Review: Wonder Woman 1984 #1
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writers: Anna Obropta, Louise Simonson, Steve Pugh
Artists: Bret Blevins, Marguerite Sauvage
Colorist: Steve Buccellato
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Reviewer: Tony Farina
The 32-page one-issue special features two original storylines. The first features Louise Simonson (returning to Wonder Woman after the recent graphic novel Warbringer) co-writing with Anna Obropta (associate producer for the Wonder Woman 1984 movie), with art by Bret Blevins. In it, Wonder Woman must save the day from a hostage situation at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History without endangering her tour group. The backup story is written by Steve Pugh (artist of Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage and delivers a parable of the corporate wasteland of the 1980s as a greedy mastermind steals Wonder Woman’s legendary Lasso of Truth, leading Diana and Steve Trevor on a race to get it back.
Wonder Woman 1984 #1 has two stories by excellent writers and brilliant artists. One of the writers is actually an AMAZING artist in his own right. The tone is light here. The stakes are low. We are being teased about the movie we all wish Warner Brothers had released last November like they originally planned. The stories feature Diana at her best. We are reminded that Wonder Woman is the hero we all deserve. She is selfless and makes us all want to be better people. I love that.
The winners in this book are your eyes. The artists, Bret Blevins in the front half and Marguerite Sauvage in the back half just make us want to crawl inside this world and hang out. We feel safe here. Each of them have moments of awesome where Diana saves the day that are poster worthy. The sound effects by Travis Lanham are inspired. Thank you sir.
Wonder Woman 1984 #1 does not have a lot of weight. We know the stakes are low. Anytime the stakes are low, the book suffers a bit. Also, we have a harder time caring about these kids in the first story. They are fine, but let’s face it, we want Diana, not some randos at the museum. Still, it is all beautiful.
Wonder Woman 1984 #1 would work better had we actually had the movie. Still, it is pretty cool to see what will come. Also, I will never reject work by Steve Pugh. We all know that this book is going to sell like gangbusters. It should. Still, overall, this is fun. It was meant to be fun and it succeeds. Sure, there is some context missing, but I will forgive it and so should you.