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Sudden Improvement

March 22, 2009

     Wonder Woman has been getting steadily better through the most recent story arc, the epic Rise of the Olympian.  In this issue, the two main threads of the story begin to bear fruit, and the story begins to show itself as something quite excellent.  First, we see the aftermath of Genocide’s attack on the Department of Metahuman Activities.  In particular, Donna Troy’s pretty badly affected.  Cheetah and Wonder Woman start a big brawl, and the Gargareans, Zeus’ answer to the Amazons, strut their stuff against the U.S. Army.  Plus, Kane Milohai, the Hawaiian god who gave Diana aid to save her mother, fights Zeus in an even bigger brawl.  It’s all pretty nuts to be happening in one issue.  I think that it was so big and so crazy that the people who worked on the issue lost their minds, so they spelled Zeus “Zues.”  Really, they did.

     For the first time in a long time, Wonder Woman is earning her place.  It’s taken Gail Simone well over a year, but I’d say that the wait is finally over.  This is her first great arc since her inaugural arc, and in many ways, it’s going to surpass that.  The Gargareans, Dr. Psycho, Cheetah, the Secret Society of Supervillains, Zeus, Achilles, Jason, Genocide, Steve Trevor, Sergeant Steel, Etta Candy, Kane Milohai, the Justice League of America, Donny Troy, Wonder Girl.  Yeah, all those characters are in these arc.  This is Wonder Woman at her best again.  Aaron Lopresti’s art also gets better and better every issue.  At first, I thought no one could match the Dodsons.  And no one can.  But Lopresti does a pretty dang good job of coming close.  I’m loving this series, and all Wonder Woman fans will be greatly pleased to see her back on her feet.

Plot: 9.5      Art: 9.2      Dialogue: 9.4      Overall: 9.4

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