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Wonder Woman #11 - Son Rise Review

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We are introduced to two characters in the latest issue of Wonder Woman's self-titled, ongoing series.

The Good

We haven't seen Apollo since the beginning of Azzarello's WONDER WOMAN series -- until now, that is. The character resurfaces and makes his first "real" appearance in the comic; and he's not there to help Diana. Apollo teams up with his sister, Artemis, to face Wonder Woman, Hermes and Lennox and things seem to take off according to Hera's plans. There are a lot of things that happen very quickly in this issue, and while that can sometimes be a good thing, here it feels like things progress a little bit too fast., but I'll get into that later.

I like the way the story opens. The reader will get the idea that things are much bigger than they seem and seeing Apollo and Artemis get involved in the main story as well as their relationship with Hera is important to the direction. These two have an important role in this issue, and they are at the forefront of all the action. The thing is, these two are much stronger than Diana, as you'll see pretty early on.

I really loved Cliff Chiang's art (as usual). I always enjoy seeing him on a book and I think he makes reading this series a fantastic experience. I love the way that he draws action and emotion.

The Bad

I mentioned that things move pretty quickly, and while that's good for some books, it feels as though the pacing may have been a little bit too fast in this issue. If you read it then you might know what I am referring to. This issue feature a fight between Hermes, Wonder Woman and Lennox and it ends very quickly. At the end of the issue, our heroes confront the pair once again. What bugged me is the fact that Hermes and Diana seemed to be down and out one minute, and the next they're fine and ready for another fight. It all just felt very rushed and as if the writer really needed to push the story to the next level.

The Verdict

Like I said, it's always a pleasure to see Cliff Chiang grace WONDER WOMAN with his incredible skill and talent. I think , by far, he's one of my absolute favorite artists and I find that his style is perfect for this series. I loved seeing Apollo make his return (as well as his demands) in the latest issue, but I did think there were some flaws with this book. I mentioned I found that the pacing was too fast, and that's a problem; particularly if you want to convey a strong fight scene. Even all powerful characters need a moment to recover. Although this was not the strongest issue in this series, it still ends on a cliff hanger that left me wanting more.

16 Comments
Posted by Zeeguy91

I thought this issue was truly fantastic, but I totally agree with you Sara. The fight scene was too short. It was still nice to see some action though and I thought it was fun to see five of Zeus' "bastards" fight it out. Like I said, great story, great art. Just all around greatness is coming from this title.

Posted by cc1738

When is this story arc supposed to end?

Posted by Booster_Bronze

Loved this issue and I think anyone who likes Greek mythology in general would like it as well, even if they have no prior knowledge about Wonder Woman.

Posted by kingdomenic
Posted by sethysquare

I thought this is definitely a great issue. Im more intrigued by Apollo than I am on Hades.

Posted by bloggerboy

Loved the issue. You'd think the heroes would keep a closer eye on Zola and would have her in a more secure area Justice League style. The fight was sweet and the result made me look forward to future issues. I agree the pacing was off with the cliffhanger especially.

Posted by JonesDeini

Wonder how the concrete age reveal affects people's views of #7

Posted by OutlawRenegade

@Zeeguy91 said:

I thought this issue was truly fantastic, but I totally agree with you Sara. The fight scene was too short. It was still nice to see some action though and I thought it was fun to see five of Zeus' "bastards" fight it out. Like I said, great story, great art. Just all around greatness is coming from this title.

Posted by cloudzackvincent

wow... this and the justice league were both fantastic... and although the fight scene was short i loved it...specially the scene where zoe crashes the jeep on Apollo...the scene was cliche but still awesome

Posted by Luthorcrow

@bloggerboy said:

Loved the issue. You'd think the heroes would keep a closer eye on Zola and would have her in a more secure area Justice League style. The fight was sweet and the result made me look forward to future issues. I agree the pacing was off with the cliffhanger especially.

They addressed that Zola wanted to see her own doctor.

Agreed, Wonder Woman continues to be my favorite DC series.

Posted by jrock85

Chiang's art is starting to grow on me.

Posted by SolthesunGod

Wonder Woman is only twenty three? I find it hard to believe that Wonder Woman could be Wonder Woman at 23.

Posted by Owie

I was glad Chiang was back, the other artists haven't worked so well for me.

Posted by SolthesunGod

I wonder if Demeter is supposed to be a daughter of Zeus instead of his sister in this reality. Artemis called her sister I wonder if that was a mistake.

Posted by RoboShark

Azzarello has defined this character for me. Never read a lick of Wonder Woman before this. Every time a new issue comes out it get higher on my list.

Posted by LemmyCaution

I really had no problems with the pacing. This continues to be the best book of the New 52 for me. The main reason is that it has taken "new" to heart with a revamp that reintroduces an entire, consistent mythology that is compelling. The motives are clear and any hidden agendas don't seem like they are purposefully obscured by decompressed storytelling.