Wonder Woman #33
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks: Ray McCarthy
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Covers: Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair; Jenny Frison
Editor: Andrew Marino; Chris Conroy
Publisher: DC Comics
Grail is on a mission, one she is gleeful to fulfill as it involves tons of murder, but she’s not quite sure how long it’s going to take and she’s getting a little antsy. Unfortunately for her, but fortunately for literally everyone else, Darkseid is taking a while to level up. This issue sets up an interesting insight into what’s been happening on the other side of the Grail vs Diana conflict as we get everything from Grail’s point of view and it’s weirdly endearing. Grail just wants to protect her father and have a little fun and murder on the side. It’s really as simple as that and yet, because James Robinson does such a great job of writing her, you empathise with her even as you know that she has to get put down – permanently – before her (or Darkseid’s) plans can come to fruition. I’ve always thought the best villains are the ones you understand and Robinson proves that point here.
This is all enhanced by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Romulo Fajardo Jr’s, fantastic artwork. Dynamic and effective it does a great job of putting you in Grail’s mindspace. The colors are distinctly hers: dark greys, blood reds and deep blues. The facial work as well is on point, with each godling being distinct, and Baby!Darkseid being the cutest little demon ever. I seriously don’t appreciate him being so adorable.
As the issue ends, syncing up with the events from Diana’s point of view, things are about to get lit and I’m here for it.
Five Decapitations out of Five