Comic book reviews for Wonder Woman #608, Wonder Woman #609, and Wonder Woman #610 by J. Michael Straczynski and Phil Hester
Average rating: 2.6/5
Wonder Woman #608 by J. Michael Straczynski and Phil Hester
Art: Geraldo Borges
In this issue, Cheetah, Giganta, and Artemis come after Wonder Woman and the remaining Amazons. They manage to kill the rest of them, and they give Diana a good run for her money. At least before Doctor Psycho disables them and “saves” Wonder Woman. He seems to know something judging by the Wonder Woman dolls in his pocket.
Overall, yawn. This book is so stalled plot-wise. I don’t care, and it’s so slow-moving.
Borges’ art is pretty good, except that his facial expressions during battle scenes. His shocked eyes are just not that great.
Oh, Wonder Woman, I miss the days when you were much more enjoyable.
Wonder Woman #609 by J. Michael Straczynski and Phil Hester
Art: Don Kramer
I did think that this issue was much better than the past several. I was getting tired of this “new world that’s based on the old world and there are different versions of Diana dolls floating around.”
One thing that writers have struggled over and over with Diana is who she is at her core. Especially when she’s looked at in contrast with Superman and Batman, who’ve been penned by hundreds of creators and always had similar defining characteristics. So I like the story that’s weaved here about all the different woman Diana could’ve been born as, including the one we’re most familiar with.
Doctor Psycho as her guide is really interesting. (Perhaps especially since I’ve been reading him most recently in Gail Simone’s Secret Six where he’s much sicker. Of course, so is that entire book.) And I like how he’s ashamed to show her his real face and wants to impress her. I think a key component to DC’s Trinity is that while the villains may hate the heroes, they are supposed to be somewhat in awe of the three who are very much larger than life.
Though my favorite panel in this entire book is Diana waking up in the end. Kramer does a wonderful job with her fierce, determined face. I also love the the touch of the blue with white stars blanket, which no hospital would ever have, but works well to immediately call to Diana as Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman #610 by J. Michael Straczynski and Phil Hester
Art: Eduardo Pansica
I can’t believe that they’re still crediting JMS with part of the story. Poor Hester.
So I think they want to finish up this plot real fast. Not that I’m complaining. It’s just pretty obvious that this book has gotten a kick-start in the pants as Diana meets Myra Clotho. (Really, Clotho? You couldn’t have given her a better name?) Now she understands mercy and justice and wearing a cape.
I actually do like this version of how Diana got her lasso. I love that it’s her lifeline that a Fate wove. And the story about little Diana trying to save the bird was something I could identify with as I was that little girl.
It was very Wonder Woman that she forgave the Harpies and their curse was lifted. Also very her to use the lasso on Cheetah, Giganta, and Artemis to reform them to the good gal side. (I bet regular universe Diana wises that those two regular baddies were that easily reformed.)
Also, yay for Etta Candy!
Buy Wonder Woman: Odyssey Vol. 2 to read these stories.