Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wonder Woman #18 Review

Don't You Forget About Me

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Bilquis Evely, Scott Hanna, Romulo Fajardo Jr and Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 8, 2017

It's back to the Godwatch story in Wonder Woman so that means you get more of me, like it or not. The first issue of this arc was so good as we got to see the actual reasons driving Veronica Cale hate for Wonder Woman and her kind.  Yea, it feels weird writing it like that, but Veronica has 2 very personal reasons to hat the gods and what they stand for or even what they don't.  We also got what appeared to be an origin story for Dr. Cyber that left me wanting more.  Do we get more Veronica Cale hate and Dr. Cyber origin this week and is it good?  Let's find out...

In fact, the story opens with more Dr. Cyber...or that's how the scene ends.  It begins by showing how desperate Veronica is to get her friend back and the horror of what exactly happened.  We get a very brief "what am I" moment from Adrianna, but by the end it all makes sense in a very sad and ominous way.

Heading off, we see Wonder Woman and her friend, Barbara Minerva, and while Diana is worried, it's nothing close to what Veronica is dealing with.  It does involve the gods, but more about Barbara'a obsession with them.  This is one of those scenes that works so well with Rucka playing with our knowledge of what's to come to make you want to yell at Barbara to stop all this nonsense before it's too late.  I also liked how he subtly shows the reader where Diana is in her "career" at this point in time.

That tension continues after a very touching scene between Veronica and Izzy when Barbara meets with the former.  Boy, if you're a fan of Barbara (which I am), you'll certainly sit up and take notice when she mentions Urzkartaga to Veronica.  It's all coming together in a very ominous way.

Speaking of ominous, Veronica returns home to Deimos and Phobos and we see a bit of what Cale is really doing. It's a Darth Vader/Lando like moment as the threat of deals being altered hang over her and I was torn between understanding her, hating her and even pitying her.  I'll go with the last one for now.

We continue with Barbara getting ready to enter the rainforest and you-know-what.  While Wonder Woman tries to keep her safe, Veronica and Dr. Cyber are one step ahead of her and even have a plan to get her out of the way for a while, even enough time for  The issue ends with the inevitable happening to both Barbara and Veronica and me loving this issue even as I sit here upset with everything that just happened.  Maybe I loved it because of just that.

Greg Rucka packs a lot of story in this week's issue and if you have found this book hard to follow, this might be the issue to get you back on the trolley.  It's a straight forward and tragic tale that is so well paced and plotted and I guarantee you'll fly through it.

It also looks great and to me this issue shows that Bilquis Evely is now settled in and ready to kick ass.  I can't wait to see more!

Bits and Pieces:

This is a great issue of Wonder Woman where Greg Rucka plays with what we already know to up the tension just as we see the inevitable happen.  It's tragic. but oh so good.


1 comment:

  1. Great review, Jim! So much better than any review Eric has ever done! I would also go with a 9. I really enjoyed this issue, and actually understood what was going on. I have a small issue with the art, but I think it is more an inker issue. I'll try to address it on my rant'n'rave this week.