Not too long ago I wrote an article about growing up in the ’80s and ’90s as a comic book reader, and the lack of woman artists that were featured during those times. Back then I never gave the matter much thought, but looking back, all of the art I admired was drawn by men. Reading Wonder Woman has definitely made me realize that there are some damn good women artists out there – one of them being Nicola Scott.
In this issue, you can see that Nicola is able to deliver a wide range of emotion through her art. I’m not going to name any names, but there are some artists out there that express shock, fear, and amazement – three different emotions – as a single facial expression. That facial expression being that of a blow up doll.
Much love to Nicola for drawing an outstanding issue, one that I think exceeded what she did in Wonder Woman Issue 2. Also a big, big thumbs up to Romulo Fajardo, Jr. for the exceptional color choices.
The main things you need to know that occurred in this issue is that Steve Trever is nursed back to health, Diana’s mother decides that an Amazon should be sent to help mankind, and a contest is held to see who the Amazon representative should be to help mankind.
Something that I found intriguing was that the Amazons are quick to help mankind, and although once an Amazon leaves their homeland and can never return, Diana saw it as an honor to win the games and leave Themyscira to help mankind. From here on out the origin setup should be fading and we should be getting into some new stories. I’m interest to see if what follows will somehow tie into the odd number issues.
Another good issue by writer Greg Rucka and his team. CONSUME REVIEW REPEAT gives Wonder Woman #4…drum roll 4 out of 5 rotten brains.
Is it just me, or does Wonder Woman writer Greg Ruka look a hell of a lot like Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp?
I tweed this discovery at both creators and Liam commented that he was actually mistaken for Greg once. So, I guess it’s not just me that sees the resemblance.
Not only are Greg and Liam in-sync physically, but it seems like they are jiving mentally too. You can tell from the detail that’s put into each page Liam’s art that he is loving what Greg is asking of him. Liam’s art continues to be spellbinding and not lacking in quality from issue to issue.
It would be foolish of me not to mention hard work of colorist Laura Martin. It seems as though Liam leaves just enough negative space for Laura to do her thing, and she does it beautifully. Just look at the colors she mixes together to give Cheetah a layered fur look.If it was me coloring Cheetah, she’d be just one big orange blob.
In this issue Diana was able to turn Cheetah from her ways to assist Diana in finding her way to Themyscira. What was interesting is that Diana did it through an act of love, instead of through violence. Deep down Diana knew that her friend, Barbara Ann, was still there somewhere underneath the curse that turned her into the Cheetah. It was moving to see Diana, unable to give up on a lost friend, try everything she could to draw her friend out of her cursed life. Meanwhile, Steve Trever and his crew go off-mission to try and track down some women who were kidnapped from a village by Colonel Cadulo (a Marlon Brando, ‘Apocalypse Now’ type of character). Steve and his men end up getting captured by Cadulo who is working for Urzkartaga, a blood-thirsty plant-god that (I think) caused Barbara to become Cheetah. Diana agrees to help Barbara kill Urzkartaga to release Barbara of her curse in return for Barbara to help Diana get back to Themyscira. Needless to say, Diana and Steve are about to cross paths.
Speaking from personal experience, I was in a dark place once or twice in my life and it was good to have a close friend who pulled me out of those times. This issue remind me of those times and how a loving touch is more powerful than a violent act. ROTTING BRAINS give Wonder Woman 3…drum roll…4 1/2 rotten brains out of 5.
This issue does not directly tie into Wonder Woman Rebirth like issue #1 did, and does not tie into the storyline in issue #1 – It’s the start of a new storyline called Year One. Writer Greg Rucka is doing something that I’ve never seen done before, especially in a comic that’s been recently restarted. What he’s doing is unique in that the even-numbered issues of Wonder Woman are going to be about Diana’s past, and the odd-numbered issues will contain the current storyline of Diana trying to piece together her convoluted past. It’s a tall order for sure, but it might be just want the readers, like me who aren’t that familiar with the character, need.
In this issue it is established that Diana lives on Themyscira, a peaceful island that is inhabited by women solely. The women are immortal and appear to have enhanced abilities due to having the favor of their gods. However, if a woman is to leave the island she will forfeit her place in paradise and everything that comes with it. From what I could tell Diana never left the island, but so may have. It almost seemed as though Themyscira is an afterlife because of one of Diana’s friends telling her that in a previous life she was slain by a man whom she refused.
One of the main discrepancies of Diana’s past that was addressed in the Rebirth issue dealt with her “birth” – was she born naturally or formed from clay by her mother? Unfortunately, we don’t get an answer to that mystery in this issue. The entire issue isn’t just about Diana though. It’s also about Steve Trevor and his progression in the military and in life. The issue ends with the airplane carrying Trevor and his military team on Themyscira.
The art in this issue is mostly bright and clean thanks to the work of artist Nicola Scott and colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr. The majority of the story takes place on Themyscira so it makes sense that the colors are bright and vibrant. One of the things I noticed that makes Romulo’s coloring stand out from others is the way he shades characters and objects to give them more of a three-dimensional feel. Prior to reading this issue I was not familiar with Nicola’s art. Shame on me because she is a talent – her art has a very super-well done animated movie stye to it that can’t go unnoticed.
This is the beginning of an origin story, and from what I could tell, there was not a lot here that was new. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the story related to the questions raised in the Rebirth issue. Hopefully in the next issue (#4) we will get into some of the more meatier aspects of Diana’s origin that play into the current storyline.
ROTTING BRAINS gives Wonder Woman #2…drum roll…3 out of 5 rotten brains.
This issue continues from where Wonder Woman Rebirth left of. Diana has transported herself to the Dkarango Region of Bwunda looking for someone she believes can help her put the pieces of her past back together. It is also established that her and Steve Trevor haven’t spoken in a long time.
Trevor appears to be working for a government agency lead by Commander Etta O. Candy. I got the impression that Commander Candy is leading Trevor and his men into an operation that coincidently relates to where Diana is located. Could it be that the government is behind Wonder Woman’s quest to piece together her past? Or is the government trying to block Diana from finding out the truth about her past?
For some reason, I was always under the impression that Diana was a warrior who prefered violence over negotiating, but in this issue she prefers not to use violance. In fact, she tries to avoid it by giving the person she is looking for three warnings. To me, this was an interesting take on the character because she knows when her strength needs to be used secondary to having a good strategy. Eventually, Diana finds the “friend” she was looking for and it’s not at all who I thought it would be. Turns out her “friend” is Cheetah, Diana’s arch foe. I’m not sure how Cheetah fits into all of this and why Diana refered to her as her friend, but I found it to be intriguing.
I really can’t say enough about Liam Sharp’s art, and the color palette used by Laura Martin. I get a very pulp/fantasy vibe from Sharp’s work that I think fits the story being told, and the muted colors used by Laura really adds to the fantasy and “the unknown” beats of the book. Laura is able to create a dark, mysterious mood without laying down a lot of black, instead the colors are altered from bright to dark to convey what the story calls for. Just beautiful art from both of them.
The story continues in Wonder Woman #3 and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. Like I said before, I never read a lot of Wonder Woman stories, but this current storyline is worth trying out. ROTTING BRAINS gives Wonder Woman #1…drum roll…3 1/2 rotten brains out of 5.