Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wonder Woman #26 Review

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Goran Sudzuka
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 18, 2013

The Land of Milk and Honey

Cassandra is trying to force Milan to give up the location of the First Born, but Orion will fight through a thousand hyena-men to save his friend.  Wonder Woman finally kicks some ass, but Strife convinces Zola to run away with Zeke.  Meanwhile on Olympus, Apollo is giving the First Born a bath he will not soon forget.

Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman has been a slow burn.  Each issue gives us a few more pieces of the puzzle, without showing too much of the big picture.  Wonder Woman #26 is no exception.  Cassandra is revealed to be a force to reckon with, obsessed with rescuing the First Born from Apollo.  Apollo's plan, however, is still shrouded in mystery.  As always, Strife is up to no good, but it's not clear what her end game is either.  The puzzle pieces are getting a bit clearer, but they still aren't fitting together exactly.

What this issue does that the last couple didn't is show Wonder Woman kicking ass.  She is the new God of War and she gets to strut her stuff a bit.  However, the star of the issue for me was Orion.  His bull headed loyalty brought a smile to my face and provided the action that the series has lacked.  In the end, Wonder Woman is forced to make a decision that could shift the power structure of Olympus and it looks like Zola and Zeke are already in trouble.

I have been critical of Goran Sudzuka in the past, and while I liked most of what I saw this month, I still find some of his panels lacking the detail the action in them demands.  This, however, is a solid issue for him with some really good work.

Bits and Pieces:

Wonder Woman #26 is another small step towards the larger picture Brian Azzerello is building.  However, I enjoyed it more than the last couple of issues mainly due to the action and character moments and solid art. The pieces of the puzzle are slowly being put into place for what I hope is a stunning finale.  I just don't know how long we will have to wait to see it.


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