Wonder Woman #750 Review

by Jay Hill on January 22, 2020

Written by: Steve Orlando, Gail Simone, Mariko Tamaki, Greg Rucka, Kami Garcia, Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, Marguerite Bennett, Vita Ayala, Scott Snyder

Art by: Jesus Merino & Vicente Cifuentes, Colleen Doran, Elena Casagrande, Nicola Scott, Phil Hester &, Ande Parks, Riley Rossmo, Laura Braga, Amancay Nahuelpan, Bryan Hitch

Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Hi-Fi, Sunny Gho, Trish Mulvihill, Ivan Plascencia, Jay David Ramos, Mike Spicer

Lettered by: Pat Brosseau, Dave Sharpe, Deron Bennett, Rob Leigh, Gabriela Downie, Joshua Reed, Wes Abbott, Clayton Cowles, Tom Napolitano

Published by: DC Comics

The milestone issue, Wonder Woman #750, sees a new writer take the reins and begin Diana’s next ongoing chapter. And, a slew of talent share their tales celebrating the Princess of Themyscira.

This comic begins with the close of the “Wild Hunt” storyline that has seen Cheetah wield the God Killer sword and wreak havoc on the Amazons. Now, Hera and Cheetah square off while Silencer and Wonder Woman attempt to resolve the conflict. When it is all said and done, new series writer Steve Orlando wraps the story up nicely and restores some wonder to the woman.

After the “main” story is done, we are given a collection of stories that do a great job of showing what Wonder Woman stands for. Character anthologies from multiple creative teams can really capture the essence of characters in short tales, and this one did that well.

The first story is by former series writer Gail Simone. It involves the character Peony McGill that first appeared in a short story by Simone and artist (of this story also) Colleen Doran for the Wonder Woman’s 75th Anniversary Special. With this young superpowered girl, they show the inspiration that Diana can represent for someone. But they also use her to show what, in turn, Diana can gain from the people she inspires. It’s is a beautifully wholesome story with family sentiments and true heart. Doran’s art is excellent as always, and the colors by Hi-Fi are given many places to shine through. It opens this “what Wonder Woman means” string of stories perfectly.

In “The Interrogation”, Mariko Tamaki uses the titular event to literally question why Diana chooses to protect people. When confronted with this question it doesn’t take long for Diana to turn the tables on her interrogator and prove she knows exactly what she stands for and why she does what she does. The turn is a great one and shows the introspection that goes into her righteousness. It’s able to be the “mission statement” for her and is a sentiment that exists in the background of many comics and their heroes. The art by Elena Casagrande and colorist Sunny Gho was some of my favorite of the issue. There was a sleekness to the lines that made the entire story pop visually. The emotions on characters’ faces drove home the scenes, and the panels matched the sleekness of the art, making the whole read great.

Greg Rucka, who penned Wonder Woman #1 in DC’s Rebirth, does a great job at distilling the struggle between her and Cheetah in his story “Never Change”. This shows his skill as a writer and the beauty that can be captured in this format. With one event he shows the determination of Diana to bring Barbara Ann back from the other side. It’s able to explain the dynamic without ever “explaining” it. The art by Nicola Scott in highly detailed with brilliant expressions and a nice sense of movement in multiple shots. The coloring by Romulo Fajardo Jr. adds great depth to it and the palette is lush. The colors and art blend perfectly to leave every shot feeling intricately illustrated.

Kami Garcia writes a meditation about WW’s days on Themyscira. She effectively captures adolescent yearning for adventure and new horizons. It’s a lovely way to show the spirit Diana had inside of her that shaped her into the woman she becomes. Phil Hester’s angular art provides the visuals with an almost mythological feel; something is fittingly Greek-esque about it. The angles highlight and shape the Amozonian's muscles and clothing. Diana's innocence is also captured by the art.

Writer Marguerite Bennett revisits the Bombshell universe for a poetic musing about what Wonder Woman has meant to the women of that world. It has many beautiful monologues including a closing one where Wonder Woman herself speaks on the idea of what she stands for. Laura Braga adds a new sense of creativity to the book with the tableaus she draws. Romulo Fajardo Jr. colors this as well and demonstrates what he adds to the art. This was another one of my favorite visuals in the comic. It felt unique compared to all the other offerings (helped by a more stylish world and writing).

The close of the issue brings a great story by Scott Snyder & Bryan Hitch, and a new beginning for the heroes of DC. We see the 1939 World's Fair in Queens as FDR is about to give a speech. The war is on the horizon and America is about to be urged to be strong in these times and ready to fight. As events unfold, the message they need is demonstrated clearly when Wonder Woman leaps into action and the public’s view for the first time. This appears to be the first tale in the rumored "5G" Universe. And, by the end, it is shown that the age of heroes has just begun. 

If the goal of this comic was to celebrate Wonder Woman and give her a new beginning, it does that multiple times over. If you love or have ever loved the character and her stories there definitely will be something for you in these pages. And, for the uninitiated, there are many stories within that exemplify what the character means. This is a book fitting for the Warrior Princess of Themyscira.

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