REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 meets The Bionic Woman #2

Behind a cover featuring my personal favourite TV Wonder Woman costume, lies the second issue of the cross show continuity smasher, which sees our heroines struggling through a barrage of dialogue as the villains of the piece start to make their moves.

Following on from last issues attack, its time for the Diana Prince and Jaime Summers to attend a funeral, with the former having a quiet word with Wonder Woman advising that the she doesn’t need a bionic eye to see through Diana’s brilliant disguise. It’s a good thing that Clark Kent isn’t around or Lois Lane from the 70’s would be out of a plot device!  There is of course the evil plot to discover and foil and the pair are soon on the case, with the invisible plane making a non-appearance.

Andy Mangels continues to mine both shows vibes whilst somehow pointing out the frailties of both shows.  For the most part, it works well.  However, there are a couple of bits of dialogue that seems forced, almost as if the need to incorporate these elements are made to be the strength of the book.  In fact, that’s not quite true, with the oft-repeated foibles only serving to distract, thus spoiling the suspension of disbelief that was needed to enjoy the respective shows.  Despite parts being heavy-handed, at times Diana and Wonder Woman’s tone sound perfect.

Judit Tondora provides the art once more.  For all the good work on some of the close-ups of Wonder Woman, Tondora’s work seems to go astray when it comes to Jaime and don’t even get me started on some of the background characters and the lack of details.  It’s as if Tondora has thought that by doing just enough with the characters such as Oscar and Steve that fans of shows will fill in the remaining details.   Roland Pilcz provides a painted style of colouring that screams 70’s day glow TV.  Unfortunately, not even the great colouring job can save the disappointing art.  The design of the panels with their “Meanwhile in…..” boxes, familiar from the Wonder Woman show does add to the level of homage

As charming as an idea this collaboration sounds on paper, in actuality there is something that just doesn’t work.  Andy Mangels certainly tries hard and his love for Wonder Woman is pretty obvious for all to see.

Writing – 3.5 Stars
Art – 3 Stars
Color – 4 Stars

writer: Andy Mangels (best-selling Star Wars and Star Trek author, comic writer, documentarian, www.andymangels.com)
artist: Judit Tondora (relatively newcomer, Hungarian artist, www.tondorajudit.blogspot.com)
letterers: Tom Orzechowski and Lois Buhalis (award-winning letterers)
colorists: Roland Pilcz (Hungarian colorist)
covers: Cat Staggs (a). Aaron Lopresti (b)

 

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