Reviewer: Tim Sheridan
Story Title: Stoned Conclusion
Written by: Greg Rucka
Penciled by: Drew Johnson
Inked by: Ray Snyder
Colored by: Richard and Tanya Horie
Lettered by: Todd Klein
Editor: Ivan Cohen
Published by: DC Comics
Finally, this story pays off. Every month I get Wonder Woman. I started because Greg Rucka did. I’ll read anything he does. He’s that good. I’ve been diggin’ his whole mythology stuff thus far, and when Medusa (yeah, the real one) showed up”¦.well that was just cool. So for a few months this story has been building up steam, and finally, Medusa and Wonder Woman have it out. And it’s all on TV. It was kind of like Gladiator combined with the last fight in Rocky V. (you know the one I’m talking about).
Not for a lack of effort and not for laziness, but there isn’t much to talk about for this issue. It is, by far, my favorite issue of Rucka’s Wonder Woman run, but the whole thing is pretty much a fight scene. You know what though, it kicks ass. It’s got months and months of preparation, and it feels real, weighty, and awesome.
Drew Johnson does a great job of staging the fight and pacing it so that it never feels slow or padded at all.
When we get to the climax of this issue, and I don’t want to give away the result of it, it had me make an audible gasp. While not much surprises me in comics these days, this did.
This is change, albeit not a huge one to Diana, and it’ll be interesting how it plays out. It’s a bold move for Rucka, and that’s very exciting.
So if you have to, wait for the trade or go pick up a bunch of Wonder Woman back issues, because it’s some great stuff.