In recent years, Wonder Woman is a character I’ve found difficult to keep up with, despite my unwavering appreciation of the character. I was a little baffled when her origins were changed, especially given they were one of the more interesting in the DC Universe (#claybaby) and was less than impressed when it turned out she was the result of a tumble with a certain ‘God of Thunder’.
Warning: There may be possible spoilers ahead.
However, like a good number of the titles within ‘Rebirth’, DC will be addressing this discrepancy within the pages of this, and future issues. However, having read one of the more recent revelations, i.e. her growing family, it is going to take some convincing to prove that this representation of Wonder Woman can live up to her past incarnations. ‘Wonder Woman: Rebirth’, however, has the makings of doing just that.
There are a number of characters, thus far, in Rebirth that are aware that something is not quite right, and Wonder Woman is amongst them, albeit in a more personal manner. This issue sees her reflect on both origins as she tries to establish the truth hidden within them and discover whether or not, what she has been led to believe, is fact or fiction.
As well as dealing with the possibility of deceit, Wonder Woman has recently suffered a great loss and this will, surely, be dealt with in future issues. However, now that this ‘super’ distraction is gone, this allows a more focused and unrelenting Wonder Woman, although it is possibly this brush with mortality that has led her to these feeling of reflection and self doubt.
The end of the New 52 also sees Diana taking the mantle of ‘God of War’ and this is a fitting accolade as she delves into battles against man, in our world, and mystical beasts in another. This issue is full of action and artist Liam Sharp, has done an excellent job of conveying this sense of conflict within his illustrations. There is a great level of detail and the reader is easily transported between our world and the mythical, as Wonder Woman carves her way to the truth.
Thus far, Greg Rucka has delivered an excellent narrative. As mentioned, I have become a little disillusioned with the chop and change of Diana’s origins, so I find it an interesting concept to have the character, herself, have a similar vein of thought. Rucka, in these short pages, takes the reader on a journey through Wonder Woman’s mind-set, as well as the beginnings of a journey to the truth. The stage is well and truly set for, what will undoubtedly be an uphill battle for Diana as she delves deeper into the truth and what seems to be an unforgivable lie.
In all, ‘Wonder Woman: Rebirth’ seems to be a return to form for the character. In these pages Diana appears every bit the strong and reassured character from her post Superman days and has a new level of determination, which was slightly amiss from the pages of the New 52. So, despite my aversion to some of the latest revelations in Diana’s life, you won’t need a lasso of truth to surmise that this is one of the story arcs I will be seeing through its end.
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