This is rather an important issue for Wonder Woman as a hero. This issue changes her origin story. This is perhaps one of the biggest changes in the New 52 lineup. In order for these changes to work, the story had to be presented in an intelligent,meaningful way. Brian Azzarello nailed it.
I was a bit skeptical in the first few pages. Conversations seemed a bit erratic. The dialogue seemed a bit forced. But then something happened. Hyppolyta begins to tell her story. She begins to reveal the true history of Diana. Of course Diana had always thought she had been made out of clay and the love of Hyppolyta herself. But turns out she was created in the much more usual way – a man and a woman felt a deep passion for each other and a baby was born of the union. Of course the man involved in this case was Zeus, husband of the jealous Hera.
There are several points that should be noted to recognize the thought that went into this issue. It is a big deal that the strong, independent Hyppolyta had been so taken by Zeus. She saw this union as “strength supporting strength.” They gave up control to one another. Zeus, who always hid his identity during his affairs did not in this case. He loved as himself.
In hearing the truth, the trust Diana had in her mother was broken. A rift is now formed between her and Hyppolyta as well as between her and the Amazons at large. She walks away from them to become fully and independently Wonder Woman.
And she punches someone in the face. Dude – I love her.
The Amazing Spider-Man #674
Alright, so the whole semi-amusing yet semi-drawn-out push through Spider-Island is officially over. Issue #674 is a nice depiction of the aftermath as well as the beginning of the transition out of the current plot arc so to move into the next plot arc – which we know from the recent Marvel news release will be centered upon the formation of a new Sinister Six.
Here’s what this issue does have – a nice wrap-up, a bit of an introduction into the next villainous plot featuring a new Vulture flock (which frankly doesn’t feel like it’s going to last long), and a good ‘in’ point for anyone who has been getting away from the series and would like to get back to seeing what’s up in Peter Parker’s world at the moment.
Even though the Spider-Island virus has been cured, people are still showing up in New York City in droves with the hopes of gaining spider powers. One particular group is feeding of the young, emo-appearing, demographic of this population. They promise them powers beyond the ability to swing from building to building. The catch? A life of crime, of course.
Meanwhile, the rest of the city is partying it up, happy to be out of the Spider-Island crises, including Mary Jane who (insert shock and awe) will probably somehow get messed up in this new, previously mentioned, villainous plot.
The dialogue, action (considering this is a transition issue), and art are all done really well. I believe this is the first Amazing Spider-Man issue issue for artist Guiseppe Camuncoli. He does a great job. The art really felt like it fit the Spider-Man feel.
All in all, not a bad little issue. Nothing earth-shattering, but it wasn’t really meant to be. Gets the job done!
The Carbon Grey series is a new epic-fantasy storyline from Image. The first 3-issue arc having come to a close, the publishing company has released this origin story as a hold-over before they can begin the next arc.
This series has a lot of good points in general. The art by Khari Evans, Kinsun Loh, and Hoang Nguyen is absolutely astounding. The art is probably responsible for at least 60% of the storytelling, making for an elegantly violent feel. The downside, though, is that the story is rather convoluted and difficult to follow. I think the longer this series goes on the less this will be a problem, but the writers have a lot of information to present in the limitedly worded format of a comic book. The culture, history, and plot are all thick in Carbon Grey, and therefore this series requires the reader to read intelligently.
The Origins issue is a bit easier to follow than the initial arc of 3 issues. This is, more than likely because we are taking a step back into the childhood of the Grey twins. This is before the Kaiser was killed by Giselle Grey. This is before the sisters have figured out their place and their mission. This is during the training process of their youth – and we get a glimpse into why they are so effed up as adults
Perhaps the most important part of the issue is to see the sisters in the development stage of their personality’s and relationship with one another. They are simultaneously each other’s strength and weakness. They are simultaneously each other’s greatest love and most hated enemy. They are everything to one another right now, because they haven nothing. Those training them have to figure out how this relationship will play into their destined future.
I realize I have given very little in the way of plot in this review. I just don’t know where to begin – but I did at least start at the beginning in my review of issue #1, some months back. If you are intrigued, check out that review for more information on the series.