Wonder Woman #48 Review: An Issue of No Consequence

Wonder Woman #48 Review: An Issue of No Consequence

Posted by June 14, 2018 Comment

Wonder Woman #48
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Writer: James Robinson, Artist: Jesus Merino, Color Artist: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Letters: Saida Temofonte, Cover by: Jesus Merino 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, Supergirl based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

Wonder Woman was summoned away from Earth by the Star Sapphire Corps. That leaves Jason on his own to face down the Dark Gods. Thankfully, he is not alone for long, as Supergirl, Steve Trevor, and the Justice League are there to help in the fight for our world.

Wonder Woman #48 cover by Jesus Merino and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Wonder Woman #48 cover by Jesus Merino and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Wonder Woman #48 is pure padding. The story doesn’t advance in any meaningful way, you could probably call the ending of this issue based on how Wonder Woman #47 ended, and Jason is a ludicrously dull character.

Jason does nothing of worth to fight off the Dark Gods. Since this is Wonder Woman, you know that Diana will be necessary to win the day. As such, the presence of Supergirl and the Justice League goes nowhere very fast. The comic ends with nothing done and Diana returning from Zamaron.

Worse yet, the comic over-explains a lot while continuing to under-explain Jason’s powers and the abilities of his armor. There is one panel where the narration explains what’s happening while the art shows none of it — literally telling instead of showing.

To loop back around to the lack of reason for this comic, the events of this issue could have been covered in a single page upon Diana’s return to Earth as opposed to padding out a full comic where nothing of value happens while we watch a maddeningly uninteresting character.

Wonder Woman #48 art by Jesus Merino and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Wonder Woman #48 art by Jesus Merino and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

At the very least, Jesus Merino makes the comic visually appealing. There is a hint of classical detailing in his style, and the book looks great from beginning to end. The Dark Gods have solid designs, the Justice League have a grand entrance, and Jason is at least visually expressive. Romulo Fajardo Jr. continues to provide good color work, creating a foreboding atmosphere this issue.

Wonder Woman #48 is a little insulting in how padded it is. Nothing of value happens, and I knew it since the ending of #47. The story waits until Diana can return to save the day, leaving us to watch an uninteresting character in Jason. Merino and Fajardo Jr. make it a pretty comic, but that doesn’t save the day. This one doesn’t earn a recommendation. Give it a pass.

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(Last Updated June 14, 2018 1:39 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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