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WONDER GIRL #1 [Review]

WONDER GIRL #1/ Script and Art by JOELLE JONES/ Color Art by JORDIE BELLAIRE/ Letters by CLAYTON COWLES/ Cover by JOELLE JONES & JORDIE BELLAIRE/ Published by DC COMICS

Raised by her aunt in Boise, Idaho, Yara Flor has never really felt like she fit in. This leads her to take a heritage vacation tour to Brazil, the nation of her birth, seeking a connection she’s sought all her life. What she will find, however, will go far beyond changing her own life. It will change the world!

Of the many new heroes introduced by Infinite Frontier, Yara Flo was easily the most endearing. Such was her immediate popularity that The CW considered a series based on her adventures as a new entry for the Arrowverse. Now, Joëlle Jones is ready to detail the origins of the new Wonder Girl and how she came to become a hero.

Unfortunately this opening chapter is not as easily accessible as all the earlier stories starring Yara Flor, assuming a degree of familiarity with the current status quo of the Amazons. While it’s unlikely anyone would come into this issue having not read the earlier Future State: Wonder Woman comics or Infinite Frontier, it is still a bit strange that no explanation is offered for why Nubia is now queen of the Amazons or just who the Bana-Mighdall Amazons are for the benefit of total newcomers who only know the Amazons from the movies. As a result, this first issue feels more like the first chapter of a larger graphic novel than a story written for a monthly periodical. While this will be less of an issue once this series is collected as a trade, it still leaves this issue feeling oddly incomplete.

Ignoring the interludes with the Amazons, this issue does a fantastic job of showing just who Yara is and why she’s destined for greatness, even if her destiny is not yet obvious to anyone. Joëlle Jones’ art is as fine as ever and draws the reader into the story effectively. Paired with the colors of Jordie Bellaire, the final effect is breathtaking. This is one gorgeous book and one that is well worth reading, if somewhat slow to start.

rating 4

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