Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wonder Woman #602

Let me make sure I have this straight: Wonder Woman was reviled a few years back after she killed the evil, mind-controlling Maxwell Lord.

But now we have an "All New" Wonder Woman, and she spends the better part of her (for all intents and purposes) second issue killing a bunch of soldiers.

I know, it's silly to complain about such things when she's fighting for her life against an army of (apparently) murderous mercenaries who are trying to kill her and about a dozen of her Amazon sisters. It's like complaining if Captain America kills Nazis during World War II, I suppose.

But it seems an extreme switch for the peace-loving Diana Prince.

All of which is to say that I didn't really care for this issue written by J. Michael Straczynski. It's loaded with action, but we don't know who the enemy is, why they're attacking or why they deserve to die. It's just a lot of fighting and little illumination.

The art is solid and apparently a team effort - it's credited to two pencillers, Don Kramer and Eduardo Pansica, and three inkers.

About the only significant development is that we get to see what WW's costume looks like under the clunky jacket. The answer is, it looks like her old costume with a different color scheme and lots of straps to, uh, hold everything in place. Which makes sense, I suppose.

The mystery behind Diana's new status quo is unfolding very slowly. If you have the patience to wait, it may be worth it. But I have to admit, my interest (which was already somewhat limited) is fading fast.

Grade: B


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