Wonder Woman #2
Comic Review by Paul Fiander
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott
Colored by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover by Nicola Scott & Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Published by DC Comics
When the Rebirth titles and creative teams were announced this was the partnership I was most looking forward.to.seeing. This is mainly due to the wonderful Black Magick where Greg Rucka combined to tell a story full of not only suspense but also intriguing characters. The other big selling point was the way the creative team as a whole have gone about working in this new fortnightly pattern. Wonder Woman with Liam Sharp on art focuses on current storytelling, where Nicola Scott’s issues will look back to the past. You could conceivably read either or but they are interconnected a fact that shows itself from the outset of this issue.
The story revolves around the relationships of Diana with her fellow inhabitants of Themyscira on one hand and on the other we get a personal insight into a more intimate relationship between Steve (Trevor)and his buddy. Both stories intermix throughout the issue with more time and pages given over to the Diana storyline. This makes for a more global look at Diana’s relationships including those with her peers and her mother.
Overall this is a more subdued opening then we have seen in many of the batch of DC Titles. This allows us to grow into the character and thus is a perfect way to draw new readers into the characters especially when paired the previous issue.
The look of the book more than lives up to our expectations, with characters created with a natural feel by Nicola Scott. With a heavy focus on talking, Scott does a great job in changing the angles of focus from panel to panel keeping the pages fresh. This is also helped by the panel layouts which are anything but predictable. Thanks to one artist we get a cohesive feel throughout the book as you would expect, something which some other books in the latest DC line up can not boast. This is compounded by the fact that Scott does not use a inker in her work keeping her line truer. Colouring in the issue is done by Romulo Fajardo JR, who does a strong job using a palette that is heavy on the lush greens of Themyscira and beyond.
With two issues in the bag I am very impressed with the way Wonder Woman is shaping up, the artist an issue pattern seems like a perfect balance thanks to the separate stories. I think this will be a series to follow and as time goes on it will be interesting to see how Rucka makes use of his two very talented artists.
Variant Cover and Preview Pages
Review copy and Images courtesy of DC Comics