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‘Wonder Woman #75’ (review)

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Xermanico, Jesus Marino,
and Vincente Cifuentes
Published by DC Comics

 

After last week’s Aquaman #50 and Batman #75 (among others!), Year of The Villain is on full swing with another landmark anniversary issue with Wonder Woman #75.

G. Willow Wilson has reunited Diana with The Amazons in Dimension Chi, but a foe from her past reveals herself as empress of Themyscira.

That’s right, badass Grail has stolen the throne from Hippolyta and they get ready to defend it.

The Amazonians in Dimension Chi including Antiope fill Wonder Woman in on how the coup occurred and that Grail has rallied her own Amazonian supporters.

Antiope also explains that there is a portal between Themyscira and Dimension Chi that must be crossed between battles.

On the lead-up, we’re given a few beautifully crafted montage double page spreads with ancient portico backgrounds that hearkens back to the George Perez run on the character.

Atlantiades is rewarded for being a valued ally by being given armor by the Amazonians, to use their power against Grail’s army to awe and pacify the attackers.

We get what we want as an audience, a full on action battle for the honor of the crown of Themyscira!

Atlantiades descends, mid-battle in their very cool new battle armor based on the Wonder Woman design to stave off the attackers.

In the end, ultimately the side of good remains victorious in the fray, but we can’t forget about the tag that has been on the end of each of these Year of the Villain books. Lex Luthor appears in hologram á la The Emperor to a key rogue of each of these main heroes and more to come.

The Jake and Elwood trope of getting the band back together has been exhausted already in the New 52 and Rebirth, most recently in Snyder’s Justice League with the Legion of Doom. No matter which way you slice it, this is how they are getting at their main event, which is fine but at the same point exhausting that there isn’t a better solution.

All of these tags are the same, drone shows up, hologram appears, B-List villain gets called up to Luthor’s team. We’ve warned you and kept spoilers out of this review mostly but those anticipating Wonder Woman 84 will be happy with this choice.

As with Aquaman returning to Maine in his book, Wondy and her team are at a familiar place and as it’s tough to advise these days, issue #75 would be a great jumping on point for readers that are curious.

There is enough of a reset here that you can catch up easily and her main support characters are around her.

Except Steve.

He’s back at home, likely vacuuming and doing the laundry!

 

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