Fans of the series are still expecting the Finches to deliver a bit more from this second arc; a large complaint stemming from the overemphasis on the Donna Troy character as opposed to Diana. With the cover prominently featuring Donna, it seems as though there isn’t going to be any immediate change to the storyline’s direction, but one can hope.
So is it good?
Wonder Woman #43 (DC Comics)
The first thing you’re hit with as you open the issue is the apparent change in artwork, something I hadn’t noticed on the list of creative team members. From the first page it’s clear that David Finch did not contribute to this issue. Instead, Ian Churchill has taken over as the penciller and while my gut reaction to change is negative, his artwork isn’t bad, just different. In fact by the end of the issue I actually really enjoyed his style, it simply lacks the glamour shots and impressive spreads that we’ve grown accustomed to over the last handful of issues. How long will this change last? Who knows. DC’s website says this issue and the next several are illustrated by Finch and Glapion, but after a second read through it’s only the opening pages that has me skeptical.
As for the storyline, it almost goes the entire issue without featuring Aegeus who was set up to be the main villain and focal point of the arc. HA! It’s Donna Troy once again assuming the limelight and at this point I need to just get used to it. The issue follows Donna as she attempts to find the Fates to cut her life line as suggested by Strife in the previous issue. I do like the incorporation of the three Fates and the way they’re portrayed because it’s another attempt to reintegrate the mythological aspect of the series that was missing in the last story arc. However, what I didn’t like was the fact that the Fates died at the end, thus eliminating the possibility of them appearing again. They were such a cool aspect of the series that posed so much potential, but were eliminated in only a number of pages.
The writing is simple and follows the same trend of Finch going into contemplative life monologues that are seemingly deep, but overall superficial. As previously stated, I like the inclusion of Azarello’s established characters such as Strife and Milan. However, personally, I feel as though her dependence on Donna Troy’s character is hampering these story arcs and not doing Wonder Woman justice.
Is It Good
As expected, this issue centers on Donna Troy and more of her personal problems. However it does incorporate more mythological aspects which is a nice touch. While Finchs’ art will be missed, Churchhill demonstrates some different, but quality artwork for the God of War. Hopefully next issue will show a more distinct and straightforward plot without the dichotomy between Donna’s struggles and Wonder Woman’s assassin.
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