[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Shea Fontana
Artists: David Messina & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
An assassin is hired to kill the Amazonian Princess, Wonder Woman.
I like the cover by Jesus Merino and Alex Sinclair. It has an intensity that works with the background on fire and the bullets raining down on Diana and Etta. Additionally, the bracelets are awesome, so it’s always fun to see them in action.
The interior art is by David Messina with colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. It’s quite good. The action is fantastic with some dynamic panels and splash pages of Diana that all look great. A minor detail I like is that Diana wears her tiara and bracelets even when she’s wearing street clothes. She obviously wears the Wonder Woman outfit underneath her regular clothes but it’s cool to see the tiara and bracelets paired with regular clothes.
I like that Diana’s immortality is starting to worry her or, more aptly, the mortality of others. No matter what, the people she loves will die. That’s a hard thing to do deal with whether one is a superhero or not. It’s very human because there are no easy answers to this. It’s something she has to accept because there’s no way out of it. I understand that some people may have a problem taking this seriously because no one ever ages or permanently dies in superhero comics but it makes for good drama.
I still don’t like Diana and Etta’s relationship as a follow up to what happened in Greg Rucka’s run. He clearly set up that there would be conflict and trust issues between the two due to what happened with Cheetah. That’s being ignored here, but I feel like it would make the story a little more interesting. They’re stuck together and have to find a way to make it work. I don’t know; I feel like Rucka left us in an interesting place and this story is leaving that alone outside of Diana potentially suffering from depression.
This is a solid issue. As a follow up to Rucka’s run, there are loose ends that were tied up in between the stories, which is disappointing, but the story works so far on it’s own. There’s a lot going on with Diana that I really like. I genuinely feel like depression is a factor in what’s going on with her and that’s interesting. The action is cool and is paired with some great art. I recommend reading the issue.