Review: Wonder Woman ’77 #1

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Writer: Mark Andreyko
Artist: Drew Johnson
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Synopsis:

Take a trip back to the days of disco with everyone’s favorite Amazon Princess. Wonder Woman hits the dance floor in pursuit of an escaped Russian spy.

Review:

It seems as if DC has been having some good success lately with its line of Digital First comics. Injustice has garnered a lot of fans. Sensation Comics has filled a need for Wonder Woman fans. Batman ’66 has recaptured a sense of fun that has been missing from Batman for a while. In the vein of Batman ’66, Wonder Woman ’77 captures the feeling of the television series, pitting Wonder Woman against Cold War-era villains.WonderWoman77p8

The feel of the show is there from Lyle Waggoner’s three piece suit to the conversation with I.R.A., the supercomputer that looked like a Lite Brite on steroids. The inclusion of a disco element to the story is right in line with the TV series, and Drew Johnson takes every opportunity to draw glamorous portraits of Lynda Carter, almost to excess. Without spoiling it, I do have to say that the disco segment best captures the feeling of the TV action within this first installment and sets the stage for the inclusion of a character from the comics that didn’t appear until well after the disco era ended. It’s not a character that would have appeared in the TV show, but I instantly was thrilled to see the comic for the TV show go into an area that the namesake would not have, including the inclusion of a cocaine reference.

The story is nice, but like the TV show, seems too dipped in cliché, and the overabundance of posed Lynda Carter shots bothers me. It was one too many, in my opinion, without one really of her as Wonder Woman. The layouts are outstanding, with stars everywhere, and I think Drew Johnson managed to do the Wonder Woman/Diana Prince transition adequately, but something there was missing. For an effect that is tattooed into the brain of anyone that grew up watching this show, I don’t know that it could be accurately captured.

I’m personally hoping that this series marks the start of a trend and we see Superman ’55. I think Superboy ’88 or Superman ’95 might be taking it a bit too far, but one thing comics has shown me is that if done right, anything is possible.