DC Comics/Dynamite Entertainment 2016
Written by Andy Mangels
Illustrated by Judit Tondora
Coloured by Roland Pilcz
Lettered by Lois Buhalis & Tom Orzechowski
A sinister cabal known as CASTRA is causing problems in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, bombing a building, threatening scientists, stealing experimental missiles, and plotting a jailbreak. The U.S. government agencies bring their operatives together, including Diana Prince, agent of the Inter Agency Defense Command (and secretly Wonder Woman) and Jaime Sommers, agent of the Office of Scientific Investigation (and secretly The Bionic Woman) to counter the attacks. Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman are able to help, but the I.A.D.C. is breached by a mysterious villain, and the I.A.D.C. director, Joe Atkinson, is killed.
After last issue I can honestly say I was a little worried about reading this issue. While the concept is incredible and what fans absolutely go gaga over I thought the execution was off. Thankfully this one is told better than the first issue was. More story and storytelling and less of a fanboy doing a story feel and it’s very noticeable and appreciated in that regard.
Opening a book with a funeral is generally a sad occasion and while that’s still the case it is an opportunity for Jamie to talk to Wonder Woman and clear the air about the whole identity thing. With it being a Jewish Funeral and sitting Shiva it was a nice touch that Wonder Woman spoke Hebrew as her way of paying respect. That was something a lot of folks wouldn’t think to do.
I like the choice of enemies working within Castra. While I don’t remember her on the television show using Dr. Cyber as the villain was a nice touch here and she ties in nicely with the most famous and well loved of the foes the Bionic Woman had. This made it seem like a very natural fit for the two franchises to be teaming up on both sides. Also the flair for the dramatic that comes more from the WW franchise is also noticed and that is kind of fun to see.
The interiors here are extremely well done. I like the use of page layout with the use of angles, perspective and even some backgrounds. The likeness to the actors is nice and strong and still leaves room for interpretation. Seeing the modified spin was nice though that flash effect could’ve been stronger as i barely saw it.
There are moments that the dialogue borders on the cheesy but overall it really works. Like Steve’s wonder why WW never gave him a signal device and Diana’s explanation to the little quotes that remind us of an age gone by. Plus their own references to their past adventures firmly places this in their timelines. Also by the end of the issue I like that the two women act like old friends it adds a nice element to the story.
Much stronger than the first issue was and that makes the fanboy in me happy. With all the unique touches that make the franchise's fan favourites on display this one hits all the right notes.