In issue #1 of Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman, the cabal CASTRA started causing problems in D.C. with bombs, threats, theft, and jailbreak. The government agencies brought together Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) and Jaime Sommers (the Bionic Woman). The I.A.D.C. (Inter Agency Defense Command), however, was breached anyway, and its director killed.
In the second issue of the series, Jaime and Wonder Woman are assigned to locate some stolen missiles aboard a ship. They get on the ship, but by the time they fight off the crew, the missile is headed for them. At a penitentiary, the jailbreak takes place and elsewhere, we find out who the villain behind all this mayhem is.
Writer Andy Mangels keeps the relationship between the title characters tight. After Diana and Jaime have a nice talk on the roof of Joe Atkinson’s house, they actually become rather close. Even later on in the issue, they exchange secrets, Wonder Woman reveals some of her abilities, and they talk in front of others with a clever and cunning dialogue that only the two of them really know the truth about. I’m really excited about how close these women are getting, solely because team-ups can accomplish more than a single hero (or, in this case, heroine).
If you read my review of issue #1, you know I was pretty pissed off about the sexism in the story, where the men looked down on the women. Mangels has largely changed that point of view in this issue. I don’t see sexism anywhere, and, moreover, I see women in positions of power. The I.A.D.C. trusts the women to go retrieve the missile and take on the enemies, and the enemies are led by a woman themselves. It’s a large shift over one issue (which doesn’t make all too much sense), but I appreciate the feminist (equality) aspect just as well.
Judit Tondora’s artwork makes the illustrations look almost like oil paintings. The slight resemblance actually adds a classy-looking quality to the issue, which is both respectable and appealing. Most characters have quite a bit of shading on them, but they all look like comic book characters—except Wonder Woman. She is made out to look a bit more realistic and absolutely gorgeous. I mean, it makes sense, but her overwhelming perfection stands out. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to, so I can’t judge whether this is a good or bad thing just yet. Roland Pilcz’s colors help with the realism in this issue, particularly with the use and inclusion of heavy light sources. This is actually a really good looking issue.
Both DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment have done a fabulous job with this second issue. The bond between Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman is strong and getting stronger, so the looming danger probably isn’t going to defeat them entirely. I’m not sure how they’re going to get out of the pickle they’re in currently, but I can’t wait to find out!
Written by: Andy Mangels
Illustrated by: Judit Tondora