Wonder Woman #1
Review by Paul Fiander
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp
Colours by Laura Martin
Letters by Jodi Wynne
Published by DC Comics
If you are a Twitter user then I feel I would be remiss to not suggest you follow Liam Sharp (@LiamRSharp). A large part of this is the insight into his work on Wonder Woman, seeing his uncoloured art is a highlight every time it pops up on my feed. Not only that it also helps to show the comics creation process and his talent as well as that of colourist Laura Martin. Their work together in this issue is at points jaw dropping and at its worst still a thing of beauty. The depiction of Diana is of a character of power and this shows in her athletic ability along with her action scenes.
To that end Greg Rucka has created a mixed issue that gives the artistic team a chance to flex their muscles on not only Diana but a varied cast of players from human to those who are not really considered as such. The pace of the issue has a few peaks where action crescendos however it’s the latter part of the issue where the action really hits its zenith.
The story is set in the Bwunda and sees Diana looking for something in order to get her life back in order, at the same time a special operation is in progress in the region that could impact on Diana’s agenda. The issue does not see the paths of the players cross but the scene is et for the future but Rucka being the canny writer he is it’s hard to predict what is going to happen as the tale unfolds, which is a great place to be at the end of the issue.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the two Wonder Woman storylines work but the modern day arc feels like the team have a handle on Diana and that is a wonderful place for the character to be in.
The transformation from twitter images to comics page is one of the best things about the modern world of comics and in Wonder Woman the build up has been more than matched by the finished article.