WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Wonder Woman #58 by G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord, Mick Gray, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Pat Brosseau, in stores now.
Wonder Woman #58 marks a new beginning for the Amazon princess, with a new creative team taking the hero in a different direction. Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson has joined the title to guide the latest adventures of one third of DC's Trinity. But Wilson and artist Cary Nord aren't introducing a drastic alteration to Wonder Woman's mythology, or revealing a deeply hidden secret from her past. Instead, the duo is lading readers to the next chapter in the ongoing Wonder Woman saga that's been unfolding over the past few years.
Darkseid's daughter Grail remains a part of the series, appearing where she was last seen in Wonder Woman #45, chained in a cavern with no one but the God of War, Ares, to keep her company as a fellow inmate. In the opening pages of Wonder Woman #58, Grail strikes down the God of War with the God-Killer sword -- at Ares' own behest. Of course, he is a deity, so death is often more an inconvenience than it is a final fate.
Almost as soon as Ares is killed, a strange force pulls him out of his prison, and he disappears. He resurfaces at the close of the issue, where he appears more hopeful and less threatening than he has in, well, ever. Wearing bright armor and a familiar face, he approaches Wonder Woman and offers something no one expected: To become a partner in her quest for truth and justice.
Of course, the initial reaction to such a claim would be to believe that Ares is lying, or simply trying a new angle to get close to Wonder Woman before inevitably making his move. But that may not be what's happening here. After all, when Ares greeted Grail in their common prison in Wonder Woman #45, he appeared to have found a sort of inner peace. He was calmer, he was welcoming and he seems to genuinely believe that Grail had been sent to him so that he may set her on a more righteous path.
As Wonder Woman #58 begins, Ares states that he has learned all he could from his imprisonment, that the only thing he wanted now was "final justice." With commanding desperation, he begs Grail to kill him.When Wonder Woman starts to fight him upon his resurrection, he stops and says that he has returned to battle by the Amazon princess' side.
To make matters even more complicated, Ares looks strangely familiar -- he is wearing the body of Steve Trevor. As of now, it's unclear if he simply looks like him, or if Ares has taken possession of Steve, who recently went missing during a mission in Durovnia. Of course, Wonder Woman will undoubtedly be wary of Ares, no matter what face he wears. However, the fact that he looks like Steve is enough to at least slow her down; Wonder Woman will not strive to kill her enemy if he looks like her friend, and she might even be prone to listen to him.
But while Ares wishes for a truce, his call for "final justice" doesn't really inspire a whole lot of confidence. He may be different from the God of War he used to be, but he still seems to deal in absolutes -- and that can only be a bad thing.