Review: FUTURE STATE: IMMORTAL WONDER WOMAN #1
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writers: Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad
Artist: Jen Bartel
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Review By: Kendra Hale
As my eyes roam, taking in the first panels, and my mind is able to intake the words of Diana, one thing is quite clear. This is absolutely stunning and I am grateful for the hush in the room as I read, for fear that even my breath will unsettle the dust in this long since abandoned cave that is all too familiar to readers. To say that the beginning of this tale is masterful just doesn’t seem to cut it. It is an epic, indeed, that we are to embark on and Diana is our guide through both the living and even to the ghosts that still haunt the hallowed grounds she walks on.
Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 gives us two stories to trek into. First, Diana, equipped with a fallen friend’s notable piece of armor, is trying to piece what is left of the world back together. Better put, she is moving forward and trying to help others as well. Sadly, the danger is not over and a familiar foe is set on making what is left of Earth theirs for the taking.
Diana is facing unfamiliar territory though, as the battle ensues and questions arise that she will have to face. Wonder Woman is ready to give her all, but what if there is nothing left to save?
Second, we get Nubia, who is dealing with issues all her own in Atlanta. A villain known as Grail has been robbing museums of artifacts. She catches the thief in the act, but the artifact interacts with Nubia, causing her to see things, and Grail gets away. Nubia’s aunt has information on exactly what is going on, but with only one more piece of the artifact left… will Nubia be able to stop what is coming?
The artwork between the two stories is absolutely gorgeous. The stories themselves draw you in and enthrall. With Diana, it was like greeting a friend, and Nubia was just wonderful. This is probably stealing the spot of my favorite to come from the Future State arc. There is a moment that haunted me days after reading, something that happens between Diana and Bruce. I can’t go into it too much without a spoiler but just the interaction of the two and the narration of Diana herself made it to where I didn’t want to stop reading. It had me immersed and entranced and never wanting to leave.
I honestly found none.
If Wonder Woman is the heart of our heroes, then Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman is most certainly the heart of the Future State series. An absolute must read.
Images Provided Courtesy Of DC Entertainment.