Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1 unites two of the run’s most intriguing characters in a lively story.
The best thing about Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1 is that it really does feel like two assured heroes teaming up in the middle of their crime-fighting careers. Both are new to their respective mantles, at least as far as fans are concerned, but both Wonder Woman #1 and Superman of Metropolis #1 made an effort to show Yara Flor and Jonathan Kent in action. Today’s Justice League #1 gave us a glimpse of the two together, but this story, written by Dan Watters with art by Leila Del Duca and Nick Filardi, helps to flesh out the dynamic.
Kind of, anyway, since the story opens with Jon’s morning routine in Metropolis and depicts Yara making a nuisance of herself elsewhere. Keeping both title characters separate for most of the issue actually works wonders, since we get to see how Jon has settled into the role after the self-doubt he expressed in his own book (I’m assuming this takes place after both characters’ solo runs, but I’m not sure) and get a sense of how Yara being Wonder Woman has impacted her community.
Yara is definitely the stand-out of the two. Her characterization from her own book continues here, as does the use of her specific mythology – here, in what would otherwise be a tale of some solar ne’er-do-well, there’s a distinct and welcome cultural component.
The art in Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1 is bright and lively, and after spending most of its time jumping back and forth between the title characters’ perspectives, the stage is set for a follow-up that brings them together properly. Based on what we’ve seen so far, it’ll be a welcome pairing.