Story: Greg Rucka
Art: Nicola Scott, Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Release Date: January 11, 2017
Year One: Finale
Okay, we are starting to see both story lines come together and makes perfect sense. In this issue we have a showdown between Ares the God of War and our beloved Wonder Woman, and it is everything we anticipated, well I anticipated anyway. In a few panels I actually questioned if this was going to end in Wonder Woman's favor or not. Ares reaching into her mind had me scared, luckily the curse of leaving Themyscira is that she really doesn't know the location it kind of just appears when the Patrons allow her to enter. Once the attempt to penetrate Diana's memories for the location failed, Diana stood up with such a fierceness that I actually got goosebumps. With tears of blood running from her eyes she made it very clear that's she was going to defend Earth no matter what it took. Then to add more goosebumps, Scott decided to throw in these glorious two splash pages with Diana in all her glory with the perfect, and it completely made up for the previous issues terrible art. By the way did you notice the snake with Ares....yeah.
Once Ares is defeated the Patrons helps Diana and the rest of the crew find the location of the poison. This whole monologue is going on in the background with the panels showing Diana and Steve acquiring the poisons. The last one was located in a school which not going to lie I got kind of nervous for our Wonder Woman as she took a massive poison blow to the face. Then comes the second glorious splash page where Diana pulls it together and uses the perfect to clear the poison. Of course we end year one with the squad drinking tequila sunrises, (great choice) and looking at news articles declaring Diana's new super hero name: Wonder Woman.
You guys! I love this story line and it’s probably one of the best Wonder Woman story lines that I've read. I have honestly thought that Wonder Woman was underrated as a hero and in this story line Rucka has really given her the story she deserves. I'm really anxious to read The Truth to find out exactly how the two stories come together. I am loving the artwork that Nicola Scott is throwing out and how her and Liam Sharp both are drawing her in the way I have always felt Wonder Woman should be drawn. I am really hoping that they bring Sharp back in the next issue because his work is just phenomenal. I feel the same about Nicola Scott; the double splash page when Diana was fighting Ares is amazing I could almost hear the blows landing. The splash page at the end I want turned into a poster, because when I flipped the page to it, it literally took my breath away, I was blinded by that light. Of course none of those pages wouldn't have been as spectacular without an amazing story line. I'm for sure rating this one 10 because of how the art, and the story, and color are all equally as amazing and I am personally one of those that very rarely find that I enjoy the art as much as the story. To find a comic that I am equally impressed with both, is amazing. Definitely worth the read!
Salvation: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Corrianne Hamlin | NCR