Review; Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1
Review by Paul Fiander
Writer Greg Rucka
Artists Page 1 to 14; Matthew Clark (Pencils) and Sean Parsons (Inks)
Page 15 - 20; Liam Sharp
Colours Pages 1 to 14; Jeremy Colwell
Pages 15 to 20; Lauar Martin
Letters Jodi Wynne
Cover; Liam Sharp and Laura Martin
Vriant Cover; Stanley "Artgerm" Lau
Warning; Although we do not spoil the issue previous stories are, namely Justice League Darkseid War
When it comes to the icons of DC Comics and Comics in general few characters as far as I am concerned can live to to Princess Diana of Themyscira. Wonder Woman has been a part of the DC universe for over 70 years and in that time she has been portrayed in various forms. From an Amazon warrior princess to a Boutique owner (this little gem was created in the 60’s) ry is far from straightforward. Thankfully though in recent times she has become a focal part of the DCU starting with The Darkseid War (The most recent run of the Justice League) where she found out that on the night of her birth another child was born on Themyscira to an Amazonian warrior and a rather villainous father. This however was not the only shock to Diana as she also found out she has a brother.
So at the start of Wonder Woman Rebirth we find Diana in mental turmoil about who she is and her direction in life. Writer Greg Rucka (@ruckawriter) is a master at creating complex and intriguing characters helping to make this series my most anticipated of the new slate of DC titles. This was helped somewhat by the news of two artists who are seemingly perfect in Liam Sharp (@LiamRSharp) and Nicola Scott (@NicolaScottArt ) completing a rather awesome creative package. Not only this but their format of having the two artists creating different stories for their issues will mean the two week schedule will not interfere with the look of the series especially when it comes to trade.
For this issue though we have a different artist in Matthew Clark (Pencils) and Sean Parsons (Inks) creating the vast majority of the art with Liam Sharp drawing the final six pages. There is a definite shift between the art as Sharp takes over but his creation of Diana plus a few mythical beasts is one of the high points of an intriguing issue that asks more questions than it answers. Clark though creates some amazing images notably a double page spread involving a mirror that is a true highlight of the week in terms of artistry.
For the most part though this is a talking head issue with Diana working through her mind as each page unfolds. This is the genius of the issue as it acts as a taster for what is to come. If I was not already excited for the upcoming series I surely am after completing this issue.