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– by Tim Jousma

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #25

STORY BY

Peter J. Tomasi

ART BY

Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Jonathan Glapion, Scott Hanna

COLORS BY

Wil Quintana

LETTERS BY

Rob Leigh

COVER BY

Ed Benes, Wil Quintana, Aaron Lopresti

PUBLISHER

DC Comics

Synopsis:

A severely injured Superman is need of healing, can Wonder Woman convince the Greek Gods to save him?

Review:

“Superman/Wonder Woman #25” picks up where “Action Comics #48” left off, with Superman severely hurt and in dire need of healing. This is where Wonder Woman comes into play, as she brings him before her fellow gods in hopes they can healhim. Cool, in theory, but soon everything sort of becomes cliché, and writer Peter J. Tomasi kind of just phones it in. We get Greek gods Artemis, Strife, Hephaestus and Eros to essentially “test’ Superman’s will and see if he’s worthy of being healed by them. The concept itself is a bit silly and “been there done that,” but it gets even worse as Tomasi essentially has the story reveal that Superman isn’t willing to kill to save others, won’t strike out against those who fear him, and simply won’t leave earth behind despite the fact that mankind won’t fully accept him.

Was any of that really in question?

The only real test that has any impact on the greater story is when Eros challenges Superman to really explore his feelings for Diana. It leads into the overall vibe and concept of the book, and honestly should have been the entire point of the tests to begin with. The book finishes strong on a nice cliff hanger leading into “Superman #48” and hopefully with the “Savage Dawn” storyline climaxing soon, the Superman related titles will be free to let their creative teams start telling their own stories.

The Hey!: Doug Mahnke and the art team continue to kill it on this series! Each issue they work on consistently blends together perfectly despite various inkers working on different pages. The art alone continues to sell this book!

The EH!: I can’t blame Tomasi totally, but I’m just over this “Savage Dawn” storyline, and Superman’s whiny attitude. I’m hoping he can really turn this book around once he’s not chained to this inter-series cross over.

The What?!: The last panel! Awesome shot and that cliff hanger!? Really curious how they plan on following that up!

Who Should Read This Series?: Are you fan of Superman and Wonder Woman? Well, no brainer! But if you just enjoy a good action/romance series, then definitely give this book a try. Just be prepared for a lot of “crossover” issues tying into other Superman or Wonder Woman titles.

Why Should You Buy This Book?: The art alone is fantastic, but if you’re a hardcore “collection” person then you’re gonna need this for the “Savage Dawn” storyline, along with other inter-series crossovers such as “Doomed.”

SCORE: C+