Review: Wonder Woman #53

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

Writer: Steve Orlando

Artists: Aco, David Lorenzo & Hugo Petrus

Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Letters: Saida Temofonte

 

Summary

At the behest of Aztek, Diana and Artemis join her for a trip to Mexico, but there’s no sightseeing on the agenda. Instead, they must rescue a long-lost Amazon who’s being held captive by rogue deity Tezcatlipoca, who’s trying to break into our world. Can our three heroes save the missing Amazon, stop a raging god and not kill one another in the process?

 

Positives

I love David Yardin’s cover. I like archery so the image of Wonder Woman holding a bow and arrow is immediately cool to me. The cover is also a really cool way to advertise the book. Wonder Woman fighting crazily dressed giant would get me to buy the issue the second I saw it.

The art is great. Steve Orlando’s story is a little nuts so the art matches that tone and spirit. The team on this clearly wanted this issue to feel huge almost like an event. There are some amazing two page spreads throughout this. Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s colors are gorgeous and enhance the book even further.

This issue is just fun. Tezcatlipoca is hilarious; I love the design and that he’s so big. Everything in the issue is wonderfully over the top and it’s a blast to read.

 

Negatives

Some of the dialogue is a little awkward. It is somewhat in line with the tone I think Orlando is going for but Tezcatlipoca will not shut up. That dude loves to talk. Orlando is trying to explain this guy in one issue so there is a lot of exposition coming out of this villain and it drags the pace a little when it’s happening during a crazy fight scene.

Verdict

I had a lot of fun with this issue. It feels like an old event comic. It’s massive and insane but doesn’t take itself too seriously and isn’t weighed down by 3,000 tie-in issues like modern events. I love the art which matches the tone perfectly. It reminds me a lot of George Perez’s run and I think it’s worth checking out.

 

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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.