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Subj: Wonder Woman #27 - Monsters and Cookies....
Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 at 08:02:12 pm EDT (Viewed 197 times)
Reply Subj: Wonder Woman #27
Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 at 10:56:39 pm EDT (Viewed 283 times)

    “HEART OF THE AMAZON” part two! Someone close to Diana is behind the most recent attack on her and her friends…but what has this person learned about her powers that she never even knew herself?

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If coming to this issue of Wonder Woman cold and without knowledge of the previous installment one can see echoes of a different era of comicbook presentation at work here in these pages. An dramatic opening sequence that takes place seconds after the previous issue and the reader can almost instaantly pick up the thread of the story and the significance of Diana's life or death moment in successfully managing to smother a bombs blast, now to find the culprit behind its presence...
But wait! With a close friend and cast member in mortal Danger in the aftermath attention has to be focused on getting Etta immediate specialist help, and Diana knows just the person, Doctor Crawford at fill-in-the-blank labs. Doctor Crawford is only too happy to aid Wonder Woman and Etta is duly stabilised, leaving Ms Crawford to reassure Diana and show her undisclosed true interests by betraying Diana and extracting a sliver of her DNA in order to cure her own hidden illness....

Yes, reading Shea Fontana's simple story here will likely not impress many as combined with the simple loose layouts of Mirka Andolfo the plot and script are rather on the slight side of modern comicbook storytelling and for all the world this reads as a fill-in Inventory story rather than an entry in an ongoing series. But in an age of heavy decompressionist storytelling and year-long storyarcs there is something to be said for brevity and a game attempt at presenting shorter, simpler, stories. The plot for Wonder Woman #27 could be taken straight out of many a Bronze-Age team-up book, recall DC Comics Presents #76 for example and there you will see obvious parallels in the plot for this issue, indeed take the trin of thought one step further and I might suggest it is in a real sense not storytelling at work here but the revisiting of formula.
Granted a limited time to work on the title and well aware of a more established writer preparing to come aboard Ms Fontana's options for anything of lasting value to the characters of the series are obviously curtailed from the start, and so too then is any real option for anything of serious depth or consequence. In the face of being transient herself then why not, one imagines, construct a set of stories that embrace what the nature of her run is and aim deliberately for a simplicity and clarity of storytelling? Granted Issue #27's 'Heart of the Amazon' sets out by creating a scenario that bears no close study as the motivations of Doctor Crawford and the effects of her illness are scarcely communicated, what ensues is more an attempt to show that respite betrayal and personal violation Diana herself will always defer to compassion and endeavour to understand the plight of victim and attacker alike, and while this is nothing at all unprecedented an event Fontana's lightweight tale does succeed in that aim at least. And despite often chaotic and too loose page layouts Mirka Andolfo too succeeds with her, the two creators finally synergising on the final pages to present a wonderful final moment coda that sees Diana and recuperating Etta marvel at the value of fine cookies and Diana's own apparent struggles and failure to meet the challenge of baking them herself... coming as I relax on a Saturday evening to read something pleasant and catch up on my comicbook backlog this is as fine and warm a way to end a story for Wonder Woman as I can ask for. \(yes\)

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