REVIEW: 'Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman' #2 by Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora
The first issue of "Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman" was a great blast to the past when superheroic women ruled the television screen. What Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora have been able to accomplish in just two issues, is not only resurrect the joy of comics but establish a great working relationship with two iconic heroes. There's a mutual respect and camaraderie between Diana Prince and Jaime Sommers that makes this team-up click. It's a good thing too because they're up against some formidable foes who reveal themselves this month.
The beauty of this series is that both characters are easily accessible. You didn't have to have seen the television series to understand what's going on but for those that did it's a worthy trip down memory lane. Here, they must deal with the aftermath of Director Atkinson's death. It's handled well and sincerely. Too often, especially on TV, some deaths are glossed over and forgotten. Out of that, the two women come clean to each other about who they are and what they believe. It's an honest and revealing moment that strengthens their friendship.
As they attempt to intercept some stolen missiles, the villain is revealed. For fans of the shows, it'll be a favorite moment but cool enough of a reveal to intrigue new fans. The big bad is devilishly portrayed and a fun contrast to the more congenial do-gooders of the book. The conflict also allows for more fun action sequences from our heroines.
Tondora lays out a well-paced story that adroitly transitions from heavy dialogue to sky-high action. He does justice to the depictions of Lynda Carter and Lindsay Wagner that extend their roles beyond the small screen. They've been given new life without aging a bit. Pilcz's colors are subtle and complementary that infuses life in each scene without oversaturating the panels.
'Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman' is moving right along without feeling rushed giving our heroines time to gel while kicking ass. The high-stakes and the villain are revealed giving the series some momentum going into the next chapter. It's a solid fun read that makes comics enjoyable again.