Wonder Woman has risen to new authority over the past story arc. Now returned to her home, she has changed, but faces a stilted and traditional society. Wonder Woman#30 embraces equality with a strong statement about change.
What Wonder Woman#30 offers:
- Great colour choices and use of perspective that show the reader tone and mood.
- investigating Wonder Woman’s responsibly and success.
- A strong statement about the problems of old ways of living, and equality.
This review contains some minor spoilers.
The colour of the sky gives clues about the tone of each scene in the comic: Blue for clarity, Grey for danger, and Indigo for thoughtfulness. On the river Styx, Hades summons an army of bleached white souls. They form a startling and enormous wall behind him.
Magic and energy pulse from the gods that dominate the story. Hera’s emerald powers cause her eyes to glow – there is no doubt of her strength in this comic book.
Perspective establishes power. Wonder Woman stands on a balcony overlooking the amazons. The First Born has built a squishy, awful looking platform on which to stare down at the captured Cassandra. Perspective in these scenes shows the characters new authority. There is also a strong sense of space, and no scene feels cluttered.
Wonder Woman has solved many problems, and overcome harsh obstacles to save her friend Zola, and the baby Zeke. With new responsibility, Wonder Woman must confront unexpected challenges: including the effects of her own success.
A large part of the comic deals with the problems of Wonder Woman’s success.
Her sisters on paradise island are restored to life. Hera is restored to her state as a goddess, and no longer a burden.
The First Born has control of Olympus, but has also captured and neutralised another dangerous villain, Cassandra, in the process.
With no clear leader, Wonder Woman is given the title of “Queen”. Such success surrounds her. She is the God of War, and Queen of the Amazons. But with this new pressure, there are more problems. In this comic, we see Wonder Woman succeeding under pressure.
And there is pressure: The Amazons of paradise island do not trust Diana. Not an easy problem to solve when several dangerous and flighty gods are strolling around the island (Hera, Hermes, Dionysus, Artemis.)
There is a second problem on top of that: no boys or men, young or old, are allowed on paradise island. Zeke is Zola’s son. Yet another threat has appeared against Zola and her baby: The Amazons themselves.
Wonder Woman takes an extraordinary step to solve that problem.
Within all this stress, there is a calm moment: Zola wants to leave paradise island (she knows Zeke is in danger), and Wonder Woman agrees: It’s what she wanted once.
Despite the comic missing some action, a strong statement about equality appears. Wonder Woman strikes out against stifling traditions
As their new Queen, Wonder Woman has the Amazons pledge their lives to the protection of Zeke, a baby boy.
This step crosses their old traditions of valuing one gender over another. Wonder Woman asks: does this tradition benefit or weaken our society?
This is a strong story about challenging and changing tradition. It holds up a mirror to the real world. Where equality can be just as disparate between men and women. For example, the recent critique of Teen Titans #1 cover artwork, and the threatening, and inappropriate responses that followed.
Writing for Comics Alliance, Andy Khouri made several strong points about women, men, and gender equality in the comics industry. Just as Zeke, a boy, needs to be accepted on paradise island, the real world community needs more equality. That’s the statement Wonder Woman makes here.
It’s contained within a strong story, with fantasy and magic elements. While it may lack action and combat story elements that make Wonder Woman a strong comic book, the statements made here are worth reading.
Wonder Woman #30 is published by DC Comics ($2.99 USD). Brian Azzarello (W.) Gorian Sudzuka (A.) Andrew Wilson (C.) Jared K. Fletcher (L.) Cover Artwork by Cliff Chiang.