What a year 2017 has been for fans of Diana Prince! Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, at the movies and of course, in comics, Greg Rucka, have been telling great Wonder Woman stories recently and it appears writer Shea Fontana and artist Mirka Andolfo are joining in the Amazonian fun.
What is this all about?
‘HEART OF THE AMAZON’ part one! Writer Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS) steps in for a new story! Wonder Woman finally takes a moment to catch her breath and attend a friend’s wedding? but unfortunately, horror’s followed her even there!
Wonder Woman #26, “Heart of the Amazon” part one, is a blast from start to finish and an excellent opening chapter to a brand new mystery. From reading this comic, I would say Fontana’s goal is to tell a rip-roaring, somewhat humorous, explosive story – that maybe, just maybe holds a mirror up to our own times.
Opening with Diana kicking butt on behalf of a refugee woman who can’t or won’t fight back is a powerful stance for our heroine. Diana is, like it or not, a political symbol. In this story, she has a lonesome quality, which I think speaks to her outsider status, no matter where she goes Diana is a warrior on a mission to save those in trouble.
A brief flashback gives us a glimpse of her childhood and the Queenly struggle her mother faces raises a daughter versus raising a warrior. This sequence is wonderful and tugs on the heartstrings.
We jump back to present day with a government check-in regarding Diana’s recent activities with a high-ranking military official. The conversation touches on the cost of violence, another fantastic touch by Fontana in this story. After a few lighter moments and a joyous Etta Candy too, Diana meets with a doctor who is suspiciously sick and another who must be hiding something.
The story wraps with Diana accompanying Etta to a wedding, though she clearly isn’t comfortable letting loose. This turns out to be a good trait as she meets a child, echoing Wonder Woman’s own flashback, and discovers that the wedding may not be a night off after all. I will not spoil the ending, but it is a cliffhanger that makes me eager to turn the page when #27 hits the shelves.
“Heart of the Amazon” part one is a great start to a fresh arc, with wonderful art, emotion, fun, and dangerous adventures ahead. The new creative team on Wonder Woman have big shoes to fill following the last run, but if they keep this pace, I think we will all enjoy the ride.
Reviewed by: Jeff Daily
Wonder Woman #26
Written by: Shea Fontana
Art by: Mirka Andolfo, Romulo Fajardo, Jr. and Saida Temofonte
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: July 12, 2017