Review: Wonder Woman #18

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Bilquis Evely, Scott Hanna & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Summary
Veronica and Doctor Cyber distract Wonder Woman so that they can lead Dr. Minerva into a trap.

Positives
The cover by Bilquis Evely and Romulo Fajardo Jr. is good. Diana looks great and all of the weird chords and mechanical parts create a nice tension. It’s an ominous image.

The interior art features pencils by Evely, inks by Scott Hanna and colors by Fajardo Jr. It looks very nice. The faces are expressive which is especially important for Diana. There is a great amount of empathy in her face that makes a lot of sense for the character. Everything in the book looks great.

The more I read about them, the more I like Veronica and Doctor Cyber as villains in the present day. Their history is tragic and genuinely sad. It’s hard not to feel bad for them; they are victims in this story.

Dr. Minerva’s transformation into Cheetah is quite tragic as well. It’s been enjoyable to learn a lot more about this character and this run has really emphasized the torment of her situation. It’s nice that it happens off screen and we discover Cheetah as Diana does. That was an effective choice. Additionally, I like the parallel that she just become Cheetah again in the present story.

I like the little mentions of the Flash and Bruce Wayne. That helps establish when this is taking place. I imagine this is pretty soon after the first battle with Darkseid although Diana should then be wearing her New 52 costume but whatever. That doesn’t really matter.

Verdict
This is a really good issue. The action is fairly minimal so it may not be the most exciting issue for some people but I found reading the tragedy of these people very engaging. It’s sad that Veronica, Doctor Cyber and Dr. Minerva all become villains. There’s not a lot for Diana to do but that’s not what this story is about. I recommend reading this issue.

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.