SPOILER WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers for “Wonder Woman” #1, on sale now.
After a decade away from the character, Greg Rucka returns as the writer of the new “Wonder Woman” series, steering the character through the confusion she has faced regarding her oft-changed backstory since DC Comics‘ Rebirth event began. And while Liam Sharp and Laura Martin’s cover gives readers a sense of their interior art, most of the characters represented don’t make an actual appearance in this issue.
Rucka opens the story with Diana looking down at a Bwundan rainforest, speaking to an as-yet unknown entity seeking answers, particularly to one similarly still-unknown question.
As Wonder Woman makes her way through the Banakane forest closer to the god-like force she seeks, longtime supporting character Steve Trevor is also in the same country, leading a task force attempting to take down a Bwundan warlord. A now-bearded Steve has taken on the role a military field operative in the post-Rebirth DC Universe, but some kind of past history between him and Wonder Woman still exists, as do his not-so-secret feelings for her. The longstanding nature of his yearning is revealed by way of a photograph of her that he carries, an image that, as rendered by Sharp and Martin, clearly shows Diana wearing a costume more akin to her classic outfit.
No, that’s not Amanda Waller coordinating Steve’s operation, but rather another longtime cast member Etta Candy, who clearly serves a far more authoritative role than when she was Trevor’s secretary in the New 52 days. The character’s Rebirth incarnation seems to be an amalgamation of past versions, combining her pre-New 52 role as a military commander with her subsequently reimagined appearance. If there’s any romantic connection between Etta and Steve, Rucka has yet to drop any notable hints regarding such a relationship. Etta challenges Steve’s allegiances, though, as she has trouble believing Diana’s arrival in Bwunda during his mission is merely a coincidence.
For the time being, at least, Diana’s mission is seemingly one independent of Steve’s, as hers is a far more personal one. She fights off a horde of bat-faced warriors before reaching her goal, where Rucka simultaneously drops not one, but two major bombshells on the final page.
The first thing readers notice is the visage of a dramatically altered Cheetah, the entity that Diana had sought. Now reimagined as nothing less than a goddess, Wonder Woman believes the villain has the power to solve the mystery that serves as the issue’s second revelation; namely, Diana is unable to locate her home island of Themyscira, a mystery she thinks Cheetah has the power to solve.
Though “Wonder Woman” is now a twice-monthly series, there will be no immediate answers or explanations to the final page as issue #2 launches a “Year One” arc exploring Diana’s past with Nicola Scott on art; the continuation of this storyline arrives in “Wonder Woman” #3, on sale July 27.
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