Comic Review: DC Rebirth Wonder Woman Volume 3

Every so often, I come across some comic series and think to myself, “Why haven’t I read another trade of that one in a while?  I really liked that one!”

There’s no good explanation for that.  I see trades for series I like on Amazon or a Barnes and Noble shelf, or at least one that catches my eye, I buy it, toss it onto my big unread trades stack, and eventually I may get to it.  At some point, especially if it’s a series I really liked, I remember it and grab the trade, read it, and write a quick review for it here.

The point is, I did that with the DC Rebirth version of Wonder Woman.  So, here we are with Volume 3, subtitled The Truth.

The Wonder Woman series has an interesting structure in these early trades.  Odd-numbered issues tell a “present day” story, showing Diana as a well-established hero doing what she needs to do as an ambassador of peace that happens to be good at violence.  Even-numbered issues give backstory for this version of Wonder Woman as first came to Man’s World, learned the local language, and established herself.  This volume covers seven odd-numbered issues and the fallout that happens when Wonder Woman learns that all the return visits she made to Themyscira were, in fact, powerful illusions cast by forces unknown.  Diana has never returned to the Island of her childhood since she first set out on her mission to Man’s World.  Diana’s best known weapon, of course, the Golden Perfect, the Lasso of Truth, would suggest she is a very hard character to lie to as well as someone with a deep connection to the truth.  As such, what would such a character do if struck by the realization that much of what she thought was true was a lie?

Short answer:  she’d shut down and go into a catatonic state.  That’s a problem since Veronica Cale has a merc group called Poison out to take her in, and Steve Trevor’s call for help may not have been heard by anyone who could be in any sort of position to help out.

As it is, Diana spends a good portion of this story confined to a mental hospital under an alias.

I’m generally of the opinion that few writers if any working today know Wonder Woman as well as Greg Rucka.  He’s got a good sense of pacing, he integrates the Greek gods well into the story, and he generally shows characters both heroic and villainous are a lot more complex than generally assumed.  Cale, for example, may be Lex Luthor to Diana’s Superman, but she has a very personal reason to do what she does.  Likewise, there is a reason for the deception, and a very obvious culprit for who would be powerful enough to fool Diana that way.  Diana ends the trade with a renewed sense of self-purpose.  Whatever Rucka has planned isn’t done quite yet, but she knows her place in the universe again.

And though I don’t always comment on the art, an important factor for any comic book, Liam Sharp does some fantastic and trippy stuff in here.

So, here’s hoping I get back to this series faster next time.  9 out of 10 homeless minotaurs.

tomk74

Defender of the faith, contributing writer, debonair man-about-town.

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