Writer: Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad
Art: Emanuela Lupacchino, José Luis, Eduardo Pansica, Wade von Grawbadger, Julio Ferreira, Tamra Bonvillain, Pat Brosseau, Yanick Paquette, and Nathan Fairbairn
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 9th, 2022
With Diana’s team down and out, it’s up to WONDER WOMAN to do what she does best and encourage us all! In doing so, she’ll need to draft a pristine teammate from within the corporation’s echelon to assist her in rescuing not only her pals but the entire globe from Doctor Cizko’s misogyny! Let’s dive into WONDER WOMAN #790 by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad as “The Villain of our Fears” concludes!
For fans in love with the Golden Age, and even the Silver Age of Comics (to a degree), WONDER WOMAN #790’s storyline will play right into your wheelhouse. Becky Cloonan promotes the vibe of a silly villain motivated by world domination or greed who manages to overcome the superhero with cheesy technology, far-fetched ideals, and villainous monologuing. Sure, there’s very little action but WONDER WOMAN fits the archetypical superhero who manages to save the day well.
Readers, the key elements in WONDER WOMAN #790 are overly small, male chauvinist scientists, and… milk. It’s ridiculous … but a good and refreshing type of ridiculous. Plus, the nice reveal at the end of WONDER WOMAN #790 seems to be getting Diana back to her roots offering fans of the great Amazon Princess a brand new starting point that’s taken quite some time to retrieve. Furthermore, readers get a pretty cool reveal as to who the true overarching villain may actually be that’s also quite interesting.
This art team continues to equip WONDER WOMAN with an exceptionally soft, fluid, and elegant composition that helps add the Golden Age feel to the cast but with an updated finish. Other than Siggy, It’s almost as if the characters are stuck in the past with their no aggressive, ostentatious, and brawny demeanor like a considerable amount of other comics today.
WONDER WOMAN #790 continues to be crisp and clear while also hanging on to a sense of realism in its methodology. Lupacchino and von Grawbadger lead this crew in doing a remarkable job showcasing the smooth techniques within the characters’ declarations and transferring emotion into the issue through those very same facial expressions. This art team may have been a bit heavy on the ink but the colors made WONDER WOMAN #790 pop along with the background fade-outs that amplified each individual scene wonderfully.
WONDER WOMAN #790 resumes its endeavor to reassemble and reanimate WONDER WOMAN back into her mainstream reality alongside Etta and Steve. It’s apparent that Cloonan and Conrad’s goal was to re-ochestrate the chemistry between the characters that drove the book so well so long ago. And it works in spades! WONDER WOMAN #790 felt like classic adventures once again with an antagonist that will certainly cause a stir lurking in the shadows.
This week’s issue was wildly reminiscent of the classics but decoupled from the heavy disposition commonly coined with the contemporary comics’ action, adventure, and graphic flavor. WONDER WOMAN #790 may not be a great jumping-on point but it still continues to be a ripe read for all ages. Nevertheless, to the WONDER WOMAN fan inquiring for a bit more significance, this arc remains more surface level, which is ultimately fine for an issue banking more on entertainment and a classic feel. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!