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Subj: Re: Wonder Woman #25: "PERFECT" Anniversary Issue!
Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 at 10:25:54 am EDT (Viewed 108 times)
Reply Subj: Wonder Woman #25: "PERFECT" Anniversary Issue!
Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 at 11:12:06 am EDT (Viewed 153 times)
What to say what to say...
Over two years in the making Greg Rucks's final issue of Wonder Woman delivers a final send-off for the writer that fits with the varying degree's of frustration and joy that those two years have delivered - Wonder Woman #25 is a wildly fractured and uneven production, where relationships are addressed and a degree of closure reached in some cases, where questions left in the air since the first issues are left completely ignored (just what/who were those Amazons and their Paradise Islands?), and where Rucka employs a storytelling technique that places Diana's thoughts and motives outside of the readers awareness and instead relies on show/don't tell school of writing that has so blunted comicbook enjoyment in the last two decades.
Opening up with a sequence that might well be mistaken as a Justice League crossover Greg Rucka does at least use the moment to make a highlight of the power of Wonder Woman, one suspects that this is the entire point of the sequence as while the sight of Diana overpowering the supposedly unstoppable Shaggy Man is a duly impressive one the only other possible reason to open with it is to note that the golden lasso has disappeared from her side and their Amazon friend is in an unusually poor and non-communicative mood.
No further information is there in these seven pages is there than that, and Liam Sharpe's work aside there seems little here deserving of expending seven pages on...
But with awareness that this is Rucka's final issue and the progressively cutaway segues into supporting cast is becomes readily apparentthat this is an issue that is about closure, not that the appallingly styled Etta Candy's heart to heart with Sasha offers any such acceptances from Ms Candy. Still under the lovelorn spell of Barbara Minerva Etta stays loyally faithfull to her own nature and the hope of some possible reconvening with the unstable and lost Minerva. Whether this supposedly professional woman recognises the dangers of this thinking and direction is something we shall have to wait and see, as while the relationship between the two women was brief and doomed not to be Rucka strangely opts to leave the story open and therefore something for future writers to decide upon.
What significance then is the following meeting between Diana and Veronica Cale set to achieve, if not another potential hanging plotline. Loss, sacrifice, and the unexpected support of her supposed enemy have not it seems altered the attitude and outlook of Veronica Cale. Self-centered and seemingly without compassion for anyone but herself the loss of her beloved daughter has only hardened Cale's persona, as with Etta the story is left open for another writer to potentially pic up on, or not, yet for an issue that seems to be one sequence after another of such open-endedness Wonder Woman #25 does still eventually wander to a conclusion that gives Diana her inner conviction back and settles her relationship with both her 'patrons' and the ever faithful Steve Trevor...
I'm flagging, obviously by now I'm flagging in my assessment of the issue - as I can't say as I enjoyed it. And yet despite that ambiguity I have largely enjoyed what I have read of the series previously and spent plenty of time and energy saying as much. Granted I stayed with the issues that focused on the modernday rather than the retelling of Wonder Woman's origins yet again, even so the themes of lost faith and searching for a symbol in ones life reach something of a climax with this final issue as Diana meets with her gods and asks for an explanation for their apparent cruelty, and then the moment is neatly side-stepped as with splendid Liam Sharps work we see that the betrayal never existed in the first place. It was only ever a result of too rapid change and Diana's evolving outlook on the world around her, as well as within her, that she began to drift and the world around her appeared to distort as a result... but then... just who and what were those Amazons and the false Paradise Island? The black tree acting as gateway to Themiscyra and Ares' lair? For all of its style and undoubted fine character work in many areas why does Greg Rucka's endpoint here disappoint and fail to satisfy and deliver any actual closure?