Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wonder Woman #58 Review


Wanting More

Written by: G Willow Wilson
Art by: Cary Nord, Mick Gray, Romula Fajardo Jr, and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

I couldn't wait for this issue since it was first announced that G Willow Wilson was jumping on the series.  I am a huge fan and really, it's about time I look forward to an issue of Wonder Woman for once.  So, how was Wilson's debut?  Let's find out...



The issue opens on Themyscara and if you've been reading Wonder Woman since Rebirth started, that is something we haven't seen much of.  The best part here is that Wilson gets right to fixing one of the biggest snafus of Greg Rucka's Rebirth run.  We see Grail and Ares in their prison and instead of just being a catch-up for new readers, Wilson starts off her run by making things right.  Yea, this scene may have a bit of odd dialogue (the pimple bit was a bit overplayed), but it looks like Wonder Woman will be able to return home in the near future.

We do eventually get to Wonder Woman and it's one of those dreams in a dream type of scenes to set up what's going on with Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman.  After Diana wakes up and Etta calls, Wonder Woman is off to save her man.  

I am a big Steve Trevor fan, but this part and a lot of what's to follow in this issue feels a bit too generic for me to get overly excited about.  Wonder Woman makes it clear that she doesn't care about United States treaties and the idea of nobody being on the right side of things during a war is a little heavy-handed, but there are some interesting things going on as well.  We get a scene that continues the idea that a lot of Olympus' inhabitants have been displaced and now they are starting to stir.  It's a cool tie-in to a lot of stories we've been seeing since Rucka left the book, but it just doesn't stand out.  That's my biggest problem with this issue...it just didn't wow me like I thought it would.  



That doesn't mean it was all bad as the ending of the book showing a new and improved Ares ready to make things right was pretty excited, I just wanted more.  I am sitting here wondering if that was the fault of G Willow Wilson or my high expectations.

I will tell you that those expectations were so high because of my love of Wilson's writing, but also because she comes on this book feeling like a sort of last chance.  This book has been a wreck for years and my feelings are that if she can't right the ship, it may never happen.  I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but I am desperate here. 



Like I said, this issue didn't wow me, but it also didn't quite feel like Wilson was trying to do that.  This was more of a housekeeping/setup issue to get things in order before hitting us with the awesomeness.  At least that's what I hope it is and not a wrong writer/wrong character thing.  I really don't think that's the case and hopefully, a couple of issues will get her comfortable with the character and ready to kick butt!

Cary Nord's art is okay.  I wish it had a more detailed style as it comes off a bit generic and didn't make me like things any more than I already did.

Bits and Pieces:

G Willow Wilson kicks off her run on Wonder Woman by fixing some things that needed fixing and setting up a cool cliffhanger.  I was really hoping this issue would knock my socks off, but they remain on my feet for now.  This is an okay issue where I was expecting a great one.  I think we will get to the latter point, just not yet.

6.5/10

2 comments:

Jodie Jones said...

This issue was okay but the artwork put me off, why does DC put okay artists on their top tier characters and expect new readers to pick it up?

Jim Werner said...

thought the exact same thing! You need to come out of the gate swinging with everything and the art was a letdown...I was wavering between a 7 and a 6.5 and the art put it down to the 6.5