Wonder Woman Rebirth Vol. 2: Year One
Collection: Wonder Woman: Rebirth #2, #4, #6, #8, #10, #12, #14 © 2016, 2017
Publisher: DC Comics © 2017
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Artist (“Interlude”): Bilquis Evely
Colorists: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letterer: Jodi Wynne
Collection and Original Series Cover Artists: Nicola Scott & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Wonder Woman created by: William Moulton Marston
Continuing into DC’s Rebirth of Wonder Woman we go back to her origin. The classic Steve Trevor crash landing on Paradise Island, the Amazons choosing their warrior – spoiler, it’s Wonder Woman and then coming to Man’s World with Steve Trevor in tow. The title right there gives the story away. I dare say do not think Batman: Year One quality though. It certainly feels DC was thinking or going there, and maybe even Rucka was but I doubt anything that can reach that pinnacle.
It is rather odd that the second installment of Wonder Woman is a prequel. There are some interesting bits such as Wonder Woman not being able to communicate with people in man’s world, something akin to the Perez run. We have a Barbara Ann Minvera prior to being the Cheetah who is fleshed out before she is furred out. We get more Steve Trevor and Etta Candy as well. Nonetheless, this feels like such familiar territory. Why do we need Wonder Woman’s origin retold to us? Especially when it has hardly changed? Steve Trevor always crash lands for a different and updated reason. Meanwhile, Rucka has not clarified really if Wonder Woman’s troubled memories are real or not. Hence, is this a prequel to the Azzarello Wonder Woman run then? I do not know. I am partial to say no and that Rucka is busy trying to pay homage to Perez’s run (which he literally does in one page) as her powers are explained as well. The relationship is being re-established with Steve Trevor as well. Again, old territory that almost feels like a shot-for-shot remake to some degree. Our villain does not come as a huge surprise and hardly comes off as anything that dramatic.
It is unfortunate that the artists are changed up with this volume, yet they made the right call. Volume 1 was darker, very atmospheric and had something of a horror basis to it at one point. This particular book is brighter, more popping as it deals with a sort of fish out of water story about hope and truth. It’s an easy read for fun. Nicola Scott is a great talent that pencils a contemporary, human and younger Wonder Woman. She does not appear as mature as many other stories. Rucka does a good job creating a naïve Wonder Woman and Scott does an astounding job of bringing that out in her. The actions and panels of Wonder Woman in action carry this fun-loving Linda Carter vibe. Scott’s characters are human with no over exaggerated qualities but still appearing attractive to the eye. He accomplishes a grand appearance for our villain while maintaining the classic design.
It is hard to recommend this comic to long-time Wonder Woman fans, as it tells nothing really new, save for a few minor situations. If you are new to Wonder Woman then it does not hurt, especially if you saw the movie. This Wonder Woman certainly does capture the naiveté and youth of the Gal Gadot’s version in the self-titled film.
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