Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wonder Woman #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

The Good of The Many

Written By: Shea Fontana
Art By: Inaki Miranda, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 30, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's step back into the Heart of the Amazon and see what Shea Fontana's plan for our Amazon Princess is now that we've learned that there's a bounty out on her head.  Yeah, while Mayfly might not have been able to take Diana down, that's not about to stop everyone else who heard about the bounty and hopefully Wonder Woman doesn't need much backup because Etta Candy is still recovering from the bombing at her brother's wedding and isn't at tip top shape.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we can find out who's behind the bounty and if Wonder Woman will be able to go after them once she takes on all the villains that have shown up outside of Etta's apartment building.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Steve Trevor getting back from his refugee mission that we saw at the beginning of this arc and him speeding off the base to meet up with Wonder Woman and Etta once he found out about Dr. Crawford's attack on our hero.  Steve should have really broken more laws to get there though because he's relegated to being a simple love interest in this because by the time he gets to Diana and Etta, the fight with Cat Eye, Cheshire, Abolith, Plastique and Baundo is already over.  While I expected this fight to be pretty bad ass, instead it's pretty simple and only leads to Plastique coming out of nowhere and admitting that she helped with the bomb that Dr. Crawford used to bomb Etta's brother's wedding.  Yeah, it's out of nowhere and it's odd as hell, but it does lead us to our next clue when Plastique tells us that whoever is behind the hit on Wonder Woman's life is someone connected to the government.

Someone connected to the government you say?  Why not go to the Picket, where Diana's life is sure to be safe?......... you know, since it's the government and what not.  Yeah, it seems like a foolish idea, but nothing terrible comes from it and using Sasha Bordeaux's contacts, they discover that the person who put the hit out on Diana's life is a Dr. Hamilton Revere, who intends on using Diana's DNA to cure people all over the world from countless diseases.  With this new revelation, Wonder Woman goes off on her own to think it over and ask the Patrons for their advice...... and while she seems to get none, she did make up her mind and has decided to go to Hamilton Revere and give herself over so that she can be a real hero to the hopeless and downtrodden.

In the end, with the intelligence that Sasha has gathered, Diana flies over to Hamilton's compound, where she's met by a bunch of soldiers and while she tries to tell Hamilton that the government knows where she is, he instead informs her that they are the government.  

That's it for this issue of Wonder Woman and while the book did take a hokey turn when Plastique just came out  of nowhere and incriminated herself just to simply move the story forward, I did enjoy aspects of this book.  The idea that Wonder Woman can cure countless people with her DNA is an interesting concept that I hopes pans out well in the next and final issue of this arc and something else I really dug in this issue was the narrative of Wonder Woman contemplating the bounty on herself since she's so used to people and the internet taking her body in their minds and imaginations as opposed to someone actually trying to take her body.  With that said though, the fight between our hero and the villains coming to collect the bounty went on way too long and the art wasn't really that great there. 

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Wonder Woman does take a turn in the right direction with the narrative of our hero and the idea of the main plot of the story being revealed, but the steps we took to get there previously and in this issue come off hokey as hell and we spend too much time with filler to really get excited for what's to come.  I did really appreciate Shea Fontana incorporating aspects of Greg Rucka's run where she could to keep continuity because while she didn't have to, she took that extra step and that's another step in the right direction.



  1. I probably would have given it a 6.5, so only a little higher than you. It was a definite improvement from last issue, which I can barely even remember. I didn't care about the assassins at the beginning, but it was cool to see that Etta could hold her own (even though she was injured and has no powers). Even though it is still weird that Diana's powers are related to her DNA, I actually like the idea of her deciding that it might be good to let herself be experimented on in order to cure a bunch of illnesses. Also Diana as a kid was cute and sad.

  2. Eh. I was thinking 6, but thought that might be a little high... the whole "we ARE the government" trope has been done to death...
    But great review, Eric!