Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wonder Woman #23.1 Cheetah Review

She's a Maneater

Barbara Minerva had a messed up childhood.  Raised by a cult, forced to go all Hunger Games against her brother, it's no wonder that she became a villain.  But what a villain she became.  Wonder Woman #23.1 does a great job showing not only Cheetah's origin, but the honor, passion and viciousness that make this version great.

John Ostrander does such a great job here.  I admit, I wasn't really looking forward to a Cheetah issue at all.  That changed the minute I started reading.  Seeing the messed up history that shaped Cheetah's life was instantly gratifying.  Her history with Wonder Woman, the Cult of The Goddess of the Hunt and her work with ARGUS all make sense in her becoming The Cheetah. Everything Ostrander shows us makes Cheetah instantly evil and sympathetic at once.  That is a recipe for a great villain in my book.

The art of Victor Ibanez is equally great.  His panel arrangement shows the quick, viciousness that Cheetah uses to hunt her pray.  This is a gory book, but it is beautiful in it's gore.  This is one of the best looking Villains Month books I read this month.

Wonder Woman #23.1 has made me a Cheetah fan.  Ostrander and Ibanez have done a great job making Cheetah a great New 52 Villain.  She is vicious, ruthless and sympathetic.  I can't wait to see more of her and Ostrander and Ibanez in the near future.


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