After piecing together a masterful story on Wonder Woman, issue 25 brings Greg Rucka’s run to a close. Tidying up *most* loose ends and leaving some open for the next creative team that is coming in. Wonder Woman has been one of the best titles in DC Rebirth and I look forward to seeing what Shea Fontan can bring to the title.
What is this all about?
Writer Greg Rucka weaves together the threads of ‘The Lies,’ ‘Year One,’ ‘The Truth,’ and ‘Godwatch’-every story in WONDER WOMAN since the start of the DC Universe Rebirth era-in this extra-sized anniversary issue!
With the conclusion of Godwatch and The Truth, there were still some loose ends and this issue serves to close most of those out. Mainly it focuses on why the God’s choose to deceive Diana. Showing us the more angry side of Diana in the beginning, as she is trying to figure out why they would do this to her. This issue opens up with a battle between the Justice League and Shaggy Man, where Wonder Woman makes quick work of Shaggy Man. Really showing off how powerful she truly is. During this battle, Batman and Superman also notice that her Perfect is missing. As we know that she used it to bind Phobos and Deimos at the end of The Truth arc.
Throughout the rest of the issue, Wonder Woman trying to resolve two things. First, she wants to save Barbara Ann, in which she confronts Cale again. Which we can all assume that it will not end well. We also see a nice follow up with Etta and Sasha also trying to figure out what happened to Barbara Ann. Etta is still not too happy with Diana in regards to Cheetah and wants to do this without her involvement. Second, Diana confronts the Gods to see why they would deceive her in such a way. As she has done nothing but honor them. Diana learns the God’s reasonings and gains back her Perfect in the process, restoring her faith in the Gods.
Finally, there is Steve Trevor and their romance that is really built up here. This is something Rucka has been building throughout his entire run and it culminates here. With Steve building a true home for Diana, somewhere that is hers, instead of the constant hotel rooms. There are all kinds of feels in this section all of which show us new sides of Diana. While I know a lot of people enjoyed the whole Superman and Diana thing, I have to say that this is the relationship I prefer. Rucka does this complete justice and returns this relationship back to the way it should be.
This issue was split into two artists, with Liam Sharp and Bilquis Evely. Where Evely shouldered most of the pages here with Sharp taking the scene where Diana confronts the Gods. The whole issue is just outright beautiful, where Evely conveys the emotions throughout with such strength. Seeing how Evely depicts the Justice Leauge here, I would love to see her on more titles at DC. The pages that Sharp did will forever remind us why he was so good on this title. His attention to detail in the background of panels is second to none. With his nature drawings really showing off a level a detail I never thought possible.
Almost fittingly this last issue is titled “Perfect”, which I would say sums up Rucka’s run on Wonder Woman. With amazing artists like Liam Sharp, Bilquis Evely, and Nicola Scott Wonder Woman has returned to her full glory. It is sad to see this team leave, however, what they have left us with is nothing short of legendary. This run will be featured in many must have Wonder Woman reading lists in the future and I am sure an omnibus is coming as well.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Wonder Woman #25
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by: Bilquis Evely, Liam Sharp, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jenny Frison, Jodi Wynne
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: June 28th, 2017