[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Liam Sharp and Laura Martin
Steve, Etta and Dr. Minerva are on the run while Diana tries to recover in a mental hospital.
The cover by Liam Sharp and Laura Martin is pretty cool. Diana in a padded cell is a striking image and there is a twinge of sadness to it due to the smile on her face. It’s really well drawn.
The interior art is by Sharp with colors by Martin. The two get really creative with Diana’s broken mind and use it as a means to do some really cool stuff. There are panel layouts that just look outstanding. Diana also has a really amusing vision that is represented well visually.
Greg Rucka has done a great job of really raising the stakes. Pretty much everything has fallen apart and I’m not sure how the characters are going to win at the end. That’s always a nice place to be in. Sometimes, stories are so telegraphed. Diana losing her sanity came so out of left field that I don’t know what is going to happen.
I actually like that Rucka is taking his time with this particular story. It would be really easy to solve Diana’s mental problems really quickly but taking it slow works better for this story.
With Diana out of the commission, the issue falls to the supporting cast none of whom are all that interesting. I like Steve, Etta and Dr. Minerva but they’re not very interesting to me and the villains, Godwatch, also don’t really have my attention yet. A lot of the issue is spent on these two sides which makes the issue a little dry.
This is a fairly solid issue. The artwork is really strong and creative which is nice. I like the story that’s happening with Diana but the story with the supporting cast is not working for me. It’s a little boring. I think people will enjoy this issue but it might work better in the trade.