Wonder Woman #44 Review: Fun With Darkseid, But the Story is Shallow

Posted by April 12, 2018 Comment

Wonder Woman #44
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Writer: James Robinson, Artist: Emanuela Luppachino, Inker: Ray McCarthy, Color Artist: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Letters: Saida Temofonte, Cover by: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Romulo Fajardo Jr., Variant Cover by: Jenny Frison, Assistant Editor: Dave Wielgosz, Editor: Chris Conroy, Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich, Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

Wonder Woman, Jason, and A.R.G.U.S are at war with Darkseid, Grail, the Female Furies, and their Parademons. Darkseid’s servants have almost finished their machine, so the clock is ticking on Diana and her allies to finish off the forces of Apokolips.

Wonder Woman #44 cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Wonder Woman #44 cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

To start, it’s objectively awesome to read a comic that is almost entirely about a fight between Wonder Woman and Darkseid. Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. do an excellent job of bringing this battle to life, and, if nothing else, there is fun to be had in watching this fight go down.

That’s fortuitous for the overall book, because it really has nothing else going for it. The fight is supposed to be partly fueled by the fact that Darkseid has killed Zeus and other members of the Greek Pantheon. That doesn’t bear much weight, as they haven’t generally been central sympathetic figures to the story. Sure, Zeus is Diana’s father, but that doesn’t add much given Zeus’ scarcity in the comic. It also doesn’t help that Zeus is a historical dick and giving Diana daddy issues is the last damn thing this comic needs.

Beyond that, the dialogue is quite bad. When it’s not being expository, it consists of a lot of cliched battle cries and overblown attempts at emotional conveyance. It can take you out of the fun of the fight.

Finally, this comic shows the problems of decompressing a story so that an entire issue can consist of a massive fight sequence that doesn’t properly end, and the comic concludes with more nonsense being added to said fight.

Wonder Woman #44 art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Wonder Woman #44 art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

That said, the art team does a good job of making this a comic that is at the very least, readable. The fight is given thunderous and impactful blows by Luppachino’s line work, McCarthy’s inking keeps things neat and defined, and Fajardo Jr.’s color work is well-balanced and appealing.

Wonder Woman #44 is a fun comic. I can’t take that away from it. Despite the narrative meandering throughout the runtime, the dialogue tripping over itself, and the pacing’s near lack of existence, Diana v. Darkseid makes this book tentatively recommendable. It’s fun, and the artists do a great job of making the visuals presentable. Feel free to pick it up for a fun-if-shallow read.

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(Last Updated April 12, 2018 12:18 pm )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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