Brain Azzarello’s Wonder Woman has been one of my favorite books every month, and this month is no different.
The strength of this book comes from its wit. It is not only humorous but also extremely clever. This is a book for anyone who likes comics with more than surface-level action. Azzarello’s approach to Wonder Woman isn’t that different from past iterations, rather, what makes his version stand out so much is the utilization of comics as myth. He knows what has come before it and does a fantastic job of building upon it to unfold a much larger story.
Each issue we have been introduced to a new Olympian God who is presented in a clever, often gorgeous new light. The bigger Gods (Poseidon, Hades, Hera, etc…) have all been fantastically redesigned to not only represent their namesake, but also how they have become relevant in Wonder Woman’s contemporary continuity. In this issue we meet Azzarello’s Ares, who looks like a bored colonial safari hunter who perhaps intentionally resembles Azzarello himself. Additionally we meet Aphrodite, Hephaestus’s wife and the Goddess of Love. Her depiction here is brilliant, as her face is never shown, adding allure and mystery to the enchanting deity.
Tony Akins’ artwork should also be commended, as Cliff Chiang’s shoes are big ones to fill. But Akins’ artwork fits in perfectly with the book’s mythic settings. His artwork is able to resemble Chiang’s while solidifying its own heavier style. I don’t know who is responsible for the character and setting designs, but Akins’ artwork beautifully brings the more disturbing aspects of these characters to life. It’s creepy, but in the best possible way. There seems to be no aspect that has been forgotten in the representation of these Gods and their manipulative ways.
There have been some complaints about this take on Wonder Woman, saying she is not faithful to her previous incarnations, etc. That’s nonsense. This book continues to prove the value and potential of the DC reboot.