Writers: Joëlle Jones
Art: Adriana Melo
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Release Date: 8/31/2021
Homecoming Pt 3:
It is hard to believe that we were introduced to Yara Flor only earlier this year. The newest member of the Wonder Family (that should be a thing) is still beginning her journey in Wonder Girl #3 by Joëlle Jones. This is both a positive and a not-so-positive thing. Let’s dive into the reasons why.
*Mild Spoilers to follow*
This issue bounced around a lot. I prefer a more linear narrative with flashbacks now and again. In this issue, we bounce from the aftermath of the accident in issue #1 to the Eros subplot, and back to Artemis and Cassie hunting her down. It feels extremely drawn out as if we are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Buildup in comics can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, newer comics and storylines generally require a decent build-up. Very few writers can immediately dive into a new storyline at level 10. You must give your readers a taste of what is to come. On the other hand, if you take too long to deliver the product, your readers can quickly lose interest in the storyline. Wonder Girl is currently at that sweet spot. I am ready to dive into the action.
In this case, literally. It is no secret that Yara was chosen to be Hera’s champion. In Wonder Girl #3 by Joëlle Jones, Yara is escorted to Olympus by Eros (Cupid in Roman Mythology) where she finally can meet the Queen of the Gods in all her splendor. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a Dragon Ball Z esque training scenario where we see Yara learning how to fight. Thus far she does not know how to fight. Arguably with diplomacy, fighting is a crucial skill for any member of the Wonder- Family. I mean regardless of the tribe; they are all Amazons. They are true warriors.
So, what do I think about Wonder Girl #3 by Joëlle Jones? This is an alright issue. Not my favorite thus far. Since Jones is still fleshing out the story and the characters, we can expect the initial issues to be a rollercoaster of quality. One thing Jones is doing that is different than say the Bat-Family books, is developing a character without the main hero. Thus far, Wonder Woman has not been necessarily mentioned or have shown up. This is amazing. I want Yara to be able to stand on her own two feet as Nightwing can without the help of one of the Big Three.
Whereas I prefer a more linear narrative, I can also appreciate popping in and out of the different story threads. Hopefully they all tie together like a Guy Ritchie film (Snatched) at the end of this arc. Overall, I would say read the first two issues but skip this one. The main takeaway is that she finally meets Hera. On the bright side, I am looking forward to the next several issues where Yara will hopefully be training!