Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wonder Woman #66 Review

A Giganta Problem

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Cary Nord, Mick Gray
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 13, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

I am back for at least this issue to review Wonder Woman and I wish I could say that my return was based on loving the book more than Jon Wayne has.  As fans of G Willow Wilson, it's been hard for both of us to not like what we are getting here because we really, really, really want to love it!  However, I can't fake the funk and here goes my review for Wonder Woman #66.  Is this the issue that lets me give out a big sigh of relief that the book is in good hands?  Let's find out...

We open in Rocky Mountain National Park with Maggie and her band of mythical animals as they search for a place to hide out and a bit more where Cadmus is involved.  It all felt a bit off, but it's over quick enough as they run into a Titan.

We cut to Diana and Aphrodite who are on their way to help and I'm still wondering who decided to make them look so alike, but also just shook my head at the dialogue here.  Wilson is such a good writer so why does it always seem that something is wonky with the dialogue?  Neither characters here have any sort of unique voice and Aphrodite seems to answer a  question that she asked Wonder Woman a couple panels before.

They arrive to see two Titans fighting now and when Wonder Woman gets knocked to the ground, things don't get much better.  Everybody talks without listening to others and the scene shifts because Wonder Woman just leaves.  She does go to Amanda Waller and while I can't fault Wilson for what is spoiled on the cover, beating around the bush with what and who Wonder Woman needs is a waste of space here.  Even without the cover, it's an easy guess.

Back at the Park, the animals are trying to keep from getting squashed by the Titans and just feels like a lot of wasted space.  Nothing happens and I might guess that Wilson is trying for some comic relief here...and that is a huge swing and a miss!  That's when the mysterious guest star arrives to join the fray with Wonder Woman ('s Giganta) and what has, unfortunately, become par for the course, they talk and nothing much happens.  By the way, Wonder Woman should have easily seen plenty of things the size of these Titans over the years (like the recent Omega Titans perhaps?) and when Giganta wants payment for her services because "A girls gotta eat", I rolled my eyes.  Did we already forget that Amanda Waller was involved and where Giganta has been?  The issue ends with a cliffhanger that is as lackluster as the rest of the issue and in a run that has struggled to get its footing, this may be the worst issue yet.

This issue has a ton of's pretty boring, it's void of actual character work, the dialogue is awful and the art is okay at best.  What I'm trying to say is this issue stinks, nothing happens and it doesn't have me the least excited for the next one.  I feel as if my hopes are dashed and I will just hope this book becomes readable because I don't think it can ever be really good, let alone great.

Bits and Pieces:

Nothing much happens in this issue of Wonder Woman unless you count bad dialogue, poor character work, and awful pacing as something.  I guess that is something...something I usually try to avoid.  I want to love this book but G Willow Wilson is making it hard to even like it.


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