And Then I Read: WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH #1

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Greg Rucka is back as writer on the new WONDER WOMAN book, and having enjoyed lettering his previous run, I thought I’d try this. It’s not the first issue of the new series, though. Instead, it’s kind of a prologue, I guess. Mostly it’s Wonder Woman thinking about herself, about contradictory personal histories that she remembers, about who she was, who she is now, and who she will be. There’s a sketchy plot of sorts, as she rescues some captive women in the beginning, but mostly it’s flashbacks, and Wonder Woman confronting herself, then moving on to Olympus, which is deserted except for some robotic guardians, who provide action at the end.

The confusion of the character mirrors my own. What we’re getting in Rebirth is not exactly a reboot, it seems, but a character who is choosing what she wants to remember from her many past versions and long history, and deciding what she wants to be going forward. It’s all rather nebulous at this point, and on the final page we learn that there will be two alternating story lines in the new series. One will focus on the present, the other on the past,  beginning with issues 1 and 2 respectively. Since I haven’t been following the character much, it will all be relatively new to me. I’m going to give the series a try, assuming DC sends me digital copies to read. Has the weight of past history become too much to allow a new series to feel fresh? Will it make sense to someone like me who doesn’t read a lot of the DC Universe books? Will it be good? We’ll see.

Mildly recommended.

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