Wonder Woman #36

Wonder Woman #36

Writer: Meredith Finch Artist: Sonja Oback, Richard Friend, David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 19, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 20
5.9Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

Please welcome the new superstar creative team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch! As this new epic begins, the fate of the Amazons is about to be revealed, major new characters will be introduced and a new villain will arrive with enough power to defeat the combined might of Wonder Woman and her Justice League teammates! Dont miss the start of this story that guest stars Swamp Thing! It will define what it takes for Diana to fulfill her destiny as Wonder Woman!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kate Kane Nov 20, 2014

    The artwork all the way has to be what you pick this issue up for. Pinched from another company, I have watched Finch's beauty in his female characters grow and what he has created with this new Wonder Woman is nothing short of a Goddess. I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of detail in each panel, not only in the costumes but simple things like eyes and hair took on a whole new depth with all the artist really pulling together to make this something completely new. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Nov 19, 2014

    Overall the issue does what it needs to have done. Wonder Woman is thrown back into the main DC Universe with careful intention, and yet the ties to her stories so far in the new 52 are not simply forgotten. Much was made about David Finchs comment about the character and feminism, but those were apparently taken out of context, and really he does a great job drawing female characters (though I might point out that his male characters tend to be a bit boxy). Focusing on the feminine is not a bad thing for this book, as long as it is not exploitative, and with one issue into this new direction, the creative team seems to at least be on the right track. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Nov 20, 2014

    Wow. This issue is definitely something that will have the people talking. This is a great jumping on point in the series that sets the tone for Meredith's new direction. It's too early to voice an opinion on the direction of the series, but the writing in this immediate issue is quite good and the artwork deserves to be hung up and made into posters. Buckle your seatbelts, this is going to be one hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Nov 20, 2014

    The Finches have started out strongly, but strength in the beginning is only one part of a successful undertaking. Until the writing achieves parity with the art, this iteration of Wonder Woman's adventures will never really rise to the standards of the previous version, much less the ultimate possibilities of the themes and characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jackie Henley Nov 24, 2014

    The vivid color of the comic perfectly illustrates the differences between settings, not to mention the fact that Wonder Woman has never been drawn better. In fact, if the next comic has frames of her daily workout, Ill probably do them myself. Girl Power. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 23, 2014

    Overall, it's a pretty good first effort - great art, an interesting beginning to the series and good characterization. But we'll haste to wait and see how the story unfolds (or doesn't unfold). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Dec 16, 2014

    On the art side, I just wish David didn't opt to mold Diana in his mind's eye image. She looks too much like David's other comic book women, and if there's one female superhero who should break the mold, even if it's against our modern-day standards of beauty, it's Wonder Woman. To me, Wonder Woman should embody an aesthetic fit for her as a representation of the warrior-woman " an Amazon whose beauty is a match for her strength and class and not the other way around. That said, while this first issue might not fit my version of Wonder Woman, it does display some great imagery. If Meredith's story rises to great heights, David's pencils won't let her down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Nov 20, 2014

    Wonder Woman #36 is a new start on the character but it might not be for the better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Nov 24, 2014

    Wonder Woman #36 is very much a transitional issue without a major "wow" moment. Still, the Finches deserve credit for providing a solid next chapter with an ending that raises the stakes for Diana considerably. They've also put the character back where she should be: at the center of her own title. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 20, 2014

    Wonder Woman #36 has the potential, though has a long way to go in order to live up to what came before. In general more Diana, more Amazon's and more everything that should be in this title that you don't already get in Justice League or Superman Wonder Woman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Nov 20, 2014

    While it shows some decent ideas, the Finches can't seem to get above mediocrity Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 19, 2014

    There will be some having difficulties adjusting to the creative change. It is important to go into this new direction with an unbiased outlook. Meredith and David Finch do a fine job setting up the hectic nature of Wonder Woman's life. There are moments where the edge Wonder Woman usually had previously and in other books is diminished. Showing a softer side has its merits but it's a fine line to make sure she doesn't appear to weak or lost. Still, there are some interesting aspects being introduced here to make you come back for more next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Nov 20, 2014

    Like I said, I'm unimpressed with this issue and will probably not readily come back to this title with this creative team. It's just unremarkable and for a character like Wonder Woman, that's unforgivable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Nov 19, 2014

    It’d be easy to say that the new creative team comes in lacking because we were given such a strong run prior, but that’s when creators should bring their a-game and that just wasn’t the case here. The whole tone of the story feels off and not at all what one would expect from a Wonder Woman story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Nov 20, 2014

    I've been very negative here, but overall I did actually enjoy this issue. It was more the story I enjoyed however, as I felt the characterisation and art wavered quite a bit. While it isn't fair to compare it to Azzarrello and Chiang's run on the series, it would be remiss not to do so as DC really should ensure that they follow up such a strong and beloved run with something that can rival it rather than disappoint. Their Diana was strong and stoic, uncompromising and looking like she could take on the gods, regularly demonstrating that she could do just that. This is early days for this run though, and I am keen to see where the story goes and how Diana steps up to meet the challenge. I still think it is worth checking out for yourself, so pick it up at your LCS or digital comics platform. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Nov 19, 2014

    Despite the annoyingly obvious themes, this run is still worth sticking around for. Wonder Woman is in a very interesting place and Meredith Finch has shown us she knows what makes a character like Diana interesting. Going forward, well keep an eye on this title to see where things go from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Randy Z. Ochoa Nov 21, 2014

    David Finch really creates the biggest problem with this because his art come into conflict with what Meredith seems to want to do. In every scene it seems as if Wonder Woman is frightened and scared. She looks entirely timid. It takes away the power were shown in words and makes it look like she doesnt want to be there. Theres also the problem of the age he portrays her as. Looking around its said that Diana is only twenty-three. Even if that is still true, she looks fourteen and even that seems to change from page to page. If this is the work we get in this first issue then I have no confidence in what is to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Nov 20, 2014

    While it shows some decent ideas, the Finches can't seem to get above mediocrity Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 26, 2014

    Overall Wonder Woman #36 a fairly enjoyable issue that's setting the stage for a couple major storylines. Given some time, these storylines will start to take shape, but they don't necessarily deliver in this opening chapter. Finch's art was a nice surprise in how well he's able to handle Wonder Woman. Azzarello and Chiang are a tough act to follow and it's always a challenge for a new team to step in after a run that receives a lot of critical acclaim. We'll see if this team can have the same level of success as the previous one, but so far it's a wait and see. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 20, 2014

    Unfortunately, Wonder Woman has quickly transitioned from being one of DC's finest monthly comics to one of its weaker titles. While the material focused on Diana's fellow Amazons is intriguing, the pointless focus on other DC characters and the generally poor depiction of the title character bog down this issue. Hopefully the quality of this series can improve as the new creative team settle in and better establish Diana's voice and look. Read Full Review

  • 4.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 19, 2014

    This issue marks the first of the new run by Meredith and David Finch and while I loved the art, the story was not what I expected. Instead of making it's own way, it seems intent on bringing up the past and even ruining it.  Because of that, it's not new reader friendly and long time fans may be turned off.  I did like the cliffhanger and I hope that leads to it's own, interesting story.  Until then, I can't recommend this issue.` Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Nov 26, 2014

    Overall the comic is fine enough, albeit more than a little underwhelming, but would I recommend it to those like me who enjoyed the previous run? No. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Nov 19, 2014

    Unfortunately, the inks from Richard Friend do little to bring definition to Finch's rushed line work, save the moments where Wonder Woman is not the focus. This is redeemed a bit by colorist Sonia Oback - while the palette from which Oback works isn't all that vibrant, her coloring adds some much needed depth to panels that would otherwise fall wholly flat. There are still a few strong moments in Wonder Woman #36, moments that fans will enjoy. Unfortunately this new creative team continues to suffer from the same inconsistencies that plagued the title under the previous team. Diana feels like a side character within her own book. For too long, Wonder Woman has simply reacted to the world around her. It's time for her to step back into the light that made her a cultural icon. As it stands, this still isn't the comic where that happens. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Rhymes With Geek - M. 'Pawz' Williams Nov 21, 2014

    Aquaman looks great. Wonder Woman looks way too young. And Batman looks like he's creeping on her. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Nov 20, 2014

    "Wonder Woman" #36 is an uneven and underwhelming debut, reading more like a last-minute filler issue of "Justice League" that tries to go for splashy thrills in lieu of all of the available characterization, and fails to bring anything fresh expected from a new creative team. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 22, 2014

    Azzarello and Cliff Chiang were telling a story about their Wonder Woman. She was unique, and they were telling a story that actually mattered and had some real depth. The Finches just seem to be telling a random story about Wonder Woman the superhero, and that's just not as interesting as what came before. Maybe they'll impress us, maybe they have a lot in store, and maybe I'm just being a big curmudgeon. But I have been looking for ways to trim my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Nov 19, 2014

    A very disappointing start to a new run that fails not by comparison to its predecessors, but by its lack of understanding of Dianas basic nature, Wonder Woman #36 infantilizes DCs most powerful female character at the very moment her strength and maturity should be shored up. The tension on the island is a strong plotline, but its unlikely Ill be able to follow it through. The creators here just arent giving Diana her due. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Nov 20, 2014

    The Finches' inaugural issue of "Wonder Woman" is underdeveloped and, once finished, leaves an empty feeling. One disjointed scene moves jarringly to the next. The shock we're supposed to experience after viewing the last page just ends up feeling hollow. Wonder Woman is a strong and inspirational character who deserves a creative team that can communicate the complexity and unique character of Diana in compelling stories. The previous creative team did that beautifully. Although the Finches don't disregard Diana's new status quo, it appears they don't know how to build upon what came before. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Nov 20, 2014

    I'll tune in for a few more issues, hopefully this is just a rocky start, but if this is the direction they're going in, I can't see myself sticking around for long. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Nov 20, 2014

    Wonder Woman is now drawn by someone who shies away from calling her a feminist, and is written by someone with so little grasp of her character they have her carrying around a plush toy on the Justice League jet. Of late, DC has had so many successful relaunches and new titles aimed at us ladies, and it breaks my heart that the Amazonian matriarch of female superhero comics could now be so very, very far off the mark William Moulton Marston made back in 1941. Wonder Woman has featured in some stirring works that will stand the test of time, but now – after over a decade – I'm going to take Wonder Woman off my pull list. Thankfully, the idiotic pointlessness of this issue gives merit to the fact that I won't be missing much of anything anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Dr. Poison Nov 19, 2014

    What a breath of fresh air this issue was. Was it perfect? No. But it's a lot more in line of what I would expect from a Wonder Woman comic. This is, IMO, David's best art ever. It's distinct, detailed, and really makes each page "pop". The brighter coloring really lifts the mood of the book tremendously from Azz/Chiang's run and the best part? Not a single one of the Olympians or Zola in sight so far. The attack on Swamp Thing made sense as all clues indicated that someone with his abilities were behind the disasters and then Diana finds him at the scene of the crime. I don't think it's a huge stretch to think that he was behind it all given his usual agenda of promoting plant life. I thought it was very realistic of her to vent to Aquaman. I thought it was great that it was him instead of Superman or Batman for a change. It makes sense that she would open up to him given that they both come from royalty of hidden civilizations. While some may have found it whiny, I think it's only human of Diana to need to voice her frustrations with everything she's had going on lately. I wonder if the old Amazon is the same one from the Pre-New 52 that created Donna Troy? They look similar. Overall, I enjoyed the issue and think that the Finchs are off to a good, solid start. 8.5/10 BTW - was I the only one who was hoping that when Diana stepped out of the shower at the beginning of the issue, Steve Trevor would greet her and hear her say, "I had this horrible dream last night that I was actually the daughter of Zeus......"?

  • 8.0
    the green death Nov 19, 2014

    The story is pretty good and Finch's art looks astonishing, well beyond what I've seen from him prior and his Swamp Thing was fantastic!

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews Nov 20, 2014

    I really liked this.

  • 8.0
    Jon-C17 Nov 23, 2014

    I didn't see a problem with this at all. There has been a lot of craziness about WW lately and the changing of the creative team. Just as with Batgirl, we are seeing the same thing with WW. Basically it comes down to this: People don't like change. Different artists have different styles and different writers have different styles. So when an entire comic team changes, then clearly the comic itself will. 35 issues is a good run for any comic, including DC comics. This comic was good; the style was very cool and I loved Swamp Thing's appearance. This is not one of the worst comics to have ever come out, let alone come out this week. Let's be reasonable and give this team a chance. They have shown in this issue that they can make WW interesting and do it in a new way that hasn't been done before.

  • 8.0
    Russell_326 Dec 9, 2014

    I've seen a lot of people giving opinions on this one and now that I've finally read it here's my reaction: I enjoyed it. Wonder Woman #36 is the first issue from the team of Meredith and David Finch and they had some huge shoes to fill following Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. And rather than try to continue in the same manner as the previous team, this one has chosen to forge a new path that feels different in just about every way. That actually serves in their story's favor. The writing (specifically the dialog) feels mostly natural and easy to follow. It uses some interesting, if cliche', metaphors about the power of natural forces and Diana does act a bit impulsive for someone who just went through such huge character-defining moments in the previous arc, but here's the larger point: This isn't the previous arc or creative team nor should it be expected to be. Obviously not everyone is going to be on board with this take on the character. But I want to address one complaint I've seen over and over again regarding a scene with a teddy bear. It was implied in many reviews that she carries it everywhere and uses it as a security blanket and nothing could be further from the truth. She sees mass devastation and the bear belonged to a dead child. She recovers it and holds it as a reminder of the weight of her position as a Justice League member, God of War and Queen of the Amazons. David Finch's art is also not going to be for everyone. He has a certain style that, if you're not into it, can be a real turn-off. He draws Diana in a more youthful look that some might take as over-sexualizing, but honestly the shower scene I saw so many complaints about was less revealing than her first scene in Wonder Woman #1. She does seem to have more insecurities than she should have, but most of that seems to melt away when she gets to Paradise Island. The real meat of the issue is the story that's brewing there and we're likely getting lots more of that in issue #37

  • 5.5
    SwampyCA Dec 9, 2014

    That was shockingly bad. Hopefully this gets better.

  • 5.0
    Supes' soups Nov 19, 2014

    New directions are like relaunches. They're hit or miss and this is sort of in the middle. I still hear tons of gripes over Wonder Woman's origin but I was ok with it. I was willing to accept a different origin if it meant good stories and Azzarello delivered so I find it forgivable. This new direction actually doesn't really establish a direction at all. (Actually Wonder Woman kinda acts like Supergirl in this issue with the anger and identity issues, which is bad considering I always though Wonder Woman was more of a role model figure for young Kara Zor-El instead if a peer) It introduces the Justice League and Swamp thing in one issue and I'm not sure it's really necessary. I hate it when books introduce the League for no apparent reason. We already have a book dedicated to the Justice League, unless it's absolutely necessary, I'd prefer the solo book to be focused on the main character. David Finch's art is by no means bad, but for some reason the baby face doll look makes Wonder Woman look like she's regressed to prepubescent years and it seems off given the striking God of War Wonder Woman Chiang had previously drawn. As a matter of fact, Finch's Superman also kinda looks like he's a teen as well. It'll take me a few more issues to come to a proper opinion about the story but the art is throwing me off a little and I'd hate to say it but Finch's art is sometimes hard to differentiate from your Jason Faboks and Tony S. Daniels.

  • 4.5
    WhiteLantern Nov 22, 2014

    Meredith and David Finch's first issue of Wonder Woman is a massive disappointment. Meredith's writing is nowhere near the quality of Brian Azzarello, and the story she tells seems to be massively rushed, and kind of lazily done, in my opinion. All but four or five pages are less than three panels, and there are numerous splash pages, and two pages spreads. She doesn't set up her story in the first pages, and we don't get any sense of what Diana is going through until the third to last page, where it's all hastily shoved right over her face. The battle between her and Swamp Thing is useless, and out of character for her, even in the New 52. The Justice League are here as well, but they're just window dressing. Or, if you prefer, fan service. Ultimately, at the end of the issue, nothing is really accomplished. Also, if this is supposed to be following up on Azzarello's run, there's very little mention of any of the characters we cared about. Zeke is in one panel, but never talked about; there's no mention of Zola; and the gods we met are completely absent. And then there's the artwork. David Finch is not a bad artist, but he really under-performs here. Everything looks rushed and lazy, and Wonder Woman (supposed to be an adult) looks like a young teen-aged girl. After 35 issues of a series that was consistently one of the best books, if not the best, on the shelves, this is a terrible follow-up. I cannot recommend this book.

  • 4.5
    Michael71 Nov 22, 2014

    I was hoping this would be a good jumping on point for the New 52 Wonder Woman series. I was wrong. What little there was of story was mostly based on past events. I suppose I cannot blame the new creative team for my ignorance. I am on the fence about the art and inking. The lines seemed a little messy to me. Some panels were gorgeous! I felt the coloring was luscious and well done. I would agree with most reviewers that Wonder Woman looks like a pouty, well-endowed teenager. I hope this changes. I was looking forward to this series based on past issue reviews. My image of Wonder Woman was a proud, chin-up, embattled woman. My experience with this book was a lot different.

  • 3.0
    CharlieRock Nov 28, 2014

    Just about undoes all the cool points this character built since New 52 debut.

  • 3.0
    SaraSassypants Dec 17, 2014

    What did I just read? This is not Wonder Woman. I feel like all the amazing work Brian Azzarello did in the first 35 issues of this comic has all been for nothing. I didn't even notice the artwork the story was that bad..

  • 7.5
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