Writer: Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad
Art: Emanuela Lupacchino, Wade von Grawbadger, Tamra Bonvillain, Pat Brosseau, Yanick Paquette, and Nathan Fairbairn
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 10th, 2022
Flowing out of Trial of the Amazons, what’s discovered in the perilous deep surrounding Themyscira? Let’s dive into WONDER WOMAN #787 by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad as this new arc kicks off with Diana searching for answers about the island, Altuum, and what came before the Amazons. Plus, what’s on the horizon for Diana as this series moves forward? Let’s hop in and find out!
WONDER WOMAN #787 appears to be the perfect jumping-on point for anyone interested in taking on the series. Diana has now been back for quite some time and the Doom’s Doorway arc has come to a close. Cloonan and Conrad take the time to quickly give the lay of the land as well as establish the new status quo for Themyscira. However, to those who have been following along with WONDER WOMAN, readers get a pretty fascinating backstory on a time before the Amazons as well as Altuum.
Nevertheless, WONDER WOMAN #787 takes a bit of a goofy turn once the focus shifts to Steve, Etta, and Siegfried as this creative team levels up the cheese. Random conversations about conditioner and even throwing milk at cars lead to WONDER WOMAN’S splashy arrival on the scene. Sure, comic fans get caught up in the comings and goings involving Steve but this creative team does it by trying to crack subtle jokes that just don’t hit the mark. Yet, the almost silly, lighthearted banter between Etta, Diana, and Steve is somewhat refreshing.
But as kind-hearted a narrative as this came across, Dr. Cizko behaved as a ridiculous Saturday Morning Cartoon Villain from Hanna Barbara mixed with modern jargon and a dash of political chicanery. It’s going to be quite hard to take him seriously as this story arc unfolds along with the reveal of some classic villains who’ve joined his team.
Emanuela Lupacchino and Wade von Grawbadger provide an incredibly smooth and tasteful design to the characters that are not aggressively flaunting or overly muscular like many comics these days. WONDER WOMAN #787 was clear but also a bit more realistic in its design.
Lupacchino and von Grawbadger did a phenomenal job showcasing the soft tones within the characters’ utterances and added feeling to the issue through those very same facial expressions. A writer may iron out a script but it’s the artists who provide the excitement, flair, and attitude that this team does well.
WONDER WOMAN #787 tries to reconstitute WONDER WOMAN into the fold with Etta and Steve to regain the team dynamic that once was the roots of this series. Readers, that’s not a bad thing. Plus, it’s done in an easygoing manner that’s overly reminiscent of classic villainy without the weighty nature normally associated with the current comics conundrum that is present-day action, adventure, as well as graphic overtones.
This makes WONDER WOMAN #787 a satisfying read for all ages just as much as the perfect jumping-on point for many fans. However, to the WONDER WOMAN fan searching for something with a bit more substance and weight, this arc currently doesn’t fit the bill (granted it’s only one issue so we shall see). There wasn’t much to be excited about nor does there appear to be any epic reveals in the immediate future, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but may cause some to hesitate before jumping in. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!