I have a confession to make: I really like Gail Simone stories. Whether it be Birds of Prey, Red Sonja, Batgirl, or Wonder Woman doesn’t seem to matter, because, somehow, Simone always seems to put together a narrative that entertains me and, many times, captivates me. So I’m not ashamed to admit that I read this comic collection for the Simone WW story – everything else was just extra fun.
And after finishing Sensation Comics, I want to say that Simone didn’t disappoint with her contribution to this volume. The tale was classic Wonder Woman kick ass fun with more than its share of thought provoking moments. Worth a read by any WW fan or entertainment seeker.
But what about those “non-Simone” tales of our favorite Amazonian?
Well, I have to say there were some really cool things about all of them. One, they were basically one shots with no continuity demands or entanglements with ongoing storylines, which meant you enjoyed a self-contained story. (How often does that take place anymore?) Two, since the creators weren’t chained to one location, WW skipped around from one great local to another, which really livened things up. Three, the pages were overflowing with guest stars – characters like Darkseid, Joker, and Oracle. Fourth, the tone and artwork of the tales changed story to story with some modern in tone, others old school, and a few going back to the original series decades ago. Fifth ( and last), there were different artists on each story, giving a reader some very different styles to sink their teeth into.
What does all that mean really?
For me, it meant I got to sample some really different version of Wonder Woman. Some I loved. (WW’s interaction with Darkseid was my favorite non-Simone story.) Some I liked. Some I thought were okay. And a couple I personally hated. (Not big on the cartoony WW story.) But even with the negatives included, I’m glad I read this collection, because I was constantly surprised by the next story I sampled.
So for readers looking to sample what Wonder Woman is all about or for those fans of the Amazon Princess, I’d recommend you give this one a try. It definitely is an interesting introduction to this DC icon.
DC Comics provided this book to me for free in return for an honest review. The review above was not paid for or influenced in any way by any person, entity or organization, but is my own personal opinions.