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Wonder Woman #190

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell

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

Publisher: DC

Suffering from amnesia, and being pursued by an adversary who is able to leap from host body to host body, Wonder Woman manages to find a temporary respite in the home of a young woman who just happens to be a die hard Wonder Woman fan.

I must confess that given how little press coverage comic book normally receive in the mainstream media, it was a bit of a surprise when Wonder Woman's haircut received coverage in both the local papers. However, unlike Superman's death, or Batman's broken back, Wonder Woman little moment in the spotlight results from what is arguably a superficial change in the book's status quo, and as such I can't see many readers flocking to the book to take in her new haircut. On the other hand tossing aside the media coverage, the book itself treats the haircut with all the pomp & circumstance that it deserves, which is to say the haircut is treated in a rather blasť manner, with the reasoning behind the change being fairly reasonable. Now given she had hooked up with her greatest fan, I was surprised Diana didn't leave this encounter with more insight, as if nothing else one would think she would contact Donna Troy and/or the JLA for help, instead of disguising her identity & going at it alone. Then again I'm always willing to give writers of a character's solo title a free pass when it comes to bringing in the JLA, as this is a dramatically unsatisfying plot twist, plus it undermines the character's ability to stand on their own two feet. As for the art, Jerry Ordway is a fine artist with a firm grasp on the fundamentals, so I have no complaints.

Final Word:
I like the idea that the villain who is dogging her heals has a Matrix style ability to jump from host to host in its hunt for Wonder Woman, and the idea that Diana is suffering from amnesia adds another interesting hurdle to her struggle. Now this book still has a bit of work to do when it comes to its secondary plots, as when the action shifts away from Diana my interest level drops considerably, but I will concede that if Walter Simonson does manage to tie it all together then I may very well be singing his praises. In any event the situation with Wonder Woman is fairly engaging, and while it would've been nice to see Diana's confusion about her situation last a bit longer, and the danger she ran up against a little more impressive than possessed people who can do little more than launch ineffectual attacks her way, I will concede that he is racing the clock, so I'll give Walter Simonson credit for the sense of confusion he did manage to convey, and I'm curious to see how Diana came to be in this state.

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