Wonder Woman #44 Preview OR Aegeus’ Rough Luck

Wonder Woman #44 is set to hit comic shops this Wednesday, and David Finch is back on art duties. I’m shocked to say that this is a good thing, but Ian Churchill’s fill-in last month was pretty rough, and Finch has improved his art on the book over his run from god awful at the beginning to not that bad as of late. I’d much rather Finch’s bland renderings than Churchill’s pursed lips and big hair. I’m totally damning Finch with faint praise here, I know. He really has made some smart adjustments to make the book less creepily “sexy”, and he deserves credit for that.

Both Finches are on deck for Wonder Woman #44 this week, and Comic Vine has a preview:


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As you may recall, last month Aegeus shot Wonder Woman with a golden arrow that made her eyes bleed and ultimately knocked her out. It seems she’s shaken that off. I don’t know if she’s going after Aegeus or continuing her search for Donna Troy now, but I suppose we’ll find out on Wednesday.

Speaking of Aegeus, we’ve got more of his backstory here and boy oh boy could I not care less about that. A petulant and entitled villain is annoying enough without having to slog through his backstory every month. These flashbacks really haven’t added much to the story other than confirming that Aegeus is a jackass, which has already been well established in the present. Aegeus-centric pages make my eyes glaze over, which isn’t great because I’m already struggling pretty hard to keep some degree of interest in this book each month.

Wonder Woman #44 is available in stores and online this Wednesday. If every issue of the book that the Finches have done before this are any indication, it’s probably not going to be a very good read. But hey, Terry and Rachel Dodson did a variant cover, so there’s that! They’re always a good time. If you don’t enjoy the inside, at least you can get this lovely cover outside:


Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

6 thoughts on “Wonder Woman #44 Preview OR Aegeus’ Rough Luck

  1. Initially I was excited about Aegeus appearing in this book, because I liked the Pre-Crisis version. But unfortunately, this version is a total dud. Pre-Crisis, he was the leader of a terrorist organization. Now, he’s…a petty crook. And even as a small time conman, he’s a loser and a failure! He’s just so unimpressive as a villain. And you know that as soon as the Finches leave the title, he’ll never be seen again, unless DC decides it needs to gorily kill off a few Z-List characters in the next event comic. Sure it won’t be any loss, but it would be nice if DC actually put some effort into strengthening Wonder Woman’s rogues gallery. This chump is totally beneath her.

    1. He’s really not a great villain. I’m fine with revamping a classic bad guy, but he’s just so generic and boring. I completely agree that we’ll never see him again after the Finches are done with him.

    1. I’m very sad about it, but I also realize it was inevitable. These digital first books only seem to last so long. It’s just especially unpleasant because this was DC’s only decent showcase for Wonder Woman.

  2. I have not read this book since the first issue of the Finches run, so i could be wrong, but is it just me or have David Finch’s art suddenly gotten very cartoony? I always thought his art was generic Jim Lee wannabe stuff, but all the “extras” in these few pages looks very stylize, like the guy in the coffee shop with the gigantic hook nose or the hotel guard that looks like Nestor from Tintin.

    1. He’s definitely made some odd choices for the background characters, and I don’t know why. They’re distractingly cartoony. I can’t recall seeing something this pronounced from him before. The characters really stick out here, and I haven’t noticed that in past issues.

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