Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 by Greg Rucka,
Matthew Clark, Sean Parsons, Liam Sharp, Jeremy Colwell, & Laura Martin
Rucka may not be a stranger to writing Wonder Woman, but I (unfortunately) haven’t read his version of Diana until now. I’ve loved most of his previous work writing female leads (Batwoman, and Renee Montoya in The Question, Convergence: The Question, and Gotham Central are some of my favourite comics, period) so when I heard he’d be taking the reins for this run, I was thrilled. He’s playing it smart with Rebirth, introducing audiences to a Wonder Woman who, in the midst of all the different stories and retold origins, feels like she’s lost herself. She’s going back to the basics, intent on figuring out who she really is.
I don’t think Rucka likes the vision of Diana as the God of War any more than I do. There are enough battle-hungry bruisers in the superhero universe, and Wonder Woman is so much more than that. Gail Simone manages to balance the different layers to Diana’s identity (diplomat/emissary, leader, warrior, princess, peacemaker, friend, etc.) while keeping her character compelling and full of heart. That Diana only uses violence as a last resort, and actually takes punches to prove her priority is peace. However, when there’s no other option, she will take up arms, and she’ll fill you with awe at her formidable brains and brawn in combat. Brian Azzarello’s Diana loses the first part, and as a result, the second part loses effectiveness. There’s only so much beating up a character can do before they feel flat and get boring. Rucka seems to recognize that, and I’m all for it. This is a solid start.
No complaints about the art. It switches between artists and both are good, though I prefer the first artist. The first style is closer to what you’d usually find in comics. The second is more detailed and realistic in comparison. Either way, she cuts an imposing figure.
I’m very interested in seeing where Rucka takes Wonder Woman.