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Wonder Woman #24 - A Guilded Rage Review

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The Olympian Gods are convening, and they want Wonder Woman to join their ranks. But is Diana willing to accept the mantle of War?

The Good

Wonder Woman has been something of an anomaly in the New 52 with only one minor crossover to the title’s name, it’s remained somewhat isolated and apart from the other titles, which has allowed it to cut its own path, focusing more on the mythology behind the character than trying to integrate her into a world of superheroes and villains. Brian Azzarello has, seemingly, kept a tight leash on this particular title and it’s been all the stronger for it. There’s been a great consistency to the narrative structure, and while I don’t know if anything has been cancelled or shoe-horned in, the fact that I can say that says a lot about the strength of the writing. I feel like this is a great blueprint for the Wonder Woman movie that is supposedly so impossible to write, just write Wonder Woman as a fish out of water, but that doesn’t mean writing her as a bumbling, wacky fool. Azzarello picks up on what makes the Amazon great: once she gets determined to do something, nothing on Earth or in Heaven can dissuade her. It goes far beyond “determined,” a word I’ve seen used to describe superheroes that don’t have many descriptive words ascribed to them, and almost crosses into bull-headed, but that’s good. Interesting characters are never flawless.

Goran Sudžuka returns to artist duties and keeps the ball rolling, matching series regular Cliff Chiang’s tone and tenor perfectly. It’s always good when the baton can be passed to another artist without disrupting the flow of the book, and Sudžuka’s art is absolutely great on its own. This is definitely an issue that’s all about characters standing and talking, which for my money is a far more difficult order than one where there’s a lot of dynamic action, so the fact that the visuals remain interesting is a great tribute to his talent. Series regular colorist Matthew Wilson also deserves credit for keeping the tone so consistent, his colors retaining the look of a great many classical depictions of these gods and goddesses, making the whole book feel like it fell out of a book of Greek myths.

The Bad

That mentioning of the “mythical” look of the art cuts both ways as a lot of the facial expressions from characters are muted and samey across several panels. It’s clear that anger means anger and contempt means contempt, but there’s very little subtlety or subtext to the faces, requiring the characters to be very upfront with their feelings. This is definitely a book of larger-than-life feelings and emotions. The whole issue also feels somewhat ponderous, being intentionally vague and even reintroducing a returning character I can’t quite recall the backstory of, so I find it difficult to take the reveal with the gravity that the issue believes it deserves.

The Verdict

This remains one of the strongest titles of the New 52 and one of the easier books to recommend wholeheartedly. Both the writing and the art, while not without flaws, are consistently great and a lot of fun, and that’s an interesting take for Wonder Woman: being a FUN book. There's a part with Hera, the wee baby Zeke and his mother that really exemplifies this tone and that I won't spoil here. Previous runs have felt too obsessed with making Diana so regal that she defies relatablility, and that’s, I think, a big part of why people complain that she's hard to write for. Azzarello has done an amazing job of reversing a lot of that without sacrificing the dignity that is at the heart of the character.

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Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

the part with hera and zeke had me laughing

Posted by SNascimento

A slow issue. Not bad by any means, just not as great as the last few. It's the beginning of a new circle.

Edited by longbowhunter

I dropped this book before it hit double digits. Really regret it now. Can't decide if I should just jump back in on singles or catch up in trade.

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Edited by SNascimento

I dropped this book before it hit double digits. Really regret it now. Can't decide if I should just jump back in on singles or catch up in trade.

All I can say this is an outstanding series and I would rather read sooner than latter.

Edited by timelord

This would have been a lot better if we didn't have villains month. I felt it was a perfect cool down issue after the last story arc. Their do how ever look to be big things happing which look interesting.

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Posted by TheRyanHimself

I absolutely love their interpretations of the Greek myths. I can't wait to see more.

Posted by SynCig

I have never considered myself a fan of Wonder Woman but everything that I have heard about this series is positive so I will be buying the trades when I get the chance. If I really enjoy them then I may go back and read some other Wonder Woman stories.

Posted by bellaardila92

this graphic novel looks awesome I want to read it

Posted by judasnixon

I dropped this book before it hit double digits. Really regret it now. Can't decide if I should just jump back in on singles or catch up in trade.

It's one of my favorite series, but that is just me..... I think it might read better in trade though......

@timelord said:

This would have been a lot better if we didn't have villains month. I felt it was a perfect cool down issue after the last story arc. Their do how ever look to be big things happing which look interesting.

Villain month didn't do Wonder Woman any favors.... It would have been great with out those two other villain month books sandwiched in between the two arcs.......

Posted by scouts1998

@longbowhunter said:

I dropped this book before it hit double digits. Really regret it now. Can't decide if I should just jump back in on singles or catch up in trade.

It's one of my favorite series, but that is just me..... I think it might read better in trade though......

I agree it is my favorite book after animal man and batman

Posted by longbowhunter

@scouts1998: @judasnixon: @snascimento: I lasted 10 issues and got frustrated. Not because it was a bad comic but because the focus was less on Diana and more on her supporting cast. I really wanna get caught up now.

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Posted by manwithoutshame

This series is great, I've never read nor cared about Wonder Woman before, but I do now.

Posted by Wilbertus

This series is great, I've never read nor cared about Wonder Woman before, but I do now.

I feel the exact same way. So far, this series has really kept me hungry for more.

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Posted by herrweis

@judasnixon: I beg to differ.the first born villian month issue fit perfectly as the follow up to issue 23

Posted by Dernman

Anyone think's Zeke is Zeus?

Edited by justice teen

where is Aphrodite and Athena?

Posted by broo1232

@dernman: Then that means Zeus's child, is himself.

Posted by Dernman

@broo1232 said:

@dernman: Then that means Zeus's child, is himself.

That's what I'm thinking. Could be he did that to escape the prophecy or something else.

Posted by broo1232

@dernman: It's entirely possible, but the idea itself seems a little creepy to me, but I'm beginning to think you're correct.

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

@dernman: I started getting that feeling during Wonder Woman #20. I kinda hope it is and kinda hope it isn't. If it is the take on would be interesting though I kinda want to see Zeke becoming a character of his own instead of just another Greek god.

Can't wait until next week when I get to pick this book up. Out of all the August books Wonder Woman's got me interested in what will happen next.

Posted by JanArrah

If you've never read Wonder Woman before this current version, reading earlier versions, I think you'll be disappointed. She actually stared and was the complete focus of every story before Azzarello's run, not her Gods. She actually fought villains before too, not just her Gods and War (aka Ares aka Mars) was her enemy, not her father figure. Oh and she didn't believe in senseless murder. Her first reaction was never to pull a sword on someone and threaten them like it is these days. No magic bracelets that shot weapons, no she used to use that Golden Lasso to do more than tie up Superman (she's had no real boyfriend since pre-Crisis when she dated Steve Trevor). She wasn't constantly fooled or tricked, she actually was rather bright and intelligent. She wasn't a run-of-the-mill Demi-God, one of a billion, she was instead unique and made of clay.

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Posted by justice teen

@outside_85: I was asking in general we haven't seen them yet.

Posted by Outside_85

@justice_teen: Aphrodite appeared in issue 7 (or 8) to talk to Hermes and Zola while Diana was stuck in Hades.

Posted by justice teen
Posted by Outside_85

@justice_teen: Not appeared yet, for some reason, was hinted at keeping an eye on Diana in issue 0.