The last part of “The Truth” in Wonder Woman #23 doesn’t require a college course in Greek mythology, but it might help. Writer Greg Rucka begins tying up the loose ends of his current run on Wonder Woman, since he has just two issues left before leaving. “The Truth” Part Five provides a good ending to the story, showing how Princess Diana doesn’t need her fists to solve problems.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Liam Sharp
Publisher: DC Comics
Here’s the official synopsis from DC Comics:
“The Truth” part five! The conclusion to Diana’s search for the truth takes her on a journey into darkness. But the price of understanding may be one sacrifice too many for Wonder Woman…
At the end of “The Truth” Part Three, Wonder Woman and Veronica Cale found a portal to Themyscira, and Veronica found her daughter Izzy. But they didn’t exactly land on Paradise Island. Instead, they found themselves in prison with Ares. “The Truth” Part Five picks up right where that issue left off, opening with a dramatic shot of Ares explaining how he ended up in chains.
Thankfully, this isn’t boring exposition because Rucka gets us back to the action quickly. We’re also given the answer to a central question we were left wondering after the previous issue: If Ares was in prison, how did he attack Wonder Woman back in the “Year One” storyline? We learn the answer here, that Phobos and Deimos have been pulling the strings that tie the present Wonder Woman stories to the past.
The climax of the story is far more emotional than you might expect from a comic. Rucka wears his literary influences well, showing that it’s possible for a superhero to figure out a solution without punching her way through it and the reader still buys it. Telling you that Wonder Woman saves the day isn’t a spoiler, but the way she does it highlights another strength of the character.
This is the last time we’ll see Liam Sharp’s art (Bilquis Evely draws both #24 and #25) on Wonder Woman and it’s a worthy goodbye. Sure, his drawings of Ares without the armor look a little weird (he has a very tiny head in a couple of panels), but he continues to use a hint of Greek art influence until the very end. The details on many of the pages is astounding.
The final part of “The Truth” ties that story up nearly ahead of the finale of “Godwatch” and it will be fascinating to see how the two threads of Rucka’s Wonder Woman are combined before it ends next month.