Wonder Woman #770 review

Where does the greatest superhero blessed by the gods of Olympus go when she dies? Where else but…

…Valhalla?

It’s not all mead and toasting for Diana, though – while her nights are spent carousing, her days are devoted to battle.

In Wagnerian hero Siegfried, Diana has an instant friend, but he’s not the only new face in her afterlife.

And in between death and resurrection, an indistinct figure pleads with Diana.

The red-bordered balloons, the speech pattern, the silhouette… it has to be Deadman, the superhero best placed to give afterlife advice.

Mind, new series writers Michael W Conrad and Becky Cloonan might yet surprise me; they certainly have done with this extremely enjoyable Wonder Woman story. It’s so refreshing to see Diana in an angst-free realm full of new characters. Sure, we only really meet Siegfried – ‘Siggy’ – and Ratatosk the uni-squirrel, but there are loads of interesting-looking warriors around. And a very famous tree.

Diana isn’t quite herself, she’s finding it hard to remember her previous life (I think a lot of us are trying to forget Death Metal) but she’s not worrying about it. If likely-Deadman is to be believed, the longer Diana stays in Asgard, the harder it will be to leave, and she should leave because she’s an Olympian, not an Asgardian. Intriguing – and there are at least two other mysteries in a story that’s very well paced. I look forward to seeing how Conrad and Cloonan develop them.

While Wonder Woman is missing some memories, and Valhalla apparently forces her to define herself solely as ‘warrior’, she’s recognisably Diana – compassionate, strong-willed and un-fazeable

And in Siggy Diana has a great match, a light-hearted warrior, gentleman and guide – if he’s not telling her everything, it’s because he doesn’t know as many rules of the realm as he believes. He reminds me of Marvel’s Fandral, but he’s even foxier.

As for Ratatosk, I wonder if ‘the most powerful being in the realm’ is Yggdrasil, who seems to be connected to the Green of Swamp Thing, or the uni-squirrel themself.

Only one sequence had me a little confused.

There’s apparently a joke I’m not getting!

Wonder Woman is gorgeous as envisioned by illustrator Travis Moore, somewhere between Big Barda and the Mona Lisa. Whether fighting, drinking or chatting to a fuzzy forest creature, she’s a joy to watch. The Norse outfit she’s wearing looks great, as does Siggy’s Kirbyesque garb. It would look even more classic Marvel if rendered in flat colours, but Tamra Bonvillain goes for modern, muted tones, graduated according to the light source. And really, I’ve no complaints, Bonvillain knows what they’re doing – the pages look gorgeous, with complementary tones the key. Typing this, I still feel the warmth of the mead hall.

There’s smart lettering, too, from Pat Brosseau, I particularly like the whimsical fonts he gives Ratatosk.

The cover image by Moore and Bonvillain is masterful, beautifully. composed and coloured, with a confused Diana in the midst of battle. And extra points for the alliteration.

This issue also features a back-up feature starring ‘Young Diana’. It’s her birthday and she’s ready to grow up and be a useful member of the Amazon tribe. But is she really prepared? Her chaotic kanga ride says different.

With perky script by Jordie Bellaire, cute art by Paulina Ganucheau, candy cane colours by Kendall Goode and neat-as-you-could-wish-for lettering by Becca Carey, this is a charming short. I don’t know what it’s doing here, though; it’s YA fare which would benefit from being marketed as such, preferably in its own book. I’ve seen loads of takes on Diana’s childhood over the last few years, mostly good, but could happily die without seeing Kid Di learn any more life lessons. If Wonder Woman is to have a back-up strip it should star someone different and complementary. Vixen, say, or Zatanna. Maybe even that Huntress gal, would she fit into a Wonder Woman comic?

Really, though, I’d prefer the book at its old size and price point… unless we could have 30pp of Diana’s Asgardian adventure. That would be great!

9 thoughts on “Wonder Woman #770 review

  1. You’re far more forgiving of Cloonan’s drek on Future State. I have decided not to risk it but to instead just enjoy you enjoying it. Heck, after FS I can’t even bring myself to read the new Superman or Batman Urban Legends and that’s after I got through all my Marvel reading.

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      1. I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version then.

        Zdarsky does a good Red Hood story that feels like it ignores some of Jason’s character development though.
        The Harley story is a tease for the next volume of her book and a waste of space if you’re not a fan.
        Outsiders is a fun, fast paced romp.
        Grifter is a waste as well, with unexplained characters connections and Grifter portrayed as dumb and unprofessional.

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  2. An intriguing story, and very nicely drawn.

    Maybe it’s my imagination, but Diana looks younger here. Are she and Hippolyta being aged-down?

    At first I thought an omniscient narrator was showing up from time to time, something that suits novels but which I don’t care for in comics. I decided, or at least hope, that it’s the squirrel – but, it’s not in the same voice that the squirrel talks with.

    I’m happy to see that Pat Brosseau has changed fonts from what he was doing in the prior Wonder Woman run – still using an interesting font, but not sloping radically leftward in a way I found very distracting.


    I think the joke is part of the sexual innuendo going on between Diana and Siggy in those two panels, and I’ll hazard a guess that “gram” pertains to the size of Siggy’s “dwarven weapon”? But I don’t know.

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    1. Pat Brosseau has been making some very weird font choices of late, especially in the digital WW comics, it’s as if he’s going for a deliberately amateurish vibe so as not to make the often amateurish art look worse.

      Thanks for trying to unravel the joke. I’m usually pretty good at smut.

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  3. I very much enjoyed this book.
    Nothing like a bit of mystery to get me hooked. And you are so right! It has to be Deadman! I didn’t even think of that!

    I also didn’t get the joke. A sword named Gram …
    Funny because it sounds like a pet name for grandma?
    Funny because it sounds small like a metric gram
    Funny because someone named Graham is funny?
    I don’t know.

    But as you say, even though she is sword wielding, foe cleaving warrior, there is also Diana’s compassion and heroism evident.

    I’m in!

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    1. I know you read the books physically, Anj, where I’m on Guided View, going in close… I likely got a better look at the collar. Plus, I’m a bit obsessed with lettering colour choices.

      Imagine this creative team on Supergirl…

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