Mini Review: Wonder Woman Volume 4: War by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang & Goran Sudžuka

Wonder Woman Volume 4: War
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Cliff Chiang & Goran Sudžuka

DC Comics
I received an advanced e-ARC of this comic from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Released March 18, 2014
144 pages

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Wonder Woman's father, Zeus, has disappeared. Her family - aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, gods and demigods - form a pantheon of the most powerful beings in the universe. Intent on seizing Zeus' throne, they will destroy anyone who can stand in their way - including Zeus' infant son, who might just have the power to ignite the apocalypse.

But even as Wonder Woman and her few remaining friends scramble to protect the life of her youngest brother, her eldest has arisen. Known only as the First Born, he has spent an eternity in exile, his might and malice growing by the millennium. Now he will burn Earth and Olympus alike if it means he can be king of the ashes.

The final battle is about to begin! The New York Times best-selling team of Brial Azzarello (Joker, 100 Bullets), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow/Black Canary), and Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man) cry havoc in Wonder Woman: War (collects issues #19-23) - a high-octane, heartbreaking blend of action and emotion that's made Wonder Woman one of the most acclaimed comics in the industry!

I’ve really enjoyed the New 52 reboot of Wonder Woman even if I have a hard time connecting in with the version of WW in the New 52 Justice League. I like how they’ve filled her story with mythology and gods personified, giving her real adversaries with power and strength to match her own.

The storyline has been fairly straight forward: Zeus has yet another love child with a human and then disappears, assumed dead. This new baby now stands to fulfill a prophecy about taking over Olympus and gaining complete control over the entire pantheon, perhaps ending the world. Of course that makes all the other children of Zeus upset and everyone wants to kill the baby. Wonder Woman refuses to let that happen.

The first three volumes had some fun action bits, twists and turns, and even a couple of surprise plot twists that caught me off-guard. But for some reason this fourth volume left me a bit unimpressed. It introduced the first son of Zeus as the major advisory and he’s a pretty bad dude. Because this set of comics focused on him and Wonder Woman’s inevitable clash, it was missing the snark and fun interactions between Wonder Woman and her mythological allies or the fun plotting of seeing the bad guys now led by Apollo.

This volume just left me with a “meh” feeling, giving me nothing to get excited about, though that won’t stop me continuing the series. Wonder Woman and her friends are still great characters. This First Born thing just might be one of the plot points that might drag a bit more than I’d like, a phase that all comics go through. The final pages opened a giant door for interesting storylines in the next volume that I’m looking forward to reading.

 

I received an electronic ARC of this graphic novel from the publisher in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.