Wonder Woman #16
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Bilquis Evely
Inks: Bilquis Evely; Mark Morales; Andrew Hennessy; Raul Fernandez
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr
Letters: Jodi Wynne
Covers: Evely & Fajardo Jr.; Jenny Frison
Editors: Rebecca Taylor & Mark Doyle
Publisher: DC Comics
If, like me, you’re familiar with Greek mythology, you know how utterly and completely pear-shaped things go when gods interfere with humans. This becomes extremely important in this issue of Wonder Woman as we find out the origins of Godwatch.
One of the things Rucka does a wonderful job of is showing that there are always two sides to every story. No one is purely good or bad. Barbara Ann being a prime example, as Cheetah, up until Rucka got his hands on her, was almost always portrayed as a very one dimensional villain, at best. In this issue when Deimos and Phobos insert themselves (I’m betting under the orders of Ares) into the lives Doctors Veronica Cale and Adrianna Anderson all hell breaks loose and sets Cale on a path of revenge that is all too understandable. Unfortunately Diana – and to a lesser extent Barbara Ann, Steve and Etta – gets caught in the crossfire.
The artwork here is outstanding, which is saying a lot as I usually hate when a guest artist comes into a book I’ve been reading, or artist are switched mid-stream. However Bilquis Evely’s artwork, while vastly different in style from Nicola Scott and Liam Sharpe’s, is perfect for the story that Rucka is telling. There’s an almost retro pin-up feel to it that just works.
Overall this is a great beginning to the next arc of Wonder Woman’s Rebirth – 5 cyber suits out of 5.