Greg Rucka’s Rebirth Wonder Woman run comes to an end in the super-sized 25th issue, combining the present and past stories in an epilogue that sees Diana find some kind of peace. The issue also sees Liam Sharp and Bilquis Evely working together to further tie the two ends of the magic lasso together.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Bilquis Evely, Liam Sharp
Publisher: DC Comics
Here’s the synopsis of the issue from DC Comics. The story is simply titled “Perfect.”
Writer Greg Rucka weaves together the threads of “The Lies,” “Year One,” “The Truth,” and “Godwatch”—every story in WONDER WOMAN since the start of the DC Universe Rebirth era—in this extra-sized anniversary issue!
In “Perfect,” the story kicks off with the Justice League in the Sahara Desert fighting Shaggy Man (a real DC Comics villain), when an angry Diana shows up to help… and without her lasso. Later, she confronts Veronica Cale one last time to try to convince her to save Barbara Minerva, who is on the loose as Cheetah again.
However, the main focus of the issue is on Diana getting her lasso back and coming to terms with her own truths and lies. She’s become angry because she feels betrayed by the gods and abandoned. After all, she can never go to Themyscira again, or see her mother. She’s felt they abused her unwavering faith in them.
The issue also builds on Wonder Woman’s relationship with Batman and Superman. If you were disappointed by the short story in the Wonder Woman annual or what’s going on in Trinity right now, this issue shows more of the dynamic between the three characters. It’s interesting to see Batman understand Diana more than Superman, even though Big Blue is the one with powers similar to Diana’s.
What’s worked great in this run of Wonder Woman is Rucka’s characterization of Diana as an imperfect character who second-guesses herself and isn’t even sure of what she’s good at. Diana has needed her strong supporting cast – including Etta, Steve, Barbara and even Veronica – to unlock her true potential. Perhaps it was disappointing that other villains in Diana’s rogues gallery didn’t get as much “screen time” in Rucka’s run (more of Circe would have been great), but having the superpower-less Veronica as the main foil was a good idea. The series highlighted how our choices define us.
The art in “Perfect” is great, despite two artists working on it. Their styles are different, but it looks like there’s a reason for two artists here. The issue doesn’t just tie the two Wonder Woman threads together with its script, but does it with its art as well. Evely and Sharp both saved the best for last.
In two weeks, writer Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) and artist Mirka Andolfo (DC’s Bombshells) take over. They have some huge shoes to fill.