Once again, DC's relentless promotional push for their "New 52" seems to have worn me down.
I wasn't planning on buying any of DC's new first issues digitally, but
then I saw the preview
pages for Wonder Woman (vol. 4) #1 at USA Today's Pop
Candy blog and was curious enough to pay full price to check it out.
Specifically, this image caught my attention:
this rightly ridiculed
Anyway, the issue is good but I doubt I'll be back in a month for issue
#2. The premise is intriguing — I've always been interested in Greek
mythology, so I'm happy that they're focusing on that aspect of Wonder
Woman's back story — but the pacing feels like this is something that
will read better in collected form, so there's no real urgency for me
to download the next issue as soon as it's available.
Plus, the story-telling is a little disjointed, with the effect that a
couple times I felt as though I'd flipped too fast and missed a page.
I'm thinking specifically of the scene where Hermes and Zola are first
introduced: They're both within the same house; Hermes looks out the
window and then turns and refers to Zola by name; but Zola says that
she doesn't know how Hermes got in the house. It's an oddly staged
scene that doesn't establish how Zola first came to find Hermes in her
Still, it's a beautiful-looking book with gorgeous artwork by Cliff
Chiang, so I'll be waiting for the trade when it comes out sometime
next year. At the very least I look forward to seeing a strong
superheroine standing tall rather than adopting any of the unnaturally contorted stances some of her fellow female characters have unfortunately been forced into.