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Review – Wonder Woman #750 (DC Comics)

Wonder Woman #750 (DC Comics) 1970s variant cover (detail) by Olivier Coipel
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Wonder Woman #750

Writer: Steve Orlando and guests
Penciler: Jesus Merino and guests
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr. and guests
Letterer: Pat Brasseau and guests
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: January 22nd, 2019

A star-studded list of creators contributes to Wonder Woman’s 750th issue. It is the end of the Year of the Villain tie-in and a look back to the past.

The Numbers Add Up in Wonder Woman #750

Wonder Woman enjoys one of the most impressive publication histories in comics. She is beaten only by Superman and Batman for consistency of publication. In her case, this goes back to 1942. At this time, her comics were quarterly and written by creator William M. Marston. Wonder Woman #750 recognizes this accomplishment by consolidating the numbering of all five of her different series into one. This has happened elsewhere in comics, and even happened once already with Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman #600 came out just before the relaunch into The New 52. This iteration of the numbering was shortlived, as all series were rebooted as #1 shortly thereafter. As with these issues, there is something of the new and a lot of the old. 

Writing

Wonder Woman #750 (DC Comics) main cover by Joelle Jones
Wonder Woman #750 (DC Comics) main cover by Joelle Jones

On one hand, it is hard to come down too hard on the writing here. After all, there are a number of very famous Wonder Woman writers who have come back for this issue. Among the two most prominent are Greg Rucka and Gail Simone. On the other hand, the stories here involving them deal mostly with sentimentality. It is not that there isn’t a place for this, and this might even be that place, but there is nothing new added to the Wonder Woman story in this way. 

The other problem is the somewhat sloppy way that Year of the Villain once again shows up in a DC title. Also here is the resolution of the Cheetah versus Hera story. Although it is happening in this landmark issue, the result is not really anything spectacular. The end result of tying into another series is maybe even less so. In this case, as elsewhere, Steve Orlando, the main series writer, deserves a bit of sympathy for managing to steer it as well as he does.  Nonetheless, Year of the Villain seems to be causing misfires in everything that it touches. 

Art

With numerous pin-ups inside and some great covers, the art is really the star of this issue. Though the art in some of the stories is less refined, it still captures the overall sense of who Wonder Woman is. The regular series artists Jesus Merino (pencils) and Romolu Fajardo Jr. (colors) do a decent job on the main story. However, it is the likes of Emanuela Lupacchino and Joelle Jones lending their talent here that makes this issue memorable. 

Conclusion

It is hard to resist the appeal of any issue numbered with such a momentous number, and Wonder Woman #750 should have had a lot of promise. With that being the case, it doesn’t really follow through. Anyone that might have thought that this was a good jumping-on point will likely be confused about where the series is headed. The stories focusing on Diana’s character are nice, but nothing that hasn’t been touched on before. In all, this issue feels like a letdown, considering what it could have achieved. 


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