I’d like to put this review into two parts. First, reviewing this specific issue within the context of the current run on Wonder Woman, and then the Rebirth arc on Wonder Woman as a whole.
Issue 26 of Wonder Woman saw the transfer of the story from Greg Rucka to Shea Fontana for the “Heart of the Amazon” arc. The current arc revolves around a plot to use Wonder Woman’s blood/Amazon genes to cure human diseases. The doctors involved have gone to a variety of desperate lengths in order to do so, including bombing the wedding of Etta Candy’s brother.
In this issue, Wonder Woman must decide if she should negotiate with doctor at the center of this research, or risk him sending more bounty hunters after her, the last wave of which has already endangered her best friend, Etta Candy. The comic has a lot of good moments for Diana, and does a great job developing her friendship with Rebirth Etta Candy (who is now Commander Etta Candy). That being said, I’m still not sure I understand fully why the doctors started with bombs and bounty hunters, particularly when one of them had Diana in her office for a physical before any of the violence started. That being said the comic still has plenty of time to make sense of this, and I’m hoping the next issue will help to do so.
The interior art on the comic is solid. The action sequences are tight, well-paced and easy to follow. However, if I’m completely honest, I feel as if Mirka Andolfo, the artist for issues 26 and 27, had a style that suited both Wonder Woman and the storyline a bit better. The cover for this particular issue is perhaps the weakest of the Rebirth Wonder Woman run that I’ve seen. It is a narrative cover in the strictest sense of the definition, but nothing about it is unique to the story or particularly engaging. It certainly doesn’t reach out to a new reader and beg to be taken off the shelf.
And this brings me to my review on the Rebirth arc of Wonder Woman as a whole. With overwhelming success of the new Wonder Woman movie, DC comics had a golden opportunity to use Wonder Woman’s Rebirth arc to reach new potential readers captivated by the film. And while I do think the Wonder Woman annual tried to capitalize on this, I’m not sure that same effort was extended into the Rebirth comics. The loss of Rucka as the main writer and a lack of consistent artist both add to the sense that producing a quality Wonder Woman comic is nowhere on DC’s list of priorities, in spite of the character’s growing popularity.
I would still recommend the Rebirth arc to anyone who enjoys Wonder Woman, but I wouldn’t put “Heart of the Amazon” anywhere on my list of favorite Wonder Woman comics, and given her recent surge in popularity, I don’t fully understand why that is the case.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars
Cover: 5 Stars
Art: 4 Stars
Dialogue: 4.5 Stars
Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars
Written by; Shea Fontana
Art by; Inaki Miranda
Colors by; Romulo Fajardo Jr
Published by, DC Comics