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Wonder Woman #8 - Casting Shadows Review

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Wonder Woman gets more than a new costume in the latest issue of her ongoing series.

The Good

I have to admit, the idea of a Hell that is ever-changing depending on the way Hades is feeling and thinking that day is more than clever; it's kind of brilliant. The story which has placed Wonder Woman at the center of an interesting conflict continues not only to entertain, but also pushed her character to the limit.

We open the eighth issue of WONDER WOMAN to a full page spread of her in a new costume. It is, as Hephaestus states, "archaic," but completely appropriate for Diana who is clearly inspired by her heritage and culture. But this issue is far more than about Wonder Woman getting a new costume -- it's about her journey into Hell to face Hades, defeat him, and bring Zola home.

There are some great scenes shared by Diana and Hermes as well, and there is great banter between them.

WONDER WOMAN #8 continues to be an interesting, fresh and unique take on a classic DC character that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. The issue also features the return of artist Cliff Chiang, and it is certainly a welcome return. Chiang captures the movement and action in the issue brilliantly, and fully captures the dark tone and mood of the book in the scenes where Diana and Zola are reunited.

Halfway through the issue is an unexpected twist that I did not see coming -- and I can't wait to see what happens next.

The Bad

Nothing bad here.

The Verdict

While WONDER WOMAN #8 may not be the Wonder Woman story I (and probably many other fans) can get 100% behind, it is certainly an interesting story and provides a completely different take on the character than anything I have ever seen. She's very different, but at the same time; she is still the same Diana.

The cover is very deceiving. On it we see a gun toting Wonder Woman, holding in each hand each of Eros' golden pistols. As for whether or not she uses them, I won't spoil the story for you; but the result is not at all what I expected. I have to congratulate Azzarello on creating and maintaining a level of suspense and excitement that is lacking in so many other superhero books. While this is a good jumping on point (it would be easy to pick up this issue and follow along), if you've never read any of her books,keep in mind that this is a very different take on her character.

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