Superman/Wonder Woman has just been announced. Written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Tony Daniel, the ongoing series will allegedly “explore the budding relationship between the DCU’s most powerful heroes.” I’ve seen quite a range of reactions to this announcement. Now I will admit the preview art looks a little bit silly and dramatic, but I think this series has plenty of potential.
There isn’t a lot of romance in comics these days, which I think is a shame. I remember specifically thinking a few years ago that it irked me how there were so few comic book characters in serious relationships. Surely if we had more then it makes the characters a lot more appealing to those with families, or those in long term relationships themselves? So whenever any comic is announced where a relationship is part of the story, I’m intrigued. That isn’t to say I’m entirely without worry. There are certainly a lot of pitfalls here that the series could fall down. I pray that it keeps an equal viewpoint on both characters, rather than falling into the trap of being a Superman book first. It needs to be a series that they share, where they’re treated as equal players. Especially since, unlike Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman isn’t a character that generally gets granted a second series.
Although artist Tony Daniel usually draws quite serious stories I think the tone of this comic should stay relatively light. Any story about a relationship between immensely powerful characters has potential to go in either direction, but we’re getting more than our fair share of deadly serious stories lately and I’d love to see a book that’s actually fun. I can’t remember the last time a DC comic actually made me laugh. Watching the two try find time for each other while juggling their ridiculous hectic lives could be quite amusing.
If it does end up being an awfully somber affair then there’s still plenty of potential. I suppose it would end up as more of a traditional team-up book, and when the leads are that powerful it could be quite entertaining.
To conclude, what I’m saying here is: let’s not condemn a series based on a sentence and one picture. We don’t know what it’s going to be like yet so whether the premise bores you, thrills you or enrages you, let’s at least give it one issue before we draw any concrete conclusions.
Superman/Wonder Woman is currently set for release in October. What do you think of the idea? Hit me up on Twitter at @PanelsAndPixels and let me know.