Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wonder Woman #70 Review

They Lust

Written By: G. Willow Wilson
Art By: Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019

I have been waiting for this book to pick up since G. Willow Wilson took over.  I love her and I love Wonder Woman, so why am I struggling with this book?  I have spelled out the reasons in my past reviews, but I hope this issue turns it all around.  Does it?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Diana and Aphrodite meeting up with Atlantiades and after some mincing of pronouns and a bit of lust, we move along a bit.  Well, I guess that's the case if "moving along" means repeating yourself over and over.

The scene ends with Atlantiades marching away which is upsetting to the gals, but at this point in the story, I'm not really sure what the big picture issues are anymore.  One thing is for certain, they have to help this town as quickly as possible... except that Wonder Woman just flies away...and comes across Atlantiades in the sky.  Hmmm...

After some more awkward dialogue, Atlantiades flies away and Steve Trevor shows up in the town to talk about balding and liver spots.  It's the magic in the town talking, but that doesn't make it better or more exciting.  It does lead to Diana and Steve breaking up, but there is hardly any emotions to go along with it and it all falls flat.

We continue with Aphrodite lamenting on what she did wrong with her child and Wonder Woman and Atlantiades talking again.  This time we see that Steve was never in the town and it was all Wonder Woman's subconscious that brought the vision there.  It all happens with so little setup and the explanation is just tossed out there, but that's nothing compared to how quickly and forced it's resolved.  

The issue ends with Wonder Woman and Atlantiades becoming a team of necessity, but the reason and the dialogue that comes with it is just nonsense.

I really liked the art in this issue, but there just is no story to grab onto.  G. Willow is struggling with Wonder Woman and it shows in her dialogue and pretty much everything else.  Instead of showing us a hero, Wilson seems intent to focus on everything but and does so in the most forced and stilted ways.  Wonder Woman shows up in this book only to declare what is right and wrong all while doing next to nothing each issue.  I am still struggling big time with this run, but it feels like G. Willow is right there with me.

Bits and Pieces:

The overall story moves inches forward and even that is forced.  I liked Xermanico's art but little else.  Wilson still seems to be struggling with Wonder Woman as a character and the book is suffering while she tries to get her footing.  I hope she finds it soon!


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