Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review: Wonder Woman, Vol. 4: War by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang (Illustrations)

Release Date: March 12, 2014
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Twitter | Goodreads

Wonder Woman’s world is shocked to its core when her eldest brother, the First Born, is freed from his slumber. Now, with her family in ruins and her friends scattered, she must turn to Orion and the New Gods of New Genesis to save herself and Zola’s newborn from the First Born’s wrath! Collecting WONDER WOMAN #19-23.

You're slowly worming your way into my heart, Azzarello...

I'll admit that it's the ending that pushed this one up from three to four stars for me. Not that it's a bad story, it was just more of the same old same old.
Wonder Woman (and her surly band of unlikely heroes) fight the gods to save Magic Baby.
Second verse, same as the first...
Again, it's not bad.
I'm just not that into you.
I like you, but I don't like you like you.
You know?

Anyhoo, I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel at the conclusion of War.
The stabby thing that happens at the end?
I wasn't expecting it, and that's always a good thing for a reader.
But more than that, it has the potential to bring big changes to Diana's story. Maybe even bleeding over into other parts of the DC universe?
If nothing else, I feel justified for hanging in there till volume 4.

The rest of the story, as I mentioned, is pretty much standard brawling between friends and enemies. A main character gets killed, a frenemy decides to switch sides, and First Born is back on the rampage. As an added bonus, Hades makes an appearance.
Ah, it was good to see the Birthday Cake Head god!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hades' new look, he appears to be about five year old...with a bunch of candles melting on top of his noggin.
It doesn't look ridiculous. At. All.
That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.
Apparently, I'm never going to get onboard with the artistic vision for this title, but I think I can live with that.

I don't think this would be a good jumping off place for those of you who having been keeping up with the Amazon princess, but for those of you who dropped the may want to reconsider.
I should also mention that my hatred of the art is only my opinion, and there are a lot of readers who are only hanging on to this one because of the art.
So there.


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