Monday, September 14, 2015

Wonder Woman '77 #8 Review

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Richard Ortiz, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 3, 2015

Cat Scratch Fever

I really enjoy this book.  It's enough that it's a great Wonder Woman comic, but throw in the '77 television universe and a great thing becomes even better.  I've mentioned it before, but I will at least a hundred more times...It's obvious that Marc Andreyko knows and loves the source material.  I.m glad because so do I.

Last issue introduced Cheetah into the '77 Universe and it was done so well.  The anger and jealousy that Barbara Minerva holds for Wonder Woman helped lead her to becoming Cheetah and while she might have a bit of a point, becoming a super villain might be a little overkill.  This issue opens with Wonder Woman attending the unveiling of the Madisonian exhibit celebrating everything her.  She might be nervous, but if she knew who (or what) was watching from the rafters, she might have a couple more butterflies.

This issue is chock full of little tidbits and shoutouts.  I loved when we see Dr, Minerva's artifacts and the cleanup from her destruction the night before, but my favorite part was who was in the crowd during Diana's exhibit speech.  It may go over the heads of the younger set, but if you were around in the 70's (or actually paid attention in school), you should get a chuckle out of it.

The issue continues when Cheetah crashes the party and some glass.  She lands in the middle of the gathering and before Diana can stop her, she knocks everyone out with her blow gun.  The best part of this scene, however, was when Wonder Woman called Cheetah "Priscilla".  It was such a great Golden Age shout out and I loved Barbara's response as well.

The two fight it out and Cheetah takes advantage of Wonder Woman's "save everyone and everything" attitude.  While Wonder Woman is saving everyone in the room, Cheetah is playing dirty.  Things go from bad to worse when Cheetah goes all He-Man with her dagger and suddenly the odds change in Cheetah's favor.

This is the middle issue of a three part story and it shows.  We get a little recap followed by setup for next issue's finale.  This issue felt the least like an episode of the 70's show, but after all those things, I still had fun reading it.

Richard Ortiz's art was okay.  There really was nothing that stood out and made me say "wow", but it got the job done.

Bits and Pieces:

This is the middle issue of the arc and it shows.  Marc Andreyko is good enough, however, to make it a fun read nonetheless.  He sets up next issue with a crazy cliffhanger and I can't wait to see how Wonder Woman saves the day.