Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 is a fantastic starting point for new comic-book fans.
Wonder Woman is one of those staple characters that has been around for years, and will no doubt stay for decades to come. She’s quite possibly one of the best feminist icons in comic-book history, and this title only adds to her legacy. We’re given a quick run-down of where she is in the world of DC Comics right now, and how she’s become this Goddess of War in her own right. It’s a breath of fresh air from The New 52 run of Wonder Woman, since Azzarello’s retelling of her story felt like something out of DC’s Vertigo line – a little more down in the dirt and less about hope and justice like the classic heroine was.
Greg Rucka has written a flawed, and very much real take on Diana of Amazon, still sticking to some of The New 52’s roots but by accepting it and moving on. She’s shown to bear the weight of times gone by, especially after seemingly beating her enemy, Ares and taking her place as a God. She’s clearly in something of an existential crisis, pondering on every single aspect of her life. As well as her pace in the world, and if she belongs in it after having her story changed several times.
And after the Lasso of Truth tells her she has been deceived, she immediately heads to Olympus to demand answers. But she finds the place deserted apart from bronze automatones. After the gloomy take on Diana in The New 52, it’s fantastic to see her taking back her identity in show of brute force. Alongside the donning of an older outfit, with the roman style tunic similar to that of Gal Gadot in Batman V Superman, it’s very clear that Diana is most definitely back in Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1.
We love the artistic aesthetic of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 as it mixes old-school comic conventions with a modern style. It’s a great issue to say that half of it is spent inside her apartment overlooking Paris, there wasn’t a moment where Rucka didn’t have our attention throughout. We expect to see more of his distinctive writing talents in the rest of her upcoming solo series.
Make sure you stay tuned into Heroes Direct for more comic book reviews.
It's great to see a very flawed and real take on the new Goddess of War. Her existential arc will no doubt carry on across the series, and we're intrigued to see where it ends up.
- Existential Questioning
- New/Old Costume
- Taking back her identity