Superman and Wonder Woman have spent over 50 years as colleagues and friends in the pages of DC Comics. They’ve had lots of team-ups and adventures but never in those 50 plus years did DC ever decide that the two should share a book.
Until now. What’s changed? Why do we now have a book teaming the two up? Well now they are no longer just friends but a “power couple” to use DC Comics own labeling. Both characters have been stripped of their traditional mates in mythos to be brought together in a relationship in the new book debuting today, Superman/Wonder Woman.
But you can’t have a relationship or a ongoing comic without some drama and tension. Here the tension is that the two disagree about keeping their relationship a secret. Clark wants his privacy. Diana couldn’t care less who knows. We know this because Diana explains it to apparently the world’s last living Amazon who is her confidant. We’ve never seen or heard of this character before so we already have this book building out the Wonder Woman mythos.
Soule is writing Wonder Woman as the more experienced of the two when it comes to relationships and some aspects of superheroing.
I suppose a scene like this is an attempt to dampen the concerns of people who were concerned that she’d get short shift in this book and relationship. Diana actually comes of slightly better here than she does in Justice League. (Azzarello on the other hand seems to be writing a different character.) Clark, however, is suffering the same way as he has under the hands of most of the multiple writers who have written him in the new 52 - he’s both tentative and passive. I guess I expect more confidence from Superman.
Soule is clearly a good writer and he deftly alternates action and quiet personal moments. He partners well in driving the story with Tony Daniel who has changed up his style to deliver some of the best work I’ve seen from him years. There’s a big villain reveal and to their credit the team create a sense of danger for both characters.
In the end, however, we still don’t have a sense of what it is that brings these two together other than editorial mandate.
In a way I feel sorry for the creators. Batman, of course, kicked off the new 52 with a bang, literally, by having sex with Catwoman on a rooftop. So while you can talk up Superman and Wonder with talk of “adventures” and “heroics” that’s not the reason they are together in this book now. After 50 years of being pals those reading this book are expecting the book to end up where Batman began. Essentially Soule is charged with writing, for the very short term I’m sure, the comic equivalent of foreplay.
In this case for the people who would be interested in this book, the team has delivered enough to move on to the next base.