Wonder Woman 2 (REBIRTH)

Wonder Woman 2 (REBIRTH)

Wonder Woman 2 (REBIRTH)

Pros

  • Nicola Scott's art is beautiful

Cons

  • Another slow burn of an issue

I’m sitting down to write this review amid the news that series variant cover artist Frank Cho has walked away from the book, evidently due to a dispute with writer Greg Rucka. It’s on all the comics news sites right now, and of course there are a million comments from people speculating about what actually happened. Since none of us are privy to such information, however, all I’ll say is this–I think Frank Cho is a brilliant artist, and I am a fan of his work. Sure he pushes buttons all the time, but I honestly think his Wonder Woman covers showed power and grace and gave a visual gravitas to Diana. It appears that Cho will continue on with the variants through issue 6, and then he’s done. (He was signed on to do covers for the first 24 issues.) It’s a shame, and I do hope that the internet doesn’t do its thing and drown out the actual content of the series because of the “controversy” surrounding its variant covers. Speaking of variant covers…actually, never mind. There lies madness.

Anyway, on to the review. 

Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott bring us the highly anticipated “Year One,” part one, where we get a peak at what Diana’s life on Themyscira in the days before Steve Trevor was like. Actually, in this mostly montage issue, we see both Diana before Steve and Steve before Diana, as Rucka and Scott expertly weave in vignettes of the days before Trevor crash-lands on Paradise Island and changes everything, forever.

We see some nice “backstage” stuff–Diana talking and shooting with her sisters but always gazing out beyond Themyscira; Steve and his best friend, Nick, through the years with Steve as Nick’s best man, then godfather to Nick’s child but always a loner, dedicated to his work.

This issue is, for the most part, exactly what you’d expect from a Wonder Woman “year one” tale, and it ends precisely where it should, with Steve and Nick crash-landing on the island. Everyone except for Steve is presumed dead, and the issue concludes with Trevor reaching out to Diana for help.

Like I said, Rucka hits all the high notes in the Wonder Woman mythology, but he adds a new piece to the origin puzzle in the form of a tree and snake. In so doing, we are very clearly shown two players unfulfilled with their current tracks in life and who desire more.

When fate finally brings them together, it signals an introduction to the forbidden for both Diana and Steve, as, I’m sure, we will see in the next issues.

Again, Rucka delivers a slow-moving but thoroughly satisfying tale, well told.

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