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Comic Review: Wonder Woman #18

Wonder Woman #18 Cliff Chiang cover with Zola's baby

The cover says it all: it’s time to get Zola’s baby back!

Wonder Woman #18 is flat out action and drama from the get-go, expertly written by Brian Azarello and beautifully rendered by an ensemble art team of Cliff Chiang, Goran Sudzuka, Tony Akins and Dan Green.

That may sound like too many chefs in the kitchen, but they’ve all been given distinct scenes to draw so the art only shifts when the scenes do. The net result is some gorgeous sequences that each have their own visual charm. Demeter’s realm, Poseidon’s confrontation with the First Born and Diana’s apartment all look wonderful, and are all done by different artists.

The absolute highlight of the issue has to be everything that goes on in Demeter’s world, where Diana and War are finally brought face to face with babynapper Hermes. Diana and Hermes whip out the blades right away (remember the cool swords she got from Hephaestus?) and engage in a thrilling sword fight in the glowbug-lit tree world.

And, while the fight is spectacular, so are the visuals for Demeter, the tree-inspired god of the harvest. Her portrayal is yet another example of just how imaginative Brian Azarello can be with this Greek god pantheon. Not only is her design visually creative, but it factors into the plot in a clever and unexpected way.

It’s fun to see Wonder Woman give it to Hermes for his betrayal, and it’s even more fun to see the dynamic developing between Wonder Woman and Orion.

Brian Azarello continues to extend allies to Diana only to steal them away, and he does a great job of playing with that concept in this issue. I guarantee there’s more than one “Whaaaat?” moment to be had.

Brian Azarello writes an action-packed, charming and exciting climax to this storyline, and all the artists are paddling in the same direction to deliver a thoroughly entertaining Wonder Woman #18.

9.5 out of 10

  1. March 22, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Fantastic review. I am loving this series so much.

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