Call me crazy, but a new story arc is always a new opportunity regardless if a series is great or not. Wonder Woman gets one of those this week with the help of series writer Greg Rucka and artist Bilquis Evely. Is it good?
Wonder Woman #16 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The summary reads:
“GODWATCH” part one! Since the moment Wonder Woman arrived in our world, Godwatch has been waiting. But who are they, and what do they want? Diana’s journey to the truth continues with the origin of what may prove to be her greatest enemies.
Why does this book matter?
Make no mistake, I’m highly interested in this title without even reading it because of Evely. I loved her work on Sugar and Spike in the Legends of Tomorrow series and you should too. There isn’t any other artist like her, with a highly detailed illustration style that infuses a bit of extra reality in her work. This book also marks a new direction for Wonder Woman after her tumultuous last arc.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Love this page.
Evely does not disappoint. From the opening page (see above) recapping Wonder Woman’s latest heroics in an epic layout to keeping the dialogue heavy moments feeling realistic and dramatic — there isn’t a bad page in this book. Evely has a way of making a room or environment seem realistic; clothes that look just as realistic and move in a natural way; and underneath those clothes, body language that can be read loud and clear enhancing the character work. That body language translates to meaningful action too, such as with Wonder Woman’s arched feet as she pushes back an attack, or a twist and anchoring of her ankle to convey her movement as she struggles in defiance.
Rucka draws the reader in well in this issue introducing its villains Phobos and Deimos in a dastardly sort of way that certainly helps make the reader want Wonder Woman to smack them good. Based on their actions in this issue–and their annoying grins–you’ll probably feel the same way. Before we get to them however, we also meet two women behind a new technology as they discuss the status of the tech, but also the interest (or lack thereof) of Wonder Woman. The dialogue is clean and strong which helps convey the complicated relationship they have.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Surprisingly this issue does very little with Wonder Woman besides cast her as something to be in awe of. Instead Rucka establishes the characters (which he does well) and the technology. Said technology came off as somewhat confusing to me however; the general idea is clear, but how it works isn’t explained clear enough. When the plan takes place I was slightly confused what was happening. After a reread though it made much more sense.
Note the details and sense of depth.
Is It Good?
I haven’t been this excited for Wonder Woman in a long time. Wonder Woman is larger than life, the art equally so, and the characters vividly real.