Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wonder Woman #23

Story: Greg Rucka
Art: Liam Sharp

The Truth: Conclusion

The story so far… Phobos and Deimos, the twin sons of Ares, have kidnapped the soul of Veronica Cale’s daughter Izzy. Veronica Cale discovered the location of Themyscira, and she and Wonder Woman are now face-to-face with Ares in his prison.


Love Binds Madness

Ares tells Diana his story.  As the God of War his hunger was insatiable and drove him to madness.  Hephaestus forged chains to bind Ares, but it was Aphrodite and her love alone that was finally able to bind him and bring him to peace.  To keep him safe and to protect others from those who may wish to usurp his power, the Amazons were created to guard Ares and the prison that holds him.

Gods and Amazons

Phobos and Deimos, their canine forms mutating into vicious hell hounds, attack Themyscira and the Amazons guarding the prison.  The patron gods and goddesses of the Amazons, in animal form, stand vigilant with the Amazons.  A closer look at the details shows a new animal among the gods and goddesses – a serpent, the same one that bit Diana as a child, has joined the pantheon.

The Snake

The serpent that joined Hera, Aphrodite, Athena, and the other gods and goddesses is none other than Ares himself.  He knew his sons would one day seek his prison and overthrow him as God of War and take the mantle themselves, unleashing panic and terror on the world.  To prevent this, Ares gave Diana a “gift” – the bite she received as a girl – which enabled her to bypass Themyscira and go straight to the prison where Ares is should the need arise.  This way, the location of Themyscira and the Amazons would remain hidden.

Loving Submission

Diana knows what she must do.  They allow Phobos and Deimos to to breech the prison.  When they do, they are returned to their normal form and find Wonder Woman, kneeling submissively before them, bound with her own lasso.  Compelled to speak the truth, Diana tells Phobos and Deimos they are loved.  Just as Aphrodite’s unconditional love was able to bind Ares and his madness, so was Diana’s love able to bind Phobos and Deimos. 

The Truth

As the story concludes, Ares opens a gateway back to the real world where Steve Trevor is waiting for Diana.  However, Veronica Cale’s daughter Izzy is unable to leave.  By bringing her body to the prison where her soul was being held reunited them whole, but if she returns to the real world she will be split apart again.  The only solution: join the Amazons on Themyscira and live an eternal life, but one she will never see her mother again, mirroring Diana herself, who is watches as Izzy joins Hippolyta.  We see Hippolyta in the final panel saying she has always been proud of her daughter Diana.  This is the closest Wonder Woman will get to being “home”.

Sum it up!

A perfect ending for “The Truth”.  Greg Rucka was able to deliver on the story, finally answering most of the questions behind Diana’s missing memories.  He also did it in a way that would make Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, proud.  By weaving together themes of loving submission and the power of a matriarchal society, he really brought Wonder Woman and what she stands for back to her original roots.  WONDER-ful all around!

Score 10/10

Noah O'Toole | NCR

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