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Review Brew: Wonder Woman #27

Envy leads people to do terrible things.

Wonder Woman #27
Writer: Shea Fontana
Artist: Mirka Andolfo
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Jesus Merino & Alex Sinclair; Jenny Frison
Editor: Dave Wielgosz; Brittany Holzherr; Chris Conroy and Mark Doyle
Publisher: DC Comics

Just as Etta’s brother is about to say his vows all hell breaks loose. In an act of horror, that Diana rightly calls the behavior of a deranged mind, someone bombs the church (when are people going to stop bringing guns into temples in fiction and real life?) and Etta gets caught in the crossfire. Diana panics and takes her to Doc Crawford and that’s where the real madness begins.

One of the things that DC Rebirth as a whole, and Wonder Woman in particular, has done very well is show the cost of power and Shea Fontana continues that theme in this issue. Having it doesn’t mean anything if it’s not tempered with wisdom and love. Diana, the embodiment of agape love, understands this. Raised in a warrior culture, she was also taught that war is absolutely the last step: one must always reach out with a hand first before it can become a fist. It’s something that a lot of those who are gifted or take power don’t seem to understand (again in media and real life) and it’s why when a scheme is hatched to take Diana’s power it goes worse than anyone could predict.

The other thing DC Rebirth has done a good job of showing is the effect this world of heroes has on everyday lives. For everyone they inspire, they also breed envy and, in others, hurt. When all your life you’ve done your best to make the world a better place and yet a random hero comes along and gets lauded for punching things, it’s hard not to become bitter.

Mirka Andolfo’s artwork is a marked changed from what we’ve gotten before but, surprisingly, I like it. It’s bright and colorful in a way a Wonder Woman comic should be, without being overly cutesy and childish. There’s distinct faces, body types and locations in each panel and detail is paid to everything – such as a nice shout out to Diana’s New 52 outfit – acknowledging the storylines that have come before. Overall this is a great issue that makes me eager to see what’s next.

Five Wanted Posters out of Five.

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