Shea Fontana’s “Heart of the Amazon” story in Wonder Woman got off to a good start, but the story’s big problem has been a lack of big baddie for Diana. The fourth part in Wonder Woman #29 makes this problem more pronounced as the story reaches its climax. And there’s one other problem with the issue: it features the third different artist to work on the story.
Here’s the official synopsis from DC Comics:
“HEART OF THE AMAZON” part four! No single bounty hunter would be enough to draw blood from Wonder Woman–which is why the cabal that’s so desperate to get their hands on Amazon DNA has sent five!
This issue is mostly 20 pages of Wonder Woman and Etta Candy fighting various stock bounty hunter villains until Diana decides that sacrificing herself is the best way to figure out who put a price on her head. Steve Trevor also finally returns, but it’s not entirely sure why he bothered. There’s even a wordless page showing Steve speeding on a motorcycle to get to the action, but it just feels like filler.
When the story isn’t overstuffed with action, Fontana’s writing is as good as it was in the earlier parts of “Heart of the Amazon.” Diana’s inner-monologue gives a good sense of how it feels to be a stranger in a world you still haven’t gotten used to. In that sense, the story does live up to its title, since we get a look inside Wonder Woman’s heart.
After an excellent issue drawn by David Messina, there’s yet another change in artist here. Inaki Miranda, who drew the fantastic Batgirl #13, sits in behind the artist’s table for this issue. His work here isn’t as great. The big fight with the bounty hunters is very cool, but his drawings of Wonder Woman are inconsistent and remarkably skinny in some places.
While the first parts of “Heart of the Amazon” have been great, #29 really highlighted the flaw of the story. The villain, revealed in the last few pages, isn’t that exciting or interesting and the desire to use a superhero’s DNA for possibly nefarious purposes is a little cliche. But the most disappointing part of this story is it lacks consistency in the art. One artist per arc is always preferable to three different styles.
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