Wonder Woman #40
Written by James Robinson
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Carmen Carnero
Inks by Ray McCarthy and Carnero
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Last issue Wonder Woman and her brother Jason faced up to Silver Swan in an aerial battle high up in the sky, all of them were injured and were seen plummeting to the ground as the issue finished on a cliffhanger. Meanwhile Steve Trevor and his ARGUS team were in a battle of their own against Darkseid’s Furies as they attempted to stop them taking antiques from a museum in Turkey.
In this issue we find that our heroes have indeed survived the fall and Jason’s sliced throat is also healing rapidly as the two of them search for the missing Black Swan. When it doesn’t go well they return to the hospital where Vanessa received her nanites and it’s a bloodbath of a scene as a policeman tells them that Vanessa has taken the drastic step of killing everyone in the hospital where she was being treated and has erased all the nanite research which helped her recover from her injuries. It’s a scene reminiscent of the carnage left by Arnold Schwarzenegger when he stepped into that police station in the 1984 film Terminator. Now that the research is gone, she is truly unique as no one will be able to replicate her abilities. Lucky they closed that loop eh? Otherwise we might have had a battalion of cyborgs flying around.
Later on in the issue, Wonder Woman does catch up to Silver Swan and they battle it out again but Diana tries to let Vanessa know that she can come back from this just like her friend Barbara aka Cheetah. Words will not work though, so Diana takes drastic action to disable her nanites driving her deep into the ocean until she is rendered unconscious and then takes her back to ARGUS.
It’s there that we meet a character called Dr. Edward Carne, who along with Dr. Stone will endeavor to help Vanessa recover from her coma. What’s interesting about Dr. Carne is that from a glass reflection superbly drawn by Luppachino, we as the reader get to see that he is masking his true appearance. I am not going to spoil this part, because this character has not been seen since the PRE NEW 52 days, but suffice to say I am very excited about this development and hopefully this reveal by Robinson will not simmer too long as I really like this character and am excited by a possible return.
At the end of the issue Diana returns to her beach house to catch up with Jason but all she finds is a goodbye letter saying that he is leaving to go find his purpose. All is not what it seems though, as we are again witness to a dark purple entity with tentacles taking hold of Jason and whisking him away just before Diana arrives to read the letter.
STORY AND ART
It’s another easy read from James Robinson that makes the pages fly by while not making any parts feels too rushed. Even when that happens Robinson does a good job of explaining things that did happen off-panel. Robinson is once again ably assisted by Emanuela Lupacchino, Carmen Carnero and Ray McCarthy on pencils and inks and the colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. are once again spot on as he makes sure not to over-saturate the scenes too much to reflect the dark tone of this issue’s events. The fact that I am amazed by the art so much and I only have the digital review copy means the physical copy will be quite a stunner when it hits the stands today. My wish is that this creative team sticks together until they complete the upcoming arc with Darkseid and Grail as they are two of my very favorite villains in the DCU and I want to see justice done with them visually.
If you picked up Part 1 and 2 of “Swan Song”, then you must grab Part 3. It’s just as good as the previous two parts and is even better considering the villain cameo we get, not to mention what happens to Jason at the very end of the issue.