Wonder Woman #62 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on January 16, 2019

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Xermanico
Colouring by Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Lettering by Pat Brosseau
This is the conclusion to the first arc of this new creative team's run, and I quite liked it. I had some issues with the overall message of the story, or rather with the deliverance of this message.
The art was just sublime. I haven't heard of Xermanico before the last issue but this but he just made a huge splash as far as I'm concerned. His action is some of the most clear and defined since Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott's run on the book, and his take on the character, particularly Diana, was beautiful and well-done. His work complements Romulo Fajardo Jr's colouring style very well.
The way Wilson scripts the action in particular is genuinely the most interesting use of Diana and her weapons I've ever seen, at least in this series. Xermanico and Wilson perfectly capture the grace, fluidity, and impact of Diana's weapons and skills. It's mighty impressive; I like when these two work together. If Xermanico stays on as one of the series' artists, then I think their collaboration will only grow from here. Stunning work from everyone.
I say that Wilson has her cake and eats it too in reference to the action scene in this issue. Diana and Ares finally have their confrontation, issues in the making. While I'm not adverse to an action scene in a Wonder Woman comic, I do think that the eventual conclusion of the conflict, that being a conversation rather than another fight, cheapened the action scene and made the action kind of pointless. It's an odd complaint, I know, but while Wonder Woman is a warrior, not all of her battles should be decided with violence. My nitpick boils down to this: Wilson wanted to have an awesome action scene between Diana and Ares, but she also wanted the conflict to end with a conversation. Discerning the difference between the two, especially in a Wonder Woman comic, is pretty important to me.
I really liked this issue and thought it was one of the most gorgeous comics of the year so far. Xermanico is wonderful and I hope he returns to the title very soon. Wilson's script was pretty good and the way she plotted the action, along with Xermanico's execution, was delightful. I'm hoping the run can sustain this positive trajectory.

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