Wonder Woman #59
Written by G Willow Wilson
Art by Cary Nord
Inks by Mick Gray
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr
Letters by Pat Brosseau
Diana must face Ares and his twisted idea of justice in this issue.
The displaced mythical creatures are led to a set of ruins and in their midst in the captured Steve Trevor.
Ares confronts Diana about his new mission and lack of memory. Diana wonders if her former enemy really has changed and his desire to help and defend the weak seems genuine. When one of the warring factions in the area decides to fire a missile at the rebel stronghold, Ares leaps into action and he and Diana divert the missle away. Unfortunately, Ares aims it right at a village.
His extreme form of justice puts him at odds with Diana and the two of them battle it out. At the same time, Steve discovers that Diana is looking for him and mounts an escape from the clutches of the mythical creatures in order to find her.
There is a lot to enjoy in this issue and a lot that fell flat with me as a reader. Diana’s introspection and her physical and ideological battle with Ares worked for the most part. The battle did put Diana on the defensive a little too often, but it was effective in conveying the clash of the characters’ ideals. Everything with Steve fell flat and his presence in the issue didn’t really move anything forward either in his own story of in the story of the displaced creatures and their desire to return home.
That story is the one that is more interesting in my opinion.
The art is really good in its portrayal of both Diana and Ares, but there are too many panels of Steve looking meek and fearful to the point where I questioned whether he needed to be in the issue at all. Diving into the Diana/Ares dynamic is more compelling both in the narrative and in the art.