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Wonder Woman #787

Wonder-Woman #787

This issue largely served as a reset following the Trial of the Amazons arc. After the slow fizzle of the Wonder Woman crossover, the hope was focusing on Wonder Woman for a new arc could set the title on an encouraging path.

That wasn’t exactly the case here as writers Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad struggle to make the Dr. Cizko subplot work.

Cizko is manipulating viewers on his live stream and they’re occasionally acting out. Still, there hasn’t been significant advancement on a subplot that’s been going on since Diana returned to the regular Earth.

There was also an abrupt end to the threat of Altuum, who seemed like he was going to be an enduring threat during this run. This was a lackluster resolution that further made Trial of the Amazons come off like a major waste of time.

Cloonan and Conrad keep trying to make Diana’s supporting cast engaging, but the dynamic of Steve Trevor, Etta Candy and Siegfried isn’t clicking yet.

Emanuela Luppachino’s artwork is solid. Lupacchino staying on as the regular artist on the title would provide some needed consistency.

Wade Von Grawbadger’s inks complement Lupacchino’s style nicely while Tamra Bonvillain’s warm colors help establish a soothing, relaxing mood.

The closing pages set up a potentially intriguing problem for Wonder Woman. As with most scenarios with the title, it hinges on Cloonan and Conrad.

If they can make this work, it could be the most interesting development on the book in many months. Their track record doesn’t support this optimism, but there’s still a sliver of hope yet that this book can get turned around into a must-read standout.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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