Comic book reviews for Wonder Woman #72, Wonder Woman #73, and Wonder Woman #74 by G. Willow Wilson, Jesus Merino, Tom Derenick, Scott Hanna, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Pat Brosseau, Steve Orlando, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, and Xermanico
Average rating: 2.6/5 stars
Wonder Woman #72 by G. Willow Wilson (writer)
Art: Jesus Merino and Tom Derenick (pencillers), Jesus Merino and Scott Hanna (inkers), Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colorist), and Pat Brosseau (letterer)
I do not like one of these artists, but DC didn’t label who did which pages, so I cannot tell. These are beautiful women and a beautiful non-binary character, but wow, do they all look ugly in the second half. Atlantiades, especially, which is weird since they and Diana are supposed to look alike.
I really loved Atlantiades calling out their mom, Aphrodite, on being scared to face any hardship. Not that cleaning up the town will be an easy task, but it’s certainly safer.
The sword lighting up and guiding them on their way was a bit convenient. I was glad Atlantiades grabbed it for Maggie as I do like her having the sword and gaining fighting skills. Somehow, I think there’s more than just the sword happening here.
I have not read the Wonder Woman stories in Dimension Chi, so I’m not sure where this is going.
Wonder Woman #73 by Steve Orlando (writer)
Art: Aaron Lopresti (penciler), Matt Ryan (inker), Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colorist), and Pat Brosseau (letterer)
If you are going to dig into some Wonder Woman lore, Orlando is a good guest writer. Same with Lopresti on pencils as he brings classic Wonder Woman sensibilities, but with modern updates that don’t make the art looked trapped in the 80s/90s. Queen Hippolyta’s hair looked on point, which Lopresti always knocks it out in the hair department.
This was a good bit of exposition, along with some traditional Themyscira features to bring it all together. Kangas are always welcome. The technology touches were great at showing how Dimension Chi is an Empire, not the Amazon homeland.
Teen Diana was cute. She had just the right balance both in writing and art. I loved her Greek-inspired tunic dress with the golden eagle on the front.
However, I’m confused if we’re just walking through Dimension Chi and what happened to the populace. You’d think the Empress would pop out from behind a tree or something.
Wonder Woman #74 by G. Willow Wilson (writer)
Art: Jesus Merino and Xermanico (artists), Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colorist), and Pat Brosseau (letterer)
Ugh, the return of Grail. I’d really hoped that plot had died when Robinson left the book. But I guess it was established in Wilson’s run that she was still there and in prison with Ares.
This issue was dull — a lot of plot to get us to the Amazons and Antiope. However, I am excited that this change will mean that Diana can reaccess her mother and her sisters. Being able to bring in the other Amazons is usually always fun.
The fight against Chi Hippolyta was meh. Atlantiades seemed far underused. It was like Maggie had to remind them they had wings. I guess this also means that our road trip fun is coming to an end.
I do like the idea of Maggie being the first mortal woman in an era to join the Amazons. I fully support her not going back to be a waitress in DC. Also, she’s more than her job and romance with a satyr, so let’s give Maggie more characterization.