With the Crawford episode done and the discovery that she was behind the bombing at Etta’s brother’s wedding, Wonder Woman has resided herself to looking after her closest friend while she recovers from her injury.
Diana is still shaken due to Etta’s near-death experience, and she is struggling seeing her wounded. To make matters worse, an assassin attacks who wants Wonder Woman in a situation that sounds too reminiscent of the Crawford incident, which may not be so isolated after all.
This is another emotional issue for Wonder Woman. Seeing the mighty Amazon so shaken by the near-death of her best friend Etta Candy easily makes one feel for Diana. It’s nice seeing them spend some time together, and that could have made for a satisfying issue even without the attack of the assassin.
Not that I’m complaining about this comic having conflict, of course. However, it does hit on an interesting idea that does have some relevance and complicated emotions attached to it.
Diana expresses sorrow at the case of Dr. Crawford and her passing. Etta replies with the fact that she has trouble feeling bad for the woman who bombed her brother’s wedding. Diana tells Etta that she should do what she must.
To unpack that a bit, Wonder Woman actually feels bad for the woman who almost killed her closest friend, but she does not begrudge Etta for not feeling the same way. That’s actually a really complex idea to put out there: the idea of feeling compassion for those who would do us harm while understanding that others may not be able to do the same, and accepting that. I may sound a bit obsessive over what was one panel’s worth of dialogue, but it struck me. It was interesting, and it’s a good example of the kind of ideas and emotions that set Wonder Woman apart from other comics from the Big Two.
The fight scene with the assassin, Mayfly, is cool. It’s made more interesting by the fact that Mayfly is a hemophiliac. This complicates the fight for both women, and it shows more connections between this instance and the Crawford scenario of the last issue.
The artwork in this comic is quite decent. It’s not great, and detail is all-but abandoned when the draw distance goes past six feet or so — characters get blocky and vague from then on. However, detail and emotion is conveyed decently for individuals who are closer to the panel. The fight between Diana and Mayfly is pretty cool, and the art is good more often than it is not.
The color art could use a little brightening. It’s not bad, either, but Diana’s costume looks a little more washed-out than it seems like it should be. The gleaming beaming Amazon warrior is preferable to a more toned-down appearance, even in a down-to-Earth issue such as this.
That being said, the comic is still a very enjoyable read with a lot of emotional moments and excitement. Diana Prince is Wonder Woman for a reason, and this character has her legendary reputation thanks to writers like the newly arrived Shea Fontana. She continues off of Greg Rucka’s fantastic Wonder Woman series effortlessly, and I hope this writer sticks around. Pick this comic up.
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