Wonder Woman #51 Review

Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Laura Braga
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Steve Orlando’s first issue of Wonder Woman is a story of friendship. Caught and incarcerated by Wonder Woman, Moon Robinson serves her time in an Antarctic prison far away from the rest of the world. Orlando’s story focuses on Diana’s persistence in being her only regular visitor as she attempts to change the heart and mind of Robinson through the power of love.

Orlando has taken a small risk with his first issue by choosing to tell such a story which begins in the past and ends up in the future. Why’s this risky? Most readers may not even know who Moon Robinson is and may need to look her character up if they needed a backstory. Orlando is also not playing it safe because the issue has very little action to speak of, but perhaps that has been the problem in recent times, and a sharp departure from that may bring in new readers and older ones that have dropped the title.

Laura Braga’s depiction of Wonder Woman in this issue is also very different from how she has been drawn by other artists during Rebirth and Universe. A lot of how she looks different is down to the flashbacks and flash forwards in this story, but Diana Certainly still looks different to how she has been depicted by Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott and Emanuela Lupacchino in the recent past in that she’s slimmer, a little younger, and her forehead is a little more pronounced. This is not a bad thing, it’s just an adjustment to what you have been used to.

What does remain the same is Fajardo Jr.’s superb color work. It’s nice that with so much change there is something familiar and comfortable that remains. He is so consistent and so reliable that I always like to mention his efforts so that if he does read reviews, he will know that recognition can come from consistency.

This issue is not a game changer, and it doesn’t have a massive cliffhanger. It’s simply a palette cleanser, as the term goes, whenever a new creative team starts their run. The issue gets a pass mark, but there is work to be done if DC wants Wonder Woman to climb the sales charts. One thing that will help sell it is the gorgeous cover by Stanley Artgerm Lau. Normally his covers are the variant, but not on this occasion as Jenny Frison has had the regular variant gig for quite some time now. If you collect Artgerm covers then you will definitely want this one, it’s breathtaking.

6.5 out of 10

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