With knowledge of the concept alone, I knew that Wonder Woman ‘77 Meets The Bionic Woman would be an interesting read from the get-go. The plot focuses on Wonder Woman (whose character is developed from the 1977 Wonder Woman television series) who meets Jaime Sommers, AKA the Bionic Woman (from the spinoff series of her name derived from the character who first appeared in The Six Million Dollar Man) through chaos in Washington. The pair go on to battle adversaries who have previously appeared in both of the leading characters’ TV series and protect Paradise Island from destruction. This comic was a peculiar read, and while it does have some positive aspects about it, it does fail in a good deal of places.
The issues that lie in this comic are mostly based on the storytelling. A great deal of the time plot points feel rushed to compliment the story, for example when the headlining characters meet for the first time, they save civilians from the burning Cramer Building, but it is all too quick in telling this part of the story, and then rushes the reader into a scene in which Diana and Jaime are to work together, with little rhyme or reason. It is difficult to tell why this collaboration is happening in the plot, and the rushed pacing of this section forces the reader to accept that it is happening, without them having understood why. In a lot of cases, scenes feel as though they’re cut off much too soon as they transition to the next and leave the reader with much to be desired. Characters are introduced only to serve as a light focal point for the climax of the plot, and some of the villains feel quite forced and ham-fisted, as the story tries to throw as many faces into the story as they can to serve as fan service for followers of both characters and their worlds. This is particularly frustrating when it comes to the villains, as the plots and motivations of the characters are diluted by the plot’s difficulty to shoehorn them into the comic to please its fans. This story feels rushed, and at some points feels more like a fan-fiction than a fully-fledged comic book series.
One thing this story does have going for it is that the characters of The Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman are written accurately in accordance with their source material, and the two of them compliment each other nicely. However, (and this is a spoiler by the way) the one moment where this falls apart is when Diana reveals herself to be Wonder Woman to Jaime early in the story, despite the plot detailing that she doesn’t do this with just anyone. Diana exposing herself as her superhero alias to someone she had met just the same day felt as though it was merely something the writers had tossed into the story to convenience the plot. Because of this I found myself very aware of the plot and its issues, and as I read further and further I felt more and more as though things were happening just because they needed to for the comic to progress, and things no longer felt natural or realistic (despite the disbelief one must set aside to be reading superhero comics).
As the comic came to a close I was happy to see the character development in Jaime and Diana, yet I felt a lot distinctly missing from the experience. The art style made the visual read a pleasant experience (for the most part) but delving any deeper into that makes it a confusing and mediocre book. The concept of Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman had great potential in pitting two great ’70s characters together, but the plot feels clunky and washed out. You may well enjoy the comic simply based on the novelty of two fond characters leading an adventure together. Fans of Golden Age heroes and the ’70s may find this entertaining, but in comparison to other modern comics? Perhaps it’s not worth the spin.
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The novelty of the characters coming together may be enough for some, but rushed plot points and forced character elements made this read a confusing one.