[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: James Robinson
Artists: Stephen Segovia & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
“AMAZONS ATTACKED” part one! The Gods separated Themyscira from the world for a good reason: it serves as the prison for the God of War, and the most powerful army ever created stands guard around him! So what happens when the greatest evil in the universe decides he wants that army for himself?
The cover by Fernando Pasarin, Mick Gray and Romulo Fajardo Jr. is okay. It’s well drawn and the colors are nice.
The interior art is by Stephen Segovia with colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. They do solid work. The characters look great; they’re very expressive and distinct. There’s a grandness and size to Darkseid that works well. His scale is displayed well.
The concept of the issue seems appealing. Diana and Steve hanging out and going over their day doesn’t sound that bad. It could be a fun way to play with structure and tell a few different stories in an anthology format.
While it’s a fun idea, I don’t think the issue is executed well. It feels random; nothing really happens. This could have been just an excuse to have fun with a couple of short stories that also allowed Diana and Steve to connect and spend time together. Diana just awkwardly tells Steve about these random weirdos she just beat up. And then it turns out that Veronica Cale was behind the random stories. But Cale does not feel nearly as interesting or compelling as she was in Greg Rucka’s run.
I did not enjoy this issue. It’s very dull; I feel like the story is padded. But it’s the first issue of a new arc so I’m not sure why it already feels that way. The issue kind of wastes time on seemingly nothing. It’s hard to tell without if some of these elements work their way into this new story later. But this issue is not engaging as its own piece.