Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wonder Woman #13 Review and *SPOILERS*

Send Me An Angel

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Renato Guedes, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 28. 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that the "Lies" are behind us, I hope that we start getting to some meat in this story because even though I really enjoyed the first arc of our current timeline story, there's just so many lingering questions left out there and how the answers to those questions will affect what we previously read in the New 52.  I don't know what to believe anymore and I'd like some clarity.  Anyway, in the previous issue of this part of our story, we saw Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor on what they believed to be Themyscira, but even a big dummy like me realized that this Paradise Island wasn't right and I don't know if it was supposed to be the island of the New 52 or not, I just know that things didn't really match up with what we previously knew to be true, like Wonder Woman's mother being alive here and all that.  Eventually, with the help of the Lasso of Truth...... or "The Perfect" as it's known here, Wonder Woman was able to get past all the lies surrounding her and the reality that she thought to be true shattered around her, leaving Diana and Steve on a island that was nowhere near to being Wonder Woman's home.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Wonder Woman's coping with this revelation.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Steve Trevor realizing that he's in serious trouble because not only is he on an island in the middle of nowhere, but also, Wonder Woman is a complete basket case somehow from her shattering the illusion of her world around her.  I'm serious, besides for her recognizing Steve as the survivor that came to her home all those years ago, she doesn't seem to know shit about shit and for the most part, spends her time in this book escaping back into herself just repeating a sort of nursery rhyme over and over again.  So yeah, Steve's in some trouble and that's only the start of it because when he tries to radio back to Etta and the Picket Facility, we find out that the whole complex had been infiltrated and executed by Dr. Poison and her.......... Poison brigade I guess, who receive Steve Trevor's transmission about his situation and location.......... leading our heroes to get a pick up that they never imagined.

Before all that though, we find out that there's a connection between our new Dr. Poison: Colonel Marina Maru and Veronica Cale, when Maru contacts our current big bad about Wonder Woman's location and the possibility that she's somehow injured.  With this knowledge, Veronica Cale orders Maru to pick up Diana because if the information is correct, they'll probably never get a better chance to nab her and use her as a way to get to Themyscira, which seems to be Cale's big plan.......... Plus, this introduction to this character also connects this side of our story with what's going on in Year One because we have Dr. Poison and in the Year One arc, the Sear Group are being affected by the Maru Virus.  I feel like a simp for not putting this together earlier.  

In the end, Dr. Poison and her Poison-ettes descend on the once thought to be Themyscira, go through a whole bunch of traps that Steve set up and eventually they find their prey.  With Wonder Woman being in her nothing up stairs state, Dr. Poison realizes just how she can get Diana to willingly walk right into her helicopter and take her away and that's by shooting Steve in the leg and just getting Wonder Woman to help the "Survivor", who originally came to Themyscira.  Thankfully, before they could be shadowed off to wherever Veronica Cale had planned for her, Steve's crew shows up and whisks them away, but we don't end on a very happy note because even though Steve and Diana are now safe, she's still not all there and the only thing that Steve can think of to do is to hide her away in a hospital under the name of her secret identity, Diana Prince. 

That's it for this issue of Wonder Woman and this issue is decent enough, it just doesn't give us anymore answers about what's happening to Wonder Woman and even pulls her right out of the story by afflicting her with this sort of retreat into herself, leaving us with Steve Trevor giving us his best Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation from Predator.......... and while that's fun, it just doesn't end up going anywhere because both his defense against Dr. Poison and even Dr. Poison's attempt to apprehend Steve and Diana goes nowhere.  Yeah, it gets us to understand how easily Wonder Woman is able to be manipulated, but that was a whole lot of pages for just that.  Overall, we get a new big bad to go along with our other big bad Veronica Cale and right now it seems that we're getting some of the best Wonder Woman villains coming together to make some sort of Legion of Doom against her and that prospect alone is pretty damn exciting.  Even though Liam Sharp isn't on this issue, I have to say that I didn't mind Renato Guedes filling in and even though not a lot went down here besides for the debut of this version of Dr. Poison and us finding out that Wonder Woman has been taken off the game board, this is still an enjoyable issue that I look forward to continuing.  

Bits and Pieces:

Wonder Woman continues to be intriguing and one hell of a book even though we're still just getting little dribs and drabs of information divvied out to us and with that, us continuing to pull our hair out at the question "What the hell is going on?!"  It's still a fun book though and developments here are enough to keep me coming back for me and singing this series' praises.  


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