If you read my review of issue #15, then you are aware of how excited I was to see Wonder Woman go fisticuffs with Orion. That issue ended, eluding to the fight continuing in this new issue… and, sadly to say, that just doesn’t happen.
Having said that, as disappointed as I was, this issue was really good. The last two issues have been incredibly slow, but this one picks up the pace and starts setting things into motion. Wonder Woman has reluctantly teamed up with Orion to find Zola’s baby, and, speaking of, we see that Zola’s baby does seem to be taking after his father. The First Born is battling some ice giants, and it’s revealed to readers who the people are that dug him up, and Zola continues to bring light-heartedness into the story as she shares drinks with Hera, but the laughs stop as soon as they’re greeted by a few of the gods who bring some of the more interesting concepts into this story.
Azarello’s storytelling here is better than it’s been since he started this series. The previous two issues seemed to be pushing the story in a very linear direction but Azarello manages to throw a few wrenches in the cogs here. The book shares its pages with three different areas of focus: Wonder Woman, Zola, and the First Born and it all is very balanced. Not one character gets more spotlight than the other, and its nice to see some of these elements actually develop rather than seeing something interesting and getting caught by an annoying cliffhanger. It’s nice to see a story develop in ways you hadn’t imagined before; for once I can honestly say I’m not sure how this will end.
But I still want my damn fight.
Cliff Chiang continues to “wow”. His work is consistent and balanced and he is one of the few in the business who actually knows how to create genuine emotion on the characters’ faces. The only other person I can think of who is just as good at that is Gary Frank. The fight scene between the First Born and the ice giants is nicely paced and you’re able to follow the battle without seeing jumps in progression, where it’s left up to you to fill in the gaps.
However, as good as the art is, it contains one of the goofiest panels I’ve seen in a very long time.
While it may not bother some people, it just seems a little silly that we’d need to see Milan suck all the flies back up. If he regurgitated the flies back later on in the story without us having seen this panel, I’m sure no one would question it. Its just one of those things that makes you laugh and then roll your eyes.
Wonder Woman is an underrated book that has storytelling that often surpasses some of the more popular DC titles like Justice League and Batman. Even if this issue still doesn’t deliver on the fight, it does give readers more of a reason to pick up the next issue.