25241729Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Casualties of War collects issues #13-17 and is written by Peter J. Tomasi

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Superman and Wonder Woman—two of the world’s mightiest heroes—are the ultimate power couple. And yet, when a new superhero arrives out of nowhere asking for their guidance, the two Justice Leaguers can’t help but suspect that something is very, very wrong. Wonderstar has no past, no memories and only a strange connection to Superman and Wonder Woman. He claims his intentions are good, but when his true identity is finally revealed, it will take the combined strength of the Man of Steel and the God of War to take him on.

My Thoughts . . . 

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We have to get this out of the way – the art work is bad. There are a few panels that feel like the artwork may be Jim Lee-insprised. But other than that, it leaves much to be desired. Superman looks like he’s had too much plastic surgery. And most of the time, Wonder Woman looks nothing like Wonder Woman. It’s weird.

The writing is okay. It doesn’t provide much to what is basically an opportunity to see Superman and Wonder Woman battle some Big Bads together.

The new superhero/villain Wonderstar blames Wonder Woman and Superman for the death of his parents at the hands of Darkseid. Under a spell by Circe simply to achieve revenge, Wonderstar is actually nothing more than a puppet.

At some point Wonderstar becomes Magog. Wonder Woman recognizes it as a name from the Bible. Superman tells her it comes from the Old Testament, but “I don’t think he’s that old.”

Magog is most commonly connected with apocalyptic traditions, especially in Ezekiel 38-39, also in Revelation 20:8. Magog also appears in an apocalyptic sense in the Quran. In most cases, Magog is a metaphor for the enemy of God. But here, in this story, Magog becomes an enemy of the God of War, Wonder Woman herself.

There is this tension in the story between saving the few and saving the many. Wonder Woman strives to put an end to Magog once and for all. Superman is concerned about the lives of those around them. Which is perhaps the overall theme of the story. People are more than just masses, but individuals too.

It’s a good point, but poorly made.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for a digital review copy.