Wonder Woman #40
Simone and Lopresti start their new arc, “The Crows”, with #40. Featuring the Amazonian children fathered by Ares, Simone does a fine job setting up a new and fascinating conflict for Diana. Much like all the best issues of Rucka’s run, Simone presents the heroine with a new kind of challenge: public relations. Of course, there it was because Wonder Woman released a particularly incendiary book, while here, it’s the Crows’ supernatural influence to spread the seeds of war, but the fundamentals remain the same.
Lopresti remains an impressive talent, and he’s given the Crows a suitably creepy feel. For a character so dedicated to spreading hope, love and tolerance as Wonder Woman, the Crows are a natural enemy, and one I hope Simone does not abandon lightly. Coming fresh of the heels of a few excellent arcs, however, I think it’s safe to say that she’s earned our trust on the book. The set-up here is more exciting than some of her recent arcs on the book, and it combines Simone’s excellent characterization with a quicker pace and some fun new enemies. Definitely a winner.
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 (of 3)
Ah, Blackest Night: Wonder Woman. You started so strong, a stellar display of a fine heroine confronting her past in a sensible, exciting manner. But the more ties you had to the main Blackest Night mini… well, here you end. Blackest Night: Wonder Woman is less a story than a series of three largely unconnected one-shots intended to fill in the questions the main mini never touched on. If you very, very desperately need to know what Wonder Woman is doing between the panels of Blackest Night (the answer: fighting Black Lanterns), the mini is for you. Otherwise, however, it largely squanders a pair of great talents on a middling-at-best issue with no real reason to exist.
Scott still turns in exciting, gorgeous work, though even she has trouble making Wonder Woman’s Star Sapphire costume look right. Despite Scott’s work and Rucka’s talent, however, Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 remains a mundane, unnecessary tie-in, too bound by continuity to explore anything particularly fascinating but not nearly important enough to matter to the main narrative.
– Cal Cleary