Thursday, January 25, 2018

Reader's Diary #1717- Andy Mangels (writer), Judit Tondora (artist): Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman

This is my second time reading a Wonder Woman '77 comic and as I pointed out the first time around, not having watched the original Linda Carter TV series its based upon, I have to read it for solely for its value as a comic. This also holds true for the Bionic Woman character. I vaguely recall having watched The Six Million Dollar Man as a young boy, but cannot with any certainty say the same about the spinoff show.

While this trade decent job of catching me up on the Bionic Woman as a character, at least one of the comics handled the TV tie-in rather awkwardly, having villains recap old episodes in an overly long bit of exposition. For the most part, however, it's a fun crossover. It was also a bit unusual in that for most cross-publisher crossovers I've read there's been some explanation as to how the characters are just now meeting and that usually involves some sort of alternate universe theory. There doesn't seem to be any of that here and I don't know how either team will end up explaining why they don't always help each other out from now on. It's also a bit atypical in that most crossovers have heroes go through some sort of mistrusting battle phase to appease the fanboys who like to argue over "who'd win in a fight between." It's refreshing that the Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman only seem to have respect for one another. It was also an unexpected treat to have cameos from Wonder Girl and Donna Troy.

The art is fine, nothing groundbreaking, but I did quite like the photo-realistic covers by Cat Staggs.

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