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Written By: Greg Rucka Art By: Liam Sharp, Laura Martin, Jodi Wynne Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: November 23, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
After fighting off Urzkartaga and freeing Barbara Minerva from the Cheetah curse, it looks like it's finally time that we conclude "The Lies" story arc and find out what the hell has been going on with our hero and how the world has changed from what she thought she knew. In our previous issue, we saw Dr. Minerva point Diana to a place where she had visited in the Wonder Woman interlude issue, that may be a thin spot in the Universe that might allow her access Themyscira, since this whole story arc is all about Wonder Woman not being able to find her way home again. Seems like a solid enough plan, but when Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor showed up, yeah, it looked like they found Themyscira, just not anyone that I remember seeing. Let's jump into this issue and see if Wonder Woman has found her way home or if this is all a part of "The Lies". Let's check it out.
We start this issue and before we get into our Wonder Woman development, we see what's going on with Sasha Bordeaux, since we saw that she seems to be brainwashed by Veronica Cale and when you're the director of a government organization, it's not in your best interest to go and be brainwashed. That's the thing though, when Etta Candy and Sasha part ways and say goodnight to one another, Etta smells a rat and follows Sasha to a Washington D.C. park, where Sasha drops the container containing the remnants of Urzkartaga off on a park bench only for Veronica Cale to come and pick it up. It's at this point where Etta finally steps in and draws her gun on Dr. Cale........... and shit gets sideways. We end this section of the book with Veronica telling Sasha to kill Etta and Etta firing her gun at Sasha's face in retaliation............ and we see that Sasha has been a goddamned robot this whole time. Yeah, she falls over and dies, but she was still a goddamn robot and even though Etta doesn't have to contend with that anymore, she still has to deal with Veronica Cale's dobermans.
Over in Themyscira, it seems that Diana and Steve are being welcomed with a feast and while Wonder Woman seems uneasy by the whole situation........ you know, since her mother was supposed to be dead, it really takes Steve leaving so that he can find the priestess who saved him all those years ago, when he first arrived on the island for either of them to start seeing this place for what it is. See the thing is, none of the Amazons seem to know the name Castalia and even weirder to me, even with Wonder Woman thinking this is all very odd, she seems to go with it and not really wonder why this could be.
In the end, when Wonder Woman goes and finds Steve before he's tossed around as currency to the other Amazons, the bite mark she received by that snake, from that weird ass dead tree starts bleeding again and finally after Steve tells her that everything is wrong here, especially the fact that everyone understands one another, unlike when he was previously on the island; we see "The Lies" come undone when Wonder Woman takes hold of her lasso of truth and her reality is shattered. As we close this issue out, we find out from Wonder Woman that pretty much everything we previously saw in Wonder Woman since the New 52 began has apparently all be wrong and never really happened.......... Yeah, talk about a mind fuck. I just hope that it all makes sense as we progress with the series.
That's it for this issue of Wonder Woman and while I like the concept that Greg Rucka has created as a way to undo everything that he didn't like about the New 52 Wonder Woman, it comes off very odd here because I don't know what to think of as continuity anymore and what that means for everything that Wonder Woman has done in the past five years of comics. Yeah, you could say that all of it was a lie, but the Themyscira that we were presented with here wasn't the same that we've dealt with in the past so I don't understand the connection that I would think this issue is trying to make. Not to mention, this was supposed to be the conclusion to "The Lies" story and from what we get here, it really just seems like the beginning because we don't get any real answers to anything except that her life has been a lie, but to what extent I have no idea. The art like every issue that Liam Sharp gives us looks amazing, I'm just a little disappointed that we don't get any answers out of this issue.
Bits and Pieces:
While this is supposed to be the conclusion of "The Lies", it really comes off as the start because we don't really get any answers that we've been dying to get here and everything that we've read over the last six issues just seems to be setup for what's to come. The art though was amazing as always, I'm just feeling like I did at the beginning of this series, where I didn't know what the hell was going on....... and I really thought I was past that.