Sensation Comics #23 Review

Sensation Comics #23 Review Sneaking off the island is just like sneaking out of your room.

Creative Staff:
Story: James Tynion IV
Art: Noelle Stevenson

What They Say:
“Wonder World” part 1 of 2! Teenaged Diana comes to Man’s World and discovers a wonderful place where she makes new friends. That part’s great, but her Amazon bodyguards are busy tracking her down and scaring everyone she meets!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The creative angles that this series gets to use is definitely still the most appealing part of it all and in many ways it feels like few other characters could really work this kind of diverse approach since there’s so static in so many ways. Wonder Woman hasn’t had the full depth of exploration over the years that she should have and this does that, but also makes it wonderfully all ages in its approach that helps to elevate it even if the particular piece from a creative team doesn’t work for you. This one brings together James Tynion IV, whose worked I’ve enjoyed so far on The Woods, and Noelle Stevenson with Lumberjanes. The two of them working together may not be the first thing you think of, but it also works well because they’re a wholly different generation of creators working with the property.

This book initially feels like it’s going to be another real world story where Wonder Woman is a fictional character, but it goes in a rather fun direction that doesn’t involve that. We’re introduced to a teenage girl named Riley who is just frustrated with events in her life at the moment because you have the unfortunate all too real situation of her being kept out of playing games she likes because the boys play the girl card on her and keep her from playing her favorite game at the boardwalk arcade. It’s even worse because it’s her birthday and it’s what she wanted to do, so the pushback from the boys had her abandoning her friends for a bit over it as well. Luckily for her, though she may not know it right away, is that while she’s on the beach she throws her bag of tokens into the water only to hit Diana as she’s making her way out of the sea.

But this is fifteen year old Diana, who has snuck off of Paradise Island because of the grief she’s getting there from an overprotective mother. So when she meets Riley and starts to learn what’s going on, it sets her off in a fun way as she wants to help her newfound sister with her problem by showing up the boys. The dialogue between the two of them is certainly amusing as it has the whole otherworldly aspect of it since Diana can’t process the slang and the like of the place, and she also sets herself up for a challenge with the game that she has no idea how to play. I was also just amused by the fact that the guys dominate the Dance Dance Retribution game here as every time I see these things, it’s almost always women that are completely rocking it. But it makes for a fun challenge here and watching Diana rally Riley and her friends to taking back what is theirs is very smile inducing.

In Summary:
Sensation Comics gets the first half of its story here and it’s definitely a fun piece overall, especially the kind of panic we see from Diana’s guardians back on the island as they realize they’ve been tricked. Rebellious teenage Diana is amusing. The arcade aspect and the time with Riley is pretty well done and there’s a kind of loose fun about it as it tells the story that gets Riley to slowly but surely stand up for herself and assert herself as she should, and for Diana to get a fun taste of teenage life on the mainland. Tynion’s script is smooth enough and works well, though I can see some people screaming agenda (it’s not) and Stevenson’s artwork is really good here with this story. While I couldn’t get into Lumberjanes, her interpretation of Diana and the others provides a fresh look at the characters and just has a great charm about it that makes me hope she gets a few more gigs on this title in the future.

Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: February 5th, 2015
MSRP: $0.99