It’s nice to know that, with the polarizing version of the most iconic superheroine showing up in the pages of her main title, there are options for fans to get their fix of well written, well illustrated Wonder Woman stories. The latest addition to DC’s strong line-up of digital-first titles, Wonder Woman ’77, is simply fantastic. Written by Marc Andreyko with art by Drew Johnson (pencils and inks) and Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colors), the debut chapter captures both the heart and aesthetics that made the television series a huge success.
Much like Jeff Parker’s Batman ’66 digital-first series, Andreyko doesn’t require the reader to have prior knowledge of the television show, enabling anyone to jump into this world without hesitation. It’s clear that Andreyko is a fan – or at least well versed – in the television series. His dialogue and storytelling are a perfect match not only for the show, but for that particular era (1970s). Though there are couple instances where the dialogue is clunky, they do not detract from the issue’s overall enjoyment.
Drew Johnson and Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s art is simply fantastic. Aside from capturing the likenesses of Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner (nailed it!), the art duo manages to transpose the overall feel of the show to the page while widening the overall scope thanks to the lack of budgetary restraints. The result fills the world with bigger and bolder set pieces that don’t feel out of place in the world of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman.
Though the opening pages feature a fantastic action sequence, the standout moments take place when Wonder Woman (aka Agent Diana Prince) and Steve Trevor engage in “undercover clubbing” at Studio 54. Actually, they series refers to it as “Studio 52” for seemingly no other reason that to fuel the publisher’s obsession with the number 52, but this is a minor complaint. The amount of detail that Johnson packs into each panel is astounding. From the clothing to the cars on the street, Johnson doesn’t just draw the New York of the 1970s to life – he brings it to life.
Lastly, it’s important to note that title looks to be another series that “gets” Wonder Woman. It’s important to point that out, because she’s a character that many claim is difficult to do “right.” Regardless of your opinion of the main DC title, Wonder Woman ’77 joins Sensation Comics as another title available where readers can discover and fall in love with a character that has endured for nearly 75 years. When you take a step back and look at the talent that this character has attracted over the course of her publication history, it becomes more difficult to find a bad Wonder Woman story than a good one. Wonder Woman ’77 is definitely one of the good ones.