’s does. You can’t be a DC Comics fan that grew up during the early 80s and not be a fan of her work which was spread across a lot of books, especially if you’re a Legion fan. Doran gets a one-off issuing this run of Sensational Wonder Woman and hopefully, she has more in store in the future, even a follow-up to this would be fun. Doran’s writing is a lot of fun to move through as is the flow of the issue where so much of it was done in a particular way. David Baron does the colo work for this book, which looks great with a good vibrancy to it, and Gabriela Downie handles the lettering to help tie it all together nicely.
The story focuses on long-time Wonder Woman character Myndi Mayer, though many won’t get that until she makes her full introduction late in the book. What we get for the majority of the book is that it’s told from her point of view and through the phone on her cell. Initially, she’s doing a shoot on the beach with some actors for a product but when megalodon’s come crashing ashore with Wonder Woman putting them into a safe position in order to protect the people on the beach, It turns busy chaotic for Mayer from there on out as she has been trying to get a hold of Wonder Woman for an age and now has the chance to talk with her in person. Though we don’t see Mayer for a lot of it, it’s fun seeing how she tries to get Diana’s attention and then does her best to give chase as Diana heads up the road where a building has just collapsed.
There’s a bit of a mess to it until Mayer finally breaks through and gets her hands on Diana, though she does it in the worst way possible because it’s a dangerous area after the collapse. But what’s surprising is that as big of a fan as she is of Wonder Woman, she’s really bringing to her a problem that’s quite difficult yet needs to be dealt with in a realistic way. Highlighting flammable pajamas and breakable toys that are made in her name, logo, and likeness, it’s something Diana never thought much of. But Mayer pointing out how it can hurt or even kill children, never mind disappointments and the like, is something that may actually get under Diana’s armor and have her think of the world of man in a different way. I like the idea of Mayer trying to be her “momager” in the world of man as a help and balance to her actual mother in Themyscrira.
A standalone tale from Colleen Doran dealing with Wonder Woman is one of the best ways to start off 2021, even in February. This is a delightful issue that shows off Diana well while also slowly educating her on things she needs to think about in the world of man. The framing of the story through Mayer’s point of view is a bit awkward at first but it works with the shoot that she’s on and becomes a good “found footage” style piece of sorts from there as she tries to keep up with Diana and her good deeds. The story reads great, it looks great, and it left me smiling the whole time. A very easy recommendation.
Age Rating: 12+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: February 2nd, 2021