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Superman/Wonder Woman #10 - Superdoom: Chapter 2: Distance Review

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An upgraded Lois Lane takes on the God of War

The Good

Doomed continues to spell all kinds of trouble for Superman's world. With this week's chapter, writer Charles Soule addresses quite a few of the event's developments while also sharing a bit of insight into Kal-El. First and foremost -- and this comes as a double-edged sword -- the writer likely realizes not everyone is reading all of the chapters that appear in the various titles. Some readers may only follow specific titles and, if so, they've obviously missed out on some story progression in the other books. That means this one is as new reader friendly as it can get. Not only is there an extensive recap page, but we're told all of the basics as we jump from scene to scene. What's going on with Lois? How is this transformation affecting Superman, both physically and mentally? What the heck are Lana Lang and Steel doing in space? Soule's able to answer all of these questions while successfully taking decent steps with these elements, too. Even though a fair amount of dialogue may feel redundant for loyal readers, it's still able to move the event forward in an entertaining manner and, aside from one blatant bit of heavy exposition, the pacing remains solid. The issue leaves us on a legitimately interesting dilemma, too.

Paulo Siqueira (pencils), Pascal Alixe (pencils/inks), and Hi-Fi (colors) do a fine job presenting all of the characters, crazy special effects, and locations in engaging and even exciting ways. There's some pretty cool uses of perspective in there (love the one of SuperDoom looking at the reader over his shoulder) and Hi-Fi does an epic job handling all of the bright and impactful effects we're treated to. Whether they're explosions or a giant display of heat vision, it's all displayed in a very satisfying way.

The Bad

Making sure this issue is as new reader friendly possible means there's a lot of noticeable exposition. One scene is essentially covering everything that's mentioned in the recap page, too.

I know a key element in this series is the relationship between Supes and Wonder Woman and I understand Lois' mind is being influenced, but the dialogue about their "men" felt somewhat forced. These are two characters who are strong and compelling because of who they are, not because of who they're currently with and the need to use that in an argument felt odd. Usually I like the drama surrounding the relationship in this series, but this felt a bit off and almost beneath Lois. I suppose we could chalk her reaction up to what's going on, but even before that she seemed to have control of her dialogue. It would have been more fitting if they were able to discuss the scenario in another way, but it's really not that big of a deal.

Minor gripe: the style for Lois Lane and Wonder Woman's dialogue boxes appear to be reversed in one panel (when Diana deflects an attack).

The Verdict

The focus on Clark and Diana's relationship feels a little forced and the need to appeal to new readers takes a wee bit of a toll, but despite that, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #10 still manages to be an interesting and entertaining addition to the Superman: Doomed event. Not only does it cover a heck of a lot of ground, but it also gives us just a little more insight into how Clark is coping with his latest dilemma. It's just enough to help us appreciate what he's going through and it's still able to generate hype for what's to come. I don't know about you, but I definitely want to see what follows after that cliffhanger.

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Posted by Teerack

Since Superman/Wonder Woman and Batman/Superman are so good they should make a Batman/Wonder Woman book because I'd read that. To me it comes off like there is a lot of unspoken malice between the two in the new 52.

Posted by patrat18

@teerack said:

Since Superman/Wonder Woman and Batman/Superman are so good they should make a Batman/Wonder Woman book because I'd read that. To me it comes off like there is a lot of unspoken malice between the two in the new 52.

Eh, not really

Posted by 2cool4fun

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:

Since Superman/Wonder Woman and Batman/Superman are so good they should make a Batman/Wonder Woman book because I'd read that. To me it comes off like there is a lot of unspoken malice between the two in the new 52.

Eh, not really

Yeah, they don't do well together.

Edited by movieartman

DAT ART!

Posted by HushoftheWind

DAT ART!

Did Wonder Woman get hotter in the new 52 or has she has been like that? It almost felt like they took some of Donna Troy look and mixed it with Diana.

Posted by HolySerpent

I really want to see the artwork of brainiac-Lois lane. But Im skipping this story

Edited by ZbvmX

I've been waiting for this issue since forever. Brainiac Lois! Awyisssssssssss

Posted by Justthatkid

Didn't like the idea of Braniac Lois and the Metallo relationship I strongly dislike.

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Posted by New52Collector

Cool feats for Diana. Throwing lightning from her bracers. Or maybe it was a spear that was on fire? Anyway. Also displayed immunity to city level telepathy. Oh and was able to reflect telepathy back to Louise with her bracers. More importantly though, it was a good read.

Posted by New52Collector

Cool feats for Diana. Throwing lightning from her bracers. Or maybe it was a spear that was on fire? Anyway. Also displayed immunity to city level telepathy. Oh and was able to reflect telepathy back to Louise with her bracers. More importantly though, it was a good read.

Posted by Teerack

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:

Since Superman/Wonder Woman and Batman/Superman are so good they should make a Batman/Wonder Woman book because I'd read that. To me it comes off like there is a lot of unspoken malice between the two in the new 52.

Eh, not really

Yeah, they don't do well together.

That what would make the series work. Maybe DC fans really don't want to see anything new what so ever though and that's why the New 52 was successful. /shrug.

Posted by patrat18

@teerack said:
@2cool4fun said:

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:

Since Superman/Wonder Woman and Batman/Superman are so good they should make a Batman/Wonder Woman book because I'd read that. To me it comes off like there is a lot of unspoken malice between the two in the new 52.

Eh, not really

Yeah, they don't do well together.

That what would make the series work. Maybe DC fans really don't want to see anything new what so ever though and that's why the New 52 was successful. /shrug.

Really because we've been asking for a Shazam,Cyborg,Martian manhunter,Trinity of sin The question,Booster gold comic, for a long time now. Why would we want to see a god partner up with a mortal who can't even keep up with her? They would have to basically depower her, and nobody want's that.

Edited by Teerack

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:
@2cool4fun said:

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:

Since Superman/Wonder Woman and Batman/Superman are so good they should make a Batman/Wonder Woman book because I'd read that. To me it comes off like there is a lot of unspoken malice between the two in the new 52.

Eh, not really

Yeah, they don't do well together.

That what would make the series work. Maybe DC fans really don't want to see anything new what so ever though and that's why the New 52 was successful. /shrug.

Really because we've been asking for a Shazam,Cyborg,Martian manhunter,Trinity of sin The question,Booster gold comic, for a long time now. Why would we want to see a god partner up with a mortal who can't even keep up with her? They would have to basically depower her, and nobody want's that.

It works find in Batman/Superman. Unless you think every story should be about punching stuff as hard as possible without any plot.

Edited by patrat18

@teerack said:

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:
@2cool4fun said:

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:

Since Superman/Wonder Woman and Batman/Superman are so good they should make a Batman/Wonder Woman book because I'd read that. To me it comes off like there is a lot of unspoken malice between the two in the new 52.

Eh, not really

Yeah, they don't do well together.

That what would make the series work. Maybe DC fans really don't want to see anything new what so ever though and that's why the New 52 was successful. /shrug.

Really because we've been asking for a Shazam,Cyborg,Martian manhunter,Trinity of sin The question,Booster gold comic, for a long time now. Why would we want to see a god partner up with a mortal who can't even keep up with her? They would have to basically depower her, and nobody want's that.

It works find in Batman/Superman. Unless you think every story should be about punching stuff as hard as possible without any plot.

They've had plenty of comics together before, it works. Another thing is Geoff's whole love triangle thing he planted at the end of forever evil.

Posted by justice teen

I felt the whole Diana letting Lois go was out of character, She would never let an enemy escape unless she was dealing with something else. Also batman/wonder woman kinda wouldn't work as well, I feel that she is as power as supes and as skilled as bats so with a relationship thing going on it probably wouldn't mix well.

Posted by Primebonnick

ok i'm confused a bit why didn't diana comment on lois being green with the brianiac symbol on her head. She asks her if she is ok, i mean from seeing her one could tell she wasn't. Still i did love the art justing dying for this cross over to end so we can go back to SM/WW.

Posted by johnqestion

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:
@2cool4fun said:

@patrat18 said:

@teerack said:

Since Superman/Wonder Woman and Batman/Superman are so good they should make a Batman/Wonder Woman book because I'd read that. To me it comes off like there is a lot of unspoken malice between the two in the new 52.

Eh, not really

Yeah, they don't do well together.

That what would make the series work. Maybe DC fans really don't want to see anything new what so ever though and that's why the New 52 was successful. /shrug.

Really because we've been asking for a Shazam,Cyborg,Martian manhunter,Trinity of sin The question,Booster gold comic, for a long time now. Why would we want to see a god partner up with a mortal who can't even keep up with her? They would have to basically depower her, and nobody want's that.

It works find in Batman/Superman. Unless you think every story should be about punching stuff as hard as possible without any plot.

They've had plenty of comics together before, it works. Another thing is Geoff's whole love triangle thing he planted at the end of forever evil.

Well read Superman Unchained #7 and you'll see how useless Wonder Woman was when Batman got to be all cool. Scott Snyder didn't even use her well along side Batman and used her as if she was some tactic of Batman. She might as well been one of the many Batmobiles he had there. This demi Goddess who takes on heavy weights like Doomsday and Zod and First Born got kicked down in one go after we saw how cool Batman was. Yeah, can you see Diana sitting by waiting for Batman to whistle to her to come when he calls her? She was also used as muscle in the Batman and Wonder Woman issue while he gets to be all clever and posture. In Batman/Superman team ups Clark unfortunately has been portrayed too often as the muscle head and no brain so they could compensate for Batman and to do that to WW would be the pits. She should be standing with giants and taking on giants like she does in SM/WW. Both her and Superman at least are shown as intellectual equals. And according to recent questions taken by Geoff Johns on Reddit...there is no love triangle among the Trinity. That would have been a horrendous thing to do to WW anyway. And Catwoman and Superman by extension. Making Bruce a bit of a manipulative spying jerk and friend Clark could do without.

Posted by johnqestion

Lois Lane being possessed is a dumb plot point. Not even sure what that brings to the story or her and Clark's dynamic in the Superman book. I hope she goes back to normal after this. This 12 level intellect crap was started by Lobdell and I'll say it now, Lana Lang and Cat Grant are way more interesting than Lois in the new 52. Seems like Lois is so dependent on being Superman' squeeze, that on her own she isn't that interesting.

Edited by justice teen

@johnqestion: wasn't that the point of her before the new 52, to be his girl. Now that she isn't there really is not point to her.

Posted by DianaXKal

@hushofthewind: Wonder Woman was perfection before the reboot, in the New 52, she's perfect perfection! :D And where do you think Donna gets looks from? Diana <3 of course!