- Writer: Meredith Finch
- Penciller: David Finch
- Inker: Richard Friend
- Colorist: Sonia Oback
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Release Date: December 18th 2014
As front covers go, this is one of the best I’ve seen in terms of giving the reader a true glimpse of what’s going to happen in the rest of the comic. Not going into too much detail just yet, Diana and the Amazons appear to be under attack… by giant birds. Unlike many pieces of cover art, this one is created by the very same team which do the rest of the artwork throughout the rest of the comic, so this is a bonus for everyone who appreciates comic book art. The attention to detail is astounding, from Diana in the foreground, the preciseness of her costume, her posture and her facial expressions, the amazons surrounding her, with just as much attention to detail paid to these more minor characters, the birds, looking somewhat mechanical in nature, and even the rubble in the background. This is one piece of art worth talking about, and if this is anything to go by, the artwork inside is going to be of a similar quality, which, considering who created this spectacular piece of art, isn’t going to come as much of a surprise.
For all of you who have been keeping up to date with this series, you’ll know well the struggles Diana is going through at the moment, and to all of those who are just tuning in now, here’s a slight recap for you. Diana was born as the Princess of Themyscira, she discovered Zeus was her father, became the Goddess of War, and became the Queen of the Amazons, all the while being an integral member of the Justice League. It’s a lot to handle, and with all of the titles she holds now, they each have their own duties and responsibilities that come along with them, and unfortunately, some of them clash, with disastrous consequences for the Grecian Goddess. Meredith Finch is a legend, pure and simple. The writing is always of an exceptional standard, but this issue shows perfectly just how much having all of these contradicting duties impacts her, and how new she really is to these roles, and just how much she has to learn, and compromise on in order to be successful. She is written to be both vulnerable and strong at the same time, proving herself to be the perfect tactician, leading her amazons into war against the birds, and a vulnerable strong woman who needs to hit something to feel better. It is a perfect continuation of the series, bringing together the most important aspects of the previous issues.
A well written storyline is something I’m sure we all enjoy, but I really enjoy the different sides of Diana in this one, and the struggles she is facing at the moment, it makes her more relatable to, not only as a woman, but as a human being. We all struggle, so it’s nice to see that even Greek Gods go through similar battles to us mere mortals. Diana is awesome, but she also cares too much, takes too much on, and is incredibly stubborn, some very human traits which make her all the more likeable.
To top it all off, the artistic team of Finch, Friend and Oback provides, once again, sensational pieces of artwork. The attention to detail is always of an exceptional quality, but this time they have far exceeded what they’ve done before. Not only is Diana drawn to perfection, but so is Wonder Woman, and the Queen of the Amazons. You may be confused as to why I’ve mentioned them all separately considering the fact it’s the same person, but to rehash what I said earlier, Diana is struggling with each of the different roles that have been thrust upon her, and it’s so easy to tell in the way that they’re drawn and coloured just which role she’s filling at that moment in time. The action scenes are drawn fantastically as well, making this, quite possibly, one of the best illustrated comics I’ve ever seen.
To sum it up then, this comic is not only drawn fantastically, but the writing is of a fantastic quality, which comes as no surprise, but this comic marks the beginning of an important debate for Diana, one which I’m excited to see the conclusion of.
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