Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wonder Woman #12 Review

What is It Good For?

Written: Greg Rucka
Art by: Nicola Scott, Romula Fajardo Jr and Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 14, 2016

I consider myself a fan of Wonder Woman and while the recent finale to the Lies story left me wanting a lot more, I still am fully onboard with the Year One story.  I am a huge fan of origin stories and seeing Diana take her first steps in "Man's World" has been so good.  Last issue was particularly awesome as we witnessed Diana discovering more of her powerset at the same time she did.  Plus, the art totally kicked ass!  So, does the greatness continue or did this story arc take a Lies turn for the worse?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with the Sear Group taking credit for the Mall attack, but the media seems to center on something else...Wonder Woman!  After a scene suggesting that Etta Candy and Barbara Minerva may become more than friends, Barbara finally realizes that the accident that destroyed the evidence of the Amazons years ago may not have been an accident after all.

After a crazy awesome training montage, Diana and Steve get to know each other a bit more and it's all about Diana not going home ever again.  Steve doesn't totally understand, but the reader knows that part of the story by now.  It ends with the two holding hands and again, it looks awesome.

We continue with Steve and Diana joining Etta and Barbara and they discuss the Sear Group and the mysterious dark tree.  Diana tells her history with the tree and then heads to use her lasso on the detained members of the group.  That's when she is told what is happening and what is to come.  I can't say I know what it all means yet, but it doesn't sound good!

That's not all we find out.  Etta tells Diana the true nature of Steve's original mission and it ties into the Sear Group.  That is pretty cool right there, but nothing as cool as what happens next.  The issue ends with Barbara taking Diana aside to discuss Diana's patrons and their connection with the Sear Group.  There is one god missing from the equation so far, but the issue ends with him showing up and looking like a total badass!  It makes total sense and any Wonder Woman fan worth their salt would have thought this was a when not if situation from the start.

This was a good issue that became really good by the end.  The cliffhanger is the biggest part, but Greg Rucka makes sure the setup was compelling as well.  I just love learning about Diana and seeing it all unfold in this story.

Nicola Scott is the main draw of this book, in my opinion.  Her art is incredible and this book always has at least one scene that takes your breath away.  This one has two!

Bits and Pieces:

Greg Rucka continues to make a kick ass Year One story and the ending promises even better things in the near future.  I love Nicola Scott's art and I can't wait to see Wonder Woman and the Big Bad go at it...hopefully next issue.


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