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Rebirths, Reboots & Retcons: Wonder Woman – July part 1

Now it’s the Princess’s turn

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Wonder Woman #1.

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Synopsis: The Lies part 1 was written by Greg Rucka, with art by Liam Sharp and opens with Princess Diana (Wonder Woman) of the Amazons of Themyscira flying to the remote Banakane Rainforest in the Dkarango region of the small African nation of Bwunda. She is looking for someone, looking for the truth and feels she has no where else to turn. She warns the person she seeks (whom she is convinced can hear her) and walks calmly, deeper into the jungle. She is clearly being watched, but seems unconcerned.

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Langley Virgina, on Kirby Road is a place called the Picket. Etta Candy arrives to find that the Bwundian operation is already underway, her team is tracking the men of a local warlord called Cadulo and for some reason Wonder Woman was been spotted in local airspace. On the ground in Bwundia, the US military team are taking fire, but the area is secured, as per the report of the man in charge there Master Chief Steve Trevor.

 

Wonder Woman finds the bodies of several people and a statue made from the remains of others and is saddened, giving her second warning.

Back at the Picket, Etta is getting an earful from the Director, before it being confirmed that Wonder Woman is in Bwunda. Steve is asked if he told her about the Cadulo job, but Steve tells Etta that he hasn’t spoken to Wonder Woman in quite a while. He looks at a photo in his pocket, a mug shot, a pic that is his and his alone, you can clearly see that he holds a torch for her as bright as it ever was.

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Wonder Woman delivers her final warning and is attacked by at least ten half man/half jackal creatures.

In Bwunda, Steve meets with some local villagers, where they learn that Cadulo has raided the village, killed it’s defenders and taken the tribe’s daughters.

Wonder Woman battles the jackal man (or is the preferred term werejackals?) and to be honest, isn’t really threatened by them. But she is attacked by an unseen enemy, who manages to hurt her and quite badly. Wonder Woman calls her Ann and later Barbara Ann and she is revealed to be Barbara Ann Minerva, the savage Cheetah. Wonder Woman tells her that she can’t find Themyscira and needs the Cheetah’s help to find her way back home.

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Notes: This was another solid issue. The two stories in a nearby place, very independent of one another is a great narrative trick to flesh out a smaller story and set up the next one, because I doubt that these tales will remain so independent. The human story, with Master Chief Trevor was interested and loaded with characterisation, for such a small amount of panel time. A man with a broken heart looking to do a job that needs doing is well realised here and Etta, bridging the unit with the politics was a nice touch. The Wonder Woman tale with werejackals and altars of bone and blood was interesting too, if I were more familiar with Wonder Woman and her history, I might have guessed the Cheetah, but I was so caught up in the comic that really didn’t occur to me. The art was also great,  Sharp makes Wonder Woman attractive, but not a barbie, she’s tall, has curves and muscles and there’s no question that she walks with purpose and confidence, to me it’s the best Wonder Woman has looked in a  while. Yes it’s a bit cheesecake, but consider her origins and her costume and how can you avoid that? All in all this is a strong start and I am looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Not amazing, but I want to see what happens next.

 

Next Time: The Dad of Steel

 

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Liverpool based family man and unrepentant geek, trying to understand what's going on in my own head, which is not always being a good place to be. Remember always, we live in a world of wonders.

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