Comic Review: Wonder Woman Rebirth #1
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Liam Sharp & Paulo Siqueira
When the DC Rebirth slate of releases was announced, a particular match between writer and character struck me as a must-read: Greg Rucka and the world’s most well-known Amazon. I come from the unique standpoint of having read many of Rucka’s books but not his DC work nor even a full Wondy run. Having enjoyed Rucka’s well-developed female leads in titles such as “Stumptown”, “Queen & Country”, and “Whiteout”, setting him up with THE female comic book icon seems like a slam dunk. However, this creation comes about as part of DC’s “not-a-reboot” summer event so of course there is some necessary (and repetitive) house-keeping.
The issue opens with Diana observing, “Something’s happening… in my memory… the story keeps changing.” Anyone who has read DC Rebirth #1 (or has checked out comic book news in recent weeks) knows what’s up: some mysterious puppet master has been messing with the DCU since the new 52 kicked off, leading to all sorts of shake ups. Wonder Woman recalls different versions of key events in her life and laments that “the first casualty of war… is truth”. She even goes as far as to use the Lasso of Truth on herself and ask “Who am I?” Before long, we get an art style shift, a BvS-inspired costume change, a trip to Mount Olympus, and more reiterations about “change” in case you forgot things were changing.
The issue isn’t bad by any stretch, even if it suffers from some rushed art in spots. But after being blown away by DC Rebirth #1 and getting genuinely excited about the alternating art teams and time-jumping storyline in the arc to come, I expected more than just a #0 issue. I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to Big 2 storylines but even I could predict where the issue’s end would put Diana.
Review 5 (out of 7) – a solid (if uneventful) set-up for the elaborate arc to come with art equally as remarkable. Let’s hope Wondy hits the ground running next issue.