Wonder Woman #787
Written by Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, and Jordie Bellaire
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Paulina Ganucheau
Inks by Wade von Grawbadger
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain and Kendall Goode
Letters by Pat Brosseau and Becca Carey
The Rundown: Diana returns to man’s world after confronting an enemy. Young Diana is reunited with her Aunt Antiope.
After reflecting on the destruction surrounding her, Diana has a heartfelt conversation with Nubia. After which she confronts Altuum in his underwater base. An intense battle follows, and soon Diana’s forces Altuum to reveal his true identity and face his history. Then, Altuum makes a heartbreaking decision. Soon, Diana travels to Washington, DC, where she assists some old friends with a group of agitators. Later, at Checkmate HQ, she and her companions investigate Dr. Cizko. Finally, a reimagined group of villains is introduced.
Antiope chats with her family after her return from a long journey. Later she has a tense conversation with Hippolyta. Afterwards, Antiope and Diana have a heart to heart that ends with a thoughtful question regarding the future.
The Story: This chapter begins a new plotline in the Wonder Woman saga and ushers in Diana’s return to man’s world. I feel that this story did a good job of wrapping up Diana’s time on Themyscira and giving the appropriate weight to the struggles she previously endured. I must say, I found it a bit odd that in the second half of the story the tone shifted from a melancholy reflection to a genial buddy-cop type air. It will be interesting to see what direction this new storyline takes and whether or not Diana’s newest adventures will be affected by her recent time in Themyscira.
In the B Story, Antiope picks up on the reason for Diana’s angst. I enjoy how this series directly correlates with the situations Diana faces in the main tale, and how the lessons she learns, and her conversations with the Amazons, all guide her later in life. I am curious how her current interactions with Antiope will affect how she views both her mother and herself.
The Art: The artwork in this issue varies by story. The different illustrations match the tone of their respective tales. The A Story uses a traditional comic book styling, while the narrative of Young Diana is visualized in a youthful and colorful manner. Yet each feature detailed drawings and pay careful attention to character and background creating an immersive experience throughout.