Sunday, October 14, 2018

Justice League Giant #3 Review

On Fire

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair, and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 7, 2018

This is a review of the Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti story, "Come Back to Me Part 1".  The issue also includes Justice League #3 (2011), The Flash #3 (2011) and Aquaman #3 (2011).

It's the Harley Quinn trio of Palmiotti, Conner, and Hardin and that is just fine with me.  I love them, but do they bring their A-game to this Wonder Woman-centric story?  Let's find out...

Palmiotti and Conner go right away with a story that's as all-ages as anything I've read in these Walmart Giants so far.  If you think that is a diss, though, you would be very wrong.  I wish more of these stories were geared towards a younger audience so this “experiment” could get new and younger fans into our hobby.  Now, the story has to be good as well and thankfully, this one is.

The story begins with Diana and Steve Trevor having some fun in the sun.  You know, sand, surf, and sandwiches!  It's nice seeing them together but ends with Steve telling Diana about his upcoming mission.  It's pretty obvious that things will not go as planned with Steve and his experimental plane test drive, but that's why he has Wonder Woman for a girlfriend, right?  What, she isn't there just to constantly save him?  Could have fooled me!

We continue with Diana and Etta (I love this Etta!) Seeing a forest fire on the news and of course, its Wonder Woman to the rescue.  This is the main part of this first issue and its a really nice way for Palmiotti and Conner to show new readers what makes Wonder Woman so great.  She jumps right into the fire (literally) and saves everyone (human and animal) using her love and understanding of everything (animal and human).  No need for lassos and bracers this issue, just a great hero being awesome.

She does save the day, but the issue ends with an emergency and it's not hard to guess what it is.  The best part is that we get the Invisible Jet and hints of heading off to a pretty cool location (that may include dinosaurs if we're lucky)

This was a nice issue that is appropriate for any age and makes sure to highlight one of the best things about Wonder Woman...she is a good and caring person.  Nothing dark or forced here, just Diana being Diana and that is just how I like it.  I also like Chad Hardin's art a whole lot.  I am a fan and his style fits the tone of the issue so well and just makes me smile.

Bits and Pieces:

Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, and Chad Hardin go against the current DC grain to give readers a story about love, kindness, and caring.  Crazy, huh?!?  I always love this sort of thing, but in a book that is geared to get new and maybe younger readers, this should be essential.  This is a good introduction to Wonder Woman and comics for just about anybody.


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