Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Wonder Woman #796 Review



Written by: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Art by: Amancay Nahuelpan
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Pat Brosseau
Cover art by: Yanick Paquette, Nathan Fairbairn
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: February 21, 2023

Wonder Woman #796 finds the invasion of the Olympian Gods heating up when the humans become overwhelmed by Eros's love spell while a fiery Titan lays waste to all in its path.
Is It Good?

Is it possible?!? Could Cloonan and Conrad have finally turned this series around into an adventure worth your valuable time and money?!? Well, maybe. The jury's still out on that one, but Wonder Woman #796 heads in the right direction.

When last we left Wonder Woman and her slightly above-average friends, Eros led an attack on Washington D.C.with a combination of elixirs, poisons, and spells that enthralled the human population into love slaves. Meanwhile, a massive fire Titan rampages through the city streets, burning everything in its path.

Now, Yara Flor tackles Eros, her ex-lover, head-on, while Siggy and Steve deal with the Titan and Wonder Woman attempts to quell the lovesick mob.

Normally, a three-pronged attack would be tough to juggle in any one comic, but Cloonan and Conrad handily balance the plot flow. Yara's interaction with Eros is surprisingly deep as the two fight over the invasion while working out the lingering feeling over their "breakup." Wonder Woman's fight against the mob feels like a difficult challenge because she can't use her strength against innocent humans acting against their will, so the dramatic tension meter jumps up a few notches. Lastly, the fight between Siggy and Steve against a gigantic Titan feels silly because Steve effectively does nothing. Two out of three are alright.

In terms of writing execution, the issue is solid overall. The pacing is quick, the dialog feels natural, and the surprise ending delivers an appreciable amount of intrigue for the next issue, the arc's finale. In short, this is a decent issue.

The art by Nahuelpan and Bellaire is, likewise, rock-solid. The figure and line work is excellent. The action is energetic. And the coloring is exceptional.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Well, knock me down and call me stinky. Wonder Woman #796 is this writing team's second decent Wonder Woman issue in a row. The invasion by the Olympian Gods feels big and has stakes. All heroes have their hands full with credible threats, and the surprise ending has gobs of potential for the future.


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