WONDER WOMAN: REBIRTH #1
Writer: Greg Rucka / Artists: Matthew Clark, Liam Sharp
Yesterday saw the release of “Wonder Woman: Rebirth” #1, and since it was written by Greg Rucka and drawn by one of my favorite artists (Liam Sharp),I had to pick it up. And I’m very happy to say that the Wonder has finally returned to DC Comics’s leading lady.
As any Wonder Woman fan knows, the Amazon princess has suffered ups and downs in her comics for decades. There’s been a few solid runs on her book over the years (including Rucka’s run in the early 2000’s), but the constant change of creative teams, change of origins and costumes, relaunches, and at times just an outright disregard for key facets of Diana’s character, have hurt the Wonder Woman comics.
But with “Wonder Woman: Rebirth” #1, fan favorite writer Greg Rucka unabashedly grabs the bull by the horns and confronts Diana’s confusing history in one of the best full issue monologues I’ve read in comics in ages. In one single issue, we get everything you’d want in a Wonder Woman comic: she’s gentle, strong, brave, beautiful, regal, and dare I say it? She’s even a little bit human.
Greg Rucka’s Diana confronts all the questions about her identity, dissecting what it means to be Wonder Woman, with everything from her conflicting origins to the very meaning of her name and how it changes as the public’s perception of her shifts.
Wonder Woman is a being who never fails to act from a place of love to allow peace to prosper, whether it’s in defense of her sisters, mankind, or the innocent victims of evil. When she has to fight it is out of necessity, but now she fears that some or all her life has been a lie.
The writing in “Wonder Woman: Rebirth” #1 is terrific, but that’s only half of what made this comic book so damn good. Rebirth #1 is divided into two sections with two different artists and colorists per section, and the move is actually pretty genius as it dramatically underscores the changes within the story.
Matthew Clark’s Wonder Woman is beautiful, and his action sequence jumps out of the page. Clark’s art is able to tell two stories at once: Diana’s current mission to save the innocent, and her emotional battle within.
In the second half of the book, Liam Sharp takes over and introduces us to his detailed fantasy world of the Amazons. Sharp’s art is a more textured and lush, and his design of Wonder Woman’s armor shows incredible detail. And as if the gorgeous backgrounds were not enough, we get to see Sharp’s incredible battle scenesas Diana begins her quest for the truth.
I admit was very worried about this whole Rebirth thing, but the one book I was looking forward to was Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp. And I’m pleased to know that Princess Diana is in safe hands, and I belive this creative team will finally give us the Wonder Woman we’ve all been searching for.
“Wonder Woman: Rebirth” #1 final score: 10 out of 10