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Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 at 03:31:15 pm EDT (Viewed 104 times)

Curious, unexpected, and Initially exciting solicitation for January's two Wonder Woman issues...

    Written by JAMES ROBINSON
    Cover by PAUL RENAUD
    Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
    “SWAN’S SONG” part one! Vanessa Kapatelis thought the world of Wonder Woman—nobody had treated her with more kindness after the accident that shattered her life. But tragedy wasn’t finished with Vanessa...and she’s come to believe that the woman she trusted most is the author of everything that happened to her!
    On sale JANUARY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

My first thoughts were on how remarkable it is that DC comics have so fully embraced and absorbed the continuity that stretches back to the great restarts of 1986. But while James Robinson at first appears to be picking up on since resolved plots from Phil Jiminez' run a closer look at the wording of the solicit suggests that the return of Vanessa Kapatelis might not be any sort of indication of continuity at all. What "accident" shattered her life...?

Hmm, James Robinson's love of continuity does tend to bog down and distort his storytelling capabilities as time passes. After the use of already existing stock characters in his opening storyline some new ideas and situations would be much appreciated, because as with the Superman books there's only so much one can take when writers are refusing to aim for some originality and imagination, and instead turning to old stock and other peoples stories and characters for story fodder. This now constant recycling has got to stop... Surely DC aren't paying good money to be satisfied with such constant reserving of existing stock and already well-worn ideas?

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