Review – Wonder Woman #35

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Last week, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang gave us the beginning of their story in Secret Origins. Now, after three years of epic story-telling that redefined the most recognizable female character in all of comics, they deliver to us the finale of their tale with this week’s Wonder Woman #35.

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After an agonizing wait from delays and the interruption of Futures End month, we were finally treated to the first issue of the two-part ending earlier this month. We pick up here right where we left off, with Poseidon rising to take the vacant throne.
Diana, Hermes and a possessed Zola (by whom was hinted at in Secret Origins) must protect baby Zeke from his wrath.

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Zola quickly dispatches of Poseidon and struggles to understand her new heightened sense of power. The dreaded First Born rises from the blood pit, ready to finish what he set out to do. The players begin their brutal, final battle, trading blow for blow and blood for blood. I won’t spoil anymore than is shown in the preview pages posted here.

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Positives

The incredible art and storytelling that has been there since issue one is still on full display. The scale, the laugh out loud humor, the poignancy. This has been, more than anything, a story about a dysfunctional family. The love, the hate, the betrayal. Like Superman, the best Wonder Woman stories are the ones we can relate to, and this certainly hits home. It’s hyperbolic and literal, showing us things we understand by putting them in a visual medium that reflects how grand they feel to us mere mortals.

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Negatives

Honestly? I just wish there was more. Things wrap up a bit quickly, with a fair amount of dangling threads, but that’s likely more to give the next team coming to the book some things to pick up and run with if they so choose. But I can’t lie: I’d have loved another ten or twenty pages to touch on a few more of the character relationships. Where does everyone stands with one another after what has taken place?

Verdict

Wonder Woman #35 is a fantastic conclusion to a run that will likely go down as one of, if not THE best the character has ever had. While short, it is still sweet, hitting all the right beats and giving fans the perfect cap to this mammoth tale. The Finches have a hell of a task ahead, having to follow this up. Best of luck to them.

Myke Havoc

Myke Havoc

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  • Shiva

    Three years to tell one story!!! And ending on a whimper. Thank God this train wreck is over. Hopefully WW will get some character development and adventure under a new writer with stories that don’t require a 3 year commitment. Overall an extremely disappointing run. If it is seen as memorable it is only because of its laborious decompression and painful length, not its substance or satisfaction. I can only hope that the next creative team remembers that WW is actually part of a larger universe.

    • Ghidoran

      “If it is seen as memorable it is only because of its laborious decompression and painful length, not its substance or satisfaction.”

      No, that’s just going to be your opinion. Stop acting like you speak for everyone.

      The run is critically acclaimed and enjoyed by many. It’s very likely it’ll be memorable for those reasons.

      Also, you actually upvoted your own comment. How sad is that?

  • Hey gang. First off, thanks for reading my review in the first place. All opinions are welcomed and encouraged. No extended run of this sort is without its lovers and haters. My one comment would be in regard to about WW being “part of a bigger universe”. Of course she is, and gets that exposure in books like Justice League and Superman/Wonder Woman. Why not use her titular book to expand and explore her own Sub-universe within the DCU? It doesn’t matter though, as the Finches have already stated they are doing just as you requested, which is tie her book in closer to other DC faces. The preview art for their first issue guest stars Swamp Thing, so they’re getting right to it.