Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Nicola Scott. Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 13. 2016
I have already punched my ticket for the Rebirth Wonder Woman express and while my partner in slime, Eric Shea, hasn't been that impressed just yet, I love what Greg Rucka is doing. Sure, it's very meta, and a bit confusing, but I have faith that he will open the curtain and make everything alright and completely awesome. Of course, this is the first chapter in the Wonder Woman Year One story and that has me excited all by itself, but also to see how it ties in with the current day "Lies" story. So, does Greg Rucka still have my undying love or am I going to looking over his shoulder for another dance partner soon? Let's find out...
Jumping head first into the Year One story, the issue opens up with...Steve Trevor?!? I love seeing Steve and while I worry about him, nothing could be worse than the smackdowns that always seemed to follow him in the New 52, right? Right off the bat, we see that while they are miles apart, him and Diana are very connected. Greg Rucka keeps showing this throughout the issue as we jump back and forth between Steve and Diana.
We first see Diana as her Sisters are stargazing, but Diana is more content to look out to the horizon and wonder what lies beyond. Through Diana's discussion with Kasia, we learn a little bit about how the Amazon's got to Themyscira and also what happens if they leave. While I love seeing Rucka's story begin to take a more solid shape, it's the natural way that it's told that impressed me the most. Words, movements, glances...all are part of the narrative and it's just so good.
We then see Diana and Hippolyta together and again, it just was such a natural scene that felt "right". It also sends us back to Steve and from this point on, the back-and-forth begins to have more solid and quicker convergence. Training, celebrations all go by, and then Rucka starts showing us a bit of a difference between Themyscira and Man's World. It's all about time and Rucka does a great job at showing the difference between life as a human and life as an immortal.
This continues as Diana falls ill after an "accident" and I was left pretty impressed thinking about how long she took to return to health. Maybe not as long as Steven Segal in Hard to Kill, but then again, maybe longer! Her illness and recovery may be looked at as a sign from the gods, but I was busy looking at the golden lasso...looking and smiling.
The issue ends with Steve getting on a plane and taking off and it really felt like watching the Titanic head out to sea. Seriously, we all know what's about to happen at this point and Rucka doesn't disappoint. The combination of curiosity, awe and horror that ends the issue was so awesome and I just sat here thinking about how Diana's world is about to get much, much bigger...whether she likes it or not.
I think that this is the issue where all the stragglers are going to join the party. This issue doesn't anything to shed light on what's going on in the Lies story, but you can't help but read it and know that Wonder Woman is in great hands. I have liked the Wonder Woman Rebirth story a lot so far, but I love this Year One story already.
Part of the reason for my love is Nicola Scott's amazing art. She makes everything look fantastic, but it's her character work that won me over. I'm not just talking Diana and Steve (though they look great), but everybody in this book.
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If you have already fallen in love with Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman, prepare to fall head over heels all over again. If the Rebirth beginnings turned you away or you haven't even given it a try yet, this is the issue to make you see what us smart people have been saying all along...Greg Rucka is writing a great Wonder Woman book and everyone should be reading it.