The penultimate issue of Greg Rucka’s run on Wonder Woman finishes off the “Godwatch” storyline in #24, after the previous issue brought the past and present together. Bilquis Evely is also back for this issue, which ties up the loose ends before #25 brings every thread of his run together.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Bilquis Evely
Publisher: DC Comics
Here’s the official synopsis from DC Comics:
“Godwatch” epilogue! With Godwatch’s purpose fulfilled, Diana and Cale are forced to confront the choices of the past…and a new direction for the future.
The issue actually picks up from where #23 ended, with Princess Diana and Veronica Cale returning from Themyscira after Veronica was forced to leave her daughter Izzy there in order to restore her face. Now, Veronica feels as if she’s wasted the last decade of her life, messing with criminals and gods. It wasn’t really a waste though – she saw that her daughter will live a peaceful life. But Veronica doesn’t see it that way because she’s selfish. She only wanted to save her daughter to have someone to spend her life with. The knowledge that Izzy will live with someone else kills her.
Diana will also have a hole in her life. She can never see her mother or Themyscira again. But unlike Veronica, Diana has a support system, with Steve Trevor and Etta Candy still by her side. The issue cements the differences between Veronica and Diana, who went on different paths to reach Themyscira. Diana saw the good in people along the way, but Veronica could only see the darkness, trying to take quick and easy paths that didn’t involve getting her own hands dirty.
Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva’s future is also set up in the issue. While Veronica wants to convince herself that she’s not a villain, Minerva has fully given herself over to the “dark side.” Can Wonder Woman save both characters? You’ll have to read to find out.
Evely, who also draws the next issue, is back and will be missed when Mirka Andolfo takes over. Evely’s work, especially during the last few pages of this issue, is fantastic. She also has a wonderful way of evoking so much emotion in faces that word bubbles aren’t necessary.
Rucka’s current run on Wonder Woman has been elaborately planned from the beginning and he’s going out on a high note. It’s nice that he gets another chance for a more elaborate epilogue in #25, but this issue is a nice ending. The three lead characters of the Wonder Woman book face the consequences of their choices and putts them on a new path to the future.