Wonder Woman #34 Review

Is this worth your time? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC:

Is this the end of Olympus and the gods? Wonder Woman is locked in a desperate battle with the First Born with the destiny of immortals at stake – and she must make a decision that will effect the lives of those she loves most.

Wonder Woman 34_Selfie VariantWhen the New 52 first launched there were quite a few bumps in the narrative road. Many of these hiccups angered and excited both new and old fanboys and fangirls. This particular title was, in my estimation, one of the brightest spots of the then line-wide relaunch. And as we near the end of this creative team’s memorable run, I’m happy to report that all signs point to a close that’s noteworthy.

Brian Azzarello brings in all the toys at his disposal for the First Born‘s attack on Paradise Island. We see familiar faces caught in a struggle that could reshape the world into a never ending nightmare or offer it some semblance of resolution. What strikes a cord is the fact that surrounding this event we have Wonder Woman caught in a personal struggle for who she is and how far she will go. Add in some decisive moments plus to the point dialogue and we have an issue that screams iconic.

The visuals however are where the varied gods and goddesses really shine. Cliff Chiang delivers consistent pencil strokes that will always be pleasing to the eye. They echo a minimalist approach but manage to carry enough detail to convey the emotions flying back and forth between friend and foe. It’s within that landscape where we see a talent add to an already stunning résumé. And it’s only magnified through layers of dynamic color courtesy of Matthew Wilson.

Wonder Woman #34 is an outstanding release that pleases its core audience from beginning to end. In the mighty world of comics there are character defining runs for almost any icon and there’s no doubt in my mind that this will be one of those for our favored Amazon. Highly Recommended.

  • Wonder Woman represents the best of the New 52.
  • + More comics need to be drawn by Cliff Chiang.
  • Brian Azzarello delivers an engaging script.
  • + Three years invested... and it's worth it.

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