Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wonder Woman #25 Review

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Goran Sudzuka
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 20. 2013

It's a Family Affair

Wonder Woman is such a good book.  Without crossovers and tie-ins, Brian Azzarello has erected his own little corner of the New 52 based on mythology, fantasy and intrigue.  Every character is fleshed out and has their own motivations and schemes going within schemes.  Wonder Woman, while the central figure, is not always the most interesting in each issue.  Wonder Woman #25 shows why these attributes can be a plus and a minus in the same issue.

Brian Azzarello throws a bunch of storylines at us this issue.  There is seriously tons going on here and it's all interesting.  Unfortunately, I have a similar problems as I did last issue, nothing is really tied up and we don't get enough Wonder Women.  What we get is great, though.  The character development with Hera is some of the best we've had and the mystery behind Strife's intentions is intriguing.  Orion and Hermes are there for action and a bit of comedy relief and Apollo and Dionysus have the First Born for dinner...literally.  Then throw in Cassandra, Milan and Siracca and there is no party like an Olympus party.  Like I said, nothing gets resolved, but what does happen is setting up some serious stuff.  I can't wait to see how everything comes together, but I hope Azzarello gives us a little more Wonder Woman when it does.  It may not seem it lately, but it is her book.

I mentioned last issue that I hadn't got a full grip on Goran Sudzuka's art.  I really didn't like it on this issue as a whole.  Some panels (the dinner party in particular) look pretty good, but others are not as detailed and vibrant as I'd like.  Maybe I'm still spoiled by Cliff Chiang's art, but I hope it gets better in the near future because the story deserves it.

Bits and Pieces:

This is the second straight filler issue with not enough Wonder Woman.  However, I really liked what we got here.  The character development and promise of future conflict are enough to give this issue high marks.  Things are building up to a head and I'm going to be so glad to be there when it all hits the fan.


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