Writer: Kevin Grevioux
Pencils: Ryan Benjamin, Inks: Richard Friend, Colors: Tony Washington and Tony Avina, Letter Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Blood and Shield
This is the story of the elite Amazonian warriors, and their adventure to find more of their kind in “Man's World.” For five grueling years they have been on this quest, now that the time has come to head back to Themyscira disaster strikes forcing our Amazonian warriors into another quests that has their leaders wondering if they will ever make it back to Themyscira alive.
Under the lead of Hessia the Amazons have saved Tu'Kor from the warriors of O'Kunga and the time for celebration is upon them. Two days after the attack the only sounds to be heard are of frolic and the joy of triumph. It seems as though not all of the Amazons are on the same page, some feel like this quest they were sent upon isn't all that it seems to be, others follow blindly the command of Goddess Hippolyta given to their leader. The question is this: if the Amazons have a considerable reputation for peace why send great warriors on a quest that has them leaving carnage in their wake. This divide between the Sisters of Blood and Shield may be something we see more of before the conclusion of this story, and had me wondering if Hessia isn't playing a game of her own.
The time has come for the Amazons to return to Themyscira and while plans are being made to venture back home, the new recruits, the Amazons that have been found living in Man's World, are relaxing on the beach, when out of nowhere crows that turned into giants attacked and after defeating the Amazons, took them away. When Hessia and her Captainsfind the aftermath of this battle, the Fates appear to tell them where their sisters have been taken, but Hessia has to make the choice, go back to Themyscira or to save their sisters. We end this issue with Hessia and the other Sisters of Blood and Shield heading into the land of Odin, God-King of the Vikings, where their fate is looking grim.
This book was good, but it felt like it took me days to read it, but it did leave me wanting more from this story. The creative team did a GREAT job, and my favorite part of this entire issue was the dialogue boxes that look like old parchment. Personally I didn't know what to expect when coming into this book, the only thing I remember hearing about it was that it wasn't a Wonder Woman story. I didn't expect to open this up to war, but I did enjoy all the action sequences in this book.
Carl Hamlin | NCR