In Review: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #6

All the characters got substantial, logical, and loving narrative beats within this contained, fast-paced issue.

Synopsis: The two most powerful women on television are here to fight the forces of evil! The battle for Paradise Island and the fate of the free world ends in this issue, with surprises galore. Now Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman — along with their allies and Max the Bionic Dog — face down the evil cabal of villains known as CASTRA on two battlefronts. Explosions, swords and armor, reformation, a literal cliff-hanger, and an army of Amazons versus an army of Fembots…it all ends here! No stuntwomen needed as the best-selling team-up fans demanded wraps up with a thrilling finale, written by best-selling author ANDY MANGELS (Star Trek & Star Wars) and illustrated by JUDIT TONDORA (Grimm Fairy Tales).

Review: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #6 was the finale fans deserved. Andy Mangels displayed a marvelous grasp of narrative economy. All the characters got substantial, logical, and loving narrative beats within this contained, fast-paced issue.

Mangels achieved all of his structural goals by relying on thematic bonds. Diana, Jaime, and Donna faced one obstacle. Additionally, Hippolyta and Fausta took on Radl in one of the issue’s most memorable sequences. The Queen of the Amazons was truly the Queen of the Amazons.

Meanwhile, at the villainous cabal’s base, Rudy, Dru, and Max each got to prove their figurative and literal metal. I particularly appreciated Dru’s confrontation with Dr. Cyber and Max’s (thankfully temporary) sacrifice.

It all culminated in a revelation that’s only shocking until readers come to terms with Mangels’ grasp of the internal logic. Again, he relied on narrative economy to fit the pieces of internal logic together.

As ever, Judit Tondora’s art was perfect. The single panel on page 5 encapsulated her efforts. It was a tableau lyrically entitled “Different Flowers From The Same Garden.” It depicted Diana and Jaime in their full Amazonian garb leaping together above the fierce battle for Paradise Island. They had become the sisters fans always knew them to be.

Writer

Andy Mangels

Art

Judit Tondora

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Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.

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