Saturday, February 18, 2012

Wonder Woman #6

Portraying Gods in a comic book can be tricky - they generally come across as either childish, capricious or just plain evil.

For the opening story arc in this new Wonder Woman comic, she's dealt with all three examples - and there's a crowd of gods on hand for this issue.

The problem is that Zeus has gone missing and his wife Hera is lashing out at - well, everyone who has an... intimate connection to the randiest god of them all.

As a result, a young woman named Zola who is carrying Zeus' child is a target - and so is Wonder Woman, only recently revealed to be a daughter of Zeus.

So how does a demi-god like WW fight back against a god? It's my favorite line from the original Clash of the Titans movie - "A Titan to kill a Titan!"

She arranges a meeting between Poseidon, Hades and Hermes - but as you'd expect when dealing with such powerhouses, things don't exactly go as planned.

But it's wonderful to see Diana dealing with this problem with intelligence and determination - and there are a few fun action sequences thrown in for good measure. Excellent work by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Tony Akins (filling in for the regular artist, I presume, and doing strong work).

This really is the best version of Wonder Woman we've seen in quite a while. Like Batman (as discussed the other day), this really isn't a comic for kids - but for those mature enough to read it, this series is highly recommended!

Grade: A-



Tom Badguy said...

Good review, but are these New 52 series really all they are cracked up to be?

Chuck said...

Tom, good question. I'd say they're batting about .300 so far. I don't read them all, but of the ones I've seen, some are very good (Action Comics, Batman), some are OK (Justice League, Aquaman) and some are average at best (Superman, Batgirl, Flash).