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Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman is a (primarily) Web First Anthology Comic that was published by DC Comics from 2014 to 2016.

The book had a fairly unique concept with each creative team being given relative free rein as all their tales were "continuity free" and were not intended to fit into any DC reality but could take inspiration for their settings from any of them. Every story features a different unique version of Wonder Woman and a new creative team. Notable writers and artists who worked on the series include Gail Simone, Amanda Deibert, Phil Jimenez, Marcus To, Adam Hughes, Cecil Castellucci, Karen Traviss, James Tynion IV, ND Stevenson, and many others.

Most stories were one shots which went from start to finish in a single issue, but some took place over two to three issues.

For characters who act as key players see the Wonder Woman character sheet.


"Gothamazon" by Gail Simone

  • Badass Boast: Diana gets two really nice ones:
    "She told me to use Gotham solutions. I told her, I am an Amazon. We invented Gotham solutions."
    "I will remain Diana. And Gotham will change to accommodate me."
  • Battle Boomerang: Wonder Woman uses a pair of W shaped boomerangs in this continuity reminiscent of Batarangs, or Wondy's old ability to use her tiara as a boomerang. She says Io made them special for this Gotham mission, implying they're a sign of respect for the Bat from the immortal smith.
  • The Cavalry: Diana and her contingent of Amazons is the calvary, for a Gotham that's quickly gone nuts after a bunch of Bat-Rogues decided to team up and actually work together rather than undermining each other as they usually do. They are a more literal calvary than most, as her Amazons are a horseback cavalry unit.
  • Cool Car: The Batmobile shows up, then get blown up on page two. It's back up and running along with its owner on the final page.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Joker tells Man-Bat:
    "Langstrom go help these people up, would you? '''Way''' up."
  • Holographic Terminal: Oracle's set up has her encircled with a mass of holographic screens.
  • Honor Before Reason: Joker insists on keeping his bet with Harvey, even though it means he's essentially a non threat for the whole attack outside of his manipulations and planning. This is still plenty dangerous given he's the brains behind the whole operation, but it could have been so much worse.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: As we see The Penguin, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, The Riddler, and Man-Bat all get taken down, we see The Joker... hailing a cab.
  • Shout-Out: Harley gives one to Sailor Moon with her "What's that, Sailor Mope?" line.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Averted. When Batman, Robin, and Nightwing are sidelined by the villains, Oracle decides to call in a Justice League member, settling on Diana.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Gotham goes to hell in a matter of hours, four to be exact, when the Bat-Rogues manage to actually team up properly for once. The text outright states the Bats and Birds often rely on the Joker, Two-Face, and Crane's complete inability to work together so everyone putting aside their differences is very not good for Gotham. The only one whose not fully on board is Man-Bat, who doesn't really want to hurt anyone but is not very intelligent in his transformed state and has been convinced Joker can give him the serum to turn back.
  • Villain Team-Up: Wonder Woman is called in by Oracle to help after the Bat-Family is overwhelmed and Batman, Nightwing and Robin are taken down by a team-up that includes a fair portion of his Batman's Rogues Gallery.

Wonder World by James Tynion IV

  • Black Bead Eyes: Nate Stevenson's cute art for "Wonder World" gives all the characters black dots as eyes.
  • Bland-Name Product: 15 year old Princess Diana swims to the mainland and plays "Dance Dance Retribution" at an arcade with some other teens she befriended.
  • Ditch the Bodyguards: Diana ditched her guards Techne and Epistime first thing, in order to go out on her adventure in the wider world.
  • Eyepatch of Power: The taciturn Amazon guard Techne has an eyepatch over her left eye, and a scar running under it.
  • Eyes Out of Sight: Riley's silent tall thin friend has bangs that completely cover her eyes, showing her teenage awkwardness and shyness.
  • Gilded Cage: Diana is a princess who lives in a grand palace in a dimensionally displaced utopia but her mother's insistence that she never leave the island and remain in the palace when they're anchored to a fixed earth location drives her to feel it is a prison, and escape to the wider world at the first opportunity.
  • Homage: The game cabinet with a lady twisted into a Boobs-and-Butt Pose is a clear homage in style and pose to Kate Beaton's "Strong Female Characters" from Hark! A Vagrant.
  • Ironic Birthday: Diana first meets Riley when Riley is beneath the boardwalk trying to stop crying and put on a happy face before rejoining her friends for her birthday gathering.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Riley tries on some star shaped sunglasses while her friend with the heart shaped accessories stands in front of a stand with a bunch more, including some heart shaped ones.
  • "Open!" Says Me: Techne knocks down Diana's door when she and her partner Epistime go to fetch her after everyone assumes Diana has been sulking in her room all day and Diana doesn't respond to Epistime.
    Epistime: We weren't sent to yell constantly, either. Just because you have no kindness in your soul doesn't mean you're right.
    Techne: You are impossible. And I am kicking down the door.
    Epistime: DON'T YOU DARE!
  • Sleeping Dummy: Diana shoved her doll into her bed before locking the door and sneaking off. It is not remotely convincing from any angle that the doll would be mistaken for her, but Di has a long history of being bad at lying.
  • Skipping School: Techne and Epistime go to try and get Diana to come down for dinner after she skipped all her lessons that day, as they're under the impression the princess has been skulking in her room after being denied permission to go to the mainland. Diana actually snuck out and swam there.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: One of Riley's friends, who of is are characterized by her caring nature, wears a lot of hearts including a heart shaped purse and heart bracelets. Riley herself wears a sweater with a large heart on it.
  • "Test Your Strength" Game: Diana wins large stuffed animals for Riley and her friends at a high striker while the shocked attendant looks on.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Riley and Maggie introduce Diana to ice cream and she's very keen on it.
  • Volleying Insults: Epistime and Techne are very different personalities who are paired together as partners as guards and who find ways to insult each other with almost every sentence they speak unless there's need to act serious.

Other Tales

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Steve is never named but the story of his washing up on the shore and being escorted back by Diana is told from Hippolyta's point of view in "Brace Yourself" and he is brunette rather than his usual blonde.
  • All According to Plan: In "Morning Coffee" Selina smugly claims things are all going according to plan when Diana catches her. This isn't much of a surprise to the reader though given that Selina made it clear she was waiting for Diana to do so.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Attack of the 500 Foot Wonder Woman" Diana gets grown to an enormous size and has to try and not destroy the city around her while fighting the enormous Thanagarian monster the Atom had her get so tall to take on.
  • Badass Boast: Wonder Woman gets a few nice lines:
    "I came here to parley. But do not mistake a desire to avoid violence for the inability to deal it." ("Vendetta")
  • Barehanded Bar Bending: When a Loony Fan pulls a shotgun on Diana in "Bullets and Bracelets" she grabs the gun and folds the barrels in half.
  • Boisterous Bruiser:
    • Etta Candy is in fine form in "Ghosts and Gods" taking down Ra's al Ghul's ninjas, until she gets taken hostage and then possessed by Deadman. Amusingly Diana thinks Etta is still just messing around at first when Boston tries telling her he's in the drivers seat for now.
    • Barda is downright gleeful about getting to beat up robot gorillas in "Not Included"
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Adam Hughes' otherwise very beautiful cover for #4 has Diana twisting to show off both cheeks and both breasts at the same time. He somehow manages to make the contortionist cheesecake pose look almost graceful.
  • The Bully: In "Defender of Truth" a bunch of schoolyard bullies start making fun of another boy for thinking Wonder Woman is the coolest hero, chanting "Adrian likes girl stuff!" on repeat. Diana herself shows up and defends him, and then hands her young defender a small piece of her lasso telling him to use it the next time he's told he can't like something.
  • Call Sign: The captain in "Rescue Angel" is only known by his call sign and the main character Lt. Angel Santiago gains hers, Wonder Woman, over the course of the tale.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Hippolyta's iconic Golden Age outfit with a "top" that is essentially a bullet bra with the cups fashioned out of metal makes an appearance on the covers.
  • City Shout Outs: Diana shouts, "Thank you Athens!" during her concert in "Bullets and Bracelets".
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: In "Generations" Cheetah gloats when Diana yanks Cheetah's spear out of her own shoulder and appears to throw it at Cheetah's head and miss. Diana was aiming for the unsteady stonework behind Cheetah.
  • Fake Band: "Bullets and Bracelets" has Diana as the guitar player and lead singer of a band called Bullets and Bracelets.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode: All the stories focus on Wonder Woman, save for "Rescue Angel" which focuses on a comic book reading military pilot that lives in a world that's essentially ours with no super-powers and earns the name Wonder Woman as her call sign for her heroism over the story.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: In "Generations" Diana fights Cheetah surrounded by a fire caused by a phoenix.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: In "Defender of Truth" Circe animates a bunch of grotesques that Diana has to fight.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: In "Generations" after Cheetah lodges a spear in Diana's shoulder Diana yanks it out and uses it to defeat her superpowered foe. Di gets more leeway with this idea than most given her impressive Healing Factor means the hole left behind heals closed very quickly.
  • Loony Fan: Di has to deal with a creepy fan in "Bullets and Bracelets," a story in which she spreads her message of peace, love and acceptance more through music rather than punching villains in the face. She's still an Amazon, so when he pulls a gun on her she folds it in half.
  • Magic Mirror: In Generations Hippolyta has the scrying mirror she used to keep in the throne room in the Golden Age of Comics and uses it to check up on her daughter after deciding she could take a peek to see how Diana was given the day despite the invasion of privacy.
  • Must Have Caffeine: In "Morning Coffee" Diana is a little irritated to be called in to catch Selina before she's had a change to get some coffee since she didn't get any sleep the night before. When she realizes the whole thing was set up by Selina who wanted Diana to fight the dragon guard of the Golden Fleece she quickly ties things up and forces Selina to buy her a cup of coffee.
  • The Phoenix: In "Generations"
  • Solar System Neighbors: In "Venus Rising" Diana accompanies an scientific expedition to Venus, where she and the scientists are surprised to find giant dragon-like living gasbags which seem intent on tearing apart their vessel.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: "Generations" includes a flashback in which a very young Diana is taught the Amazon's rule of avoiding killing opponents if at all feasable:
    Hippolyta: Whenever faced with battle your first course of action as an Amazon is to always extend your hand in peace. As warriors, we must first be dedicated to peace.
    Diana: Do you still have to try to make peace if they hit you first.
    Hippolyta: Yes.
    Diana: What if they said something really mean?
    Hippolyta: Even if they said something really, really mean.
    Diana: What if they're bad people?
    Hippolyta: We must try the hardest to achieve peace with bad people. [] Always Diana. Always. This is our way. It is who we are. Remember daughter you can never win a battle you might have avoided.
  • Title Drop: The title of "Bullets and Bracelets" gets said in story, as it's the name of the band Diana is in within said story.
  • Torture First, Ask Questions Later: Well, its not exactly torture given they're robots but the Shoot First ask Questions Later mentality is lampshaded in "Not Included"
    Barda: Destroy them first, then we can ask!
    Diana: That's fairly backwards Barda. Don't get lost in the heat of battle.
  • Un-Reboot: "Vendetta" by Josh Elder seems to take place in a never reached point in the Wonder Woman (1987) (Post-Crisis) continuity, where Amazons Attack! never happened and instead things played out in a trajectory that made sense with the plot Greg Rucka had been building before the story got derailed by events outside of Wonder Woman's book.