Wonder Woman 70
Part 2 of Love Is a Battlefield: Atlantiades, a demigod of desire and Aphrodite’s child has set up shop in a small town. The town has become a center of following your heart’s desire and its every whim, what they argue is an idyllic existence.
In the middle of this town Aphrodite’s reunion with her child does not go as planned. Atlantiades is similarly put out when Diana reject’s the god’s advances and affections, proclaiming her love for Steve Trevor as all she desires.
Aphrodite seeks to make amends with Atlantiades as Atlantiades seeks to show Diana the folly of her ways. All of them are in for a surprise as the novelty of hedonism begins to wear thin for the acolytes giving way to the very real struggles of the mundane.
Will love win out of over desire? And will all of it end in an angry mob?
Here we see the not-unexpected development of desire without bounds, as the flaws become apparent. A god or a demigod has no concept of the consequences of shirking responsibilities. A not so subtle commentary about giving in to our every whims, and also about the repressive nature of refusing indulgence altogether. It could read as profound or preachy, depending on the reader’s own perspective on things, but does offer a chance to reflect and consider — something that good writing often aspires to but never achieves. The balance is struck well here.
Artistically, Xermanico delivers on several levels. The panels themselves are beautifully rendered, from close-up shots to sweeping landscapes. The use of panel layouts is quite creative, varying on each page and making good use of the space.
Generally speaking, the book has been spending a lot of time on Diana’s relationship with her human companions and Steve Trevor in particular. This extended examination of her place in the world while she searches for the Amazons could just be Wilson working her through her anxiety over recent events or does it signal more radical changes for Diana’s life in the near future?
The book has finally found a steady hand with Wilson and is steering its way through another enjoyable arc.
Wonder Woman #70: Heartache and Harsh Reality
Writing - 9/10
Storyline - 8/10
Art - 9/10
Color - 9/10
Cover Art - 9/10
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