Comic Review: Wonder Woman Odyssey Volume 2

WonderWoman Odyssey vol 2

Publisher: DC Comics

Writers: Phil Hester & J. Michael Straczynski

Pencillers: Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Geraldo Borges, Travis Moore & Lee Garbett

Inkers: Andy Owens, Sean Parsons, Eber Ferreira, Marlo Alquiza, Wayne Faucher, Walden Wong, Drew Geraci, Robin Riggs & Trevor Scott

Colourists: Alex Sinclair & Pete Pantazis

Letterer: Travis Lanham

Wonder Woman Odyssey caught my eye with it’s visually pleasing art and interesting story, given that I have never actually read a Wonder Woman story properly, aside from a one-shot that I reviewed a while ago, the only thing I knew about Wonder Woman was from the live action TV from a few decades ago and the Justice League cartoon show.

This is the second part of a story that has Diana/Wonder Woman grow as a character, she must track down the truth of her timeline, and face the threat that destroyed Paradise Island.

The story in itself is good, there are plenty of action scenes and we get to see new characters, the ending was well done and the art work as I have mentioned before is brilliant.

Wonder Woman Odessey page

Given that I am new to Wonder Woman as a comic, I didn’t really know what to expect.  I was happy to find that this book focused on Diana as a person, although it did flow back to her past selves, yet she remained the same person, who wanted justice and would protect those who need it.

The story was strong and would make a bit more sense had I read the first volume of the book first, but it wasn’t that hard to grasp on the concept of what was going on, there was a few moments when I was wondering what happened, but on the whole it was smooth reading.

I did wonder what happened to the boy at the start of the comic, he obviously went back home to his mother, but it seemed odd that it was done off page, since he was the reason Diana was searching for him, refusing to have him die because of her.

The rest of the comic was well done, there is a few questions near the end, like why did Edgar not help after he was freed by Ajax, the pair just stood around the room doing nothing, which was a bit odd considering he aided Diana – Edgar not Ajax.

Overall I would want to read the first volume, once I find it and get a properly grasp of the story.  It is a shame that there was only one more volume after this before the reboot for the New 52 series, so the work done for this series, giving Diana a whole new back story and a brilliant costume – I love the costume, the top I am questioning a little bit of how her arms move around but it is very pretty to look at – is moot now.  It’s still a series to read though, since it gives another aspect of Wonder Woman.

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