Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 Review

Written by:Charles Soule
Art by: Rags Morales, Jose Marzan Jr. and Batt
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 17, 2014

Forever War

This Futures End Event sure is an odd egg.  I'd dare to say it's like a box of chocolates, but that reference is played out even for me.  I'm just confused about what it's all about.  This issue doesn't tie directly into the Futures End story.  It doesn't seem crucial to the main run of the book, either.  However, it's one of the better books I've read so far this month.  How can that be?  Well, sit down and pour yourself some grape kool-aid and listen as I tell you the story of the God of War.

Charles Soule does not hold any hands this issue.  He throws the reader right into a foxhole with a WWI Brit and a Warrior who may or may not be Gimli.  Before you can say, "Hey, is that Gimli?", Wonder Woman shows up and starts beating the tar out of an army of star demons.  It may not make much sense at first, but thanks to Rags Morales, it looks great.

Post battle, Wonder Woman gets some medical attention and things start making more sense.  As the God of War, Diana has control over the dead soldiers of Hades and is using them to fight a war against Nemesis.  By dead soldiers I mean Apache Warriors, Civil War vets, Hessians and so on.  It's pretty cool, but wait until you see who is part of her inner circle.

Charles Soule shows the stress, the weight and the power of war.  It seems that Diana has still not harnessed the full power of her position, but after seeing her soldiers and what they fight for, she takes the plunge.  It's good to be the God of War, but just as she is about to lay waste to her enemies, an old friend shows up.  I won't say who it is, but he doesn't look good and this story continues in Superman/Wonder Woman.

Like I said, this issue may be confusing at first, but by the end (and even better on a second read through) it is pretty good.  The regular run of Wonder Woman has dealt more with Wonder Woman and her family issues, but Soule shows the reader the fruits of being the God of War.  It's not all peaches and cream, though, and the reader sees the stress and pain the position has brought.

I really enjoyed the art by Morales, Marzan and Batt.  They get to play with soldiers from throughout time as well as some pretty famous leaders.  When it comes to Wonder Woman, I prefer Cliff Chiang, but this is pretty close.

Bits and Pieces:

Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 is an odd title.  It's more for fans of the regular run instead of a Futures End story.  As such, it's pretty good.  However, it's only the first part of a two part story which continues in this week's Superman/Wonder Woman and is not close to being a complete story on it's own.  Boy, this event is confusing.


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