Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters: Jodi Wynne
Editor: Mark Doyle
Associate Editor: Rebecca Taylor
Creator: William Moulton Marston
Variant Covers: Scott & Fajardo Jr; Frank Cho
Publisher: DC Comics
The fallout from Steve’s crash onto Themyscira continues in Wonder Woman #4. While General Phillipus calls for caution and possibly war, especially once Areto demonstrates the kind of damage the weapons Steve and company were carrying can do, Castalia thinks otherwise. It’s a fantastic look at the ruling council of Themyscira and how balanced they are: none of them want a war but all are prepared to do what they must if it comes to that. Thankfully it doesn’t, yet, because though the soldiers unknowingly bear the sigil of Poseidon (long time enemy of Athena, patron of the Amazons). Hippolyta notices that the eagle has its head bowed: a sign that while its bearer is prepared to fight it will not start a fight. See kids! Symbols actually do mean something.
From there it’s all over but the shouting as Steve heals and a champion is chosen to escort him back to “man’s world.” Everyone knows Diana’s going to win and they also know just how much leaving Themyscira is going to cost her. Once again the bond between all the Amazons, not just Diana and Hippolyta, is shown fully as they fight to keep their princess from being the one to leave: not due to jealousy but out of love.
Nicola Scott’s artwork continues to rock my world as each Amazon we see is distinct in every way, which is a huge achievement especially in the epic contest to decide who will be their champion. However, I think my favorite moments are the small ones: Steve’s heartbreak, confusion and wonder; Phillipus trying to comfort her beloved although they both know the likely outcome of the game; Hippolyta and Diana’s mother/daughter conversations and Hippolyta’s pride and sadness when Diana is inevitably chosen. It’s fantastic work from an artist whose only hitting her stride.
Rucka and company keep bringing it. 5 out of 5 invisible jets.