[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Love is dead—according to the Goddess of Love! A furious Aphrodite holds Steve Trevor captive in the middle of a war zone and tries to convince him of that very proclamation, but the hopeless romantic refuses to abandon his feelings for Wonder Woman. Meanwhile, Diana, the object of his affection, gets trapped in the bombed-out capital, where she finds the remnants of the local government and uses all her diplomatic prowess to convince them to end the conflict. Can Diana, Steve and Aphrodite end this war, or will Ares end up dancing on all their graves?
I like the cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson. I like the contrast between the pleasant nature of Aphrodite and the battle ready stances of both Diana and Steve. It’s a fun image.
Aphrodite is fun in this. She very easily could have been portrayed as jaded or bitter but she’s just bored. She’s been at her job too long and it’s all mundane and lame to her now. That’s a fun dynamic and kind of relatable.
Even with a new artist, I still don’t like the art. It is better than it’s been but it’s still lacking for me. The faces are strange looking and not detailed enough for me. Often, the characters just look awkward.
This kind of feels like a filler issue. What’s potentially interesting is putting Aphrodite and Ares in the same room together and this issue has to get us there. In context of the whole story, this issue might work just fine. But on its own, it’s a little dry.
This is an okay issue. It’s not the most exciting thing in the world but it is very much a middle issue. It does its job and I am excited about the next issue. I wish I liked the art more because this could be a visually stunning book and I don’t think it’s living up to the potential.