While I’ve been enjoying “The Lies,” Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp’s current story that’s running in the odd numbered issues of the newly relaunched Wonder Woman, “Year One” is the highlight of the book for me thus far, and of the entire “Rebirth” initiative. The first issue of Rucka and Nicola Scott’s retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin story was absolutely fantastic. For me, it was a perfect distillation of everything I love about the Amazons. It was also made doubly enjoyable by the fact that the Amazons have been so ill-treated at DC for years. Having them back in a classic, recognizable way was just delightful.
And now the second issue is coming out this week! Wonder Woman #4 is out this Wednesday, and Comics Alliance has posted a preview. Let’s take a look:
I love all of this. I love Hippolyta carefully deliberating and assessing every angle of men crashing on Paradise Island and what their intention could be, I love a Steve Trevor who’s distraught over the loss of his fellow soldiers, I love Diana sympathizing with him even though a) he’s a man and b) she doesn’t even know him. The characterizations are so on point, across the board.
This is a very encouraging start to the second installment of this arc, and I can’t wait to read the rest on Wednesday. And to see where it all goes! I know we’ve got some iconic moments ahead of us, presumably a tournament to choose an Amazon champion and Diana donning her costume for the first time, but probably a lot of new stuff as well, especially once she leaves her home and goes to America. If Rucka and Scott can maintain the joy and beauty of the first issue of “Year One” through the whole run, this’ll be one of the best Wonder Woman stories of all time.
Wonder Woman #4 will be available in comic shops and online this Wednesday! Go pick it up; you won’t be sorry!