Wonder Woman Vol. 7: War-Torn
Collection: Wonder Woman issues #36-40 and Wonder Woman Annual #1 © 2014-2015
Publisher: DC Comics © 2015
Written by: Meredith Finch
Pencils by: David Finch and Goran Sudzuka
Inks by: Richard Friend, Jonathan Glapion, Batt, Danny Miki, Sonia Oback, Goran Suduka, Johnny Desjardins
Color by: Sonia Oback, Peter Steigerwald, Brad Anderson, Ive Svorcina
Letters by: Sal Cipriano, Dezi Sienty, Rob Leigh, Tom Napolitano
Collection Cover Art: David Finch, Richard Friend, Sonia Oback
Wonder Woman created by: William Moulton Marston
Superman created by: Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
After the new origin and six volume saga of Brian Azarello & Cliff Chiang’s New 52 Wonder Woman we get a new team. Newcomer to comics – Meredith Finch. Now the name may sound familiar and that is because it is. Meredith is the wife of comic book artist David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight, Forever Evil) who is also on board for this ride. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, this a wife/husband job here.
Sadly, this only the second time in all of Wonder Woman’s 75+ year history that she has be graced by a female writer. The last time being barely a decade ago under the pen of the talented Gail Simone.
Meredith continues where Azarello left off in the new Wonder Woman mythos. Here the story pits Diana in numerous roles as the newly titled Queen of Amazons, the Goddess of War and as a member of Justice League. This is an interesting approach and dilemma Meredith sets up that we have taken for granted or just never thought of before. We’re used to having to see Clark balance his life at the Daily Planet and be Superman or Bruce balance his interests between affairs at Wayne Enterprises without stirring too much attention and then having to defeat the Riddler by midnight. Yet, never Diana. In fact, we never stop to consider all three of these heroes doing double time as individual heroes and as Justice League members. This is a fresh approach mixed in with the turmoil arising in her home as the new Queen which is the crux of the plot. Though with its supporting cast of characters the story still delivers as a Diana centered story compared to Azarello’s which began to feel a bit jam-packed and like a TV sitcom with a new celebrity cameo each week from a different god or goddess. Meredith proves her passion and depth of research as she plucks from Greek mythology the character Derinoe for use in this arc and never before used in DC Comics before.
Meredith is not without a few flaws, such as some hokey dialogue in dramatic moments that feels like average comic book dialogue, almost forced. Second, Meredith finally introduces Donna Troy. Kudos, since by this point it had been four years into the New 52 without her. This was an intriguing new take, though it may offend some traditionalists and felt somewhat under-used and under developed. In the end, with the conflict of the Amazons – which I feel can be used to describe many segments of society rather today or yesterday, the new characters and Diana’s crisis the story comes as somewhat tragic and down right ugly, that is not to say there are some soft spots. Nonetheless, not your traditional run of the mill silver age caper.
David Finch is a terrific artist with his own unique style he brings to the table as bold, exciting, graphic and vibe that makes you feel like you’re reading comic books from your childhood. However, David strives to ever be consistent, case in point – Diana’s face. The man is quite talented at providing a range of facial emotions for Diana but at times she can go from looking like a rather young little to girl, to an adult woman, to somewhat anime inspired to a face that I dare say is almost masculine and unattractive.
However, the final issue is something of a prequel comic that I dare not comment on as it gives away some details. Though I believe it doesn’t hurt to read it before or after the main story as intended. Written by Meredith but instead penciled by Goran Sudzuka who provides a rather simplistic and less gritty outlook in this issue. This is aided by colorist Ive Svorcina who adapts a rather warmer palette compared to Sonia Oback’s darker, more grounded approach on David’s pencils.
A nice added perk is the variant collection cover art from numerous artists with various themes such as Harley Quinn, LEGO and more.
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