Writer: Allan Heinberg
Artists: Terry and Rachel Dodson
Publisher: DC Comics
After an accessible and coherent first issue, Allan Heinberg leaves me feeling like Wile E. Coyote after the inevitable boulder-to-the-head. There's just so much going on here - too much, perhaps. On top of everything carried over from last issue, we have Wonder Girl's reintroduction, exposition on Diana's new status, guest spots from Batman and Robin and the arrival of a new (old?) character. It's kind of overwhelming, especially for someone who's never read Wonder Woman before.
Still, for those of you who can follow the references, there's a lot to appreciate: big fight scenes, lots of character interaction, and Diana gets to do the Lynda Carter spin! That's just too cute for words!
But it does lead me to the one thing that really bothers me about this issue: it completely shifts the focus away from Donna. In retrospect, I may have misread the relaunch: my original impression was that Heinberg set Donna up to be the legitimate New Wonder Woman, with Diana as a supporting character (a nice inversion, but also the natural progression of a "legacy" story akin to Starman). But she sits the whole issue out, and Diana gets the spotlight, so now I'm wondering if the whole thing was just a feint to get people talking, before snapping us back to status quo. It would be a touch too manipulative for my tastes, but if that's what Heinberg is doing here, he certainly seems to have pulled it off by creating the perfect stage for Diana's return.
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