In Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #45, Wonder Woman explains the importance of always being your best, no matter who you are. But before she gets her message across, she's interrupted by Superwoman — who challenges everything Diana says.
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #45 begins with three girls – Jody, Nanc and Alicia – on the beach, having a friendly running competition. However, their race gets hijacked by Wonder Woman, who tries to teach them a lesson about doing their best.
And therein lies the problem with this latest installment of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman immediately interrupts these girls' chummy challenge, bests them to the point of showing off, and then preaches to them about what they should and shouldn't do.
Even the dialogue, written by Barbara Randall Kesel, has Wonder Woman coming across as having a huge ego — spouting off to the girls about how awesome she really is throughout most of the issue, how she's the best at everything because that's who she is. Eventually, it's so much that one of the girls even tells her she's being rude, but Wonder Woman won't hear it.
The story is only saved when Superwoman shows up to challenge Wonder Woman, saying that she could easily best the Amazonian princess by challenging Wonder Woman to a battle. Of course, as this is the first part of a three-story arc, let's hope that the whole point of this challenge is to bring this version of Wonder Woman's ego back down to size, because it's desperately needed.
A closer look at the dialogue, too, reveals a Wonder Woman who seems like she's 10: she uses the word "best" so many times throughout the issue that it's childish. But then again, is that the point? And if it is, this is not the Wonder Woman the world knows and loves. This feels entirely too untrue to the character.
The art, too, by Irene Koh, seems juvenile, as if it were done with chalks on a sidewalk. The lines are heavy and inconsistent and just somehow feel wrong for Wonder Woman.
Needless to say, things don't feel right with this issue: it simply doesn't add up for the world's favorite superheroine. With two more installments to go with this story, here's hoping that things get better in the follow-up issues.
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #45 is available now on ComiXology.