December 1, 2022

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Comic Review: Wonder Woman Volume 6 (New 52)

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's Wonder Woman storyarc comes to an end here.

As I am sure I have said many times over, I had to quit reading comics for financial reasons when the New 52 was still somewhat new.  For the most part, I didn’t regret that, but there were a couple runs I was genuinely curious about and wanted to finish.

Well, I finished one of those now with the sixth and final volume of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman run, this one given the single one word subtitle Bones.

When last we had left Diana and her allies, the nameless First Born of Zeus had taken Mount Olympus from wannabe replacement for Zeus Apollo.  Realizing that, even as the new God of War, Diana needed an army, Hera restored most of the Amazons save Hippolyta to human form.  That’s a start.  But Diana has learned quite a bit about how both the Amazons and the gods did things, so she knows how to find some allies, starting with the Amazon sons who were always banished from Paradise Island from birth.  And there’s always New God Orion if he can actually be at all helpful.

It’s a good thing, too.  The First Born is consolidating his power with attacks on both Hades’ and Demeter’s respective realms.

So, all in all, not a bad end to an epic storyline.  The last of the Greek Gods as redesigned by Azzarello and Chiang make their appearances, but this last volume had some issues.  The battle between the First Born’s forces and the daughters and sons of Paradise Island is a bit strangely paced.  I honestly couldn’t tell who was winning the fight half the time.  Azzarello’s script works better for character moments, showing Diana’s overall compassion for everyone, including her enemies.  Diana wants to hold on to her humanity, a task that becomes harder and harder as time goes on.  Her bracelets, in this incarnation, actually hold in her power and make her weaker, unlike most stories where they are a symbol of conqueror Amazon servitude.  We’ve seen she doesn’t want to remove them to keep herself on a more human level, but what happens when she is also a god?  Ares more or less surrendered his power to her, and she really doesn’t want it.  Besides, how much can a character known for seeking peace really embody war?

Couple that with a final page that made me think there should be another issue covering the aftermath of everything I just read, and the whole thing seemed more abrupt than anything else.  Still a good journey, but this last chapter could have used a little more work.

7.5 out of 10 sad creatures under a metal mask.

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