I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Minor spoilers, just to do with character appearances but if you read the list of creators, it kind of spoils them anyway?
I haven’t read the first four volumes of this series or any Wonder Woman in general, but I’ve been wanting to ever since I saw the movie. This perhaps might be a good thing as, to my knowledge, this volume is the first one of Fontana’s run on Wonder Woman following what is said to be a pretty fantastic run from returning writer Greg Rucka. As I have not read his run, I can’t really compare the two in my head.
It’s also worth mentioning that due to my limited previous reading in this genre if you think I’m being too harsh or too generous with my assessment of writing or art, it’s probably due to my limited frame of reference and there isn’t a lot I can do about that.
Writing Quality – 5/10
The main arc of the volume is a pretty interesting concept, though I wasn’t quite as interested in reality. I don’t know if it’s me or the writing itself, but I didn’t really feel the stakes of the story. There are also a couple of short adventures at the end of the book written and drawn by different creators that were fun short reads even if they didn’t add anything.
Image/Illustration Quality – 7/10
I quite liked the art in this but found it felt a bit inconsistent at times? Just certain shots and angles just seemed … off to me. Overall it was quite good, but most of my rating is down to the last few stories which I found much more visually appealing, the styles just spoke to me more.
Character Development – 5/10
I don’t really feel like I got to experience a lot of this, though in the vein of ‘characters’ I did really appreciate that the book incorporated the characters in the movie adaption. I’m not sure if these same characters had already been introduced before the movie and the incorporated or (like often happens) they were created in the movie and were so popular they were incorporated into the books to draw in readers. Either way, the Oddfellows side adventure was fun (if a little weird).
- Diana got Etta a Friends box set (one of my all-time favourite shows!) – they even referenced one of my favourite jokes, loved it!
- There’s a quote of Steve’s I really liked:
“I’m the guy who found paradise … and brought a piece of it back.”
and I thought that had a nice ring to it.
- The Oddfellows
- The Last Kaiju artwork by David Lafuente
- Some interesting female opponents
- The fact that the crative team was predominantly female : “A female creative team is something of a rarity for Wonder Woman comics. The character was originally created by William Moulton Marston, and many of her most famous storylines were penned by male authors like Rucka and George Perez.” (CHRISTIAN HOLUB, Entertainment Weekly)
- The varying depictions of Diana – being ripped and muscley is fine, as is being more wiry and slender (and still presumably very strong), but please just pick one and stick to it I guess.
- I would have liked to see some more interaction between Steve and Diana but I guess constantly being interrupted by saving the world is kinda their thing?
- The gang they fight towards the end broke into STAR labs for a drug ‘they believed to make women subservient’. Now, I like it when comic books are topical but i personally, like to look for the underlying meaning myself – or you know, at least have it not so blatantly rammed down my throat, to me this scene just said “Wonder Woman vs. sexists” and my reaction was “well, duh”.
Overall – 6/10
So overall, it was bad but I wasn’t wowed and more than anything, reading this made me want to go back and read Rucka’s run before possibly returning to Fontana’s.
“Having worked on DC Super Hero Girls for the last few years, I have a great sense of Wondy, a teenage Wonder Woman in a high school setting, and it’s an honor and an adrenaline rush to be writing her now ‘all grown up,’” explains Fontana. “Many of her core characteristics continue to remain routed in peace, justice and equality, but as an adult she’s seen a lot more war and tragedy, and is dealing with her world from a wiser, more experienced point of view.”
Shea Fontana, DC