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Review – Wonder Woman #751 (DC Comics)

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Wonder Woman #751

Writer: Steve Orlando
Penciler: Jan Duursema
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr. 
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: February 12th, 2020

A police officer is assigned to Wonder Woman as she integrates into her city of residence, Boston. The police officer receives interesting insight into Diana’s role, even as new threats emerge. 

Everything Old Is New Again in Wonder Woman #751

Wonder Woman #751 is like so many issues after special anniversary issues. An issue like #750 generally acts as a dedication to the character, but also serves as a convenient way to wrap up loose ends. Issues that follow these tend to be new starts for the characters. This is the case here. Wonder Woman has come to Boston, and has ended her association with the government. Etta Candy is also back, but also at the helm of a new NGO. Escorting Diana is a police officer, Nora, who is determining if she is too dangerous for the city. Though there are a few cutaways and a couple more links to tie-ins, the story mostly follows these three. 

Story

Wonder Woman #751 (DC Comics) main cover by Aaron Lopresti
Wonder Woman #751 (DC Comics) main cover by Aaron Lopresti

Steve Orlando goes back to the sole writer of the series after the massive number of writers that came on for issue #750. Without the overarching tie-in to “Year of the Villain”, the series gets back on its feet, and fast. Having Nora monitor Wonder Woman is an effective manner to refocus on the character. It gives Wonder Woman a new supporting character.

It also focuses on Wonder Woman as the unseen hero. While the superheroics get the focus in any series, it is the fact that Wonder Woman works from day-start to day-end helping people that defines her character. This has been partially lost in recent story arcs, so it is nice to see the return to this approach in this issue. While this focus on the character is good, the story also takes the time to introduce two separate groups of supervillains that will be showing up in coming issues. The story here is a bit disjointed, but does a good job to point things back in the right direction. 

Art

Without a focus on big superhero battles, the art team is not under the usual challenges. Instead, the focus is more on the characters, here. Artist Jan Duursema and colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr. are up to the task for this change of focus from recent issues. Even with the reintroduction of a long-missing supervillain, the redesign of the character adds enough of interest to what is to come. 

Conclusion

Wonder Woman #751 does pretty much everything that it needs to. This is maybe not the most streamlined issue, but it puts everything in the right place to get the series back on track. Without the influence of the “Year of the Villain” tie-in, things are mostly back to normal. It is a new start, but it is well set up thus far, with intriguing new supporting characters and new roles. There is also the introduction of new villains and the return of some old ones. Fans of the series will be pleased with the start of this new arc. 


 

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