Story: Alyssa Wong
Art: Eleonora Carlini
Colors: Enrica Eren Angiolini
Letterer: Travis Lanham
What They Say:
It’s not a Gotham City gala without a drop-in from The World’s Vilest! It’s a good thing Wonder Woman is on the guest list…because Bruce Wayne’s got a secret identity to keep!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Sometimes you can just distill it all down to fun and a good time. Sensational Wonder Woman does just that with this installment from writer Alyssa Wong where we get her pairing up with a Bruce Wayne who is sidelined for the event, which delights. She’s joined by Eleonora Carlini for the artwork, someone whose work I don’t get to see enough as I really like their design of the characters and general flow of the action, which is take up a couple of great notches by Enrica Eren Angiolini working through the color design. It’s a great looking and very fun book here.
The premise brings Diana to Gotham where Bruce has invited her to a gala at the Gotham Museum. These events are tiring for him, as we long know, and some friendly company and conversation makes it easier. Unfortunately, the event is being hit by Mr. Freeze who has come to accost Mr. Wayne in an attempt to garner funds from him for his next venture. With separation put between the two heroes with a wall of ice, Bruce is trying to keep the guests protected since he doesn’t have his cape and cowl on him and is trying to get to the heart of what Freeze wants while playing it cool. At the same time, Diana is fending off some of Freeze’s goons on the other side of the wall and trying to figure out how to weapon-up in order to deal with this.
Luckily, it’s a museum with lots of items that are close by on hand that she can grab, including sword and shield. It also doesn’t hurt that she stuck to her costume under her dress because she knows what kind of party Gotham offers when she attends. It’s a solid installment with the way the action unfolds as Diana has to wrap up the outside portion before going past the wall to try and help Bruce and deal with Freeze. This keeps it moving fast with the right tension as Bruce tries to talk Freeze down some so that he doesn’t get over-excited and cause even more trouble. It may play out predictably when you get down to it but Wong brings in some solid lines for Diana as she deals with Freeze and even Bruce comes across really well here while trying to still be the Bat. And with such great looking designs and colors, it’s an easy to sink your teeth into read.
I’ve been enjoying this digital-first series a lot with its run so far and it’s the kind of thing where it gets better and better with each new creative that comes on board and tells a very different story. Wong works a really fun version of Diana here as she’s in Gotham and enjoying all the chaos that comes with it because she knows what this place is like. With Bruce coming across in a pretty interesting way as well, the pair make for some fun interactions before it shifts quickly to the action and chaos of it all. Carlini has been producing some great work for quite a while now and this is another really solid installment on her list of credits to hold up proudly. It’s a great looking book.
Age Rating: 12+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: February 10th, 2021