Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wonder Woman #20 Review

Dogs Day

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Bilquis Evely, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 12, 2017

I have been a huge fan of the early Wonder Woman story since Rebirth started.  Sure, I liked the Lies enough, but while that part has floundered a bit (in my opinion), the Year One/Godwatch story has stepped it up.  Of course, you can't have one without the other, but I love seeing what lead to all the troubles in the later years and always get excited when it's back to the beginnings.  So, does this issue continue the goodness?  Let's find out...

We start by getting a peek at the lengths that Veronica Cale has gone to cure her daughter, Izzy.  The lengths that have led to one big dead end.  We then go off to see what we've all been waiting for...Wonder Woman and Cheetah fighting it out.  It doesn't end before we head back to Cale and see she is done trying the normal route thing and is up to something more sinister to cure Izzy...she has summoned a witch.

It's funny to say "a witch" in a Wonder Woman book because the chances are a witch just means Circe and that's exactly what is going on here.  Greg Rucka does a great job with the dialogue here and while her and Veronica discuss how they will free Izzy and punish Phobos and Deimos, I almost liked her.  She is pure evil, but she's having so much fun doing it.

There is a lot going on here and some of it points in the direction of the later story, but through it all, you can't help but feel sorry for Veronica and guess that she is entering a bargain that will have very dire circumstances before the end.

No matter what's to come, the game is on and we see Cale summon the Twins as Circe meets Wonder Woman in Qurac.  Suddenly, the reader realizes this is all part of the plan, including Wonder Woman using her lasso on the Witch and it all ends in...well, it doesn't turn out as planned for Veronica.

The end of the issue again points to Themyscira as the answer to all of Cale's problems, but if she is successful, it pretty much spells doom for the entire world.  Just another issue of Wonder Woman!

I really liked this issue even if the overall narrative doesn't go forward much.  We get very little Cheetah which is a shame and we still have to find Themyscira, jut for a different reason.  However, we get an origin story of Cale's dogs, get an awesome Circe and some great dialogue to boot.

We also get some really good art from Bilquis Evely.  Her art style fits this book so well and I may even prefer it now to the departed Nicola Scott...something I never thought I'd say.

Bits and Pieces:

It's back to the Godwatch story and it's a wicked, evil, good time!  Greg Rucka gives readers a great combination of character and dialogue and Bilquis Evely makes it all look great.  This issue is just another reason why I love the earlier part of the story that Rucka is telling.


1 comment:

  1. Good issue. Cale is the most interesting character in the book right now. Love the art, except those damn red noses. Everyone's got allergies...