Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wonder Woman #756 Review


When Three Equals Four

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Jesus Merino, Vicente Cifuentes, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 3, 2020

Steve Orlando is finishing up his time on Wonder Woman, and it's a shame he didn't have a more cohesive run.  He's done a decent job as Themyscira's go-to relief pitcher, filling in at times and now, getting to tell his Four Horsewomen story before setting sail into the sunset.  While I may be on the lower part of the Comic Book Roundup for most of his Wonder Woman issues, I do think he loves and respects the character, and that does mean something even though it gets lost in the shuffle sometimes.  So, how is this issue?  Let's find out...


The story opens in Norway with Paula/Helen/Warmaster still yelling at Wonder Woman to open the portal to Themyscira for Genocide.  Wonder Woman is just "sticking around," and they continue to agree to disagree.  My biggest complaint about the last issue was everyone was yelling at each other without any real progression happening.  Well, that keeps going here, right from the start.  I don't know how this will read in trade, but to me, Wonder Woman is dishing out some major passive-aggressive shit talk.  We spent a good portion of the last issue with Paula triggered anytime Diana called her "Helen," yet she does it again here.  I understand that it is a springboard for Orlando to recap the situation, but I want to believe that Wonder Woman lays heavy on both syllables of the name!  HEL-ENNN!!!

As far as the dialogue goes, Diana and Paula (HEL-ENN) don't seem to listen to the other as one says one thing while the other says the opposite.  I know that's what arguments are made of (isn't that a Raven-Symone song?), but something feels off with the exchange at points.  



We then head off into the Lasso of Persuasion, a moonscape land where hugs are free, and everyone eats cotton candy while sitting on the steps of the gumdrop palace.  I wish!  Instead, we get a pale blue moonscape where Donna, Armageddon III, and Devastation continue their argument.  Oh, poor Armageddon III!  Always the bridesmaid, never the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgment!  Like what we got with Diana and Paula (HEL-ENNN), it's just a back-and-forth that is more about recapping things than any real progression.

While this is going on, we check in on Themyscira, and they got some #ThemyciraProblems!  Genocide is banging on the front door, and things are about to get hairy.  There are a couple of weird mentions that drop out of nowhere that makes me believe that Orlando wants to have Paradise Island cosplay as Wakanda, but we'll have to wait and see.  By the end, the (almost) Four Horsewomen are about to start kicking up Thymiscira dirt, but a reunited Donna and Diana will undoubtedly have a say in that!  



This issue lacked any real progression, and there were no twists or turns to send it in a different direction than expected.  Paula and her crew (or crüe!) are attacking Themyscira, and Donna is on Wonder Woman's side.  That's about it.  We never see what happened to Boston, and those crazy guest characters (Strange Visitor better be ok!) even though that was the primary threat used against Diana for two issues. The whole thing felt mute since they didn't seem to need Diana to do anything to get through the portal by the end anyway. Also, did they need Four Horsewomen, or was that just a branding thing? They better call the silk screener to change those shirts quick! It wasn't all bad, though.  I loved Jesus Merino's art and had a smile on my face at the end with Diana and Donna reuniting because as Peaches and Herb used to tell us all, it felt so good!

Bits and Pieces:

Wonder Woman #756 was an issue heavy in recap-exposition that ended in a predictable way to set up a final couple of issues of Steve Orlando's run on this book.  The problem is, that's kind of what we've been getting for months now.  Jesus Merino's art in the issue is fantastic, and there are some sweet moments, I just want to get to the damn fireworks factory!

6.0/10

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