Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Wonder Woman #775 Review


Writer: Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad
Artist: Andy MacDonald
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Cover Price: $4.99

I have not liked this Wonder Woman book much since coming out of Death metal and Future State.  While seeing Wonder Woman in Asgard was cool for an issue or two, it's been dragging since.  I was hoping that things would pick up once we got to Olympus, but I have my doubts after a dull first issue.  So, did this issue up the ante and get me fired up for a Wonder Woman book for the first time in a long time?  Let's find out...

I want to remind everyone how big a thing it is to bring back the Olympian gods.  Whether it's spelled out in this book or not, the Olympians have been missing for quite some time.  We are talking years, depending on which books you read, so bringing them back should be a monumental feat.  So why doesn't it feel like it here?

Diana, Deadman, and Ratatosk head into the Graveyard of the Gods and play "answer three riddles" with the Keeper, and the Olympians are back.  That's it?  We spent more time running up and down the World Tree in Asgard!  This should have been huge, but I get the feeling that Conrad and Cloonan have no idea what they just did.  Nobody seems that impressed or excited about it.  I don't get it.

What I did get were the answers to the riddles...before they were even finished.  I am a dummy who notoriously can't figure out puzzles, and yet I got these instantly like some rocket surgeon.  I guess it was because they were generic as hell!  Seriously, the fate of the Olympians was saved by answering riddles I heard by fifth grade!?!?

Wonder Woman then heads back to Olympus to see how everyone's doing, and after saving Janus' better half, she heads off to find the darker side of things. Unfortunately, none of this is interesting in the least, and when Diana jumps into a well and ends up in Fairyland, I just shook my head and realized that I would have to wait a while more until I read a good Wonder Woman story.

I loved watching the Never Ending Story as a kid, but this never-ending bunch of nonsense is not giving me the same thrills.  Every time I read a new issue, I check the page count at least ten times while reading and discover that while I think I've read at least fifteen pages, it's only been three!  This story has gone from bad to worst, and right now, I would take Wonder Woman getting out of the shower a la Bobby Ewing over this crap!  By the way, I've seen the sales numbers, and I am not the only one not enjoying this run! Unfortunately, the art isn't good enough to save this sinking ship either, so really, there is nothing to recommend here.

Bits and Pieces:

While this series had an interesting start, it has gone downhill with each issue.  Bringing back the Olympians should have been huge, but Cloonan and Conrad play it off so small here that it made me wonder if we were even supposed to care.  I have been waiting patiently for a good Wonder Woman book, and it looks like that wait will continue.


1 comment:

  1. The gods have vanished so often in Wonder Woman down the years that I’m surprised it’s a big deal for anybody that they’ve returned. I’ve been enjoying this storyline more than you, but my problem is the new artist - Diana looks hideous. You never mentioned the art, no thoughts?