Rating: 5/5 – Addressing Wonder Woman’s Lack of Clear Beginnings.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
From the opening pages to the very end of Wonder Woman: Rebirth, writer Greg Rucka is setting the stage for how he’s going to approach this character and I couldn’t be happier. To explain why that is though, I’d first have to try and articulate the confusion and complexity of Wonder Woman and her origin, which to be honest, would be quite the challenge to do. Throughout the years, Wonder Woman’s origin has become somewhat of a mess as creators have come and gone albeit with positive intentions, and have added layers and/or changes to what used to be a simplistic, yet to be fair, a far fetched origin.
Greg Rucka tackes this complexity head on and although he doesn’t provide us answers, he acknowledges the confusion and aligns Diana’s thinking with our own. Throughout this issue, Diana’s internal monologue questions her past. Was she a woman made from clay? Was she a Warrior Princess and/or goddess of War whose father was Zeus? Are these questions a part of her origin, or are they lies that need uncovering? Diana questions it all and in a fantastic scene, uses her own lasso of truth to dig deeper into those questions. This Rebirth issue is designed to take a look at just where Diana has been, before moving on to the challenge of, hopefully, clearing up and refining her past.
Artists Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp split the artistic chores and as strong as Clark’s work is at the beginning, Liam Sharp’s pencils at the end really steal the show. Clark draws Diana in the present day, in modern settings while Sharp draws her in a more fantastic and mythical setting with colors that provide a rich and almost haunting atmosphere. Laura Martin drowns the ending of the book in deep reds that brings out the depth of Sharp’s lines. With Nicola Scott set to join the creative team on this book, this is truly shaping up to be one of DC’s best looking titles!
For readers who may not be as familiar with Diana’s most recent, or even historic past, this Rebirth issue may be a challenging read. For me, it absolutely connected. Rucka isn’t afraid to admit that Wonder Woman’s past isn’t all that clear and unlike Batman or Superman, she doesn’t have an origin that’s as clear as it should be for such an iconic and culturally important character. I’m confident Greg Rucka can change that and provide a clarity to the character that has been missing for quite some time.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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