Review: Wonder Woman Annual #2

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

Writer: James Robinson

Artists: Marc Laming, Frazier Irving, J. Calafiore, Stephen Segovia, David Baron & Allen Passalaqua

 

Summary

“Star Light”! An enormous, divine threat has the Star Sapphires in its sights—and only Wonder Woman can protect them! She’s wielded their ring before, but the Corps has changed since then…is even their combined power enough to stop a god?

 

Positives

The cover by Yasmine Putri is cool. I like the softer features on Diana; it looks nice. The colors are also great. The various Lanterns are always a good excuse to get nice looking colorful art.

There are two teams of artists. I’m not sure who is doing what. There are sections of the art that I think are brilliant. They’re more abstract and look amazing.

I love Diana as an honorary member of the Star Sapphires. It makes sense and it’s always fun to see non-Lantern heroes get to be Lanterns. I don’t know why but I always get a kick out of that. And her Star Sapphire costume in this is much better than the Blackest Night one which was unnecessarily revealing.

Negatives

Most of the art doesn’t work for me. It’s vibrant and colorful which is good. But the faces aren’t great. There are a lot of moments especially with Diana’s eyes that distracted me. She either has them closed for no reason or we can’t see them because they’re cast in shadow.

The Dark God is disappointing. I was very excited at the end of the last issue to see these massive statues. They didn’t talk or move but there was a sense of power. Turns out those things are either ships or house. The Dark Gods, or at least the one we see here, are regular sized humanoids that Diana can have a pretty standard fight with. This Dark God also never shuts up. She drones on and on; it never ends. The entire backstory of the Dark Gods is explained in this story all in dialogue and it is tedious. I was looking forward to these guys but they’re not that special. I am judging the group from one lame member but I feel like they’re all going to be humanoid and talking all the time.

The issue very awkwardly references Blackest Night. All the issue had to do was to say that Diana should become a Star Sapphire like last time. And Robinson does that but then adds “on that…blackest night.” It feels weirdly worded to me.

 

Verdict

I didn’t love this issue. Some of the colors are great and the two sections of the more abstract art are great. But the main art is just okay. And I found the story to be a let down. Most of what I was excited about in this story was immediately dumped down the drain. It’s not horrible but I think this is a generic issue that could have been a lot more.

 

http://dccomicsnews.com/wp-content/themes/maxblog/assets/img/flash-icon.jpg

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.