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Wonder Woman #189

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Walter Simonson
Artists: Jerry Ordway (p), P. Craig Russell (i)

Publisher: DC

Plot:
The book opens with the revelation that Diana has dropped completely out of sight for the past couple of weeks, before we find her in another dimension battling demons who were attempting to destroy a clay idol that bears an odd connection to Diana herself.

Comments:
I won't deny that I entered this issue with extremely high expectations, as Walt Simonson & Jerry Ordway are creators who have proven their talent numerous times, and Wonder Woman seems like an ideal fit for both of them. Now, I have to confess I wasn't completely sold on this first issue, as it wasn't until Diana's arrival in the issue on page thirteen that this book finally got itself into gear, as the first three page details a rather dull ceremony, while the next six pages follow Trevor Barnes, who has never been my favorite of characters, though I will concede that Walt Simonson does a far stronger job of making the character look like he's a better fit for Diana. I also found his little tale about the two pots in the river to be a rather clever way of making his point. However, when Diana arrives in the book my interest level shot up considerably, as the action was highly energetic, and the idea that Wonder Woman is a skilled combatant is nicely conveyed. I'm also curious about her connection to the clay idol, and how she lost her memory.

As for the art, Jerry Ordway turns in a very solid effort, as while it's not the most flashy work out there, it knows how to tell the story in a clear, exciting manner, and his Diana is quite expressive, as one can actually see the confusion on her face when she discovers she's able to hold her own against the demon creatures.

Final Word:
On one hand it is nice to see Walt Simonson taking the time to acknowledge what has gone on in these pages previously, and I'll give him full marks for turning in an appearance by Trevor Barnes that didn't actively annoyed me. In fact the clay/brass pot story is a good first step to actually making this character a welcome sight in these pages. However, the opening half of this issue did leave me quite concerned, as was hardly riveting material, and I was concerned Walt Simonson had forgotten his primary function as a writer was to entertain. When Diana makes her arrival though this book really picks up the pace, as the battle has a nice sense of energy to it, and the mystery of the clay idol & Diana's memory loss have left me quite curious. My only real quibble with the second half of this issue is that the villains are defeated a little too easily, as they only managed to deliver a small cut to her arm.



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