Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wonder Woman #74 Review

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Art: Jesus Merino, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Pat Brosseau
Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10th, 2019

Wonder Woman's journey through the broken realm reaches its end in this week’s WONDER WOMAN #74 by G. Willow Wilson. However, who waits for her there and what exactly created this dimension in the first place? Let’s plunge into the issue and find out!


G. Willow Wilson finally gives readers some answers in a direct and straightforward issue that was well overdue and required. Fans find out that once Ares died and Themyscira was torn apart, General Antiope and Philippus led any survivors to Dimension Chi as a safe house. However, Grail also made it there and has taken over Dimension Chi capturing Hippolyta and imprisoning her in the process. Readers, this is what you’ve wanted issues ago and now we finally get it! Themyscira may not be “present” but many of the Amazons are and a battle is brewing to save Diana’s mother and her people.

As much as I appreciated getting to the fireworks factory, the beginning of the issue seemed rather pointless and wasteful. Why did Diana have to fight Hippolyta’s crazed doppelgänger? In addition, falling off a cliff and landing safely on the ground exactly where she needed to be seemed anticlimactic and counterproductive. Where is the doppelgänger? Furthermore, what was the point of that battle? Ultimately, this issue gave us the answers we craved but nothing else at all.

Overall, the issue wasn’t too wordy, it was easy to follow with only a few plot holes, and was well-paced. This reviewer left the issue with his interested peaked for a battle with Grail and a true return of the Amazons. Whether this was planned or not, Wilson quickly advanced the story and that was much appreciated. However, nothing major happens in the story other than providing readers with the beginning of a new arc and putting all the pieces on the chessboard. 

That said, the art was definitely a stand out in the issue. Jesus Merino, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Pat Brosseau continue to impress with detailed action sequences and brightly vivid panels while enthusiastically leading readers across each page. 

Bits and Pieces:

If you’ve been hanging in there since the start of Wilson’s run, you’re probably pumped that we are finally getting somewhere. If you’re jumping into WONDER WOMAN now, this may be the perfect time. The past 6 to 12 issues haven’t done much to advance the story but new readers will hopefully be getting the punch Wilson’s been working towards as this arc continues. Hopefully, any of the readers that bailed issues ago decide to hop back in with the fireworks factory in sight! If you’re a Wonder Woman fan, pick this up.


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