“Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman” #6 collects three stories from the digital comic by the same name into a print edition. The out-of-continuity, anything-can-happen nature of the digital comic series has always promised a lot of fun but, for this issue at least, the contents aren’t quite as inspiring as one would imagine.
The high point of the stories in “Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman” #6 is Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder’s art in the main story, “Generations.” Johnson’s layouts were never quite suited for the digital version of the comic, due to the page not having all panels cleanly divided between the top and bottom halves of the page. As a result, some panels had portions chopped off and other ones looked to be re-arranged. That’s not the case here, and Johnson and Snyder’s art comes across much more energetic and expansive. His return to the character after having drawn her about ten years ago is definitely welcome.
Michael Jelenic’s story for “Generations” feels like it’s trying to be a Wonder Woman specific story — it works in both elements involving family and the agelessness of the Amazons — but somehow still comes across as a little generic. Cheetah’s presence feels like it’s solely because she’s part of Wonder Woman’s rogues gallery more than anything else, and the story itself comes down to little more than a brawl with occasional flashbacks and cutaways to Hippolyta. Jelenic definitely put some thought into the story, but it’s not quite coming together.
The story, “Not Included,” is also unfortunately the lesser of the shorts. Matthew Dow Smith’s art is very uneven; some panels look great with his blocky style carving out images of Wonder Woman and Big Barda, but others look half-finished and like little more than a sketch. The fight scene in this issue is incredibly lacking in energy; Wonder Woman deflecting blasts with her cuffs or kicking robot gorillas looks like a Barbie doll put into different poses. It’s very stiff and not at all lifelike.
Adam P. Knave’s story also lacks in any real energy, which is frustrating considering that it uses the wonderfully ridiculous Brain and Monsieur Mallah. While the conclusion to their fight feels like a nice touch that is specific to Wonder Woman’s character, getting to that point is generic and forgettable. It’s a shame, because the basic concept of these heroes going up against one of the stranger classic super-villains of the DC Universe could have been a lot of fun.
There have been some really fun and inventive comics in “Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman” over the past few months, but the danger of an anthology title is that occasionally some stories just don’t quite hit their mark. In the case of “Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman” #6, this print issue has the misfortune of collecting several chapters that all fell into the latter category. If you’re interested in picking up a print edition of this digital-first title, this probably isn’t the best entry point. Johnson and Snyder’s art is really nice but, otherwise, it’s ultimately forgettable.