Review: ‘Wonder Woman: Love and Murder’ by Jodi Picoult and others

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler spent 16 years as a book club editor, most notably for the Science Fiction Book Club, and has been a judge for the 2005 World Fantasy Awards and the 2009 Eisner Awards. He is now Marketing Manager for John Wiley & Sons.

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11 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    "In the end, Wonder Woman: Love and Murder stands as the epitome of everything that’s wrong with superhero comics today: it starts nowhere, ends nowhere, and just tries to rope you into buying more stuff." –'nuff said!

  2. Alan Kistler says:

    Picoult never read any Wonder Woman comics before being selected as a writer and was pretty unfamiliar with the character and it shows. She's clumsy with the cast and it doesn't make any sense for Diana not to know how to order coffee when she's been living among humans for over a decade by that point. Nor is she one to just cry when things seem tough.If you know nothing about Wonder Woman, this book is a let down and can confuse you. If you know all about Diana, this book is insulting.

  3. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    For all their pomp and circumstance on how "we here at DC listen to our readers…" it's obvious when they don't at all. The best books seem to happen when they hand the reigns of a title, lock-stock-and-barrel to a creative team, and let them play. Is it really that hard to NOT force crossovers to make people feel like it's important.In Blue Beetle (a fantastic series) he ended up facing an ENTIRE ALIEN SECRET INVASION, all by his lonesome (albeit the book featured plenty of cameos) and you know what? It was awesome. The beetle (Jaime Reyes) survived, and learned several lessons about being a hero, all while being action packed, etc. Maybe DC (and marvel too) should just take the hint… The best books and moments can come in small issues. Crossovers just ransack monthly titles, and degrade what should be great character expanding moments and just become "point a to b" fodder that is worthless.

  4. Alan Coil says:

    DC hired Picoult for her name, hoping to attract outside readers. This story failed to keep any new readers it may have found. This is a pattern that both Marvel and DC continue to tread—hiring names to write comics that never wrote them before. Mostly, it is made of fail.There has been a lot of discussion in the last few years about editorial having too big a hand in the development of stories. This is obviously a case where there was NO editorial input visible. This was a horrible story.But I must take exception with the generality that it "…stands as the epitome of everything that’s wrong with superhero comics today…", as this is considered by many as one of the worst stories of the year. As a "worst story", it can hardly be considered "everything that's wrong…today", as most stories, even those that aren't very good, are very much superior to this one.

  5. mike weber says:

    Has anyone here read the limited series – White Tiger, i think? – that Tamora Pierce did for Marvel?If so, how is it?

    • Rob Webb says:

      Actually it was pretty good.

      • mike weber says:

        Well, i kinda expected that – Pierce may be the best current writer of YA fantasy/adventure with strong female characters working right now, but after the review of this Wonder Woman story i was starting to worry…

  6. s1rude says:

    As a fan of the character and an admirer of Ms Picoult's prose work (I've read two of her novels and, while they aren't exactly my thing, they are beautifully written) – this is probably the biggest disappointment in mainstream comics of the last ten years. Picoult is BIG in the word's only world. Like Oprah's Book Club big. And there was a substantial amount of mainstream press leading up to her "run". A collection with the cover shown above should have been a gateway to superheroic fiction for the uninitiated, if only it had been an above average – hell, an average story. Something that was impressive and/or intriguing to a much wider audience than the larger subset of fandom who will check out something by Whedon, Lindelof or Kevin Smith. But this review is spot on – these comics are horrible in almost every way you can imagine. I'd rather DC bury this than promote it as if it is what it should have been. I worry that if a newcomer does pick this up, it will lead to a determination that superhero comics are not for them.Pierce's White Tiger was okay. It suffered from too much telling and not enough showing in spots, but it was a decent story with some good character work. Pierce was also forced to work within continuity – not nearly to the extent of Picoult on WW, but still too much. Outside writers, especially those with name value to other segments of the market, should really be given their own minis or graphic novels outside of current continuity and edited the same as any other scripter if comics hope to use them as a means to widen their fanbase.

  7. qombat says:

    or maybe… she simply sucks at writting comics (superheroes)

  8. Barry Deutsch says:

    Actually, the big publicity push for the first ever regular WW writer wasn't for Picoult — it was for Gail Simone. As far as I know, Simone is still writing WW today.