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Wonder Woman #20 - Moon Over Mayhem Review

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Who can Wonder Woman really trust and why has the First Born returned?

The Good

If you've been waiting to see Wonder Woman unleash her powers once again, well, you are in luck as she does exactly that in this issue. Excitement is at the core of this story from the very start, launching Diana into a frenzied battle with a character that we have definitely seen before and has strong ties to Wonder Woman and her history. I have to admit, the discover of this character's identity was really shocking.

If you have been waiting to see Diana fly then you will be quite pleased with this issue. One of the great things about this scene is that it doesn't come out of nowhere -- she uses her power of flight for a reason, almost as if it is something she will do only if it is absolutely necessary.

If I had to sum up this issue in one word it would have to be action-packed from start to finish. What is truly remarkable is the fact that Diana is actually holding back in battle and rather than unleashing her own power, she uses the powers of her adversaries against them. It's a great portrayal not only of her abilities as a fighter and warrior, but also as a strategist. Clearly, Wonder Woman is no dummy and we see that explained here very clearly.

Once again, this issue deals with trust; a recurring theme we have seen at the very core of Diana's story since the launch of her series. She is trusting, compassionate, and it will be interesting to see whether that trust and faith in her friends is something that will come back to hurt her in the end.

This issue isn't only about Diana and her big fight, however: it's about the upcoming adversaries as well as characters like Lennox. It is here that we get a glimpse at Lennox's past and the decisions he made before. There are some great moments of dialogue here as well which I personally felt helped balance the issue. This is also where we get our very first introduction to the First Born, giving us a better idea of who he is, where he has come from and why he has made his return after all this time.

The Bad

This is by far one of the best issues of WONDER WOMAN I have read since the launch of her series.

The Verdict

I was really impressed with the story in this comic. Not only was it a great example of Wonder Woman's abilities as a warrior (the fight with Moon was pretty fantastic), but it's great to see the action balanced by humor and a story that keeps readers guessing at every turn. Just when you think you know who Diana can trust and what is really going on, and who these characters are, Azzarello throws us a curve-ball that spirals our theories out of the water. The result is a comic that is entertaining because it is well written and unpredictable.

Sometimes when a comic has more than one penciller on an issue it can pull the reader out of the story. This particular issue featured the panel breakdowns by Cliff Chiang and half the comic penciled by Chiang while the other portion was drawn by Goran Sudzuka. Fortunately Sudzuka manages to illustrate the characters and scenes similarly enough to Chiang. In fact, the style is so similar and so impressive that it's hard to believe this issue wasn't drawn entirely by the same artist. Not once did I feel as though I was pulled out of the story, which is fantastic. The colors compliment Chiang and Sudzuka's art and work well with the overall tone of the story.

The dialogue and action in this comic are fantastic, the revelations, twists and turns are just awesome. As far as being a good jumping on point for new readers, I hesitate to say that it isn't really. If I were just picking up this series I think I would go back and read at least the previous issue to get a better understanding of what is really going on. Then again, if the story seems like it would pique your interest you may just want to dive right in -- chances are you won't be disappointed.

This is one of the series I continue to be the most excited about each month, and after reading this issue, I absolutely cannot wait to read WONDER WOMAN #21.

20 Comments
Posted by batfan916

Still wowed that Wonder woman is the aunt of wonder girl I love the twist and how it connects the two I cant wait to see that story flushed out more. Everything is starting to get connected new52 is starting to win me over little bit at a time. (Minus 5 year BS)

Posted by OutlawRenegade

I'm a fan of what Azzarello has done with WW, but this series is starting to feel repetive and... boring.

Edited by SNascimento

Another fantastic WW issue.

I was re-reading all issues before this one and damn, that a fantastic story this has been so far. I cannot wait to see how it will end, and what awaits Diana.

Edited by fables87

OMG SHE CAN FLY AGAIN! Been waiting to see that. Finally! Love love love this cover too. Does the baby have god-like powers or is that just the cover?

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Edited by Manwhohaseverything

If I had to sum up this issue in one word, it would be action-packed? Is action-packed one word? Just teasing :)

Posted by Press Oblivion

I enjoyed this issue more than the last 7 or so. The fight scene was a nice display of Diana's ability but it wasn't spectacular. The impact into the ground shouldn't have hurt Artemis that badly.

I'm not sure what the excitement is over her flying but if that's what gets you goin', more power to ya.

Posted by kilomac29

I started this series with issue #19, and am glad I did. Though I had no clue what was going on in that issue, I really dug the story and couldn't wait for this issue. I've already picked up a few of the back issues at my LCS in order to catch up on the story. I will definitely be adding WW to my pull list.

Posted by FoxxFireArt

I wonder what it says when Azzarello pretty much expressed a dislike for WONDER WOMAN, but his relaunch has been one of the strongest.

Is it partly becasue it has kept itself mostly separate form the rest of the DCU? It's allowed to just be its own story. Akin to how X-FACTOR has always been so consistent.

Posted by cloudzackvincent

@fables87 said:

OMG SHE CAN FLY AGAIN! Been waiting to see that. Finally! Love love love this cover too. Does the baby have god-like powers or is that just the cover?

she has flown many times before in the new 52

Posted by Zeeguy91

Another amazing issue. The battle scene was epic and a true display of Wonder Woman's might

Edited by Zeeguy91

Still wowed that Wonder woman is the aunt of wonder girl I love the twist and how it connects the two I cant wait to see that story flushed out more. Everything is starting to get connected new52 is starting to win me over little bit at a time. (Minus 5 year BS)

Wait. Is that in Teen Titans or are you just making that up?

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@foxxfireart said:

I wonder what it says when Azzarello pretty much expressed a dislike for WONDER WOMAN, but his relaunch has been one of the strongest.

He expressed his disinterest in Wonder Woman, he never said it didn't like her.

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@foxxfireart said:

I wonder what it says when Azzarello pretty much expressed a dislike for WONDER WOMAN, but his relaunch has been one of the strongest.

Is it partly becasue it has kept itself mostly separate form the rest of the DCU? It's allowed to just be its own story. Akin to how X-FACTOR has always been so consistent.

I think Azzarello said he's started to appreciate the character now.

But I agree the series has been strong because it's allowed to do it's own thing. Demon Knights (another brilliant title) had nice continuity with WW though.

Posted by fables87

@fables87 said:

OMG SHE CAN FLY AGAIN! Been waiting to see that. Finally! Love love love this cover too. Does the baby have god-like powers or is that just the cover?

she has flown many times before in the new 52

Not in her own series New 52 though that I'm aware. Read the blocked out part in the original article.

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Posted by cloudzackvincent

@fables87 said:

@cloudzackvincent said:

@fables87 said:

OMG SHE CAN FLY AGAIN! Been waiting to see that. Finally! Love love love this cover too. Does the baby have god-like powers or is that just the cover?

she has flown many times before in the new 52

Not in her own series New 52 though that I'm aware. Read the blocked out part in the original article.

then i guess you have not been reading her solo series

Posted by fables87

@fables87 said:

@cloudzackvincent said:

@fables87 said:

OMG SHE CAN FLY AGAIN! Been waiting to see that. Finally! Love love love this cover too. Does the baby have god-like powers or is that just the cover?

she has flown many times before in the new 52

Not in her own series New 52 though that I'm aware. Read the blocked out part in the original article.

then i guess you have not been reading her solo series

I have been, just the trades though. Which issue is which though?

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Posted by Jake Fury

Great issue, lovin' this series and the great supporting cast of Diana's crew and the Gods of Olympus.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@zeeguy91 said:

@batfan916 said:

Still wowed that Wonder woman is the aunt of wonder girl I love the twist and how it connects the two I cant wait to see that story flushed out more. Everything is starting to get connected new52 is starting to win me over little bit at a time. (Minus 5 year BS)

Wait. Is that in Teen Titans or are you just making that up?

Yeah, it was in Teen Titans. It wasn't explicitly stated, but it was heavily implied that Lennox is Wonder Girl's father.

Posted by pilgrimcobra

I've just dropped this book. Not because I dont enjoy it but just purely because I could never seem to pick up the story from one month to the next. I'll be picking it up in trade from now on and by the looks of it, I'm going to enjoy it.......just got to wait forever for the TPB I guess :)

Posted by cloudzackvincent

@fables87 said:
@cloudzackvincent said:

@fables87 said:

@cloudzackvincent said:

@fables87 said:

OMG SHE CAN FLY AGAIN! Been waiting to see that. Finally! Love love love this cover too. Does the baby have god-like powers or is that just the cover?

she has flown many times before in the new 52

Not in her own series New 52 though that I'm aware. Read the blocked out part in the original article.

then i guess you have not been reading her solo series

I have been, just the trades though. Which issue is which though?

they are from issues 12 and 13