Wonder Woman #785
Written by Michael W. Conrad, Becky Cloonan, and Jordie Bellaire
Art by Rosi Kämpe and Paulina Ganucheau
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain and Kendall Goode
Letters by Pat Brosseau and Becca Carey
The Rundown: The three tribes of Amazons choose their champions in the shadow of a heartbreaking funeral. Diana visits the agricultural center of Themyscira.
The story begins with the three interim champions and their time at Doom’s Doorway. The story then shifts to earlier that day when Nubia and her fellow Amazons meet to discuss the upcoming trial. Afterwards Diana and Nubia discuss investigating a recent murder. Then Diana, seeks out wisdom and the Temple of Athena and receives some interesting information. Later, she relays that information to the team. Meanwhile, the other tribes select a representative for the trial. Soon the funeral of Hippolyta commences as a commotion occurs at Doom’s Doorway. Finally, Diana makes a surprise announcement.
Hippolyta takes Diana for a visit to see Georgina as Diana gives a narration of her thoughts regarding her life. Once there, Hippolyta relates the importance of the agricultural workers. Finally, Hippolyta offers her and Diana’s help to Georgina in the day’s activities.
The Story: It is really interesting to see the different perspectives of three tribes of Amazons. I think the writers do a good job of showing each groups experiences based on their leaders’ emotions and personalities. It’s heartbreaking that the Bana-Migdhall feel as though they are outcasts. Their hostility is both relatable and off-putting. Their tenuous trust in the Themyscrians is compounded with a need to prove themselves that feels incredibly honest. It makes me want to know more about their story. I am curious to see how the mystery behind Doom’s Doorway will affect all the Amazons and who will emerge as the new champion.
I thought the Young Diana tale is a great way to liven up this issue. In this intro, I like how it shows how Diana feels about her future role in Themysciran leadership. It gives depth to Diana’s ultimate decision in the A Story.
The Art: The two stories have very different stylings. The A Story uses a detailed, realistic drawing form with a mature and serious tone. On the other hand, the B Story is modern and youthful. The bright and energetic coloring is captivating and perfectly matches the mood and personality of the lead character.