Wonder Woman #4
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Colourist: Romulo Fajardo, Jr
Publisher: DC Comics
A review by Stephanie Pouliotte
In the second chapter of Year One, Greg Rucka really begins to hit his stride. He’s delving deeper into the roots of Wonder Woman’s character than many writers before him, even if he’s sticking to familiar origins. What sets this story apart is his exploration of the world that shaped Diana and of the society that raised her. We see the true origin of where she draws her strength, wisdom and integrity. Wonder Woman #4 is a bit slow paced compared to some other Rebirth titles, but the tension plays beautifully into a powerful moment in Wonder Woman’s beginnings.
The story follows the Amazons as they deal with the arrival of a man on their shores and discuss what part they have to play in the dealings of the gods. The Amazonian council quickly determines how to use the firearms they discovered at the crash site and immediately realize the gravity of the situation. Rucka’s choice to have a gun as a central part of the plot was very fitting and he works it perfectly into the story’s climax.
Meanwhile, Diana is having her first encounter with Steve Trevor after he recovers from his injuries, an origin story staple. Even though they can’t communicate with one another, his genuine reaction to the death of his comrades is what Diana is able to relate to, as she feels the same kinship towards her Amazon sisters. It’s a brief scene, but doesn’t feel rushed. In just two pages, Rucka was able to convey an important moment where Diana forges her first bond with the outside world.
Scott’s art in Wonder Woman #4 strikingly conveys the emotional nuances of each character, her facial expressions in particular are what made the story so captivating. Characters move organically through panels, though the layout and use of white space did draw too much attention to itself at times. Overall, the pacing flowed nicely and was much improved from the first issue. We also get a beautiful glimpse into Amazonian culture and Fajardo Jr’s rich coloring brings the perfect tone to the Greek paradise.
Buy it! The creative team behind Wonder Woman #4 definitely made their mark with this issue. I’m still craving a bit more action, but Rucka’s take on Wonder Woman’s origins is exactly what the character needed. It breathes fresh air into a familiar story and solidly places this as a must-read title.