Wonder Woman #5

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

I know what you're thinking. Cliff Chiang departs, and the book sinks to three stars, but that's not the case. Tony Aikens does some applaudable work. He opens the book with an almost European comic strip quality depicting two incidental characters crafted with an attention to heterogeneity, and he also produces scenes of this grotesque quality.

Something's Fishy

Lennox is the reason why I downgraded Wonder Woman. Writer Brian Azarello introduces a new demigod to the pages, and honestly I couldn't care less. He's another scouser. The DC Universe used to be lousy with them. I'm guessing it's because so many of their writers are British or want to be British. Granted, the New 52 cleared out the lot of them, but John Constantine is still around, and the differences between Constantine and Lennox are pretty slim. Smokes. Long coat. Check. Okay, different haircut, but still.

Scouser D'Jour

The rest of the book acts as a place holder. It catches up the reader on the story so far. Wonder Woman is the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus. She's estranged from her mother because the legendary birth lie; Diana was not sculpted from clay in the new 52. Diana currently protects Zola, a pregnant young woman, from the wrath of the cuckolded Hera. Seems Zeus is still up to his old tricks, and Hermes now sporting a weird bird-like form is still around.

The most interesting moment in the book occurs when Wonder Woman confronts Poseidon. That scene is rife with intrigue. First, Diana stands on water. A new power unless it's covered under gliding on air-currents. Second, the differences in the participants' sizes creates a mythic image; numerous Greek heroes contested against giants such as the Cyclops or the Hydra. Third, Wonder Woman employs psychology to trick Poseidon into siding with her. Unfortunately, this occurs at the chapter's end, and it really should have been the focus. Azarello spends too much time with Lennox and too little with Diana.

 


 

Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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