Wonder Woman #1 sees Diana turn to an unlikely ally in her search for Themyscira.
Wonder Woman carries on her search for Themyscira by looking for an old foe to help her. However, till this is revealed in the conclusion, it’s a very weird read for audiences. She’s wandering through a jungle, and whilst she clearly knows where she’s going – we don’t. Sometimes, it’s a great narrative tactic to keep your audience in the dark and reveal everything at the end. And with the story side-stepping for half of the issue, we’re a little lost. At times, Wonder Woman #1 feels completely directionless.
The side story in Wonder Woman #1 we’re referring to is the inclusion of Diana’s ex-boyfriend/love interest, Steve Trevor. He conveniently happens to be in the same country as her. Talk about timing eh? He’s traversing the country with his squadron, hunting a warlord it seems. His story and hers seem completely unrelated, and if they don’t have any relevance to each other it’ll feel forced. It’s not the right way to go about crafting a story, just chalking things up to coincidence.
Wonder Woman #1 closes it’s first issue with an impressive close quarters fight between the Amazonian and a bunch of human/wolf hybrid monsters. Lovely. It also ends in an interestingly laid out panel between Diana and her frenemy. (We won’t spoil who she’s seeking help from). In terms of the way the issue is laid out, it makes some bold choices with how the panels are arranged. Visually, it looks fantastic. It doesn’t feel like a superhero comic, rather like a swords and sandals/300 type book. This works in it’s favour, but when it comes to the Steve Trevor side to the issue, it feels very out of place.
Whilst the colours, artwork, design and aesthetic are brilliant, Wonder Woman #1 is a bit of a disappointment. It feels like it doesn’t really know where it’s going. Carrying on from the Wonder Woman: Rebirth issue, it almost reads like a completely different story. Which is a shame considering she’s one of DC Comics’ most beloved characters.
Hopefully, the story moves on in a positive way in further issues, but you’re not missing much if you skip Wonder Woman #1. Make sure you keep up to date with the latest DC Rebirth issues right here at Heroes Direct.
Whilst we've seen countless brilliant adaptations of the Wonder Woman story, so far this isn't one of them.
- Artwork + Design
- Steve Trevor
- Lack of direction