Review: Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 (of 3)

I feel weird saying this, but here goes: Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 is good.  It’s very good.  It’s more than just the best spin-off to Flashpoint; it is better than Flashpoint itself.  Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning successfully turn one of the most hilariously out-of-place characters in Flashpoint into one of the title’s most interesting in the first issue of their three issue mini.

In Flashpoint, Wonder Woman is often discussed – as a tyrant, as a mass murderer, and as a violent feminist madwoman.  In the surprisingly good Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman tie-in, she is compared to Hitler.  In short, Wonder Woman continues to have the worst imaginable record when it comes to DC’s big events.  Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning fix all that, crafting a solid fantasy narrative about a prince and a princess, the scions of two powerful, reclusive kingdoms, joining together – and the conspiracy that broke them apart.

Scott Clark, Dave Beaty and Nei Ruffino, the art team here, turn in fantastic work.  From the initial, gorgeous birds-eye view we get of Themyscira to the sumptuous wedding designs, the trio has given the book a regal, unhurried look.  Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the book’s second fight scene, between Artemis and Garth – it’s clumsily choreographed to the point of confusion.

One of the strengths of an event like Flashpoint is, as we learned way back in Age of Apocalypse, even when the main story might not be great, there’s a lot of fun to be had around the fringes.  Wonder Woman and the Furies is a solid example of that: rather than focus on Wonder Woman, the genocidal maniac, it focuses on the political intrigue that brought the world of Flashpoint to the brink of ruin.  It isn’t perfect, but I have a hard time imagining we’ll see something better from

Grade: A-

– Cal Cleary

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