With so much going on in the DC Universe and the mega-event Convergence looming on the horizon, it’s easy to lose sight of the amazing digital first comics coming out every week. You don’t want to do that, and you particularly don’t want to fall behind on Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, which has become one of the most original, cutting edge and flat-out fun comic books that we’re publishing right now.
You don’t need to be familiar with Wonder Woman’s continuity, backstory or supporting cast to understand it. In fact, all you really need is an interest in compelling, unique super hero storytelling. The fact that it stars one of the most popular characters in pop culture who almost never gets the anthology treatment is just gravy—but admittedly, pretty awesome gravy. After all, it’s the chance to write or draw a Wonder Woman tale that has drawn such a cool collection of creators to Sensation Comics.
Case in point, Sensation’s newest creative team: Writer Cecil Castellucci, Penciller Chris Sprouse, Inker Karl Story and Colorist Jordie Bellaire. Castellucci is a popular YA novelist and comic writer who is probably best known (at least around here) for her MINX series, The Plain Janes. Sprouse, Story and Bellaire are the art team behind the recent Tom Strong. What’s a Wonder Woman tale conceived by these very different creative forces look like?
Guest starring Lois Lane, the two-part “Girls’ Day Out” reveals what happens when two of DC’s most famous female characters connect for an interview. It’s smart, whimsical and fun. It makes you wonder why these two don’t team up more often. And it’s an absolute must-read for anyone looking for strong, positive female-driven super hero comics.
In the spirit of their story, we decided to sit Castellucci and Sprouse down for a little interview of our own. Enjoy…
What’s your favorite thing about Wonder Woman?
Cecil Castellucci: One of my favorite things about Wonder Woman is how much care and love she has for humanity. I think that it is extremely brave of her to leave her island and forge her own life. It takes guts to leave what you know and go to a place where you are the unknown. I also think that her strength comes not only from her superpowers, but also springs from her amazing sense of self. She knows exactly who she is and she makes no apologies for it. She's singular, but while she's so different, she's relatable to us mere mortal women. Wonder Woman shows us all that we have our rare particular talents and our turn to shine. Sometimes it's only Wonder Woman who has the skill set that can save the day. As a lady, I appreciate that.
Chris Sprouse: I've always loved the mythological aspect of the character. Wonder Woman is not just a female Superman—she's a god! She's not a human being, and I like the way Cecil played her in our story: she's a stranger in a strange land.
What do you hope readers will take away from this story?
CC: Our first impression of someone is wrong, and if we're woman enough to see it, our whole view of the world can open up. I really wanted to highlight the fact that while Wonder Woman is very different than Lois Lane, they are both extremely capable. Wonder Woman, though she's in our part of the world, it's her adopted home and she is still a fish out of water. She's strong in ways that are obvious sometimes, but Wonder Woman is also strong enough to notice other kinds of ways that strengths manifest themselves. I think we all need to be reminded of that sometimes and that there's no need for competition or jealousy between these two women.
I hope that people read the story and see how these two formidable women respect each other and see each other in a new way by seeing the qualities that they have that are uniquely their own.
CS: The story is a 20 page character study, a comparison/contrast of the two lead characters, and I hope readers come away from it feeling like they learned a little about what makes each one a strong person and a strong character, but in different ways.
When the recorder is off and the conversation’s off the record, what do you think Wonder Woman and Lois Lane talk about?
CC: I think when the recorder is off, they just get deeper into the conversation that they are already having. They probably talk about how hard sometimes it can be to be a strong kickass lady in the world! They kind of have a lot in common in being very focused on what they are doing and sometimes having been the only lady in the room. I mean, obviously there are a lot of reporters that are women now, and more and more female super heroes (more, please!) but when Lois and Wonder Woman started out, they were kind of singular and uncommon in that they were women.
I think that if they are able to have a long conversation about their long impact on pop culture and how far they've come, they would totally do that! Maybe they give each other some tips on dealing with workplace stress, both now and then. I think that they are both fierce feminists and great role models and likely they chat about that and what it means for each of them. And I one hundred percent believe that they strategize on how they can effect change for gender equality.
CS: Based on our story, it looks like they're just now striking up a friendship with a little mutual respect after not really trusting or knowing what to make of one another for a while, so I imagine they talk about the things all new friends talk about: their personal lives, their careers, their childhoods.
“Girls’ Day Out,” by Cecil Castellucci, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Jordie Bellaire, makes its digital first debut in SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #26.