Review: Wonder Woman #25

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

Writer: Greg Rucka

Artists: Liam Sharp, Bilquis Evely & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

 

Summary

Feeling angry and betrayed, Diana confronts the patrons.

 

Positives

The cover by Liam Sharp is solid. I like the framing and blocking of the various characters; it makes it look like a movie poster. I love Diana’s smile. Everyone else has a sad or angry expression, but Diana is smiling in the face of despair; I like that.

The interior art is by Sharp and Bilquis Evely with colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. It’s solid work as usual for this team. I really enjoyed seeing them get to draw the Justice League; that was fun. The characters all look distinct and are expressive. The colors are great as well.

I like that Bruce and Clark are the ones Diana can turn to when she needs help emotionally. I like seeing these three be friends again. They’re there for her and she would do the same for them; it’s a sweet scene. Additionally, I like how angry Diana is in this issue. She’s had a rough year and it didn’t exactly have a happy ending. She’s doing the best she can and still trying to resolve some of those issues but it’s hard. This issue is about finding her place in the world again.

 

Negatives

I don’t know if the scenes with Etta and Dr. Cale are necessary. They feel like set up for future issues which isn’t a big deal but they weren’t the most engaging scenes. Etta doesn’t seem to trust Wonder Woman anymore which is potentially interesting. The issue feels almost like a second epilogue but also a prologue to a new story which is weird. Last week’s Green Arrow #25 felt that way too; it’s strange.

 

Verdict

This is a solid issue. The artwork is good throughout; the characters, backgrounds and colors all look great. I like what’s done with Diana as a character and seeing what she’s going through emotionally. Batman and Superman have a nice part to play and there’s a sweet ending with Steve Trevor. I recommend reading the 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.