Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Wonder Woman #765 Review


Making Me Dizzy

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Steve Pugh, Rumulo Fajardo Jr, and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 28, 2020

Mariko Tamaki continues her Wonder Woman run with another issue about Maxwell Lord's tech gone bad. After the extended Liar Liar story, I hoped we could move away from this a bit, but that hasn't been the case. I guess it's the only way to keep Maxwell and Diana working together, but it's turned into a silly scavenger hunt. I was expecting a bigger story when Tamaki jumped on Wonder Woman, but I realize that is not happening here, and that realization may have improved my attitude and score this week. Why is that? Let's find out...
The issue opens with a cold open that shows you what happens at the end of the issue. The Invisible Jet is going down, and it looks like Maxwell and Diana might die. Spoiler alert - they don't die! But, how do they get in that predicament? I bet you couldn't guess it even if you tried!

It's another road trip issue! Diana and Maxwell are off to Zandia to stop some more of Maxwell Lord's tech, and while Superman offers a hand, the two new partners are going alone. We get some more info on the "who remembers that Diana snapped Maxwell's neck" front. Wonder Woman remembers what lead up to it but can't quite nail down why. We also get Maxwell punking some security guards for good measure as well.

Once in Zandia, the issue stalls as the two go through pages and pages of villains looking badass as they gamble, sneer, gamble some more, and yes, sneer some more. Things change after a fight breaks out, and we get pages of villains looking badass as they fight, sneer, fight some more, and yes, sneer some more! Exciting!

While all this is going on, Maxwell wanders off and finds himself on the wrong end of a bug-faced bounty hunter who wants to collect the large sum of money on his head. Thankfully, Wonder Woman busts it up, and they find out who wants Maxwell. By the way, the payment for the bounty was a cool clue to who it was, only to say it on the next page.

Without spoiling too much, the issue ends with a cool villain under attack, but then showing him using the power of Maxwell Lord's tech to fight back. But... why put out a hit on Lord since it only points everyone his way? And, why did he suddenly need to amplify his powers when there was no problem before? Oh yea, we then see why the Invisible Jet crashes and end with a crazy (and silly) cliffhanger.

I am not expecting too much from this book anymore, and thus, I wasn't that disappointed. That's backdoor shade, but what the heck, I'm going with it. This is another seek out the person/tech issue that never quite gets to either, and after things twist around, we get a villain I like and a silly cliffhanger. The art was great, but it won't stop this issue from being forgotten in a week or so by almost everyone who reads it.

Bits and Pieces:

This is another forgettable issue of Wonder Woman involving Maxwell Lord tech that never materializes or gets explained. That's par for the course here, but the issue looks great, and we end with a cool villain that hasn't been around much lately. I'll take the small victories in what has become a war of attrition for this Wonder Woman fan.



  1. Thanks for the review. There are a lot of negative things I could say about this comic. But the only positive thing I can is it's consistent. It's not beyond saving and could get better, but like you, I'm not holding my breath.

  2. I am afraid that this is now just filling in issues until we get the changes in 2021

  3. You're both right. I guess it's been impossible to ask for anything more for the last couple of years.