Wonder Woman 8
Y'know, there's actually a story in this book. Too bad there's so much crap layered on top of it. First, I'm assuming that, bizarre as it seems, what with the delay in the issues and all, this is after the Manhunter appearance. The JLA is reformed. Yet the world seems to be against Diana, or at least someone in power wants the Amazon secrets. Nemesis is the only thing I really like about the book. He's drawn cute, he's written cute, and he's doing justice to the woman in peril who comes through when help is needed. Not a Mary Sue, but a Mickey Sue!
Wait. Maybe not like fanfic. More like a romance novel with all the verbal byplay we're getting between Tom and Diana. Tom and Di, sitting in a tree, k i s s i n .... wait, nevermind. The book is doing something weird to my brain, bringing out the snark in me. Let's try this again.
The art's decent. The setup for the attacking Amazons is intriguing. The only thing missing is the wonder in Wonder Woman. If this had been a book rebooting Wonder Woman, with Diana first arriving in "Man's World," I'd find this sorta believable. But not now.
Now, in Amazons Attack 1, things are clearer, because Wil Pfeifer can write Wonder Woman. He quickly establishes Circe's control over the reborn Hippolyta. Sure, we have that in Wonder Woman 8, but there's so much other stuff going on that doesn't move the plot forward much that it kinda gets lost. But here we have a lot of action and yes, as others have pointed out, these Amazons are hardcore. There's no mercy for men and if Black Lightning hadn't made it in time, the president of the US would've been killed. There are powerful images here, including the destruction of the Lincoln Memorial, and Pete Woods handles it all wonderfully. His facial expressions alone are worth the price.
By the end of the chapter, we also know that Sarge Steel isn't really Steel. There was an urgent, breathless feel to this, which was so unlike the Wonder Woman chapter. I'm eager to see how the DCU will be affected by the outcome of this new "war."
Next up: I review the goodness that is Justice Society of America 5 and the ever wonderful Catwoman. But for now, it's bedtime.