Wonder Woman #32 proves again that it’s essential reading: A great super hero comic, and a story for anyone interested in mythology.
Emphasising the gods as a family allows Wonder Woman to show loyalty and guardianship toward her supernatural family.
What Wonder Woman#30 offers:
- The pantheon of gods shown off in this issue have strong character and costume designs
- Action scenes convey motion across panels
- A theme of guardianship communicated through Wonder Woman’s selflessness
This comic celebrates a pantheon of Greek Myth in its characters, and the art work that has gone into their designs. Action is several scenes also flows across panels.
The comic celebrates the pantheon of Greek Myth. Each figure in the pantheon had a role, a purpose, and a skill set attributed to them. In this issue, their role as representatives of greater, essential forcers that are facts of living on the earth; Life and Death, the Ocean and the Sky, Chaos and Desire; Messages carried through the air; the moon, the sun, and parenthood. All powerful forces that define us.
Design choices in the artwork for each god are effective. For example: Eros wears a long scarf, and wields gold guns, and Demeter’s hair is closely knotted leaves – a pattern of flowing tree roots spreads across her face.
Then there are the new gods: Wonder Woman herself wears red armour, and ties back her hair in this issue. Her costume features strongly plated armour. The First Born remains zombified. He’s essentially a grisly and bloody corpse, ranting about his power.
Action scenes establish movement across panels. Characters leap through the air, running toward and away from threats.
The First Born begins a coordinated attack on the Gods of Olympus. Wonder Woman continues to champion diversity.
The First Born is the key villain here. A long neglected son of the Zeus and Hera, First Born seeks to destroy his entire family of magical deities. His revenge is the driving force of the story. He is uncomfortable with vulnerability, however, which becomes clear after he encounters Eris, the goddess of chaos.
Wonder Woman still believes in, and embraces diversity. Last issue made that clear. She made a progressive step forward – telling the exclusive Amazon community they must change their long held beliefs, and accept a baby boy onto the island community. Her actions made a strong comment about diversity and change, and were comparable to the real world problem of exclusion and lack of female representation in a misogynist community. Showing deeper vulnerabilities, she asks Hephaestus, the blacksmith of the gods, if she is making the right decisions.
Wonder Woman defends Demeter from harm. She tells the other gods on the run from the First Born to flee, while she faces the enemy. Her selflessness builds a theme of guardianship
Wonder Woman #32 shows Diana as a defender, and a warrior for those who cannot defend themselves. Demeter is the Greek god of harvest and life, and being the sister of Poseidon and Hades, she is a major target of the First Born’s attack on the gods. Demeter is a peaceful character. Wonder Woman steps in to protect her. Not only does she defend Demeter, she tells the other gods to retreat to safety. This selflessness builds a theme of guardianship.
Wonder Woman faces the First Born alone, and in a burning forest. A cliffhanger to close this section of the story.
Wonder Woman #30 is published by DC Comics ($2.99 USD). Brian Azzarello (W.) Cliff Chiang (B.D) Goran Sudzuka (A.) Matthew Wilson (C.) Jared K. Fletcher (L.) Cover Artwork by Cliff Chiang.