Returning to bits from the first issue of this miniseries, Rucka once more pits Wonder Woman against Maxwell Lord. This time, however, Diana has the power of the Star Sapphire ring to back up her already impressive power set. The outcome is expected, especially as the War of Light rages on. Rage, however, shifts the battle from Black Lanterns to Mera — the newest of the Red Lanterns — as she attacks Diana in her rage-fueled frenzy.
This battle is the cliched “super-hero misunderstanding” taken to an exponential power, as both warriors are so consumed with their newfound abilities and senses that they are compelled to act. As with most of the other “Blackest Night” crossover issues and tie-in miniseries, this story doesn’t solve any mysteries, but it does give some more background and character-building moments to occurrences “between panels.” The last page of this issue points directly back to “Blackest Night.”
Rucka’s at home writing Wonder Woman, and uses his familiarity with the character to communicate the feelings and loves lost of those around her, specifically Mera and Carol Ferris. The Star Sapphire-driven abilities seem to be a natural extension of the empathy Diana is famous for, and mesh well with her character.
Nicola Scott is equally comfortable drawing the adventures of the amazing Amazon. The two-page spread depicting the results of the combination of magic lasso and Sapphire ring is stunning and near frame-able, directly from the comic. Nei Ruffino complements Scott’s pencil work quite well, never overpowering, but continuously accentuating. The light constructs are beautifully rendered between Scott and Ruffino. As part of this assignment, Scott is rewarded with drawing all of the primary Lanterns and their deputies in a splash page that is a stunning testimonial to her ability. Nicola Scott deserves to work on any book — and can handle any character — that she wants to at DC. I’d personally like to see Scott spend a little more time with Mera when the Sea Queen is not in a red rage.
As mentioned above, these “Blackest Night” tie-ins are not must haves, but with the creative team that gave us “Blackest Night: Wonder Woman” this series became a “great to have” for me. Rucka set out to tell a great story in between the happenings of “Blackest Night” and did a great job.