Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 / Rating: 4/5 (Spoiler Free)

Wonder Woman #1

Wonder Woman’s emblematic search for the truth continues in a most robust and edifying way in Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1.

Greg Rucka guides the story with an astute balance of mystery and revelation. The developments are delivered with a kind of amplifying build. There is some great action and the tension in the pages is conveyed brilliantly. Wonder Woman is full of turmoil and uncertainty and she is determined to rectify this situation. Pity to those that stand in her way.

Perhaps most notable is the power of Wonder Woman’s dialogue. Every word spoken carries incredible gravity. There is unbending resolve, strength, and wisdom seasoning her speech. One could become obsessed with this dialogue. The words of Wonder Woman are a pure delight!

Finally, we are treated to a great reveal at the end, which comes in the form of a splash page.

As will be immediately apparent, the cover of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 is absolutely stunning. It is packed with energy, sophistication, ferocity, detail and characters, both sinister and benevolent. Artist Liam Sharp and colorist Laura Martin provide a lot to enjoy right on the shell of this issue.

The interior art provides some great Gothic tones and dark imagery that might be comparable to the work of Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. The splash pages are quite detailed, beautiful and filled with action and majesty. The final page is particularly gorgeous

There are, however, some problems with the art. There are a few panels that feel rather rushed, with poorly detailed depictions that are matched with minimal dialogue, which cheapens the page. When the art is the vehicle doing the storytelling, one expects for the quality to improve, not to depreciate, but in this case, there are some weak panels in inopportune places. Though there are many great panels, there are some panels that stand-out quite plainly as poor. In short, the art is inconsistent in quality and style. It is not overly bothersome, but it is noticeable.

With the exception of a few art hiccups, Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 is another substantive and mesmerizing issue in the development of the Rebirth Universe. It has something to enjoy for new and old readers alike, and gives us a Wonder Woman that is absolutely tough as nails. Wonder Woman is a force to be reckoned with in this issue. She will have the truth!

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