Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wonder Woman Comes to America: Sensation Comics #1

Sensation Comics #1 picks up right where All Star Comics #8 (Wonder Woman's introduction) left off. It opens with Diana's transporting the still-unconscious Steve Trevor back to the US. There she plans to help save the world from the Nazis and the threat they pose to the Amazonian ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality.

We also get our first look at Wonder Woman's plane, though here it's not invisible, but merely "transparent." I guess that plastic version in the TV show was more accurate than I thought.

She lands in an abandoned field outside of Washington and finds a place to hide her plane, then she delivers Trevor to the military hospital.

Shortly after that she foils a robbery and draws enough attention to herself that she gets an offer to perform her "Bullets and Bracelets" act before an audience. She makes a bit of dough that way, but when she reads in the paper that Trevor's recovering, she quits the act and goes to the hospital.

It's disconcerting to see, but she really does seem to be smitten with Trevor. Like, lovesick smitten. She stands outside the hospital and thinks about how she's going to get past security. "Steve... Steve... I've got to see him - be near him - but how?"

I don't know why that bothers me like it does. I guess, deep down, I don't want Wonder Woman to need anyone that badly. But what's the harm really? Is it weakness to be in love? I don't believe so. And Trevor really is a good, capable guy (at least at this point in the comic).

Probably though, I'm reacting to Diana's not knowing Trevor at all. She's all ga-ga over him, but she's never actually talked to him. And all he's said to her was some delusional mumbling about her being an angel who rescued him.

Then again, he's the first guy she's ever seen and she's clearly heterosexual. Maybe it's natural that she thinks she's in love with him. It's just different from the modern Wonder Woman I've gotten to know. Then again again, contrasting those differences is a big part of my reason for going back and reading these early adventures.

Anyway, she decides to try to get into the hospital.

I always thought that Diana Prince was a name Wonder Woman created for herself, but she bought it from this gal and replaced her in society. That's weird. I wonder if they ever followed up on the real Diana Prince.

Anyway, once Steve Trevor wakes up, he learns about a Nazi plot to bomb Americans with a new poison gas and discharges himself from the hospital. Wonder Woman finds out about it too and decides to help.

"The impetuous darling." She really is giddy about him, isn't she?

Trevor bravely flies his plane into the poison gas bomber and bales out at the last minute. His 'chute doesn't open, but fortunately Wonder Woman is close by.

Together they defeat the Nazis, though Trevor is injured again in the process. Back in the hospital, he can't stop talking to his new nurse Diana about his infatuation with Wonder Woman.

And so we have another fake love-triangle like the one between Lois Lane, Superman, and Clark Kent. This one's a bit easier to take than Superman's though, at least at first. Diana needs to disguise herself to stay close to Trevor. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if Wonder Woman was hanging around all the time, but the hospital might.

As the series progresses though, I imagine it'll be more and more difficult to explain why she keeps up this ruse. We'll see.

Next time: Wonder Woman gets her first recurring supervillain.


  1. Kind of weird Diana Prince selling her credentials during war time. I guess she missed all the "Loose lips" posters and what-not?

    Nice writeup.

  2. The real Diana Prince does return in Sensation #9.

  3. The dialog is obviously terrible and the art is crude, but it is a pretty solid story from a plot and character stand-point.