Review: Wonder Woman #51

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

Writer: Steve Orlando

Artist: Laura Braga

Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr.

 

Summary

Then, is Man’s World ready for Wonder Woman to bring Amazonian justice to today’s society? Guest writer Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) delves into that theme in “Transformation Island,” which sees Diana visiting the small-time crook known as Mayfly in jail over the course of several years. But how do these visits impact Diana and Mayfly?

 

Positives

The cover by Stanley Lau is gorgeous; I love it so much. Diana looks incredible and the snow adds a cool texture to the image. It’s easily one of my new favorite Wonder Woman pieces.

The interior art is cool. Braga provides more stylized characters than other artists and it works well in the issue. A lot of personality and emotion comes from how the characters are depicted by Braga along with Fajardo Jr.’s colors.

The concept of the issue is great. Diana genuinely wants to help people; I like that she doesn’t just throw them in jail and forget about them. The most recent Green Arrow story, in which he fights Parasite, dealt with the faulty rehabilitation program within the DC Universe. This story feels like a nicely optimistic answer to the questions raised in the Green Arrow book. I also love that Orlando went and found a smaller villain that she did fight recently. He easily could have told the same story but with a villain made up for this issue but that little detail adds a lot especially if you’ve been reading Wonder Woman since Rebirth.

Negatives

There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.

 

Verdict

This is a great issue. Orlando knocks it out of the park in a story that understands Wonder Woman so well. This is a more satisfying follow up to Rucka’s Rebirth run and it’s endearing. The art is fun and stylistic which adds to my enjoyment. I highly recommend this issue; it’s an interesting stand alone story that is a great tribute to this character.

 

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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.