Trial of the Amazons crosses its halfway point this week with Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1 and a focus on Yara Flor. Joëlle Jones has done an amazing job introducing Yara Flor and this issue delves into her past even further. Meanwhile, the trial comes closer to kicking off and some detective work takes place to figure out who killed Hippolyta.
This issue serves as a good primer on Yara Flor’s people and how they are one of three key tribes of the Amazons. The issue opens prior to Hippolyta’s untimely demise, but quickly flashes back to the days Yara Flor joined her people. Jones does a fabulous job adding new rich layers to the Esquecidas people. That includes a beautiful full page that’s a mix of montage and stained glass. Following that is a great double-page spread straight out of a wrestling promo featuring the main players of the Esquecidas people.
While Jones helps convey why Yara Flor has something to fight for in a key fight scene, the story moves on to Wonder Girl who attends Hippolyta’s funeral. She’s trying to figure out who poisoned her and she runs through key info about each person to rule them out. Given how her detective work ends here, it’s nice to see this plot won’t drag on too long. There is also some subtle plot progression surrounding the Doom’s Doorway, which helps advance things in general.
The time jumping in the issue can be rather jarring, especially since the previous chapters were fairly linear. That makes this issue helpful as it adds context to scenes and how we get to the final trial lineup. While each scene is well-drawn and compelling, it makes the overall experience feel like a series of fill-in scenes.
That said, Jones’s art with Jordie Bellaire’s colors makes it very easy to ignore the time jumping. The photorealistic expressions are very good at drawing you into each character’s experience. There’s more said in an expression than the dialogue in some instances and it always helps inform how the words are being said. Other photorealistic details make the read a richer experience too, like the feast in front of Yora Flor in one scene, or the detailing in Artemis’s costume.
Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1 is a good chapter that serves to add new info surrounding Yora Flor’s people and key scenes that have already taken place. On top of that, plot progression is evident surrounding the murder mystery and the larger threat to all Amazons. With those items out of the way, let the Trial of the Amazons begin!
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