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It's a Matter of Trust

February 23, 2010

     The latest arc of Wonder Woman sees our heroine going up against a very interesting group of villains: five children.  Though I think it’s rather obvious that they’re more than just children.  While in the subways of… well, I’m not really sure, Wonder Woman faces off against one of the children of Quetzalcoatl, Quetzlotl, who has eaten an entire subway full of people.  Wonder Woman manages to get him to regurgitate the bus after breaking his fangs, and he apologizes, realizing that he was overcome by a bloodlust, a desire for human flesh that is rather uncharacteristic of him.  Said five boys, all wearing the same outfits, including caps with black crows on them, convince some of the people from the subway that maybe Wonder Woman wasn’t being so altruistic in saving them.  And the reaction of the kids (not the five boys) is the saddest moment of this whole comic book.  Wonder Woman visits Etta Candy, who is actually okay, who then reveals that she was recruited by Checkmate, and that because she was trained and prepared for situations like this, it isn’t Wonder Woman’s fault that she was injured by Genocide.  Those five boys start influencing people to cause violence all across the city, and then they provide testimony to make it sound even more religiously and racially based than it already is.  But when Wonder Woman goes to try to stop the problem, Power Girl, who has been influenced by the boys, goes to stop her.

     I think it’s rather obvious, based on the ethnic makeup of the boys, that they’re the five children of Ares from the end of the last arc.  And they’re such delightfully evil little scamps simply through their powers of suggestion.  I love the inclusion of Quetzalcoatl’s kid, and I just love the scene with the kids wondering if Wonder Woman is really a hero.  It’s these little emotional and intelligent vignettes (like the Giganta thing last arc) that Gail Simone is so good at in this book.  I’m also quite relieved to see that Etta is okay.  Her friendship with Diana is really quite sweet, and as Diana said herself, Etta has an uncanny skill at being able to say just the right thing at the right time.  I just think that this whole issue is a showcase of why Simone is so good with this title, even when it’s not being torn apart by another major storyline.  Aaron Lopresti’s art is also as perfect as usual.  His design for Quetzlotl is really quite good.  However, I have to wonder why it is that Power Girl’s costume seems to vary slightly in terms of shoulder plate thing and breast window size from artist to artist.  I didn’t think her costume was that complicated.  At any rate, Gail Simone is still doing wonders on this title, and I for one hope that she never leaves.  At least some characters recovered from the horrors that One Year Later brought.

Plot: 9.2      Art: 9.3      Dialogue: 9.4      Overall: 9.3

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