Comic Book Resources has posted a six page preview of Wonder Woman #18, which comes out this Wednesday in fine comic book shops everywhere. Let’s take a look:
Three credited artists is rarely a good sign for the overall quality of a book. Usually when that happens, the schedule is so tight that the main artist can’t finish all the pages and so they have to bring in other people to make sure the book comes out on time. Everyone rushes, the colourist has barely any time to polish their work, the letterer has to fly through it, and it’s just an all around mad dash to get the issue ready to print in time. These books never look particularly good, and last month I suggested that this may have happened with the very sloppy Wonder Woman #17. It seems we may be getting the same type of rush job this month, if these pages are any indication. That Goran Sudzuka, Tony Akins, and Cliff Chiang all have pages in this book is just bizarre, and things seem a bit of a mess.
Still, it’s fun to have Hermes back. He was always my favourite before he stole Zola’s baby. I enjoyed his banter with Wonder Woman here, and look forward to seeing the rest of their fight. The First Born stuff is the same stuff as usual: He’s all angry and fighting whatever stands in his way. Eventually he’ll fight through enough things to get to Wonder Woman, in June if the solicits are any indication.
And hey, there are going to be some Chiang pages!! Wonder Woman is always orders of magnitude better when Chiang is drawing the book. He just gets the character so perfectly in ways no one else in the New 52 does, and not just on this book. In Justice League, Jim Lee and Ivan Reis don’t even come close to what Chiang does with Wonder Woman.
Look for Wonder Woman #18 on Wednesday! I’m a little bit concerned that it could be a mess, but you never know. Maybe the remaining 15 pages totally kill it.