Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wonder Woman #23.2 First Born Review

Crush your enemies, see them driven before you...

Most of my favorite issues of Villain's Month are the ones that are written by the series regular writer(s).  This is the case with Wonder Woman #23.2 where Brian Azzarello gives us the story of the First Born.  

The issue deals with Apollo and his attempt to learn just who this First Born is.  He enlists the aid of the three oracles.  They tell a story of abandonment, betrayal and revenge.  We learn why the First Born hates the gods and may even feel a bit of sympathy for him.  I say a bit because he is definitely evil and will stop at nothing to claim what he believes is rightfully his. He is a villain driven to kill everything and everybody that gets in his way.

Brian Azzerello gives us what is essentially Wonder Woman #24 and I'm glad he did.  There is no lame Forever Evil tie in.  This is the son of Zeus and Hera, why would he have any interest in such trivial pursuits.  When Wonder Woman returns we have a villain we now know is truly evil and powerful.

The biggest compliment I can give ACO's art is that it fits so well into the Wonder Woman universe.  Everything looks great, brutally great.

Brian Azzarello nailed this one.  He established the First Born as a great, powerful villain who is sure to shake up the world when Wonder Woman returns.  This issue is what I wish most of the Villain's Month issues were...great reads that set up the future of their respective series.


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