Story: Shea Fontana
Art: Mirka Andolfo
Heart of the Amazon: Part One
A new story arc by a new writer. Shea Fontana’s Wonder Woman gives us a glimpse into her life as a child on the island as well as how she spends her days in the present. Greg Rucka left Diana in a good place with an established cast that helps set the scene for the book.
***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***
An Appropriate Opening
The book opens in Greece at a U.N. Refugee Camp. I really admire the way Fontana chose to introduce Diana in this way. I always felt that if Wonder Woman were a real figure around today she would spend her time helping women and refugees from oppressive and war-torn countries. That Wonder Woman is the one we get a glimpse of, and I hope it’s the one that is continued to be explored throughout the next several issues.
The Little Princess
When Wonder Woman tries to help many, but cannot save everyone the story goes into a flashback of Diana as a little girl on Themyscira. It’s been firmly established that once she left the Paradise Island she has never been back, despite stories by other writers. This is what makes the flashbacks work so well, because we get to see more about Hippolyta and the Amazons, who are such integral characters to Diana’s story, in a way that works. I hope we see more about Diana’s childhood and her time on the island.
An Explosive Wedding
Diana accompanies her friend Etta Candy to a wedding, which was where the story started to have issues. Rucka’s arc ended with Etta Candy quite upset at Diana over the loss of Barbara Ann Minerva when she became the Cheetah, so to see the two of them hang out like nothing happened seemed out of place and contrary to the previously established cannon. The issue ends with Wonder Woman discovering a bomb at the wedding reception and with only 1 second left on the countdown we circle back to the theme the book opens with: Wonder Woman can help many, but can she save them all?
Next: Wonder Woman Down!
Sum it up!
Following an epic year-long tale told by a master storyteller like Rucka would be a daunting task for any writer, but Shea Fontana does a decent job picking up where Rucka left off. The book’s opening shows Diana protecting a Muslim woman and her child is by far the highlight of the issue.
Noah O'Toole | NCR