[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Travis Lanham
After the Princess Sibella is surrounded and threatened with arrest for crimes she doesn’t recall. The Princess convinces these newly arrived guards? space cops? to let everyone else go, trying to convince them that these others are not affiliated with her. It goes well until the robots guarding the Princess go into action. This creates a diversion for Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor and company to escape.
Steve and Diana are separated from the group and they end up in the water and wash ashore somewhere…. When Steve comes to, Diana thinks she’s finally figured out that what’s going on, everything is playing out like a television show…? Like clockwork, a giant fish appears out of the sea with Aquaman in tow. The King of the Sea is tossed miles away. As they are chased by some giant fish creatures, they are suddenly abducted by a space ship and placed into pods alongside their recent comrades, Etta Candy, Jonah Hex, Cheetah and Princess Sibella.
The switch up at the end of this story was just what the overall narrative needed. As interesting and fun as it has been, this new element has launched the tale into another direction. Not only have they been captive for someone else’s entertainment they’ve been shanghaied into space. This is not dissimilar to Wonder Woman stories from the ’50’s and ’60’s. It’s a nice throwback element.
This story continues to be fun and intriguing with the mystery of Princess Sibella coming front and center. Additionally, there’s a little bit of movement in the bigger picture of what’s going on.
This issue also contains reprints of Justice League (2011) #9 Wonder Woman (2006) #2 and Aqauman (2011) #9.
No real negatives here. This story is more about fun and throwback rather than being a deeply insightful tale of Wonder Woman’s mission or outlook. It would need a little something more to raise it up to the next level.
Wonder Woman Giant continues to be a fun tale with a timeless feel, while at the same time clearly being modern with the current status quo of Steve Trevor and Etta Candy mirroring the monthly Wonder Woman title. This issue adds just the right twist to push the story into a new direction that maintains the fun and recalls stories from the character’s long history.