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Wonder Woman #43

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Wonder Woman #43

Ah, that’s more like it! After a disappointing issue last month, “Wonder Woman” gets back on track with this issue. Leading this issue off, Gail Simone seems to be using Hippolyta as a surrogate to work through her own feelings of letting go of Diana as we revisit the night that Hippolyta calls upon the Amazons to ready their youngest for her foray into Man’s World. The rest of the issue focuses on the attack of the Silver Serpent and the confrontation between Diana and her long-lost aunt.
Throughout the issue Nicola Scott delivers the most stunning, classic Wonder Woman I have seen in years. Fortunately for “Wonder Woman” readers, Scott gets to draw more of this issue than the previous. She gives Diana a hook for her lasso and bracelets that look natural enough to slide over Diana’s hands. Diana here is lithe, but strong, beautiful, but athletic. Scott also has the ability — and uses it to great accomplishment — to draw a myriad of characters, body types, and expressions. Hippolyta has a resemblance to Diana, but is not a clone of her (or vice versa).
The colors within this issue add to the depth and reality of the artwork. Brad Anderson gives the characters texture — even their skin — without resorting to tired, overused Photoshop filters and pattern fills. Anderson’s “digital inking” of Nicola Scott’s work is obvious, however, as those pages feature thinner lines on the characters and lighter hues overall, but in this instance it works and very nicely bridges the gap between Scott and Fernando Dagnino. Dagnino’s art is better assigned this issue as he renders the truth vision that is revealed on the other side of Diana’s lasso. As I mentioned in a previous review, the two artists’ styles are quite different, but to see them together only emphasizes the difference. Given a full issue of either, I am certain, would be more impactful, but all the same, “Wonder Woman” is shipping on a regular schedule, and it seems the sharing of art chores may be a direct result or contributor.
Scott’s cover is classic, reviving the Lynda Carter twirl, but captured in a timeless manner, even though the coloring is certainly of a modern flair.
Simone has done a great job world-building over her time on “Wonder Woman,” and sometimes the forest is lost for the trees, as I must admit happened last issue. This issue deepens the threat that I clamored for last issue, but also makes the previous issue feel more shallow. From here, however, with a new foe to face in combat, the story will surely be propelled to more exciting moments.