WONDER WOMAN #18
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Bilquis Evely
Colours: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Publisher: DC Comics
This might have been the best issue of the series so far. Here Greg Rucka focuses on Veronica Cale, and her actions in trying to save her daughter from the otherworldly creatures known as Phobos and Deimos. Her friend Adrianna from the previous issue has now transformed into Doctor Cyber as we know her from the present storyline, The Truth. She and Veronica begin planting the seeds to allow Phobos and Deimos to gain access to Themyscira, and it is wonderfully told.
Rucka tells a lot of this story from the perspective of Veronica, which is essential. We need to truly understand her character and the tragedy that she is going through to contrast her with the Veronica presented in the present storyline. The relationship between Diana and Barbara Ann Minerva is also touched upon, making her eventual transformation into Cheetah all the more emotional. In an interesting move, Rucka still has Diana not entirely understand the English language, as she asks Barbara questions concerning translation and speaks her native tongue whenever she needs to. It lent authenticity to Diana as a character.
Following Nicola Scott's art is a hard act to follow, but Bilquis Evely is doing a fine job. It's not as defining or memorable as Scott's, but I like the warmth and compassion that Evely was able to portray in the characters' faces. Many panels are told without dialogue and they wouldn't have worked without Evely's deft skills.
So far, the Godwatch storyline is a lot more impressive and personal than The Truth, which has been underwhelming so far, but seems to be picking up now that Diana has her identity back.