Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 13, 2014 Cover Price: $0.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 4
7.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Gothamazon part 1 of 2! Things are dark in Gotham, and Oracle needs help from Paradise Island. Wonder Woman heeds the call, but things don't go as expected!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kate Kane Aug 14, 2014

    A brilliant kick off to the SENSATION title, this issue is worth more than one read. With spectacular art and a sassy script, I know so many of the DC fans will be cheering to see the true spirit of their beloved characters returning. Its definite must have on any reader's list, for this week and the weeks to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 22, 2014

    As done-in-ones go, this is a really solid issue, which clearly had a lot of work put into it. The coloring deserves special mention, as well, using the shadows of Gotham to great effect, while making elements like fire, Wonder Womans gold accents (she's wearing her traditional costume in the interior pages, even though the New 52 costume appears on the cover) and high contrast to great effect. In short, I really liked this issue, and Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 is a great kickoff for an out-of-continuity book looking at all the angles of the Amazing Amazon, looking great and providing some excellent food for thought Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Aug 17, 2014

    This is a great start and I hope it continues that way! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Aug 21, 2014

    Both stories touch on the central thesis of Wonder Woman in the Modern Age not all strength is physical. It takes just as much strength and wisdom to know when to hold back as when to use force. This is what makes Wonder Woman so unique. Whether its Catwoman and Harley Quinn or a bunch of preteen boys, Diana of Themyscira has much to teach. If every issue of Sensation Comics is like this one, DC has something truly special that will hopefully never be absent from the shelves again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jackie Henley Aug 26, 2014

    Van Sciver's artwork does justice to the DC justice league famous femme herself, and I hope to see more novels published with different heroes facing more atypical foes. Overall, I'd rate this digital double-shot a step below perfect for slightly confusing my sexuality with the perfect drawing of Ta-Tas. Let's just say" Her lasso isn't the only thing that might get you to tell the truth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Aug 21, 2014

    Classic superhero Wonder Woman fights classic Batman villains including Mr. Freeze, Man-Bat and Joker, and teams up with Oracle, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn to bring order back to Gotham while Batman is temporarily sidelined. Sound like a fun ride you want to hop on? It's pretty much exactly that"so if you have some lingering bucks after buying all of your other great books this week, consider picking up Sensation Comics as palette-cleanser. It's a fun first issue and no knowledge of any known continuity is required! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 31, 2014

    The style of this book works more towards action and fight scenes and that serves it well as we get the villains doing their thing, including some fun manipulation of Man-Bat by the Joker, but a lot of it is also Diana getting up close and personal with most of them as she thrashes them about. There's not a lot of depth here, but it's the kind of fun rock 'em sock 'em stuff that lets you just glide through it and enjoy the experience. Diana's seriousness works well, the variety of villains is spot on and we get a fun cliffhanger piece that leaves you wanting to see where it's going to go since it's just a two part story. Simone handles all the scripting and dialogue well and she's paired well with Van Sciver as he has the dynamic down right, even if I'm not a convert to this style of widescreen layouts for the pages. That just makes it feel like it's going by quicker than it should, but it does work for the approach of the story and its action focus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 25, 2014

    While I'm a bit on the fence about the story, I'm glad to see this peek at the pre-52 world. If it were up to me, the whole DC line would move in this direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 14, 2014

    Despite all of this, the comic works if taken as light entertainment. Consider the serious implications of how Batman's super-powered colleagues could keep the peace more effectively than he could in his town or speculate on just where Wonder Woman is storing her newly-forged, W-shaped Wonder-rangs and you'll have a bad time with this book. Relax and enjoy the revelation that Wonder Woman is on short list of "Things Even The Joker Is Not Crazy Enough To Try And Fight" (along with the IRS) and you'll have a ball. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 13, 2014

    Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 was a fun issue with an odd focus.  Setting the story in Gotham took too much of the spotlight off of Wonder Woman and onto Gotham Rogues.  It was still fun and Ethan Van Sciver's art was great. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 20, 2014

    It's always nice to have more Wonder Woman comics, especially comics that can showcase a more classical take on the heroine. And bringing back Gail Simone to write Diana's adventures isn't a bad way to kick off this new series. But fans may be better off saving some of their money and merely buying the first two digital chapters instead. And the larger question is how long this series can maintain its appeal without a consistent creative team or larger sense of direction. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Anthony Behan Aug 21, 2014

    Over all Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 is an entertaining story with an interesting concept that could have been improved on if it had more time. Gail Simone has a firm understanding of both Wonder Woman and villain teams but maybe less time should have been given to this particular set of villains. I hope other teams play with ideas like the ones here but maybe keep more of the attention on Wonder Woman and her world in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Aug 22, 2014

    At DC, Wonder Woman has often been victim of editorial trying to fix something that's not broken. With a mishmash of characterizations being presented in the New 52, it seems like the perfect time to introduce a new continuity-free series that lets all-star creators tell short stories that can speak to the core of Diana Prince's character without having to tie into the larger DCU. Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver are a very talented creative team, and while the story starts strong it loses steam by the conclusion. The art becomes more rushed, and the story doesn't take full advantage of the continuity free opportunity. And it would be nice to see Wonder Woman stand in her own unique world, and not rely on the famous Batman villains to draw in an audience. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 13, 2014

    The most intriguing aspect of "Gothamazon" is also the biggest miss of "Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman" #1 as a Wonder Woman book. Simone and Van Sciver rely on Batman's rogues to draw and keep the readers' attention -- the focus isn't on Wonder Woman or her foes, but rather on her connections and similarities to Batman's world and tactics. Yes, it's fun to see characters matched against somewhat unfamiliar opponents, but the issue fails to deliver a self-contained Wonder Woman story that celebrates the character in her own right. This is still a fun read, with great art and fine characterization, but it falls short of being a great Wonder Woman story. That said, if you enjoyed "Adventures of Superman" and "Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight," the $0.99 price can't be beat, especially when two of the industry's finer talents come together like this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Aug 23, 2014

    So this was a good beginning, with one story from the past and one from the present. But it is nice to see Wonder Woman with a second title. Hopefully in the subsequent months the new creative teams will be given the opportunity to produce a Wonder Woman comic that fans both old and new can enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - David Akers Aug 27, 2014

    Gail Simone tells a good, solid story, but ultimately it's a throwaway that doesn't matter in current DC continuity. It's set in a universe that no longer exists, and features none of the standard themes that we associate with Wonder Woman. And maybe that was the point. It's a good alternative for people who are not into the New 52 take on Wonder Woman. Perhaps it is a "best of both worlds", providing an alternate way for fans not into the New 52 Wonder Woman to read her adventures, but it does not seem to be a good way to lead fans to her ongoing series, if that was even the intent. It's good to see more of the best-known and most visible female character in DC's lineup, but I question if this is the best way to celebrate her. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Aug 21, 2014

    Out-of-continuity stories represent an opportunity for a creator to truly explore the themes and morals of a well-established character... Which is why Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 feels lacking. Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver debuting this title is a big launch for DC, but unfortunately both played it a little too safe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Aug 25, 2014

    With the added attention of Gal Godot cast as Diana in the upcoming Batman V Superman, there are more eyes (and hopes) on Wonder Woman now than ever before. While I doubt she'll get the same amount of "75th Anniversary" fanfare given to the other two members of DC's illustrious trinity, it is encouraging to me that this book even exists. I remain hopeful that DC will continue to stress to its readers"and viewers"the importance, and magnificence, of Wonder Woman. Read Full Review

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