Wonder Woman #45 Review

Written by James Robinson
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Marco Santucci
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr.

The Amazons Attacked finale is here, and it did not disappoint. Last issue finished on the cliffhanger of Grail going through Darkseid’s stargate to P3X…I mean Themyscira where she began to turn Amazonians into Parademons with Diana unable to follow her because she is unable to return.

With Jason having never set foot on Themyscira either, he is able to follow her through and in this issue he helps the Amazonians battle Grail while Diana, Steve and A.R.G.U.S. battle Darkseid on Earth.

The action in this issue is just as good as it was last issue, and there is a little more exposition this time round, if that was a problem for you in issue #44. Robinson’s story tugs at the heartstrings a little for those who get real emotional when it comes to family and the ties that bind, and I really enjoyed all of the different emotions that were explored in this issue with the good guys and bad guys.

Robinson brings back some characters we haven’t seen in a while to help do this, and I think he does a great job. I really enjoy ensemble issues when it is not done as a cameo gimmick and there is a real purpose to it, where it’s more than just about star power like you see in some Hollywood blockbusters. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed with who turns up this issue.

The art in this issue will completely blow you away, and it is no surprise why. Emanuela Luppacchino AND Marco Santucci both worked on this issue! I have made no secret of my love for both of their work on this title and because their style is so similar you will not not even notice, even if you are looking for the difference like a Henry Cavill moustache Waldo hunt. As a side note, Lupacchino’s first name is credited as Ema in the credits of this issue, so in the future if I see that change again then I will refer to her by that preferred name.

Every single page and panel really is so good. It is the main reason I look forward to reading Wonder Woman every two weeks, but I cannot end the praise with just the dynamic duo and must extend it out to Ray McCarthy and Romulo Fajardo Jr. for their cleans lines and color choices on inks and colors. I know it is not possible to keep the same art team together on a title that ships twice monthly but a guy can dream can’t he?

I’m going real high on my score here- higher than I ever have before. You need to pick this up, it’s a doozy.

9 out of 10

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