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Wonder Woman #10 - Vows Review

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How will Wonder Woman escape being trapped by her own lasso, and will she really be forced to marry Hades?

The Good

The last time we saw Wonder Woman she was stuck in a situation she could not easily escape. Our hero was trapped at the mercy of Hades; her own Lasso of Truth tied into a noose and slipped around her neck. How will she get out of this one? This entire series has been consistently good, and this issue is no different. Azzarello does a great job building momentum in the story and and eventually brings about a logical explanation to the story.

I think one of the most difficult qualities to convey for any Wonder Woman writer is the marriage between Diana's warrior spirit and her sense of compassion. Both characteristics seem so different, that its sometimes hard to see her as both. Azzarelllo does this effortlessly, however, and this issue is a perfect example of that. Diana is clearly led first and foremost by her sense of compassion for others, and that is what fuels her battles. She's fighting for what is right, not to "win" as she clearly states in this issue in a confrontation with Hades.

The cover to this issue is really stunning, and Tony Akins' interiors are equally as beautiful. He does a great job helping the story flow the way he lays out his panels. His ability to capture emotion and excitement is very well demonstrated in this issue, too.

The Bad

This isn't so much a bad thing as it is a little bit confusing. I don't really understand Strife's motivations. Does she simply want to cause "strife," and make people's lives miserable? If so, why would she show up to help Wonder Woman during the fight with Hades? It's something that I'm just not buying.

The Verdict

Overall, this is a great issue. It serves to tie up some loose ends, closes out the story with Hades; but I think it's good that Azzarello left it sort of open ended. This is clearly not the last we've seen of Hades, and there may be room yet to develop his character further in the future. I think that it's interesting to see so many characters team up with Wonder Woman, all to save Zola. I think it's great that they all have their individual motivations, and that's important. I would have liked to see a bit more of that in this issue. The art in this issue is gorgeous; I'm a big fan of Akins on this series and I think he did a stellar job in this issue. This issue wraps up the current story and the next will likely be a good place for new readers to start this series; although this issue is pretty easy to read as well. This is a consistently good series, and I am looking forward to the next issue.

23 Comments
Posted by Mercy_

I absolutely LOVE what Azzarello's done with Wonder Woman.

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Posted by zachkastner

Pfeew what a great issue. And the symbolism in the imagery was flawless as Diana was escaping. This is such a wonderful series.

Posted by Inverno

Marrying her own uncle? Ew.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

yeah something up with strife she is the second to last person i thought tht would help wonder women(1st being ares) but overall it was a great issue like the last scene thought tht was haha moment

Edited by HubrisRanger

@CaioTrubat said:

Marrying her own uncle? Ew.

Welcome to Greek Myth. Zeus shacked up with his sister everybody.

Posted by Inverno

@HubrisRanger said:

@CaioTrubat said:

Marrying her own uncle? Ew.

Welcome to Greek Myth. Zeus shacked up with his sister everybody.

Don't remind me. I remember he tried to rape Diana a few years ago... and now he is her father. Ew.

Posted by No_Name_

@HubrisRanger said:

@CaioTrubat said:

Marrying her own uncle? Ew.

Welcome to Greek Myth. Zeus shacked up with his sister everybody.

Best comment ever.

Posted by Dernman

I liked this issue like most of the the others. Only thing bad are nitpicks not worth mentioning.

Posted by Superguy1591

Azzarello, Snyder and Johns are DC's and the 52's best writers.

Posted by JonesDeini

The thing with Strife is that she simply likes screwing with people. So her setting up this confrontation for Diana and then helping her out of it (so to speak) makes perfect sense to me. It seems that more than anything she has fun messing with Diana and if Hell took her favorite toy her life would be a lot less interesting. I look at her actions here the way I do whenever I see the Joker/Lex Luthor stop another villain from killing their rival.

Oveall I enjoyed this issue and Azz definitely sends a firm shutdown to those who say he doesn't "get" Diana with this issue. My main problem with this issue though is the convo with Diana and Hephaestus when she says she feels like he set this all up, then it's confirmed at the end of the story. I know he should have a firm grasp on the inner workings of his family's mindsets but man...this seemed a bit too much. Like a bit Batgod much for me. He'd have to be clairvoyant for this to have been his plan. And last I checked that was Apollo's are of specialty. Anyways all things considered it sets up some rather interesting things for Hell down the line.

Also, usually I like the play on words that Azz inserts into his script, but some of it fell flat here and came off as cheesy.

Posted by BlackArmor

@Superguy1591 said:

Azzarello, Snyder and Johns are DC's and the 52's best writers.

This comment needs more Morrison

Edited by cbishop

I think writers get into trouble when they start messing with characters that represent emotions (it's my biggest problem with the emotional spectrum of rings in Green Lantern). When you pick a character like Strife, it's hard to nail her down, because there can be as many levels to her as there are to the concept: strife between Strife & WW; strife between Hades & WW; strife between Strife & Hades; strife between Hades and the rest of the pantheon, between Hades & each individual member of the pantheon, and between Strife & each individual member of the pantheon. AND between Diana and each member of the pantheon.

When you think about all that strife, and then think that Strife somehow governs all strife, it can become a confusing, complicated mess. So I would expect no less with her characterization.

Plus, when you get into characters who are supposed to be one dimensional - only representing one thing - like Ares representing war, you run into the problems the myths did. There were times the gods were clearly influenced by emotions outside of their purview, and they were all affected by love, even though Aphrodite answered to Zeus ...who other than being King of the gods, and tossing thunderbolts, didn't really seem to affect anything, except that which he decided to mate with, and the resulting offspring (which covers a lot of folks, but y'know what I mean).

So who really has the most influence in the pantheon? What does that mean for WW? And how do you write those characters correctly, when it's WW that has to be star of the book? Like I said, big, complicated, confusing mess.

But so far, Azzarello's doing great with it. :)

Posted by Zeeguy91

@Superguy1591: Don't forget Lemire, now.

Posted by Outside_85

@BlackArmor said:

@Superguy1591 said:

Azzarello, Snyder and Johns are DC's and the 52's best writers.

This comment needs more Morrison

And Lemire and less Johns

For the things with Strife helping out, I think it is simply her trying to annoy Diana as much as possible. Since Diana is a warrior, and a good one, she will have considerable pride in being able to handle herself, so saving her will actually do nothing but annoy her unless she thought she couldn't handle it.

But yes, it was a great issue, even when it was split across no less than 3 artists.

Edited by BlackArmor

@Outside_85 said:

@BlackArmor said:

@Superguy1591 said:

Azzarello, Snyder and Johns are DC's and the 52's best writers.

This comment needs more Morrison

And Lemire and less Johns

eh, Aquaman let's Jhons stay on the list.

Posted by kadosho_16bit

Hmm the cover kinda throws me off a bit. Although I haven't read any of the "New 52" lines as of yet. Your review does make me more open minded. It just seems a bit jarring that they are taking the character to all sorts of directions. I think it may work better than the last run with Gail Simone.

Posted by cbishop

Gotta say: Just read this issue: FREAKIN' LOVED the ending! :)

Posted by jrock85

Azzarello is the best thing to happen to WW in years.

Edited by Sekele

@BlackArmor said:

@Superguy1591 said:

Azzarello, Snyder and Johns are DC's and the 52's best writers.

This comment needs more Morrison

Amen to that

oh, and Lemire

Posted by Owie

I'm not a fan of the art here.  Hopefully they find someone with more of a subtle and nuanced touch.

Posted by Whitedog

Loved this issue, this comic has some scope doesn't it? I feel like Azarello's building us a world here and it's great.

Posted by noj

This issue was great like all the rest. The ending gives me hope that maybe we'll see a Hades redesign in the future. His current look isnt horrible per say but I would love to see a more "adult" look to him and less candles. Hopefully he can come out looking like the King of the Underworld should

Posted by Catman9

@HubrisRanger said:

@CaioTrubat said:

Marrying her own uncle? Ew.

Welcome to Greek Myth. Zeus shacked up with his sister everybody.

Zeus even disguised himself as a swan to shack up with Leda, Queen of the Spartans. Artemis cursed a guy to fall in love with a bear. gods, don't let there be any Wonder Woman bestiality stories!