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Written By: Meredith Finch Art By: Ian Churchill, Rick Bryant, Andrew Hennessy, Mark Irwin, Brad Anderson Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: August 19, 2015
A Twist of Fate
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Wonder Woman has been a title that a lot of people have talked shit about since it started. It seems that no matter who is on the title, the fans are always quick to say "That's not my Wonder Woman" and even though I've only recently taken over reviewing duties on this title; I have to say, What the hell is everyone complaining about? I've been really getting into this series and I have high hopes of what it will bring in the future. In the previous issue, we had Wonder Woman taking on her new foe Aegeus, who annoyingly believes that he deserves to be God of War more than Diana and wants to kill her in order to take it. Of course Strife is behind this mess and if setting up this whiny douche with a magical bow and arrow and a Pegusus wasn't enough, she also went and fucked with Donna Tory's head. So while Wonder Woman is forced to go up against Aegeus, Strife talked Donna into seeking out the Three Fates so that she could get them to cut her thread, thus ending her guilt ridden life. Hopefully our proper God of War can take Aegeus down and stop her sister from doing something that will ruin our chances of getting a Wonder Woman/ Donna Troy team up. Let's check it out.
Our story begins with Wonder Woman freaking out because Donna Troy is gone and never being one to make a situation better, Strife shows up and simply taunts Diana, while insisting her innocence on the whole thing........fucking liar. It's during this time on Olympus that we find out something interesting about Donna Troy, it seems that Hera can't see her in her magic god seeing pool and believes that it's because of Donna being created from clay and whether that's true or not, it's a really cool concept to add to the character. Knowing that she isn't going to get any answers on Olympus, Wonder Woman goes and visits her poor poor brother Milan, who you might remember from Azzarello's run, who like a homeless Sword of Omens, has sight beyond sight and Diana hopes to use his gross ass fly sight to find Donna. Milan though gets a few glimpses of the area she might be in, but like Hera's pool, he too can't seem to see her. Curiouser and curiouser.
We now head over to London, where Donna has tracked down the Fates and hopes to convince them to cut the thread of her life so she can be spared all the guilt and pain of murdering her brothers. This is where things really get interesting. When Donna walks in through the Fates' door, they have no idea who she is. Now, this comes off a bit odd because you'd think that the three beings that weave the fates of all people would know who the hell just walked through their door, but nope and it turns out that Donna is probably the most important person in the world because since she was created from clay, she has no thread, no defined destiny and the Fates' shears will never cut her thread. This just really comes off cool, but to Donna, it's nothing but a giant disappointment and our guilt ridden Donna simply walks off wondering what she's supposed to be now...... and a little pissed that she let herself be played by someone again.
In the end, Wonder Woman eventually makes her way to The Fates from what Milan described to her, but when Diana opens the door, she finds that the Fates have been murdered....... and I have no idea what that means for all mankind. What the hell could murder fate and what am I supposed to do now that I'm not destined to be America's Sweetheart? Obviously though, this was meant to look like Donna was the one who went all kill happy on the Fates, but Wonder Woman doesn't have time to think about that now because yet again she is forced to go up against whiny ass Aegeus and Diana really lets me down when she lets one of Aegeus' magic arrows strike her. As our issue closes we see Aegeus fly away, afraid of the beating he was going to take and Wonder Woman begin bleeding from her eyes before collapsing to the ground.
That's it for this issue of Wonder Woman and even though I was initially thrown off when I opened this book and I saw Ian Churchill's art, it really grabbed me halfway through and even though I love David Finch's art and still miss it here, Churchhill did a damn fine job filling in and really rocked this title. As for the story, with the exception of how much I hate Aegeus because of how much he's a whiny little douchebag, I love all the developments of Donna Troy here and I'm really intrigued what the death of the fates will mean in the long run of this story....... Man, I really hope that Aegeus gets what's coming to him. Anyway, we have a great story here that adds to this titles mythology while having callbacks to Azzarello's run making it feel like a real tight series overall. I had a great time reading this issue and I can't wait to see what Meredith Finch gives us next.
Bits and Pieces:
This story really picks up in this issue as we explore Donna Troy and the real power that she holds due to how she was created, all this and the battle for who will be the God of War really make this an excellent issue and another great installment to this series' run. While some might miss David Finch on art for this issue, Ian Churchill does an awesome job filling in and with Brad Anderson lending his brilliant colors, you'll wonder why Churchill isn't on more books by the time you're finished.