Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wonder Woman #68 Review

Jumping to Conclusions

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Cary Nord, Mick Gray
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: April 10, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

What the solicit said: Wonder Woman and Giganta must stare down the largest Titan that Olympus and the Earth have ever seen...but even if they defeat him, they must answer the question: Can Giganta ever be trusted to use her powers for good? Can Diana get through to her-or do some big bads just get bigger and badder?

The issue opens with Eirene and her mythical creature buds hanging and looking at the sword she pulled from the lake.  It doesn't appear to be Excalibur, but they still worry that it's a signal that things are going to get darker before the eventual dawn.  Off with Wonder Woman and Giganta, they have Earth Elementals and swords on their mind as well and after Diana looks at things again, she sees the faux Titans were protecting something.

Wonder Woman and Giganta go off to attack the Elementals and after getting a reminder that no matter what, the two gals are and always will be enemies, the battle is on.  As Wonder Woman let loose, Giganta threw shade at Diana and pretty much wondered why she was even there. 

The battle felt like it went on a bit too long and was stuck on repeat.  In a series that has had pacing issues since Wilson jumped on, this type of thing is getting really frustrating.  Things did pick up a bit near the end, but in a forced way.  Eirene, with her new found sword, just stepped in and demanded the Elemental back off.  Why would she ever think that would work?  Oh well, it least it stopped the fight.

The issue ends with the reveal of whose sword it is, Giganta just deciding to leave and Aphrodite finally getting some screen time.  We also seem to be leaving the mythical creatures behind and hopefully heading off somewhere where there might be some sort of story for Wilson to tell.

I really want to like this book but it is paper thin when it comes to an overall story and I still think Wilson is struggling to find Diana's voice.  She is going full in with the mythical side of Diana, but without any real direction, it all falls flat.  Things just keep happening because they need to and it makes everything feel forced.  I didn't mind Cary Nord's art in the first half of the issue, but loved Ronan Cliquet's in the second half.  It didn't make this a must read by any stretch, but it was nice to look at.

Bits and Pieces:

This book continues to struggle with pacing and overall storytelling.  It looked good, but not much happened and what did felt really forced.  G. Willow Wilson seems to be struggling with her character and what to do with her.  I hope she figures things out soon.


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