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Wonder Woman #38

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009
By: Karyn Pinter

Gail Simone
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan (i), Hi-Fi (c), Travis Lanham (l)
DC Entertainment
Imagine being dumped by your boyfriend, renounced by your gods, kicked off your island, having your mother held captive and imprisoned by the evil slag that took her place, and then you're sentenced to death. Man, and I thought my month sucked.

Wonder Woman has been through a lot lately and things don't seem to be slowing down for her at all. Alkyone, the treacherous upstart, has taken Hippolyta's throne and hidden the true queen away. It's all part of her master plan to tear down and rebuild Themyscira. Unfortunately for Alkyone, she's not the only upstart on the island. Now her own husband, Achilles, is taking a stand against her, along with Donna Troy. Hey, let's hear it for Donna finally doing something in this current Wonder Woman series!

If Alkyone kidnapping Hippolyta wasn't enough of a blow to the family circle, Wonder Woman is introduced to her "true father." The parentage of Princess Diana has always been a little shady, but this time, Daddy makes that black column of smoke on Lost look like a camp fire. I don't know where this could go, other than possibly the best episode of Maury Povich ever, but it seems like Wonder Woman is just being raked over the coals. If she had a dog it would have been hit by a bus by now. The tormenting story line seems too drawn out now because even though this is a new chapter it shares all the elements of the previous chapters. I really miss the villain of the month stories, stories that finished up in 25 pages. I believe heroes must suffer to truly learn who they are, but what's left to throw Wonder Woman's way? Hasn't she learned by now? She's freakin' Wonder Woman! Her role is to serve humanity, so let her do it. I really wish something new would happen soon, but I doubt it. Blackest Night: Wonder Woman is on its way to the shelves soon, and guess what? Wonder Woman's true self will again be tested. Fine. But I don't have to like it, nor do you loyal Wonder Woman fans. I'm thinking revolution. Who's with me?

I refuse to give up on the superheroine, but this is almost torture. I gave this issue a 3 out of 5, but it's a dull 3. I'm sure Gail Simone is doing her best within the limits of DC, but I feel that time, talent, and character are being wasted. The art team remains the same, thankfully, and unlike the story line the art hasn't become tiresome. I enjoy the familiar faces of Lopresti's characters and the beautiful coloring job by Hi-Fi, but they are small comfort. The year's almost up and DC hasn't accomplished anything awe inspiring with Wonder Woman. I hope they're sitting at home thinking of some New Year's resolutions.



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