Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wonder Woman #39 Review and *SPOILERS*

Wonder Twins

Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Carmen Carnero, Ray McCarthy, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 24, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

After last issue, James Robinson really got my attention because after dealing with Wonder Woman discovering her brother Jason, I was starting to think that his heart wasn't in writing the character, but his introduction to Silver Swan was something that really captivated me and made me remember why I love reading Wonder Woman so much.  Hopefully, that continues here as Silver Swan makes her presence known the Amazon Princess.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Silver Swan calling Wonder Woman out on abandoning her when her mother died and how she's going to take her revenge on her because of it and while I was all about last issue and the slow progression, I was really thinking that a fast paced fight scene was something that I'd look forward to leading from that.......... I was wrong.  Yeah, the fight with Silver Swan is cool and the villain catches Diana up on why she's pissed at her, but it quickly goes off to Darkseid and Grail, which was unexpected, but once I saw them, I thought okay, that's cool, let's continue this story a bit, but it felt like the story had been taking place without me reading because I really feel like I missed an issue somewhere with everything that's going on with the characters.

Out of nowhere, Darkseid and Grail are at a temple in the Amazon Jungle, which they say both Jason and Diana have been to before, which I know nothing about and Darkseid has parademons working for him and the Female Furies............ not to mention, Deep Six.  Yeah, we saw them a couple of issues ago as a cliffhanger during a flashback issue to Jason, but we haven't seen them since and I know nothing about them or their connection to Darkseid........ or how the Female Furies and Granny Goodness got free from their inclusion in the Imperious Lex arc in Superman.  What we get though, is that Darkseid wants to keep the people working with him as small as possible with whatever it is he's working on because he doesn't trust the rest of Apokolips with the knowledge of his return.

In the end, after complaining to himself while he cleans up Diana's house, Jason sees on the news that his sister is in danger and decides to prove to her what kind of hero he can be by showing up on the scene.  Yeah, Jason has some cool tornado powers, but in the end they mean nothing to Silver Swan, who slashes his throat with her wings.  With this though, Diana takes the kid gloves off and cuts one of Silver Swan's wings off........... somehow causing an explosion and we leave this issue with all three falling from the sky.

That's it for this issue of Wonder Woman and while I loved the way that last issue was told, this issue felt disjointed as hell with its telling multiple stories and with what we got from those stories.  I'm not sure what's going on with Darkseid or if we'll ever get an explanation about who's with him or how that even happened and I'm not sure why Silver Swan is able to piece the flesh of a demi-god so easily or why she even exploded at the end.  Most of the art in this issue was excellent, but like I said, some of the progression was hard to follow and by the end I had no idea that Jason, Diana or Silver Swan were in the air, leaving me scratching my head when we left this issue with them falling.  So yeah, for as much as I loved the previous issue, I find this installment a bit of a letdown and hope that we get better as the arc progresses.

Bits and Pieces:

While I was really looking forward to this issue after what we got previously, I was a bit disappointed when the story felt disjointed, when progression seemed to come off panel and when I had no idea what was going on from the art at the end.  Thankfully though, the majority of the art was great and I love seeing the characters we get here, I just hope that things become more straight forward and spelled out as the arc continues.


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