Collects WONDER WOMAN #13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25.
This arc clears up the fog of illusions that has Diana in a straitjacket. “The Truth” is revealed. Etta Candy, Barbara Minerva, and Steve Trevor find themselves feeling powerless to restore Diana to the Wonder Woman they know and rely on her to be, so they take desperate measures, make steep sacrifices, and enlist the help of others. I like that Diana has a cast of characters; a family to mitigate the loss of her Amazonian family in her life.
Castalia warns Queen Hippolyta and her dear General Philippus of a dire omen on the treasured soil of Themyscira. It stirs the Amazons to armor up for the fight they’ve always been training for. Any panels that show off the Amazon’s valor, strength, and military skill will win me over every time.
After the attack on the ‘Picket’ nearly kills Etta and she learns of a betrayal, she asks Steve, “What do you do when you’re running out of friends?” He asks, “make new ones?” To which Etta replies, “Or find the really old ones.” They find a really old one indeed…a Greg Rucka original character that I adored: Ferdinand!
Ferdinand proves to be extremely helpful and Liam Sharp gave him a gorgeous layer of grit.
Speaking of Liam ‘Sharpie’ Sharp, he is as Sharp as ever. He picked up some of Nicola Scott’s Greek profile expertise and paralleled a great panel between Queen Hyppolyta and her beloved Philippus.
This arc is good. Greg brought in some depth with Greek mythology. I will say this though; Wonder Woman, Diana of Themyscira, as written by William Moulton Marston and inspired by Olive Bryne + Sadie Holloway, DOES NOT like to be called “Angel” by Steve or anyone else. Even as a code name…it hits a bad note for me.
Liam Sharp draws Cheetah for #DCComics Art Academy