Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NB of the Week

Wonder Woman #608
Seven months ago, writing genius J. Michael Straczynski took over the reigns of Wonder Woman, transporting her to a new world where she is known as Diana from Themyscira and not Wonder Woman. Simultaneously, he also took over Superman, sending him on a walking journey across the country to help reconnect with humanity. Four months into the runs, Straczynski stepped down from both books to work on a sequel to the immensely popular Superman: Earth One and new writers took over the titles, following his plot-lines for his year-planned arcs. While Superman started sucking immediately, Wonder Woman has kept up pretty well.
Wonder Woman had been on a journey to find out who or what has killed her fellow Amazons, including her mother. When this began, she didn't have any powers but as story progresses, she has been gaining them, almost as though she has been earning them as gifts after each "test" she comes across. At the end of last issue, Diana has found that the current fight her and her three sisters have partaken was only a distraction for the massacre that was about to occur to the rest of them. By the time they figure it out, it is too late. Artemis, Giganta and Cheetah have already laid slaughter to everyone. Taking out the three when they get there, leaves Diana the only Amazon left to kill. As they pummel her every which way but loose, she lays in garbage, ready for death to take her. Until a Dr Psycho comes out and rescues her.
This new take on WW has been great. There are a lot of questions still to be answered but I'm more than happy to follow along until they are given. And I almost gave up the title after Straczynski left but Phil Hester has done an amazing job taking over. At times, it actually reads better than Straczynski's work. To be completely honest, it's a little hard to explain why this book was the best of the week by this issue's description alone (only three came out this week, too). However, if you had been reading up to this point, it would make much more sense. A very cool issue in a story that has thrown away most kinds of conventionalism that usually get attached to Wonder Woman. At this point I would say to try it out, but that may have to wait until the end, so that a full story can start taking place.
Cool stuff though.

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