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Review Brew: Wonder Woman #42

Writer: Meredith Finch

Artist: David Finch

Inker: Jonathan Glapion & Johnny Desjardins

Colorist: Brad Anderson

 

When the New 52 launched in September 2011, almost no book got the critical buzz that Wonder Woman received. With the all-star team of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, we shouldn’t have expected any less, but it still blew us away. Their 35 issue run will go down as one of the seminal runs on Wonder Woman, so following that run, tasked on the Finch’s, is one no one envied. Feeling like it was time for a break on the title, I dropped off for a little while, until the post convergence world change. I didn’t really go in with my expectations high;  and coming out of it, I’m still trying to decide if I liked it or not.

I don’t have a huge amount of experience with Wonder Woman titles, but as a huge fan of Greek Mythology tales, I’ve always liked the character. That being said, when I first heard that Meredith Finch planned to bring Diana back to her Superheroing style, I was hesitant. With the start of this new arc, we are seemingly back to the Mythology based stories, which I absolutely love. To give a brief overview, Wonder Woman is being hunted by Aegeus, a descent of the mythological hero Theseus. On top of that, Donna Troy is prisoner in Themyscira (for a reason that I assume happened in the previous arc, I’m not sure why yet), who may or may not end up being manipulated by a favorite character from the Azzarello run. The plot is a lot of fun, a story clearly based in Greek Mythology and very compelling. While I can’t wait to see what happens next, I struggle a bit with Finch’s dialogue. Diana, at certain points, doesn’t seem to understand little conversation pieces. For example, every time she laughs, it seems like she’s Thor. I understand that she is a God like he is, but I don’t recall this being a nuance in previous wonder Woman stories. Aegeus speaks like a petulant child, which I’m sure annoy some, but I think it fits in well with the mythological story, as we see this type of character time and time again in those stories. Overall, the dialogue just felt of a different time, but other than that, I can’t really find anything I didn’t like from the story.

David Finch art brings with it a certain amount of expectations of what you’re going to get. Namely, there’s going to be a lot of grimacing, and it might feel a little stiff. In this, while there’s certainly a sense of all the character grimacing, the overall book was pretty solid storytelling wise. I didn’t feel like there were a lot of static imagery, and the storytelling is definitely there. I thought the inking was strong in this book, as Glapion continues to be one of the best and Desjardins, who I’m not familiar, showed some solid chops. Also, I may be in minority, but I love Wonder Woman’s armor. It only adds to her warrior nature and her commanding presence. There are a few points that drew me out of the story, however. The first was that Hessia, one of Diana’s friends, looks almost identical to Strife, one of her main antagonists. Also, when finch drew Poseidon here, he was in his classical human form, rather than the creature like version we got from Chang in his run. On top of the continuity issue, the non classical look is just more unique, and I’d love to see that here. I know Finch could kill it drawing that as well. The biggest question I had was; is Finch the right artist for the book? I don’t think it’s bad art, on the contrary, I think it’s quite good, I just feel like he’d be a better fit on other DC books.

With a strong plot like this, I definitely want to know what happens next. Hopefully the dialogue will pick up in the next issue, and I’m sure, in time, I’ll become a little warmer on the art style for the book. Sometimes I just miss Chiang, but I understand all things must end.

3 God Spawns out of 5

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About Brett I (152 Articles)
Born in Philadelphia and currently residing in Portland OR, Brett has been reading and collecting comics in some capacity since 2008 and is now fully immersed. Also, Brett is an avid follower of Professional Wrestling since the crumbling of The Alliance. Philadelphia/Chicago Sports consumed here.
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