Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Trial of the Amazons #1 Review

Real Housewives Of Themyscira...

Written by: Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Joëlle Jones, Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Art by: Laura Braga, Skylar Partridge, Joëlle Jones, Elena Casagrande
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Pat Brosseau
Cover art by: Jim Cheung, Jay David Ramos
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: March 8,2022

Trial of the Amazons #1 kicks off the first Wonder Woman-centric event in a very long time with a gathering of Amazonian tribes to decide the ultimate champion. The winner earns the right to be the watcher of Doom's Doorway and guard the living world against the monsters within. Can the tribes keep the peace long enough to get through the competition, or will a tragic event end before it begins?

Was It Good?

Oy! The headline above is not just a bit of clever snark. It's an apt description of the first issue.

Trial of the Amazons #1 kicks off the first "Wonder Woman" event in a very long time, pulling bits and pieces from recent runs of Wonder Woman and Nubia as an excuse to gather all the known Amazonian tribes under one roof to decide important matters through competition.

Before we get into specifics, I applaud DC for giving Wonder Woman and her related characters much overdue attention. At a time when all DC seems to know how to put out is Batman titles, it's high time a member of the Holy Trinity gets some love.

Unfortunately, I wish Wonder Woman's event was off to a better start. As you can see from the credits, there's a small army of writers and artists on this one, a slightly oversized issue. That's usually a red flag, and here, the red flag is warranted. 

Starting with the art, it's noticeably inconsistent. The jump between Braga and Jones can be very jarring. The characters keep the same costumes, hairstyles, and more but the quality and style of the art jump from one artist to the other without the slightest attempt at complementary transition.

Now, on to the story. Again, the headline is not much of an exaggeration. The Themyscirans and Bana-Mighdall agree to meet for a competition to decide the greatest champion who will guard Doom's Doorway. The Esquecidas from Brazil hear about the competition (somehow) and crash the party. It sounds simple enough, and it is, but almost the entire issue is spent with the different tribes bickering, sniping, insulting each other, and posturing over who's the best.

In between the catty sniping, readers are given bits of recap about events that happened in other series to bring everyone up to speed. Mostly, the summaries are successful, but in a few spots, the recaps make the events seem more significant than they were when we first saw them.

Bits and Pieces:

Trial of the Amazons #1 is almost all talk, no action, and a surprise death at the end that comes out of nowhere. I'd love to say the first Wonder Woman-centric event in years is off to a better start, but it ends up being a tedious issue to get everyone up to speed.


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