Friday, October 1, 2010

Wonder Woman #603

Now that the furor over Wonder Woman's new costume has subsided and we have a few stories to look over, it's time to ask: how's the "All-New" Diana working?

So far, I'd say it's going well - though it's really not an extraordinary comic book. The stories are a mixture of mythology and modern-day combat, as Diana tries to protect a small group of exiled Amazons from a murderous military force. The comics are very action-heavy, and that's not a bad thing.

This issue is all about a battle between WW and some invisible, soul-stealing Harpy-like creatures called Keres. That leads to a trip to the underworld and a splash page that has to be seen to be believed.

The credits list three different pencillers - Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica and Allan Goldman - and I'm not sure which one(s) did the splash page, but he must have choked when he saw the description of a few million lost souls rioting in hell. It's one of those scenes that's easy for the writer to create, but the dickens for the artist to envision.

At any rate, the story lunges along briskly and is mostly fun (despite a few shortcuts in logic). We seem to be getting closer to some answers about what happened to the Amazons and why Wonder Woman's life has changed, so that's a positive development.

The art is good (though a bit mixed in this issue), and the writing is strong (though Straczynski is still hiding things from us). If you're into mythology than you'll probably enjoy this one.

I'm not in love with it yet, but I plan to hang around for at least a few more issues to see where it goes.

Grade: B


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