Diana’s fight to save the Amazon nation and survive to see the next day continues as the mysterious Morrigan attacks those closest to Diana. Every moment the princess is forced to fight to save those she loves, she is one step closer to falling into the trap placed for her.
Holy crap, when did Wonder Woman get good again? It seems like the little break I took paid off. It was getting hard there for a while. I’m sure we all felt it and doubted the continuation of story. When Straczynski was brought on to write the comic, I assumed we were all supposed to jump for joy at the thought of Wonder Woman being good again, and some of us did. At issue 600 it started off… not strong, but better than it was, and then it slowed down a few issues later. Now it’s back on a new high. It’s a bit of a roller coaster, which is funny because it’s only been half a dozen issues of story so far. Don’t know if that’s foreboding a grim future or heralding a golden one?
What gives Wonder Woman its strength is the new sense of violence in the comic. Usually when a comic gets gory, it’s just a gimmick, a blood-red distraction from the fact that there is no plot and it’s just a hack and slash battleground. In Wonder Woman, however, it’s part of the story. Diana seems to lose herself to the violence, which is what the Morrigan wants. Being a goddess of war and death, she strives to see people fall. The DC hero code has always been anti-death; no killing is the number one rule. Well, it’s out the window when it comes to Wonder Woman, and it’s refreshing. It’s like getting to stretch your legs after an exhausting, long car ride, but with a lot more blood… glorious, glorious blood. It works, plain and simple. Watching Wonder Woman stab her enemies with a rack of antlers was the best thing I’ve seen all week. Oh, and the addition of three new — and by new, I mean reworked — villainesses at the end. Cheetah has never looked so good.
J. Michael Straczynski and Phil Hester, saviors of the Amazons? Maybe. This is the best Wonder Woman has been in a long time; I mean, it’s readable. The fact that I even bothered to keep reading has to count for something. I’m excited for the next issue and I haven’t felt that way in a long time. The Amazons are going to fight Ray Harryhausen-esque skeletons! I’m still waiting for the change back to the old outfit. At this point in the comic, it’s just being tossed in our collective face at every turn. But until that day comes, I’m happy to sit and enjoy the exertion of Diana’s repressed violent, Amazonian anger.