Wonder Woman #41 Review

Written by James Robinson
Drawn by Stephen Sogovia
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Wonder Woman #41 begins a new arc after the end of the Silver Swan last issue. This issue returns to a Darkseid focused storyline as he continues his plan to increase his power and influence again with the assistance of Grail and his Furies.

Darkseid’s story takes place in the Amazon jungle as his patience grows thin with his subjects as he tries to push forward with his plans to power up the artifacts he has been trying to collect and keep hidden in the temple.

In this issue you will see a great deal of Steve Trevor as he and Diana finally catch up in their part of the issue. James Robinson has been largely omitting Trevor during his Wonder Woman run and while he changes that in this issue, most of their exchanges are about catching up the reader on what they have been doing while they have been apart, not on breaking new ground. Further story disappointment for the reader is that Grail delivers one line in this whole issue. It is so disheartening to see a character like Grail being wasted like this. Her role as one of the lead antagonists in Darkseid War was one of the things I loved most about Geoff Johns’ final Justice League arc.

One nice thing in this issue is that there is a pleasing character return at the end of the issue from Greg Rucka’s run that you will definitely like and it concerns who has been keeping Diana busy lately and the reason why she has had little time to hunt down Darkseid and Grail in the Amazon or look for her missing brother, Jason. That’s two great  cameos in a row for this title as we had one last issue at ARGUS when Diana went to check on Silver Swan while she was in a coma.

The art team has changed slightly this issue with one of my favorites, Emanuella Lupacchino exiting after the conclusion of the Silver Swan arc. This issue sees Stephen Sogovia on pencils with Romulo Fajardo Jr. retained on colors. While I’m sad to see Lupacchino gone, I must say that Sogovia is no slouch. His most recent DC work was on eight issues of Action Comics during the 960’s and 70’s. His art is so smooth but full of detail and Diana looks amazing. Steve looks a bit different than what we are used to, namely much younger than what you might be used to, but I should stress that he is drawn well and is depicted without facial hair.

If you are a regular reader of Wonder Woman then this issue will not rock your world as it plays out like a clip show of what has happenned since Diana’s brother turned up. The art is great though and you should check out Sogovia’s first go at drawing Diana as I think she looks great.

6.5 out of 10

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