The stories from issues #6-10 of “Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman” are collected as Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman TP Vol 2
. These stories, like those in the parallel Batman Legends of the Dark Knight Volume 1 TP
and Adventures of Superman Volume 1 TP
feature unrelated stories set in different ‘continuities’, so they may be completely unrelated to the current New 52 universe.
There are a number of different stories by different creative teams presented here. There is a variety of artistic style, from out-and out cartoony to high-definition widescreen, and a range of stories from cosmic epic to human interest, and all are entertaining, none are dull or out of place, and all are suitable for 'all ages' (except possibly the opening story featuring the Cheetah, where Wonder Woman gets rather gorily stabbed).
The Superman and Batman stories are also published on-line in 10-page sections so each individual comic book may have 1-3 stories, made up of the 10-page sections. There is no mention of that in the small print for Sensation Comics, but it does follow the same format as the other two, and the Wikipedia entry states that they are published digitally, but not always before the paper edition.
This is an excellent collection of stand-alone stories, and while I normally prefer full-length and multi-part stories, I was incredibly surprised by the quality of this collection (as with the Superman and Batman volumes).
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Issue #6 contains two stories:
“Generations”, 22 pages, opens with Wonder Woman watching the mythical Phoenix performing its once-every-1000-years regeneration sequence. She is there to collect the ‘egg’ containing its ashes that the Phoenix leaves behind, for a reason that is explained in flashbacks, during her subsequent battle with the Cheetah, who suspects that the egg is the secret to the Amazons’ immortality, and wants it herself. This is a superb story, and actually sets the tone for several that follow it in this collection, due to the fact that this revisits the younger Princess Diana’s lessons that gave her the moral code that guides her adult life.
“Not Included”, 10 pages, is a very entertaining team-up with Big Barda, which begins when the dynamic duo are interrupted at their lunch by giant robot monkeys:
BB: “I love punching monkeys!”
WW: “Gorillas, not monkeys”
BB: “Even better.”
Classic villains, jokes, gorillas, and camaraderie now lost in time (Curse you, New 52!).
Issue #7 contains two stories:
“Venus Rising”, 20 pages, sees Wonder Woman assisting a privately funded expedition to Venus, which is carrying the crew to a space station orbiting there. There is an explosion which triggers a series of events, as crew members start to die, or fall into the atmosphere, and big giant monsters emerge from said atmosphere to attack the station.
There is a strange lack of logic and physics in this story, which is not really noticeable until you think about it afterwards; however, it does capture the feel of some of the classic Wonder Woman stories from the 1960s (when I was growing up). I must point out, however, that it was those 1960s DC stories that made Marvel Comics so appealing at the time.
“Rescue Angel”, 10 pages is set in Afghanistan (or similar), where a journalist is following a “Female Engagement Team” on its rounds among the locals. On the way back, they run into an ambush, and somebody does some heroic rescue work, but nobody is sure just who… This is an excellent story, and makes up for the silliness of the first one.
Issue #8 contains two stories:
“Sabotage in the Stars”, 10 pages, sees Wonder Woman assisting an Indian space shuttle launching which is being affected by mysterious accidents or sabotage. Guest staring Lex Luthor (cough, sabotage, cough.)
“Wonder World”, 20 pages, is a superb story, in a very cartoony style of artwork that perfectly catches the mood of the adventure, as a young Princess Diana sneaks away from Paradise Island and ends up on a beach outside a funfair, where she meet a girl having a bad birthday after being bullied by some boys at an arcade. How can an Amazon (even a junior one) not intervene to help a sister enjoy her birthday! Soon the girl and her friends are shown what a determined woman (even junior one) can achieve. Diana’s bodyguards eventually track her down and drag her off home, but not before they have been introduced to ice cream:
“How much do you think our boat would carry?”
Issue #9 contains two stories:
“The Problem With Cats”, 10 pages, is another very cartoony story in which the art is inseparable from the feel of the story. It opens with Wonder Woman battling to rescue Superman and Batman from three of her greatest foes, before a hand reaches in and snatches the Cheetah away, and we see that it is actually a fantasy being enacted by a little girl using her bigger sister’s dolls, for which misdemeanour she is grounded and set to cleaning the dolls while her sister goes off to the cinema. However, upon the sister’s return, fate takes a hand, and true Amazonian principles come to the fore, and soon the dolls are back in action. I want one of those Circe-enchanted Superman-pigs!
“Girls’ Day Out”, 20 pages, opens with Lois Lane interviewing Wonder Woman, a chore that neither are enjoying as the questions are supplied by the male editorial staff and are reflecting male-dominated stereotypical views of what women want to read. Fortunately, they are interrupted by a giant robot spearheading an alien invasion, and the two are quickly bonded as firm friends, recreating camaraderie now lost in time (Curse you, New 52!).
Issue #10 contains two stories:
“VIP”, 20 pages, is a ‘difficult’ story, which tries to pack too much plot into too small a space. It involves Wonder Woman acting as unofficial security manager (a favour for an old friend) to a young pop star who is under fire for moving into more ‘adult’ territory, and abandoning her early teeny-popper persona. Not everybody approves…
“Casualties of War”, 10 pages, sees Wonder Woman hunting down a dragon who has attacked a city. It turns out that the dragon’s family was killed by the Amazons during a war with a pirate city back in the Bronze Age, and it has finally found Wonder Woman, and will have its revenge…