Wonder Woman #774 Review

by Carlos R. on June 22, 2021

Wonder Woman #774 Cover Image
Afterworlds Part 5
Written by: Michael W. Conrad & Becky Cloonan
Art by: Andy MacDonald
Colors by: Nick Filardi
Lettered by: Pat Brosseau
Publisher: DC Comics

Hero Worship
Written by: Jordie Bellaire
Art by: Paulina Ganucheau
Colors by: Kendall Goode
Lettered by: Becca Carey
Publisher: DC Comics

This week’s issue of Wonder Woman is a bit of a slow burn as Diana’s moves closer to finding out what’s caused her afterlife to fall into such chaos.

Ratatosk has more time to shine this issue. I really enjoy reading the dynamic between he and Diana, though there is some strain added to their partnership. Cloonan and Conrad do a wonderful job with demonstrating Diana’s compassion and maturity through how she handles the divulgence of information that’s been kept from her. While she is, understandably, upset she apologizes and offers gratitude to those who are helping her on her journey. It’s those details that have been added in that make me adore this run. And while this issue has a slower pace than those set in Asgard, we do gain more information and are building toward quite the adventure. Also, the scenes with Diana contacting Deadman are fantastic and add a great layer of humor.

The art team switches up this issue and adds a bit of classic flair to the character designs. I appreciate the heavier inking as it adds to the otherworldly glow of the Rod of Asklepios and Tartarus looks freaking terrifying. Tartarus’ walls are adorned with bodies and horrific imagery that help the reader understand Diana’s conflict with this form of punishment. While the designs are great, there are some scenes where movement between panels isn’t as fluid and Diana appears very static. Though the scene with the lift is done well, I love the use of the blue lines against the red to evoke movement, the blue is softer and doesn’t detract from the actions in the foreground.

Jumpa is the star of the backup story this issue. Her expressions are priceless, and I just love the banter between her and Diana. It’s also great to see this reflected with Clio as well, with her discussing her concerns with a bird of the island, Amazons are a fun people. We learn a bit about the history hidden in the pages Diana received, which sparks an obsession within Diana for the protagonist of this tale. Though all may not be what it seems. This story was primarily used to setup what’s to unfold between Diana and Clio and these hidden pages.

This marks another fun and solid issue from Cloonan and Conrad and as always definitely jump on this series if you haven’t yet!

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