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The first issue of this series was a fun and well-constructed action-packed exercise in both nostalgia and straight-ahead adventure. With Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2, I was looking forward to more of the same. To some degree, writer Andy Mangels and artist Judit Tondora definitely deliver. But there are times in the issue when the plot revolves around elements and characters which casual or new audiences to these properties are given no real introduction to, and that hurt my enjoyment of the book a bit.
I think if you are a devoted fan of with the Wonder Woman or Bionic Woman TV series, then the revelations in this issue would definitely have impact. I myself had seen both of these series in the past, but it’s been a long time, and I had to confess I spent a lot of time thinking, “Who is that person? What do they want? What’s going on?” If the script had spent just a bit of time re-establishing the relationships of certain characters to each other, then I would have actually felt the impact of these moments rather than kind of shrugging my shoulders.
When Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 doesn’t overly dwell on stuff from the mythos, it does capture that fun and earnest vibe of the first issue. Mangels and Tondora know that one of the draws of this series is seeing Jaime and Wonder Woman making a fun, smart, butt-kicking team and the issue continues to sparkle when it focuses on their byplay and adventuring. There’s a sense of humor to the issue that is just goofy enough without turning things into a joke or a campy pastiche; this is still an action/adventure story with stakes, but the creative team is firm in the opinion that doesn’t mean things can’t be fun as well.
The art continues to be delivered with panache, my favorite aspect being the kinetic layouts that ensure the issue moves along like greased lightning. Indeed, when there’s action happening, the book feels so quick and punchy. This energy is reflected in the script, which emphasizes the fun both characters are having in finally meeting someone who totally gets their way of life and their challenges. This aspect is probably best represented in a fun moment where Jaime and Diana discuss shared experience in punching sharks.
So, even though I was bit underwhelmed by the elements dealing with characters from the properties’ respective mythos that weren’t effectively set-up or explained, I continue to have faith that the creative team will clarify these elements as the series progresses. And even if these sections of the script therefore had less of an impact on me, I continue to enjoy the infectious sense of fun that permeates the issue. 7.5/10
Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 will be released this Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.