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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 138

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the first issue of Greg Rucka’s acclaimed Wonder Woman run.

Enjoy!

Wonder Woman #195, by Greg Rucka and Drew Johnson, tells two concurrent stories.

In one, we follow a new recruit to Wonder Woman’s embassy staff.

In the other, we follow Wonder Woman on a peacekeeping mission. Rucka and Johnson make sure not to show Wonder Woman clearly during any of the peacekeeping mission. She’s either a blur, off-panel or otherwise obscured. That leaves her first full appearance for the end of the issue, as she meets the new recruit, who has been spending the whole issue getting acquainted with Wonder Woman’s staff and the crazy life they all live, including occasional visits from Superman (NOTE: At this point in time, Donna Troy was “dead”).

“The” moment for me has to be the ending, with Wonder Woman taking him flying.

Rucka did a great job integrating embassy life into the comic, before crossover craziness really took over the title towards the end (it was still GOOD, but the book worked better when Rucka had more of a free hand with it all – even if he was responsible for some of the crossovers involved).

26 Comments

I hope DC really puts a moratorium on these superhero-worship stories for a while, especially involving the “big three.” We get it, they’re awe inspiring, yet “just like us.” Okay.

I guess you’re enjoying the big three becoming literal gods in Trinity, T.

Also, isn’t the Minotaur named after King Minos, not where he’s from but who he belongs to?

That first panel with Ferdinand is probably the least natural scene of a minotaur cooking that I have ever witnessed. He looks so posed, almost taxidermist.

He is posed, as anyone who knows minotaurs, knows they love to impress new people.

Where do I get to know minotaurs? Especially cooking ones? I’d really like to meet one. Wonder Woman, too, by the way ;)

Those first few issues by Rucka with all that embassy/book publishing-stuff were by far the most appealing WW-Stories I ever read. Gotta read them again some time soon…

“Those first few issues by Rucka with all that embassy/book publishing-stuff were by far the most appealing WW-Stories I ever read. Gotta read them again some time soon…”

I haven’t read them…but I’m tempted to now!

That first panel with Ferdinand is probably the least natural scene of a minotaur cooking that I have ever witnessed.

You mean there are other scenes out there of minotaurs cooking? (I’m not being facetious by the way, this is an honest question)

I guess you’re enjoying the big three becoming literal gods in Trinity, T.

I’m not reading Trinity, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Given all the all-out in-story fawning of them in the modern DC comics, it really is the next logical step. I think they should just make them an all-out religion in the DCU and get it over with. At least they didn’t use the word “iconic” anywhere.

This reminds me very much of Waid’s first issue of Fantastic Four.

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 19, 2009 at 5:26 am

Shouldn’t WW be saying “Up, up, and away”, or is that Superguy’s trademark?

This is SO straight.

You mean there are other scenes out there of minotaurs cooking? (I’m not being facetious by the way, this is an honest question)

I’m sure there are entire “minotaurs cooking” fetish sites out there. There are for most things.

I know you’re joking buttler, but i’m disturbed at the fact that the idea of a genre of art dedicated to minotaurs cooking intrigues me.

Never heard of Rule 34, T.?

found that moment cool right after Johnathan almost messed up his pants seeing superman visit. and that flying scene almost could get the comic censored if misintrepeted

Hahaha loving these xkcd jokes.

I don’t know guys, this looks great! I just wish there was one nice hardcover for all of this.
Still, Ill enjoy tracking down all of the issues. It’s all about the chase, I guess.

Man, I loved Rucka’s run. I wish DC had kept that setup and cast after Rucka left. I don’t think Wonder Woman has had a stable cast that lasted more than one creator since Perez’s reboot in the 80s.

It’s doubly entertaining once you later learn more about Jonah. (And anyone who’s read the rest of Rucka’s run knows exactly what I’m talking about.)

I miss Ferdinand. Maybe Gail will bring him back. He seems like a character that would fit in well with her writing style.

i think a much better moment his Jonah meeting Superman. Somehow the Wonder Woman meeting and flying just falls flat. it seems a little silly and out of character somehow. maybe it just feels that way out of context.

Superman’s awesome here. “It happens.”

Also, minotaur chefs. So, yeah, best Wonder Woman comic ever.

Was Jonah a part of Checkmate?

Daniel O' Dreams

May 19, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I remember when I first read this issue (I stopped buying WW after Rucka’s run) being reminded of the first episode of The West Wing. So much so I actually thought it an homage. A very cool moment from one of Wondy’s few cool runs.

Wait. Ferdinand??? After “Ferdinand the Bull”?!?!

Bwah-hah-hah-hah-hah-haaaaaaaa!

Daniel O’ Dreams
May 19, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I remember when I first read this issue (I stopped buying WW after Rucka’s run) being reminded of the first episode of The West Wing. So much so I actually thought it an homage. A very cool moment from one of Wondy’s few cool runs.
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Break’s over.

Wow, it’s so nice to see Everett K. Ross got some work after his stint with the Black Panther.

Ethan Shuster

May 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Interesting to see Wonder Woman flying a guy around the city, in contrast to Superman so many time taking a woman up with him.

Wonder Woman doesn’t eat meat? What the hell? That def had me rolling my eyes…

I like the art. Reminds of Dodson.

One thing I did enjoy about Rucka’s run was him updating the Gods and turned them into something seemed something like the West Wing.

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