Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wonder Woman #16 Review


Cyber, Walk With Me

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Bilquis Evely, Mark Morales, Andrew Hennessy, Raul Fernandez, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 8, 2017

It's time to start the Godwatch story and while I'm hoping that kick starts my interest in this book again, I am more looking forward to seeing Bilquis Evely's art.  Evely did a great job with Barbara Minerva's origin story a bunch of issues back and I hope that continues here. Back to Godwatch, I hope this story is gentle with Barbara because I love her so much.  Is this start any good?  Let's find out...


The issue opens with Veronica Cale and Adrianna (Dr. Cyber) discussing the details of their "Cyberwalker" program.  It is quick and ends with Veronica telling Arianna why she hates Wonder Woman so much and it's a nice little peek at Veronica's past and also a cool shoutout to those who read the 75th Anniversary comic months ago.

We then go off to see Veronica's daughter, Izzy, and immediately the book rockets into overdrive.  Two mysterious twins with a vendetta against Wonder Woman use the young girl to force Cale and Adrianna to help them get answers from Diana.  It should be no shock to anyone reading this book...they want to know the location of Themyscira and want the ladies to use their Cyberwalker to get it.



Greg Rucka had already laid out the dangers of the Cyberwalker at this point, so when Adrianna hooked herself into it, you could only expect the worst.  What starts off as a desperate way to get Cale's daughter back quickly turned into an origin story and while Wonder Woman was only an innocent target, it looks like we also saw the origin of the intense hate that will inspire Veronica Cale from here on out.  An intense hate of Wonder Woman and everyone like her.

This issue was such a quick read that when I finished reading it, I expected a backup story.  I did like it, but it was really all just setup.  However, it was some really strong setup and shows us that while Veronica Cale wasn't a fan of Wonder Woman to begin with, other factors lead to her intense hate of her.  This was a multifaceted origin story and I really want to see where it leads.



I really liked Bilquis Evely's art in this issue.  Even with multiple inkers, everything looked great and I think DC did a good job finding Nicola Scott's replacement.

Bits and Pieces:

Greg Rucka starts his Godwatch story with a powerful origin story of a character and a hate that will plague Wonder Woman from here on out.  It's very quick moving, but with great art by new series artist, Bilquis Evely, and a story full of action and mystery, I can easily recommend it.

7.5/10


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4 comments:

  1. Thumbs up, because Wonder Woman wasn't... on her butt!

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  2. A decent origin for Veronica Cale that provides some much needed insight into her motivations that is even more flushed out than Rucka's pre-Flashpoint incarnation of her. DC should make Cale's daughter "Izzy" the next (new) rebirth Wonder Girl.

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