Each week the iFanStaff passes along a tasty drink recipe and an even tastier comic book recommendation. The cocktail (or beer, or wine, or booze) and the comic can both be enjoyed independently, but they have a common theme and when served together they can make for the perfect reading experience.
There are things that are just meant to be together. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Chips and Salsa. Wine and Cheese. Pie and More Pie. Me and Thor. Marshmallows and Chocolate (and Graham Crackers). Comics and Booze. You get the idea. So when I found out that the powerhouse creative team of Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Amanda Conner were working on a Wonder Woman digital comic, I knew instantly it would be a match made in heaven.
By Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, and Tony Akins
I’m not particularly subtle about the things I love. So you probably already know that Palmiotti, Gray, and Conner’s 12-issue run on Power Girl is one of my most favorite comics in the world. You also probably already know that Wonder Woman is one of my most favorite superheroes in the world. I may have done a happy dance when DC announced they were working on Wonder Woman.
That happy dance may have been brought to a screeching halt when I read the words “Ame-Comi”. I know the Ame-Comi line from DC Direct has been extremely popular, but the doe-eyed baby face/hyper-sexualized body combination of the design really skeeves me out. There was a good 5 minutes of internally debating before I decided to check it out. I mean, this is the team that took a character who can (and has) easily be a boob joke and made her smart, sexy, and empowered. If anyone could make me Ame-Comi book, it’s this team.
And boy am I glad I did. This is pretty much everything I ever wanted in a Wonder Woman comic. Not unlike Power Girl, Diana is brash, powerful, and sexy. She has personality and character, which she so frequently lacks. In fact, she’s got loads of personality and you can see it in everything from Palmiotti and Gray’s writing to Conner’s wonderfully expressive pencils, even to Paul Mounts amazing colors (no one can make a character blush quite the way Mounts can).
The Ame-Comi comics are kind of like a DC Fem-verse. And this first batch of series set up each of the characters while at the same time subtly weaving a sinister plot that will ultimately bring all these superheroines together. Like all of Palmiotti and Gray’s work, it’s action packed and a lot of fun. The Wonder Woman mini-series works as an origin for the character in this universe. We see her first as a fierce warrior and defiant princess–bombastic and arrogant and absolutely wonderful. Next we see her trying to transition into her mandated role as Themyscira’s ambassador to the Modern World, with Steve Trevor as her liaison with the U.S. government (it’s actually one of the few versions of Trevor I actually really like).
And the art! Oh Great Hera, the art! I adore Amanda Conner’s work. She’s probably my absolute favorite comics artist–definitely in the Top 3. Not only is she a wonderful storyteller with a solid grasp of pacing, movement, and action, but the characters on her pages simply come alive. Her use of facial expressions and body language is unparalleled. She’s a master at her craft and I want her to draw ALL OF THE COMICS. Also, some serious props go to Tony Akins for his work on issue three of this series (and on the Wonder Woman series proper). Conner is not an easy act to follow but his work on the issue was stellar.
I hate to use a word like synergy (except when talking about Jem and the Holograms), but that’s what’s happening with Ame-Comi Wonder Woman. The creative team is perfectly matched–the peanut butter and jelly of comics creators. Which brings us to our drink selection.
Gin and Tonic
It’s not terribly original, but like peanut butter and jelly, when you mix a nice, smooth gin with some bubbly tonic water and ice you get a magical elixir. I know not everyone is a G&T fan, but it’s one of my stand-by favorites. Flash fact: a Gin and Tonic was the first drink I legally ordered when I turned 21. Here’s how I make my Gin and Tonic:
- Fill a pint glass halfway with ice.
- Squeeze two lime wedges over the ice and drop in glass.
- Pour about 3 ounces of your prefered gin into the glass (I’ve got a bottle of Brokers in my freezer, but lately Hendrick’s has been my gin of choice while out and about).
- Fill rest of the glass with tonic.
- Stir. Do not shake gin. Ever.
Now, Wikipedia tells me the Gin and Tonic was first created by British troops in India to make quinine more palatable and in turn ward off malaria. I always thought it was created by the British navy to ward off scurvy (hence the citris and the quinine). I like my story better because scurvy is way more fun to say and less scary than malaria. Either way, Gin and Tonic work so well together, they’re a match made in mixology heaven.
Please obey the law and only drink if you are of age. Drink responsibly and never, ever, ever drink and drive. Buy the comics that make you happy and share them with the people who make you happy.