Superman/Wonder Woman #7

"Superman/Wonder Woman" #7 has a lot to tackle. It needs to serve as an epilogue to the first storyline that ran through issues #1-6, act as a prologue to the "Superman Doomed" crossover, and also work as a stand-alone comic in its own right. While having to hit all of those points keeps the book from being too riveting, Charles Soule, Paulo Siqueira, Eddy Barrows and Barry Kitson manage to make the comic more or less work.

Soule deals with the fallout (figuratively and literally) of last issue's atomic explosion, and what's nice is how he continues to keep an eye on the idea of this being "Superman/Wonder Woman," rather than a Superman or a Wonder Woman story that just happens to guest star the other hero. We see how each of them recuperates, one based in science and the other with mythological powers. But in general, that's why "Superman/Wonder Woman" -- both issue #7 and the series -- works so well. Soule makes this a real team-up between the two, neither being the center star, and lets readers see their relationship (personal and professional) continue to grow. It's probably no small coincidence that one of the best scenes here is just two pages of them going out to a club.

That said, "Superman/Wonder Woman" #7 has to juggle a lot here, and the end result makes the book a tiny bit uneven. It has to check off a lot of different boxes, and the end result is a comic that feels like it could be sliced into three different collections down the line. Each piece works well, but the three parts don't mesh together quite as much as they otherwise could.

The art team this month, on the other hand, works pretty well together. Siqueria and Barrows's pencils in particular match up quite nicely, although it certainly doesn't hurt that Eber Ferreira inks them both. Siqueria's art reminds me a bit of the late Michael Turner's, although with a more grounded sense of anatomy and an overall cleaner look. When Wonder Woman and Superman are flying through the air and looking at one another, their expressions on their faces just make the entire page shine. Kitson's two pages are instantly recognizable -- the characters' faces and bodies are a bit fuller and more solid -- but at the same time there's such a strong expression of joy on them that it instantly made me want to see an entire issue drawn by Kitson.

Hopefully the "Superman Doomed" storyline that "Superman/Wonder Woman" #7 is serving as prologue to works well; I'm enjoying "Superman/Wonder Woman" too much to want it derailed by a big crossover. Even when there's a weaker than normal issue here, "Superman/Wonder Woman" is still worth my and your time.

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