Wonder Woman #63
A new arc starts, focusing on the new "reality" for the mythical exiles seeking a place and a purpose. We don't see a lot of Diana except to catch up with some of our expats and to give them some tips about fitting into the US (hey guys, check out Founding Fathers in Foggy Bottom, good stuff). We also check in with an old frenemy and get a hint of trouble that's brewing as a result of Ares's liberation.
Wilson continues to movie a narrative along while making a healthy amount of political and social commentary along the way. It’s not exactly subtle, but it’s on point and fits in both with the direction of the book and the current climate of the real world. Scratching at the corners of your conscience and aiming at your moral center is a long-standing part of the Wonder Woman brand, so none of this should be a surprise to readers. Of all of the writers that have taken over since Rucka, Wilson seems to have found her voice most quickly, and she’s settled into a comfortable pacing at this point.
This issue felt like mostly filler after the whirlwind changes of the last arc and a chance to catch our breaths, though there were some potentially important plot threads woven into the fabric. For now, the book has found some stability and a steady rhythm heading into new directions, let’s hope it lasts. I also happily continue my broken record-like praise of the artistic team delivering amazing visuals once again. I particularly enjoyed Kamome Shirahana’s variant cover, a stunning display that is on par with Jenny Frison’s work and that’s no small achievement.
This is probably the best shape the book has been in for years. I hope it continues and Diana gets the consistent excellent treatment she deserves.
Wonder Woman #63: Avoid DuPont Circle
Writing - 8/108/10
Storyline - 8/108/10
Art - 9/109/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 10/1010/10
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