And Then I Read: WONDER WOMAN 3

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This issue had a real surprise for me, a major change to Wonder Woman’s origin. I won’t say too much about it to avoid spoiling it if you haven’t read it yet, but it’s a bold move that could well change a lot of things for the character if it’s kept to.

The story takes place on Paradise Island among the Amazons, but the atmosphere is much different from past versions. The women of the island seem much harsher, more like soldiers, and there’s nary a smile to be seen anywhere. Of course, the battle in issue 2 is mostly to blame for that, and many of the Amazons blame Diana for bringing her troubles to their shore. The presence of the goddess Strife does nothing but encourage the very thing she’s named for, and the somewhat alien-looking Hermes of this revamp isn’t able to do much to help.

The art by Cliff Chiang continues to be very appealing. His characters all seem quite young, and I like that look for the series. In addition, his somewhat stylized approach works well for me — it moves the art toward an animation style a little, but not too much.

Highly recommended!

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