Wonder Woman #22

by Tori B. on July 17, 2013

Wonder Woman continues to share a story about family, doing what’s right, and just how far family will go to protect on another.
Writer: Brian Azzarello | Artists: Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson
Cover: Chiang | Publisher: DC
The pacing of Wonder Woman seems to be its biggest fault at the moment, but within the layers is an empowering story about family values, no matter how crazy the family can get (especially when said family consists mainly of gods). 
What’s interesting about this issue is seeing more about Orion and his background, where he comes from, and why he’s such a smarm (it’s because his father is even more of a smarm). The nicest part though is seeing their so-called paradise. Combined with Chiang’s masterful artwork, New Genesis looks amazing and otherworldly and definitely a place where snobby gods would be born. I only wish a longer story had come where more time was spent there. Alas, Wonder Woman needs to keep moving, and she has other butts to kick back on Earth.
The pacing is choppy at best and action sequences are skipped in favour of close-ups as each character talks. Admittedly all the talking has good messages underneath, as Wonder Woman talks to Orion about respect, how she as a woman deserves to be respected if he himself wishes to be respected, and as everyone around also talks about family, and how they will stop at nothing to protect family—this coming from the good(er) guys, the less than good guys throw about talk of disappointing sons who fail to achieve perfection in the eyes of the highfather, you know, that old chestnut. But hey, there’s a brief moment when Orion almost seems like he could be a good guy, and not a womanizing jerk, but sadly that’s pulled away at the end of the issue where he becomes his usual self in a half-redeeming way.
Honestly my favourite Wonder Woman issues are the ones where there’s a lot of action and we see exactly why she’s Amazonian Princess. The most satisfying part in this issue comes from when warns the not so good do-ers that she doesn’t need her fists to stop them. And it’s a small glimpse of what keeps the spirit of Wonder Woman going, beyond her constant fight for justice.
The end of the issue gets an almost heartwarming family reunion, which can only (hopefully) mean that something big is going down. Maybe it’s the action sequences that I’ve been seeking lately from Wonder Woman. One can only hope.

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