Review: Wonder Woman #45

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

Writer: James Robinson

Artists: Ema Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Marco Santucci & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

 

Summary

“AMAZONS ATTACKED” finale! It’s all-out war for Themyscira! Jason’s been handed a gift from the gods that could turn the tide…but how will he use it? And is this gift actually what he believes it to be?

 

Positives

The cover by David Yardin is pretty cool. I like the use of the portal; that’s a nice touch that plays into the story which is cool.

The interior art is by Ema Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Marco Santucci with colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. The art is gorgeous. I love how expressive the characters are and Fajardo Jr.’s colors are brilliant as always.

The moments between Jason and his mother are very sweet. I’m not a huge fan of Jason but those scenes make a little more endearing.

Negatives

Wonder Woman literally defeats Darkseid with the power of love. I’m not even sure how she does it. She says she can reach the souls of the gods Darkseid and I guess she can. It comes out of nowhere and it feels anticlimactic. I understand what Robinson is going for and I like it. It’s great that Diana finds an alternate to fighting; that’s very much in character. But it doesn’t quite work.

 

Verdict

The issue doesn’t play for me. The art is great and the action is fine. There are some decent character moments as well. But the whole thing falls flat. This story has been built up for so long, since the end of “Darkseid War,” and it doesn’t feel like it added up to much of anything at all.

 

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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.