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‘Wonder Woman #64’ (review)

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Illustrated by Jesus Marino
Published by DC Comics

The trinity of DC’s most exalted heroes are in a great place right now with creative teams. Superman has Bendis, Tom King and Peter Tomasi are exploring the titular Batman titles and now Wonder Woman, more than a full story arc in, is hitting a nice stride as G. Willow Wilson puts her stamp on Diana’s legend.

In the latest issue, Diana is back home after besting Ares, Steve Trevor is recovering and Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is a houseguest. The mystical creatures on her side are also without a home and are refugees in our country, nodding to the fiercely debated immigration debate ripped from media headlines.

The foil this arc is Greg Rucka’s foe Veronica Cale, who is holding captive Nemesis—the goddess of grudges—to go after Wonder Woman in revenge for the loss of her daughter.

In Virginia, pegasus Cadmus returns to warn Diana that supernatural games are afoot, as a giant burning sinkhole appears in Washington DC. There, Diana faces Nemesis in giant bug form for three pages of non-stop action.

Now I must take some time to praise the skill of Jesus Marino on art, his storytelling and acting only rivaled by his own draftsmanship. A full page pinup of Wonder Woman riding the soaring Cadmus is knockout gorgeous. The fight scenes are epic and his work is complimented by Andy Owen’s inks and Romulo Fajardo’s colors.

Back to the action, Cale is not only a powerful business woman, but one who can sway the press to her influence. She also seeks to have superheroes register for fighting the good fight much like in Marvel’s Civil War. Wonder Woman is forced to relent in front of the cameras, at least for now.

Cale also reveals that a Cosmic paradox has disappeared Themyscira and Olympus, and like her griffin and Pegasus friends is now an exile here on Earth.

Here’s to hoping Diana can find out what happened to her home-world and Olympus as she soars off into the sky pondering her fate.

I really do hope Wilson has the answers and they will be revealed in the coming issues, a Wonder Woman without her mystical home would be a very lonely existence indeed.

Back to The Trinity, perhaps Batman and Superman will be brought in to help solve the mystery. I would love to hear Wilson write dialogue for a Bruce, Clark and Diana scene. She has a great line in this book about how Steve is self-conscious about his manhood and abilities as a lover under the watchful eye of the couch surfing Aphrodite.

Gulp! Brilliant stuff!


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