When two suns appear over Metropolis, Superman investigates. An investigation that set him team-up with Brazil’s Wonder Woman in a world’s finest adventure from Dan Watters, Leila Del Lucia and DC Comics
If you’ve already read the amazing Future State: Wonder Woman #1 you’ll have already witnessed the magic world she lives in. A mythological Brazilian landscape that presents such legendary characters similarly to writers such as Neil Gaiman in American Gods (and borrowing the concept of “tulpa” too) and Brian Azzerello’s during his New 52’s Wonder Woman run. Gods in t-shirts and jeans and wandering amongst us. Or, in the case of South American gods of the night and day – Kuat and Iae – running a farm on the outskirts of São Paulo. Coming off as Brazilian hipsters with their own line in home-brewed cachaça.
Dan Watters has made a career in recent years as a dabbler in the more diabolical when it comes to his choice of comic book projects, but even when taking on the more garish world of superheroes he manages to add enough of that old black magic into the narrative to make it more than your usual superhero story. Although Superman can’t seem to come to grips with the magic realism presented here, preferring to seek answers in the reassuring logic of science.
And that pretty much sums up the difference between these two superheroes too. While Jon Kent leans more towards the science-fiction origins of many superheroes, Yara Flor wouldn’t be out of place amongst the denizens of the Sandman universe. And not for the first time do I hope that the magic and mythical element of this all-new Wonder Woman does’t get forgotten when she makes her transition to the small screen. Although, in her cause to help humanity, Wonder Woman couldn’t be the more grounded of the two.
He life is one that the original Superman of Action Comics #1 would recognise in an instance. An Amazonian warrior fighting for social justice against rapacious corporations and corrupt individuals. Her complaints to Kent about the over-farming and deforestation of the rainforests isn’t a new argument, but it certainly one I haven’t voiced by too many superheroes beyond Swamp Thing. It’s refreshing to have such a prominent superhero espousing such views, I must admit.
In comparison, Jon Kent has lived the very privileged life indeed.
Leila Del Lucia provides the crisp, clear, clean artwork while Nick Filardi helps prints a colourful, bright future world in which Metropolis glows even more then usual, thanks to some radical topography. It makes for a bright and breezy comic that at times feels like a modern day fairy tale. Especially when Superman lays down a challenge to the ‘foe’ of this issue that sounds like something straight from an Aesop fable.
A great blend of magic and sci-fi to produce a comic book that has one foot in the DCU and another in the land of the Dreaming. And a Wonder Woman that gets from strength to strength with each appearance in this near-future state.
Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1 is out now from DC Comics