The war of old Gods vs new Gods continues in part two of James Robinson’s “Children of the Gods” Wonder Woman arc this week…it’s a rough read friends. Let’s dive into the basics of this issue and find out what went wrong.
The opening parademon fight in Paris is easily the best aspect of this comic. The dialog is fast and fun with good action pacing. Robinson abruptly flashes back in to four hours earlier in the evening to explain the death of Diana’s brother Hercules. Diana apparently has lots of brothers…Hercules is not the twin of Wonder Woman – we will meet Jason shortly however. The lab tech explains the spooky Darkseid vibes surrounding Hercules’ death and reveals the dead God is not an isolated passing.
So far, with the exception of the battle sequence, this is a heavy exposition reading experience and it only dives further into wordy speeches as we move through the book. As if this were a James Bond film the setting jumps again, to the Oregon estate of Hercules. For me, this is where the reading became very slow. I do understand the need for background details, but the lawyer for Hercules is as important as Wonder Woman for most of this issue which I find odd.
The art during the scenes of Diana reading Hercules’ letter to her is wonderful as is the writing. Unfortunately there are panels a-plenty where faces seem to drawn in a rush, as if the direction was make Wonder Woman look MORE or LESS like Gal Gadot. The colors are are nice throughout however.
The final pages take us to yet another location, that of the Aegean Coast. Again the lawyer, is playing sidekick to Di and I couldn’t be bothered with the banter. When Wonder Woman finally puts it all together her rushed reunion with her twin brother Jason is about as trite as it comes.
Ugh, this was not a fun issue for me to read. The jumps in locations and overly wordy dialog sunk this comic. I read comics to be taken on a journey and to be at the edge of my seat, waiting with anticipation for the next installment. I expect we’ll get much more later from this plot and perhaps this boring issue gives us hints necessary to enjoy later chapters, but as a fan of Wonder Woman I will not be re-reading #32.
6 / 10
Reviewed by: Jeff “Mr. Mom” Daily Wonder Woman #32 Written by: James Robinson Art by: Sergio Davila, Scott Hanna, Mark Morales, Romula Farjardo Jr, and Saida Temofonte Published by: DC Comics Release Date: October 11, 2017