Comic Review: Wonder Woman Evolution #1 (DC Comics)

Wonder Woman Evolution issue #1 sets the beginning of Wonder Woman’s cosmic journey. It’s an eight-issue miniseries, written by Harley Quinn’s Stephanie Phillips.   Phillips gives us a look at […]

Wonder Woman Evolution issue #1 sets the beginning of Wonder Woman’s cosmic journey. It’s an eight-issue miniseries, written by Harley Quinn’s Stephanie Phillips.

 

Phillips gives us a look at a Wonder Woman who caught in the midst of peril, attacked first by Vanessa, oops, I mean ‘Silver Swan’. You see, Silver Swan has laid a trap for WW, capturing a group of school kids at a museum. In her predatory attack, SS emphasizes how an entity MUST evolve to stay ahead of the game, to dominate and survive.

From there, Wonder Woman’s quest links her with mentors and threats alike. Things are heading ‘off-planet. Will she indeed evolve, or perish?

It’s a lot to follow, and most of it is gripping. A new reader like me will be puzzled by the intro pages, which are a prologue (??) to the ever-evolving situation in which WW finds herself. A bit of back story might have helped. But the dialogue is strong overall, the sense of urgency and drama abounds, and it’s a good start.

Artist Mike Hawthorne (Daredevil, Deadpool) begins his first major DC project and renders WW with a distinctively ‘classic’ face: a Roman nose, a shining muscled body. Hawthorne draws strong, dramatic figures in heroic poses, a good fit for Wonder Woman Evolution. Inker is Adriano Di Benedetto, colour is by Jordie Bellaire, letters by Tom Napolitano.

DC Comics, Wonder Woman Evolution #1, $3.99 for 21 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

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