Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 3 #17
Because I have been so unhappy with this current volume of Wonder Woman, it made me very cynical that things would turn around. Thank goodness Simone took the reins and brought some sanity to the proceedings. Like any well orchestrated book, the end of the story was worth waiting for and shed new light on Wonder Woman and her cast of characters.
Simone has given the readers some great characters in the "old school" Amazon guard. Alkyone, Philomena, Myrto, and Charis redefined the savagery and loyalty of the nation with their ill fated decision, and the lack of salvation taken was fitting given their personas. These women are characters that I would like to see again, if for no other reason then to learn more of their back story.
I also appreciated seeing some resolution to Hippolyta's dangling storyline, which was left over from "Amazons Attack" and most recently seen in "Countdown". Where this storyline fit into continuity is a bit unsure at this point, but I am assuming it is before "Athena" and her "furies in training" came back to the island. Thoughts?
Simone gave the book a sense of emotion about the Amazon's inability to reproduce. As a woman who has experienced problems with her female organs, it really hit home to me. For some of the women in that tribe it had been centuries since they had been afforded an opportunity to be around children. Imagining their longings and their hesitancy to unlock that particular Pandora's box really resonated with me.
Wonder Woman is a series that is back on track. Simone has made the book a great read again. I am so pleased to have her on the book and hope she stays for the duration. I enjoyed the Dodson's work here, and hope they have great success as they move to their next book. The next few issues have fill in art and then Aaron Lopresti moves in with Simone to give the creative team a bit of cohesiveness. In my mind that will make the book even more successful.
Cynics and critics out there: it is time to give Wonder Woman another shot. The book is back on schedule and it is a fantastic read. My hopes are that a year from now, I can come back and have the same feelings of completeness and happiness that I do right now.
Just like Wonder Woman, the eternal optimist, so do I feel good about the future here. Now if we could just get Simone back on Birds of Prey....