Wonder Woman #755 caught my eye as it takes place partly in my hometown of Boston, which is probably a bad thing when villains come calling. Steve Orlando kicks off “The Four Horsewomen” part one this week with artist Jesus Merino as Wonder Woman must confront a potential secret of the Amazons and a Warmaster assembles the horsemen of the apocalypse. No big deal, right?
This issue opens with Donna Troy leaping out of a burning building saving a small child. Soon she’s confronted with Devastation, a living weapon created in the same way as Wonder Woman, who asks Donna certain questions that seem to bring doubts into her mind and make her turn on Wonder Woman. The idea of being told lies, living with them, and then reacting to them in kind is an interesting theme in this issue. Donna’s role in this issue is limited compared to Wonder Woman, who has her own lies to confront.
For those who aren’t familiar, Paula Von Gunther, a.k.a. Warmaster plays a big part in this issue but gets a decent flashback to fill us in on her deal. Essentially Wonder Woman protected her as a child, but in doing so left out some details to protect her. Again, the idea of lies, little white lies, or not telling the whole truth is explored. This connects well to a type of lie when it comes to Amazon’s earlier days that Wonder Woman must confront. There’s enough here to hang a story arc on, and I’ll be curious to see how Diana grows from it.
The art by Merino, with inks by Vicente Cifuentes and colors by Pat Brosseau, is very clean, sharp, and of the superhero caliber we’ve come to expect from modern comics. There’s a great fight sequence between Wonder Woman and Warmaster that’s montaged well across the page. The color leans more towards realism that adds a sense of danger to the book you don’t see in a more colorful superhero book. The art does tend to push in a bit too closely, for the most part, filling the page and making it difficult to track the backgrounds and environments. It can make the book feel stuffy as characters explain so much and the story falls into the trap of telling instead of showing.
Overall this issue offers some interesting themes about living with white lies you’ve made and those others have made for you. Wonder Woman has always been about truth (she has a dang lasso for it!) and it’ll be interesting to see her confront the fact that maybe she’s not always 100% honest. Stay on board for this one as Orlando and company dig into the darker side of hiding truth.