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Subj: Re: THE NEW Wonder Woman #36: Well?!
Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 at 07:23:48 am EST (Viewed 209 times)
Reply Subj: Re: THE NEW Wonder Woman #36: Well?!
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 at 03:33:49 pm EST (Viewed 15 times)




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    I kept waiting for the story you know? First issue out and I kept expecting more. I was genuinely shocked when I reached the last page; not because of what it said but because that was it. I felt underwhelmed.



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    Also, the issue 'began' for me with the Aquaman conversation. Everything else seemed filler. I was dismayed to see her attack Swamp Thing in that manner. It was if the last five years of her development didn't exist and she was still a 'meathead'. I was relieved to see the conversation with Aquaman, nice recap and it made the preceding pages make some sense.


It TRIED to make sense of the preceding pages. I do agree with your overall assessment of the issue, though pleasantly the art didn't bother me as much as I had anticipated it to, not being a great fan of David Finch's work previously I had expected more gloomy layouts and heavy handed inking, this debut though avoided that style and went for something fresher and more open. The drawback being too many splash pages and half-page shots, which again added to the uneveness of the plotting.
The problem with the story is that it lacked a coherent structure - beginning with some abstart monologuing about water and its power and the disturbing sight of Wonder Woman washing off copious amounts of blood in the shower... who's or what we can but wonder. The key moment the story breaks apart is the abrupt switch from Justice League jet to a cutaway to the Swamp Thing of all characters, and then Wonder Woman drops in ambushing and literally kicking his head in from behind. It was both uncalled for and appalling to watch. Cue another three pages of this mindless brutal assault and sympathy for Wonder Woman all but evaporates. To add to the bewilderment and faint disgust we bizarrely then have a scene between her and Aquaman back in the jet where he says he has never seen her angry like this "You're not a punch first, ask question later person", a claim which makes no sense whatsoever for those of us who read the first 20 issues of Justice League where this was unequivocally her defining character trait to a tee!!

So what is Aquaman talking about!?

It looks pretty, but Wonder Woman #36 shows the inexperience of its creators when it comes to plotting a book and understanding character... \(wilt\)



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