Wonder Woman is nothing if not a contradiction. She is warrior of peace, after all. She absolutely believes in truth and justice, yet she will fight to the death in pursuit of those things. This complexity of character, an attribute that has always accompanied Wonder Woman, came especially to the forefront during Brian Azzarello’s masterful time on the title. Within the last six years, it came to light that she was not only the child of the Amazon queen but also of Zeus himself! To further add depth to the icon, she eventually became the God of War!
Greg Rucka embraces all of these contradictions and uses them to create a gripping first installment to what appears to be a captivating story line. In Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman remembers two distinct pasts, two separate lives, and she wants nothing more than the truth concerning these contradictory recollections. She uses a unique approach to achieve this desired truth which sets her on a new path, and this new journey will seemingly put her in direct conflict with the entity Wally West is warning of in DC Universe: Rebirth #1. I love that already Batman, Flash, and Wonder Woman know something is amiss, that they are being manipulated and watched, and it’s only a matter of time before they do something about it …
Two artists are featured within this issue. Matthew Clark handled the Wonder Woman for whom we are familiar, and then, half way through the book, Liam Sharp takes over when Wonder Woman ditches her New 52 costume and adopts more traditional armor befitting an Amazon warrior. Consequently, this new armor is very similar to what she wore in her big screen debut last March.
Rucka, like Azzarello, delivers a complicated, multifaceted Wonder Woman with a clear mission in mind. He is treating her with dignity, respect, and as the capable hero she is. Like The Flash: Rebirth #1, this issue seems integral to the overall story unfolding within the DC Universe.
I left Wonder Woman after Azzarello’s departure because I didn’t care for the way the new creators handled her, but Rucka has definitely brought me back. I can’t wait to join Wonder Woman as she discovers her truth.