Wonder Woman Rebirth (DC Comics)
Wonder Woman has had quite the ride for the past five years. At the start of the DC New 52 event, her series was riding high thanks to the incredible take on her mythos from Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, but shortly after they left she fell back into obscurity and muddled storytelling. Well, with DC Rebirth comes another new start for Diana Prince, as Greg Rucka makes his triumphant return to DC’s Amazon in Wonder Woman Rebirth. One of the hottest titles of the DC Rebirth event, Rucka’s return has been pretty highly publicized after he made it known a few years ago that he’d “never work with DC again”, so how does this new one shot, with art from Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp, stack up?
Pretty good. Wonder Woman Rebirth is definitely a “housekeeping issue”, catching us up on what’s been going on in Wonder Woman’s life and setting up what’s to come in Rucka’s run. There’s not a lot of action in this issue, but Rucka’s script is so well done that it’s never even an issue. His characterization of Diana is dead on, and the mystery behind her changing past is sure to be interesting under Rucka’s watch.
On the art side of things are Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp, who divide up the art duties equally. Usually this would be a pretty major red flag on a major release, but Clark and Sharp’s art is extremely similar and is gorgeous to look at. The upcoming Wonder Woman series proper will be alternating between tales set in modern day and in Diana’s past, so having both of these artists take an equal part of Rebirth helps us get used to this idea.
While Wonder Woman Rebirth doesn’t contain a major shocking twist, it does set up a strong and compelling narrative arc for her upcoming series. There’s a great sense of mystery and myth in this issue, and it’s always great to read Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman. So far it looks like Wonder Woman has what it takes to be one of the better books of the DC Rebirth launch.