Wonder Woman #30
Writer: Shea Fontana
Artist: David Messina
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Jesus Merino & Alex Sinclair; Jenny Frison
Editor: Brittany Holzherr; Chris Conroy
Publisher: DC Comics
It’s interesting when an issue comes up for different characters, and we get to see their very different responses. “Heart Of The Amazon” has dealt, with subtlety and tact, with the issue of enhanced individuals and whether or not they are obligated to use their abilities to help others. In this case: Diana’s blood, as it could hold the cure for almost all diseases. What makes this arc so thought provoking is that there is no easy answer: on the one hand, yes, Diana’s blood is worth more than gold: the potential within it limitless and with so many diseases in the world (and so many more on the horizon) it’s hard not to see what it could be used for. On the other hand, there will always be those who would exploit Diana’s abilities: at best using her blood to create super soldiers who, in some cases, don’t have Diana’s hard-won wisdom and innate understanding of the sanctity of life, and at worst would become nothing more than mindless weapons pointed at whoever stood in the way of the person(s) holding their leashes. Shea Fontana does an excellent job of tackling both sides of the argument and showing the good, the bad and the ugly of it.
While the colors and lettering of this issue are fantastic, the overall artwork isn’t quite shaking me up. Too many faces repeating or characters being indistinguishable despite being of different races, builds, or sexes. At several points I couldn’t even tell how many characters were supposed to be in play at any given time. The artwork shines, however, in the smaller moments when characters are simply talking to each other, or when there are close ups of characters reactions to the situation at hand. The potential for greatness is there, and if the level of detail and quality can be kept through all panels, it can be reached.
Four Chocolate Chip Cookies out of Five.