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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 11/17/18

Oh boy, this must be some kind of record! I’ve got 10 — count ’em, 10! — reviews for you henchies this week! The combination of a day off from work on Wednesday, and plenty of time to write these up, allowed me to really enjoy comics this week. I even skipped some titles to spare my sanity, so there could have been even more!

We’ve got G. Willow Wilson’s debut on Wonder Woman, which I enjoyed. We’ve got the much-hyped Uncanny X-Men #1, which was meh. We’ve got the long-delayed new issue of Fantastic Four, which was good. And a ton of others!

Comic Book of the Week goes to the final issue of Mister Miracle for a pretty momentous epilogue issue. It remains as mind-boggling as the rest of the series.

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R.I.P. Funky Flashman

I skipped a bunch of comics this week. Ms. Marvel was nice, but was a pretty weird tangent. I think I’m going to stop reviewing Rainbow Brite after only that first issue. The second one lost me. I skipped the new Domino purely because there were so many comics this week. And I’m still not caught up on Thor! Why do all my favorite comics come out in a single week?!

Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #9, Captain America #5, Catwoman #5, Fantastic Four #3, Go Go Power Rangers #14, Mister Miracle #12, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #38, Uncanny X-Men #1, Unstoppable Wasp #2 and Wonder Woman #58.


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Amazing Spider-Man #9

Amazing Spider-Man #9
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artists: Humberto Ramos and Michele Bandini
Inkers: Victor Olazaba and Michelle Bandini
Colorists: Edgar Delgado and Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Apparently Black Cat returned to being a good guy before this storyline. Did it happen in that short-lived Defenders comic? Anybody know? I’m just curious.

Black Cat recruits Spider-Man to help her steal back all the stolen superhero loot from the Thieves’ Guild, since she’s a member in good standing and knows their secrets. They get into an argument when Felicia wants to keep half of the score, but then they’re ambushed by the Guild and their new leader.

Meanwhile, Carlie Cooper is back in town and she invites MJ to a meeting of the Lookups, an anonymous group for superhero friends and loved ones. It’s run by Jarvis and uses masking technology to keep everybody’s identity a secret. MJ isn’t sure if she wants to join.

Comic Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good.

The Spider-Man/Black Cat stuff is pretty fun, though there’s still too much tension between them to be as compelling as the old days. Obviously they’re not going to flirt up a storm, but the awkward tension isn’t all that great of a replacement. Still, they’re good together, and this is an OK storyline to put them through. I like the dispute at the end where Black Cat wants half of the stolen superhero gear. Nice little character-specific conflict. I’m also largely OK with this Lookups idea, even if it’s probably never going to be mentioned outside of this comic, despite clearly using supporting characters from other comics. I think Spencer made the wrong call to have everyone’s identities obscured. I could maybe pick out two or three of the group members, but having them all be anonymous robs them of any real depth to the meeting. The characters can’t bond with the readers or each other. They can just spout cryptic hints about who they are. And while the support group is an OK idea overall, it would be even better if we could really connect with what we’re seeing. Weird to use Carlie Cooper to kick off this story line for Mary Jane, especially when Jarvis says he considered reaching out to MJ himself. Why bring back Carlie when Jarvis would have sufficed?

TL;DR: Some odd story choices and some unfortunate recent history keep the stories in this OK issue at arm’s length.


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Captain America #5

Captain America #5
Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Inkers: Gerry Alanguilan and Yu
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

And now we know what all of this was about! I’m not impressed.

Captain America fights off Taskmaster and makes it to the lab. Selene holds him off until Mrs. Lukin can summon a portal and get them out of there. Sharon is saved! Later, Steve confers with Bucky and mostly sees that General Ross is covering his tracks and blaming everything on Captain America. Bucky says this feels bigger than Ross.

Sure enough, Selene and Mrs. Lukin were working to resurrect her husband, who is still possessed by the Red Skull!

Comic Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good.

So this opening storyline has been about resurrecting Red Skull, which is fine. If you’re going to write the Captain America comic, having Red Skull as your villain is a pretty big draw. And resurrecting Aleksander Lukin is as good a way to bring Skull back as any. Is this still the same Red Skull that Cap killed ahead of Secret Empire? It’s a little hard to keep track. But yeah, that’s cool, bring back Red Skull. Fine by me. But the rest of the issue is a pretty lackluster fight against Taskmaster, so there’s just not much to sink your teeth into. I like how Coates keeps moving public opinion against Cap, but I feel he could be doing a stronger job of it. I think Coates should be hitting his themes harder, they’re the strongest part of the comic so far. The actual action leaves a lot to be desired.

TL;DR: Coates reveals what all of this has been building towards, and it’s almost worth the weaker parts of the comic.


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Catwoman #5

Catwoman #5
Writer and Artist: Joelle Jones
Colorist: Laura Allred
Letterer: Josh Reed

I almost didn’t review Catwoman. It was on the chopping block. But then Rainbow Brite lost me, so I switched out for Catwoman. Just fyi.

Raina Creel poisons her husband, the governor, with the drug she’s been shipping into the state. In small doses, it gives you strength and stuff. In large doses, it makes you cut yourself to death. She then gets everybody to believe her husband killed himself and they have a nice funeral, which Raina scoffs at in private.

Simultaneously, Selina stops the evil doctor from poisoning her sister Maggie at the hospital, but then she’s overwhelmed by doctors and cops and is taken prisoner. She’s deposited at the Creel estate for Raina to deal with after the wake, but Selina slips her bonds and grabs Creel’s son to get information. She tells him that she made it perfectly clear she wasn’t involved, but there’s only so much crap she can take before she fights back.

Comic Rating: 7/10 – Good.

I owe Joelle Jones an apology. I haven’t been very into her Catwoman storyline because the main character felt disconnected with the ongoing criminal plot. Then I mused a couple issues ago that maybe that was the point, that Jones’ storyline was about how this criminal family keeps poking their nose into Catwoman’s business, and that will be their downfall. And this issue finally confirms those thoughts, and I love it! I think that’s a neat idea for a storyline. Criminal family doing their criminal stuff in some random city, then, by sheer coincidence, Catwoman comes to town on business completely unrelated to them. But criminal families being criminal families, they get all uppity that she’s on their turf and they mess with her — forgetting that she’s freakin’ Catwoman!

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Looks like even odds to me!

So I’m looking forward to the story going forward, and I rather enjoyed this issue’s ending. Rather than have Catwoman at anyone’s mercy, she immediately busts out and starts in on the warpath. That’s great! The rest of the issue was fine. Raina Creel and her brood remain underwhelming as villains, but maybe Jones is making the woman as pitiless as possible in order to make her defeat more satisfying. And I liked how Jones told the two plot lines simultaneously, down to the panels. That was a neat bit. And Jones’ art remains really good.

TL;DR: The storyline in Catwoman finally lands on its feet.


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Fantastic Four #3

Fantastic Four #3
Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Sara Pichelli and Nico Leon
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

For some reason, this issue was really delayed. I’m not entirely sure why.

The extended Fantastic Four take on the Griever, with all manner of neat little character moments here and there. Like a proper reunion for the Fantastic Four. Johnny and Ben meeting the older kids, with Ben giving Franklin a solid pep talk. A hilarious dispute over whether or not Iceman was ever a member of the Fantastic Four. A brief moment where the Hulk shows up in secret and tells Human Torch not to reveal he was there…for some reason. Nobody acknowledging Wolverine.

Anyway, Reed figures out that, since the Griever is the embodiment of entropy and destruction, that she can’t create anything of her own. So he has the heroes destroy all but one teleporter and Reed threatens to trap the Griever in this one dimension if she doesn’t retreat. She does. Then Reed has Valeria and the other smarty pants team members repair one of the broken teleporters to get them all home in time for Ben’s wedding!

Comic Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

A story of this magnitude at only issue #3 seems a bit early, but Slott makes it work and carries us through quite well. Granted, he doesn’t delve as deeply as he could into every single character that showed up, but having them around to keep the Griever busy so that he can tell a more personal reunion story for the real Fantastic Four is a nice choice. It gives the Foursome quality time together, which is quite fun, while also providing lots of opportunities for fun bits with the larger cast. I loved that ongoing Iceman joke, about as much as I didn’t understand that scene with the Hulk. Why doesn’t he want anybody to know he was there? I dunno. Doesn’t matter. This comic is about the Fantastic Four.

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Bring it in, y’all

I’ll admit that the issue wasn’t as magical as I’d hoped it would be, if that can be a metric for which to grade anything. But Slott’s recent resurgence with Fantastic Four and Iron Man has gotten my excitement up, and I guess I just expected something more…yeah, more magical. But hey, the issue does a swell job anyway. Reed’s plan is pretty clever in the end, even if Slott is only defeating a villain he just created himself in the previous issue. It’s still clever and utilizes the large cast in a fun way. And the art never suffers, if it was indeed the art that delayed the book.

TL;DR: Dan Slott brings the Fantastic Four back together with some heart, some action and some humor, which is everything you should want from a Fantastic Four comic.


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Go Go Power Rangers #14

Go Go Power Rangers #14
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Colorist: Raul Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Honestly, I’m struggling for something to say about this issue.

Jason and Trini are trapped on an alien world, barely able to communicate with Zordon and the gang. They’re trying to establish a link home, but there’s a lot of interference, and the two of them have to fight off jungle monsters and natives. Meanwhile, Rita is visiting those natives, with whom she has a history. She has them take her to a temple she left behind, which she says holds the key to defeating the Power Rangers.

Back on Earth, Billy, Kimberly and Zach are trying to keep Jason and Trini’s disappearance a secret, while also living their lives. For example, Matt’s attempts to make Kim jealous are working and she agrees to a date with Skull.

Comic Rating: 7/10 – Good.

Yeah, this was just another solid issue of Go Go Power Rangers. The plot of Jason and Trini trapped on another world doesn’t advance very much or offer much in the way of story. The two of them just fight some monsters together and struggle to get a signal back home. There’s not much to them changing colors. There’s one moment where Jason struggles to use the yellow daggers…but why couldn’t they switch weapons? Just hand them off to each other. Parrott also doesn’t do much to explore the Jason/Trini romance subplot he’s been building, and the other Rangers don’t have too much to do either. Rita gets the most activity, but it’s just her meeting with some brand new, only semi-interesting characters. This issue was fine as part of the ongoing story, but it didn’t get very deep.

TL;DR: A solid, acceptable issue of Go Go Power Rangers keeps the story moving, at least.


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Mister Miracle #12

Mister Miracle #12
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerads
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

I should have known I wouldn’t understand the ending to Mister Miracle.

Following last issue’s revelation of a world of superheroes, Scott Free and Big Barda go on living their lives. Scott shaves his beard. Barda is pregnant again, this time with a girl. Kalibak takes up the war, so there’s no end to the fighting, but Mister Miracle and Big Barda can whoop these chumps easily. They need a new apartment.

Scott is visited by ghosts of his dead friends and enemies, from Darkseid to Orion to Oberon. They all have various ideas about what’s happened, which can largely be summed up, I think, that Scott really did die in the first issue and now he’s in either heaven, hell or some Anti-Life Equation prison, or maybe he didn’t die and he’s insane and making up this life in his head, or maybe it’s a big metaphor for depression, or it’s open to whatever your interpretation might be. I think, mostly, it’s that he’s choosing to stay in this life, whatever it might be, and accept the bad with the good.

Comic Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

From the very beginning of Mister Miracle, I’ve been faced with the fact that sometimes I just don’t get subtext. That’s on me, and not indicative of the quality of the work put forth. Maybe I do need things spelled out for me sometimes. Nobody’s perfect. But I’ve read some other reviews and I’ve given the issue more thought, and I think my initial assessment is close enough that I got it. The ambiguous ending is not as much fun as I was hoping for, not as obviously mind-blowing as I thought we were building towards, but it’s still good. It’s still an ending, and one befitting this strange comic.

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“I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious.”

This is probably one of those endings that’s going to have to grow on me over time. I’ll need to stew it over in my head. I’m already planning to buy the complete collection TPB once it comes out, so I’ll sit down and reread the entire Mister Miracle comic. I bet I’ll like that ending more. This is a quaint issue, serving more as an epilogue. It sticks to the themes of juxtaposing the crazy New God stuff with the simple real world parenting stuff, and I really like that. And I suppose it’s a befitting ending to have Scott question everything about his life, and for the World’s Greatest Escape Artist to decide not to escape whatever this is that he finds himself in, because it’s a really nice life, regardless of it’s truth.

Why would you want to be a part of the endless cycle of reboots, revamps, resurrections and relaunches that is the DC Comics Universe when you could kick your feet up on your couch and play with your infant son?

TL;DR: If you can wrap your head around the ending — and I’ll admit, I had a little trouble — this is a quaint, enjoyable finale to this mind-boggling series.


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Squirrel Girl #38

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #38
Writer: Ryan North
Artist: Derek Charm
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Travis Lanham

Skrulls, huh? Sure, why not.

Squirrel Girl and her friends first figure out that none of them is a Skrull by asking personal questions that only the real them would know the answers to. Then Squirrel Girl and Nancy go visit Tony Stark to recruit him to the cause, and along the way, they meet his new A.I.-less computer program, Databus. They fill Tony in on the trouble and head home to stay safe while he puts some feelers out. But when Tony calls them back the next day, he forgets the secret password and is likely a Skrull now too! Squirrel Girl and Nancy go to confront him, he tries to pull the wool over their eyes, but nah, he’s totally a fake Tony Stark! And he armors up and orders Databus to shoot them!

Comic Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

It should be noted that we don’t actually see any Skrulls in this issue. I wonder if that’s just a big red herring.

Anyway, this was another fun issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, one that mostly focused on wordplay and twists. It’s a lot of everybody sitting around being super paranoid about a Skrull invasion, which is something worth being paranoid about. There’s some meat on the twist that Tony Stark has been replaced by a Skrull, and North and Charm do quite well with the scene, but North undercuts the double/triple twist by writing Skrull Tony as very obviously a Skrull Tony. Just sayin’.

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And just like that, Ryan North completely re-invents Ghost Rider

But yeah, rather than go around punching Skrulls and fighting other superheroes, North leans heavily into the paranoia angle of shapeshifting invaders, and he gets a lot of traction out of that. From Squirrel Girl and her friends coming up with deeply personal and insanely mathematical ways to prove they’re real, to all the fun chatting with Tony Stark and Skrull Tony. I even like that North took a page from the current ongoing Iron Man comic by having Tony replace his normal A.I. assistants with a less personalized robot helper. It’s neat!

TL;DR: The issue leans heavily into the paranoia and wordplay of a Skrull invasion instead of the punching, and I really liked that.


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Uncanny X-Men #1

Uncanny X-Men #1
Writers: Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg and Kelly Thompson
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

As always, the X-Men Assembly Line churns ever onward.

There’s a new vaccine that stops the mutant gene from spreading to children. The Mutant Liberation Front attempt to destroy the facility where it’s being produced, but Kitty Pryde takes a class of Junior X-Men to stop them — only for Kitty to disappear. The kids can’t hold their own against the bad guys, so the adult X-Men show up and stop them. Then everybody attends a press conference by Senator Ashton Allen who is all excited to talk about this new mutant vaccine. Kitty was supposed to deliver a rebuttal at the press conference, but she’s gone…so Jamie Madrox suddenly shows up and takes the podium. He stalls for a bit before an army of Madrox dupes start attacking the crowd. The X-Men try to fight off the Madroxes, but there’s something more going on and the dupes suddenly realize they’re too late, so they teleport away…along with the Senator.

Kitty and the Senator wake up in the same room, tied to chairs. And whoever has taken them has taken Apocalypse as well!

Also, there’s some stuff about a mysterious lake appearing and blooming in Africa. And Angel is mysteriously summoned away from the Madrox fight. And there are some backup stories with Bishop, Sugar Man, Anole, Armor, Dark Beast and some other mysteries. There’s something really mysterious going on, and the X-Men have only started scratching the surface.

Comic Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good.

Basically, the new creative team behind the X-Men have cooked up a big storyline, and rather than take us right into it with this first issue, they instead decide to just ramp up the mystery. This issue is all about the cryptic clues. It’s about a bunch of strange, mysterious events taking place, while a large cast of X-Men mostly just stand around scratching their heads. And it makes for a disappointing start to this new Uncanny X-Men relaunch. Marvel has been hyping this up for months, but they stumble out of the gate. Since this is the first issue in a new weekly series, I think everyone involved was confident they could get to the story in time, that all will be revealed fairly quickly and there’s nothing to worry about. But the first issue is still an important starting point, and leaving everything so cloyingly cryptic was really disappointing.

And I’m sorry, but jobbing Apocalypse does not make for a good enough first issue cliffhanger. That sort of hype is weak.

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Me too, Bobby

On the X-Men side, the issue is fine. Nothing drastic happens. It’s essentially the same cast we’ve been dealing with for the past few years, with a few new returns, like Northstar and Cannonball. And everybody is written well. I especially enjoyed some of the scenes with the younger X-Men, all of whom are starting to get annoyed that they’re treated like second-class X-Men. That’s a nice angle to take them.

Honestly, the problem with the X-Men these days is that they’ve gotten too big. There’s dozens of team members, yet none of the most popular, foundational members like Cyclops, Wolverine or Professor X. And since the X-Men get revamped/relaunched every two years or so, no other characters have had a chance to really grow into a new foundation. And this new direction, at least based on this first issue, is more of the same.

Heck, Jubilee even points it out when they’re standing around listening to a politician talk about banning the X-Men.

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I believe this is called “lampshading”

The X-Men franchise needs another Grant Morrison or Joss Whedon-style belt tightening.  Something with purpose. Something that streamlines the bloat — hopefully without just slaughtering everybody.

What makes this issue even worse is that, thanks to upcoming solicitations, we already know that the mysterious enemy is probably X-Man. So why keep it a secret in this issue? Why not reveal X-Man as the antagonist? And it’s all going to lead to some kind of Age of Apocalypse re-do, with X-Man at the center. I guess that’s fine. Maybe it’ll be an interesting story. But it’s not what the X-Men need right now, as a franchise. At least not in my opinion.

TL;DR: The first issue of the hugely hyped Uncanny X-Men relaunch doesn’t do nearly enough to make me think this isn’t just business as usual. It’s more focused on being cryptic than it is on getting us into the new story.


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Unstoppable Wasp #2

Unstoppable Wasp #2
Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Gurihiru
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

This is pretty much everything I want from comics. Almost.

After helping the Champions stop a rampaging bull statue in Durham, North Carolina, Nadia goes on date night with Janet to a fancy French restaurant, checking off another item on her bucket list. Then they have to fight a giant goo monster. Then they join Bobbi and Ying at a wrestling match where Poundcakes and Letha kick butt under the stable name “Skrull Kill Krew”. Everybody is really digging the fact that they use the word “Skrull” in their act and put it on very basic T-shirts, even though nothing else about what they do has anything to do with Skrulls. This leads me to believe (alongside Squirrel Girl‘s use of Skrulls, as well as a quick appearance in Ms. Marvel) that there’s some edict at Marvel to mention Skrulls more now that they’re going to be the villains in the Captain Marvel movie.

Anyway, it’s a lovely night, Bobbi and Ying are bonding as mentor and mentee, and then they all discover that A.I.M. is attacking the lab!

Comic Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

The fact that his issue focuses more on character moments and development is what I love about comics. Not every single issue needs to have action bits — though this one does, but they’re minor. I love the idea that Janet and Nadia go out on “dates” and just hang out as step-daughter and step-mom. I love that Ying is developing a similar relationship with Bobbi, that’s neat. I love that Poundcakes and Letha are still involved, and that everybody just goes out to a wrestling match for fun. That’s the sort of leisure activity I want to see in comics, that I want to see characters do. They can’t just be fighting bad guys all the time. They need to live their lives, and Unstoppable Wasp‘s second issue does a great job with that!

But honestly, what was up with the focus on these T-shirts?

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Fashion icon Janet Van Dyne can design better T-shirts than that

I get that Bobbi hates Skrulls from that time she was their prisoner for so long, but c’mon, that’s just some block lettering on some boring old T-shirts. And Poundcakes and Letha just wear the T-shirts over their normal outfits as they walk to the ring. Their wrestling uniforms haven’t changed. And having them refer to their opponents as Skrulls when they’re suplexing them doesn’t make for a good gimmick. This is the most forced use of the Skrulls in any of the Skrull books this week.

But I digress. As much as I enjoy these personable moments in Unstoppable Wasp, I also feel they’re only surface deep. The book lacks real conflict, especially any personal conflict for Nadia. She’s mostly just worried that she won’t have an awesome project in time for her group’s science fair. But other than that, everything is going great. She’s got Janet Van Dyne’s riches to get her everything she wants, from a pretty dress to fancy dinner to an entire science company and science fair. She’s got all her bestest friends to hang out with every day. She’s got the Champions to go on random missions to North Carolina with. Nadia could stand to face a bit more conflict.

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It is a pretty dress, though

Maybe struggle more with her father’s legacy. Hank Pym is out there somewhere, half-possessed by Ultron, or something. And when he’s not evil, he’s still a relatively well-regarded superhero…yet she changed her name from “Pym” to “Van Dyne”. Make her deal with that decision face-to-face with Hank. Maybe she runs into her biological mother’s family. Is anyone still alive? Maybe she has cousins or something. Give her a romantic interest. Make the romantic interest Ying, so that there’s an actual love triangle going on at G.I.R.L.

Just something more would be nice, something that actually gets under Nadia’s skin.

TL;DR: Another cheerful issue of Unstoppable Wasp puts the focus on the characters and not the superheroics, and I love that part!


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Wonder Woman #58

Wonder Woman #58
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Cary Nord
Inker: Mick Gray
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letterer: Pat Brosseau

I haven’t read Wonder Woman for awhile now, so I don’t really know any of the ongoing plot lines. But if there’s one thing guaranteed to make me check out a new comic, it’s putting G. Willow Wilson as the writer! Let’s see what she’s got!

After being imprisoned for a very long time in the depths of Themyscira, Ares realizes that war is not the answer, that it is justice that matters. He’s imprisoned with Grail, and he has her kill him so that he can get out.

Later, Wonder Woman is woken up by a telephone call from Etta that Steve Trevor is MIA during a mission to the country of Durovnia. The U.S. Government is assisting the local leaders with an uprising, though there is some doubt as to who exactly is the bad guy: the democratically elected leaders or the indigenous ethnic minority they suppress? The rebels are the ones who possibly have Steve, so Wonder Woman goes out to take on their new warlord leader…who turns out to be Ares, now a heroic champion who wants to fight alongside her against tyranny and injustice.

Also, in all the hubbub and upheaval, some mythical creature dudes have found themselves in Durovnia, not sure where they are or how to get out.

Comic Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

I liked it. Solid debut. I didn’t feel lost or confused. Wilson uses familiar characters to Wonder Woman, which helps, and sets up the thematic issues well enough. I like the idea that she’s going to really tackle the complexity of politics in a world of super-beings. Like, America, and Etta specifically, is bound by treaties to support the democratically elected government of Durovnia. But we all know that democratic elections aren’t foolproof, and sometimes those in power are cruel to those out of power, hence Ares standing up against the tyranny to support the rebels. And what does Wonder Woman do in that regard? Who is she to decide that Durovnia’s legal elections don’t matter anymore because they’re jerks? That sounds like solid Wonder Woman conflict to me!

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With great power comes great responsibility, Diana

There’s a fair amount of heavy set-up required of this issue, and we don’t see as much of Wonder Woman as I think I would have liked. She comes off well, but Wilson doesn’t have a chance to dig in too deeply with her yet. Still, Wonder Woman doesn’t always need some deep exploration. Putting her in an interesting conflict should be good enough, and Wilson has that set.

I wasn’t too thrilled about the art by Nord. It was OK, but it felt a little too sketchy and not as strongly defined as I prefer. I dunno. Perhaps it will grow on me.

TL;DR: G. Willow Wilson kicks off her Wonder Woman debut with a really neat story idea, in an issue that does a lot of heavy lifting.


The comics I review in my Hench-Sized reviews are just the usual comics I pick up from my local shop any given week, along with a few impulse buys I might try on a whim. So if there are any comics or series you’d like me to review each week, let me know in the comments!

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About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on November 17, 2018, in Comics, DC, Marvel, Multiple Man, Reviews, Spider-Man, X-Men and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. ASM is still a comic that I can best describe as A Comic That Is Definitely Being Published.

    Captain America was good. Some good action. Something about the series hasn’t fully clicked with me yet. Not sure what.

    Fantastic Four is good. Very big but with some sweet moments. We’ll see what the series is like now that the team’s reunited.

    Squirrel Girl is still Squirrel Girl. So it’s great.

    UXM is OK. There’s some cool stuff. But I’m withholding judgment for now. Yet another cure story bugs me. But I do like Psylocke’s new telekinetic weapons being British, rather than Japanese. Reclaiming her ACTUAL heritage rather than appropriating another culture! Good for her!

    Unstoppable Wasp is delightful.

    • I’m right with you on Captain America. There’s just something missing. It’s all fine, and I still like the themes Coates is pushing. But there’s just something not clicking…I’ve started reading his Black Panther in trades and hopefully that’ll be good.

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