Future State Immortal Wonder Woman #1
The post Dark Night Death Metal landscape has a very different quest for Wonder Woman. Future State Immortal Wonder Woman reveals that while she may be away from her comrades for awhile, eventually she may outlive them if this potential future comes to past.
Writers Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad fast forward towards the end of time where most of Diana’s allies have died. She keeps small mementos as reminders of her friends like Flash’s ear wings, Green Lantern’s power ring and Batman’s utility belt. With Darkseid and another malevolent threat coming to Earth, Diana needs all the help she can get from her few surviving Amazonian sisters and a few of her old Justice League teammates.
Cloonan and Conrad have an interesting idea here with how an immortal character deals with the end of nearly everything around her. What does Diana still hold sacred and has so much loss worn her down? These are interesting themes that would be worth further exploration.
Jen Bartel’s art worked for the tone of the story, which had more of an Elfquest fantasy style feel than a modern Wonder Woman story. It might be too stylized for some readers, but I liked Bartel’s take on the pending apocalypse as well as her spin on Wonder Woman.
The Nubia co-feature, by LL McKinney and Alitha Martinez, shows a look at the Wonder Woman that was originally created back in 1973. Nubia doesn’t have to share page space with a third story allowing McKinney plenty of time to establish her take on the character in a satisfactory re-introduction.
Diana is barely mentioned, but Nubia does take on one of her more persistent modern foes. McKinney successfully adapts the Future State premise by totally shaking up expectations for a Wonder Woman story while following some basic concepts.
Martinez’s artwork is very impressive often channeling a George Perez or Phil Jimenez visual style on the pages.
This was a solid one-two punch for Wonder Woman stories with a glimpse of both the distant and not-so distant future of Diana and Nubia.
Rating: 9 out of 10