Written by James Robinson
Art by Stephen Sogovia, Jesus Merino, Andy Owens, Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Chris Sotomayor
James Robinson’s Dark Gods arc and run on Wonder Woman concludes with this oversize issue as we are given a reflective view on how the battle of the Dark Gods ended through discussions between Diana and Steve as they say goodbye for a while because Steve is rejoining the Navy due to recent events having a big effect on him.
While most may have expected an all-out battle in this issue, it was something completely different as Robinson chose an emotional story for his swan song to bring the curtain down on his run.
Diana gets quite emotional this issue, and Robinson does a great job of getting you to empathize whenever Diana gets angry or tearful during the issue. The procedural part of the story is clearly secondary even though Robinson rattles off numerous examples of Jason using his pantheon god abilities as he hatches a scheme to outwit the Dark Gods.
The art in this issue is very good and is handled by quite a large team given that there is only 7 extra pages. New and old favourites come back to assist Robinson end his run as Stephen Sogovia, Jesus Merino, Andy Owens, Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy share the pencilling and inking duties. It is noticeable when you get to a page where the next artist takes over, but not in a jarring way because they all have a clean style where distinctions can be made through subtle facial differences and inking techniques.
The art highlights are the final set of pages where Lupacchino does her emotional work with Diana, conveying her complete sadness as she gets tearful several times reflecting on all that has happened. Luppachino’s version of Diana is so beautiful that it makes you think about wanting to see her draw Diana forever, but we all know this is not possible.
The rest of the artists have done a fine job on the issue and the colors by Chris Sotomayor and the ever present Romulo Fajardo Jr. are strong and vibrant accentuating some already fine art in this issue.
Now that Robinson’s run is over it will be interesting to see how Wonder Woman fans will respond next issue to Steve Orlando jumping on writing duties and Laura Braga on art. As always, the true indicator will be sales and whether Wonder Woman can improve on current numbers or at least maintain what it is currently getting. A look through Braga’s past art shows that she is quite a talent. So as long as Orlando serves up something decent story wise, it could be quite positive.
7.5 out of 10
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