WONDER WOMAN #12
What did the
Art by Cliff Chiang
Cover by Cliff Chiang
Variant Cover by Cliff Chiang
Size: 32 pages
I love Saga as much as any comic book reader is legally obligated to love it, but c’mon ifanboy, this is clearly Pick of the Week! What’s that? Opinions are subjective? How dare you.
I’ve been enjoying this run to fluctuating extents since it first started; the beginning was excellent enough that I convinced myself to stick with it through the seemingly pointless “Hades wife” storyline. For me though, this is where everything comes together, and Wonder Woman goes from being a good book, to an excellent one.
Without giving away too much, the story here is almost constant action but involves one huge twist and a tease on the last page that both make future stories look extremely exciting. This is about as eventful as single issues get, and it’s easily the best issue of this particular series to date. To nitpick just a tad, I will say that Azzarello’s one-liners tread dangerously close to “Power Rangers” territory here, but I can forgive that. Superhero comics naturally have some leeway for a little bit of cheesiness.
Cliff Chiang’s art I remain torn on however. I think his character designs are brilliant- each one of the greek gods looks incredibly original, and Jim Lee’s new Wonder Woman design looks better here than it does when Lee himself draws it- but nothing about his panels really grabs my interest. This is more a matter of personal preference than anything, as I can’t pinpoint any one thing that I necessarily find “wrong” about them. I’ve said it before and it’s worth restating: I’m about the least qualified art critic on earth, I just like what I like. To be fair, I liked it more than usual here: that very anime-inspired moment where Wonder Woman reveals she’s been holding herself back looks freaking badass (also, this week’s cover is really something special)!
If you keep hearing fellow comic readers saying “The Wonder Woman book is actually not bad” and have always considered picking it up, I can now assure you that would not be a mistake. This issue shows that Azzarello was going somewhere, and where it will lead looks extremely exciting.
Art: 4 - Very Good