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Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #1

Written by Andy Mangels
Art by Judit Tondora
Variant Cover by Dan Parent
Published by Dynamite and DC Comics

With a new solo movie coming out, Wonder Woman is more popular than ever, and fans in their thirties and forties are remembering the delightful Lynda Carter live-action television series. Shows of that era have made a comeback with such comic books as Batman ’66 and The Bionic Woman, so a crossover miniseries uniting two of the most important women in television is an inevitable treat for the nostalgic.

In this story, technologically enhanced Jaime Sommers and Wonder Woman team up for a multi-agency mission against a new cabal called CASTRA. The plot feels very much of the era, with knockout gas and goofy disguises, and the women get several large action sequences. Yes, the creative team knows to make “Deeneeneeneenee” sound effects when the Bionic Woman jumps or “ting ting ting” noises when Wonder Woman deflects bullets off her bracelets. The art captures the film quality of 1970s action shows, with plenty of era-specific props and costumes. Readers are in for a light-hearted blast with this issue. This will make a great stocking stuffer for the person in your life who wants to see the origins of modern TV women like Buffy and Supergirl.

But the most important part for you, Ultimate Comics reader, is that this issue comes with a variant cover exclusive to Ultimate Comics, drawn by Dan Parent, a longtime friend of the North Carolina Comicon and Archie comics veteran. So once you snatch up this gem, keep it handy and bring it with you this Saturday! Dan will be in town to sign books at all three Ultimate Locations. If you can’t make it to the Raleigh store from 10 to 11 or the Cary store from 12 to 3, come by the Durham/Chapel Hill location at 4 for a live interview and Q&A session, followed by signing until 6.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics