Wonder Woman is all wrapped up on this cover and it’s against her greatest foe…technology! Greg Rucka and Bilquis Evely are doing a fantastic job since starting this arc in issue #17, but how does it fare in its second installment? Is it good?
Wonder Woman #18 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The synopsis reads:
“GODWATCH” part two! Godwatch grows, and Diana has her first encounter with the ghost in the machine known as Dr. Cyber!
Why does this book matter?
Aside from it being drawn by the exquisite lines of Evely, Rucka is introducing a new origin for Cheetah who may be her greatest foe historically. So far it’s tying well into the manipulation of gods with an interesting element of technology thrown in.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
She had that new name picked out right quick!
The conniving, cunning behavior of Phobos and Deimos continues to be a fun element of the story arc to enjoy. They convince Ronnie to help them due to wiping her child’s face right off, which leads to a delectabl, understandably evil choice in this issue. Their pride in what they’re doing and the belief they can’t lose is certainly making it easier to hate the jerks too. Rucka is essentially setting up Cheetah’s origin via these jerks and it’ll be fun to see Wonder Woman get some revenge once she figures things out.
The more interesting element is Ronnie’s character development. She’s not your simplistic villain who wants to do wrong just because, but has real reasons. She also cares for her friend who died in the last issue, but comes back in an intriguing way. Those wires on the cover involve Ronnie’s friend and it’ll be interesting to see how Wonder Woman can fight back without the Justice League to aid her.
It’s like the Twilight Zone.
Evely’s art continues to shine and be some of the finest work you’ll see in the week. Her ability to draw surroundings and clothes is unparalleled. There’s a detail to her work that makes it feel that much more real. The acting of the characters is spot on throughout, which serves Rucka’s well written dialogue. On top of this, there’s a fine double page spread of Wonder Woman tackling the chaos left behind by Ronnie’s friend. The blocking of Wonder Woman throughout the double page is very pleasing to the eye, but also tells you so much. The jungle scenes to end the issue are marvelous too. The amount of detail Evely puts into it is quite something.
It can’t be perfect can it?
I’m going to wager a lot happens off page that we’ll be filled on later, but it certainly comes as a surprise when Wonder Woman’s friend is transformed so quickly. It’s seems to be rushed to get from point A to point B, which takes some of the dramatic effect out of the book.
Is It Good?
This issue continues to draw you into its complex characters quite well. By the end, you’ll be on board for the villains’ eventual whooping. Plus, the art continues to impress like no other.