Art by: Nicola Scott, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 11, 2017
This is the finale of a couple of things...the Year One story and also Nicola Scott's art on this book. While I am excited to see how Year One ends, it makes me so sad to see Scott leave. Her art has been tremendous and one of the big reasons (along with Liam Sharpe's art) I have enjoyed Wonder Woman since Rebirth started. I say all that, but have to admit that this book is starting to show some chinks in it's armor and I hope this issue can put it back on the very top of my pull list. Does it come through? Let's find out...
The issue opens with a cool scene between Ares and Diana as the God of War holds Steve Trevor by the neck. While Ares wants directions to Themyscira, Diana just wants the madness to end and supplicates herself to the god.
While some may have an issue with this, I loved it! Diana is going against a god and puts herself out there to save a people whom she barely (if at all) knows. Of course, she has something up her sleeve when she promises Ares the information..."If it's mine to grant."
While this is going on, Diana's friends notice a few of...Diana's friends have come to watch the proceedings. Yep, the Patrons are back and I laughed as Etta tried to figure out who was who just as I was. They don't get involved just yet, but when Ares realizes he's been duped and goes on the attack, they join in the fight by Diana's side. It ends with such an awesome full page that may not give us a ton of information going forward, but looked incredible!
If you ever wanted to see an Owl use a cellphone, now is your chance! The issue continues with Athena (still an Owl) showing them where the Maru Virus is worldwide and it's a mad dash to stop it. It all seems to going well except that there is no virus. That's when Diana figures out what Ares told her and even though it leads her to the virus, it also leads her to the TRUTH!
The issue ends with a couple friends, a couple of Tequila Sunrises and Diana getting a new name...Wonder Woman. It's a nice ending that leads into the God Watch story coming up next.
I liked this issue even though it seemed like the the ending came up a bit flat after the big buildup. I would have liked a bit more with Ares and after he was dismissed, Greg Rucka seemed to hurry things to get to the finish line. Seeing Wonder Woman get her name was cool, but even that felt rushed and had less of an impact than I thought it would.
Nicola Scott's art was awesome and I am going to miss it so much. I also want to give a shoutout to Romulo Fajardo Jr's colors which were amazing as well.
Bits and Pieces:
I enjoyed this issue even as it seemed smaller than the buildup that lead to it. It's a mix of satisfying moments and rushed bits, but Nicola Scott's art makes it all look fantastic. I liked this Year One finale more than the Lies one, but like that issue, I was left wanting so much more.