Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman TPB (2017 DC/Dynamite)
Collects Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman (2016 Dynamite) #1-6. Written by Andy Mangels. Art by Judit Tondora. Cover by Alex Ross. Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman, the most beloved female icons of 1970s television, come together for globe-trotting action against their worst enemies! Diana Prince and Jaime Sommers team up to fight a rogue cabal bent on wreaking havoc and stealing deadly weapons. Can CASTRA be stopped before their real targets are revealed and lives are lost? And what three familiar villains threaten the unbeatable combination of bracelets and bionics? Bestselling author Andy Mangels (Star Trek, Star Wars) and artist Judit Tondora (Grimm Fairy Tales) join forces for a celebration of the original Girl Power! Softcover, 160 pages, full color. Cover price $19.99.
I have read and reviewed most of the issues so you can read over my previous reviews, but I will give impressions of this story as a complete package.
This story is very faithful to the original TV shows of Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman. This is a great strength if you are a hard core fan of the show. You get a bit lost if you are a more casual fan like myself. I saw most of the first season of Wonder Woman and I’ve maybe seen a couple of episodes of The Bionic Woman.
The writer throws in every last villain that appeared in the show and they attack Paradise Island. So every hero that appeared in those shows come forth to save them. So that either getting to see a lot of characters you’d never thought you’d get to see again or getting lost with a large cast of characters.
Also since the book stays faithful with the shows, it sticks with the 1970s ascetics of the shows, and those haven’t aged well. I am a big Wonder Woman fan, but every time I see the 2 season collection for the TV Show I am a bit hesitant to get them.
What I am trying to say if you are a fan of the shows it’s a big fun treat. If you are a more casual fan like I am, it’s fun and interesting but you aren’t missing out if you miss it.
I may be influenced by the fact that the art is so blemished by Dynamites cost saving measure to have the pencils go straight to colors. This would work fine, but they get a lower cost colorist to do it and so the effect is less than desired.
Below is an example of the pencils and then the colors on top.
The lines get muddied and lost especially with the characters faces, which were a lot of the “acting” comes from that helps convey the story.
Over all this book worked better as single issues instead of one collection because it gave me time to process all the various characters and what they were all doing. As a collection I get lost as I rush through the crowd of character in the books and lose track of what was it all about.
I give it a 2.5 out of a 5
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Review by: David Doub