"> Wonder Woman's "The Truth" - Review

Wonder Woman's "The Truth" - Review

25 May 2017

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In June 2016, DC Comics kicked off the start of its Rebirth initiative. After a wave of criticism surrounding the way they have treated their characters’ rich histories since 2011’s New 52 relaunch, DC has decided to rebrand. They hope that by restoring their characters’ pasts, they will restore readers’ faith in them as well.  Do they succeed? That’s what the Comics Beat managing editor Alex Lu and entertainment editor Kyle Pinion are here to discuss.  Book by book. Panel by panel.

Note: the reviews below contain **spoilers**. If you want a quick, spoiler-free buy/pass recommendation on the comics in question, check out the bottom of the article for our final verdict.
 
 

Wonder Woman #23

Writer: Greg Rucka

Artist: Liam Sharp

Colorist: Hi-Fi

Letterer: Jodi Wynne

In truth, Wonder Woman has never been a warrior. She’s a diplomat. Rucka characterizes her as such through and through in his runs on Wonder Woman— Diana Prince never raises a sword to a conflict that she can solve with her voice. That’s never been a rarer or more important attribute in superhero comics than it is in this Wonder Woman storyline, where Diana’s opponent isn’t a god or a monster, but rather herself.
 
 

Over the course of Rucka’s Rebirth run on Wonder Woman, the writer, alongside main series artists Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott, has called into question Diana’s strange and fractured past. For years, she has been torn apart by gods and monsters; she has been betrayed by the people she has sworn to protect. Then, she learned so much of what she thought she knew has been a lie. Diana has never returned to Themyscira since she left with Steve Trevor. Every return and every lie has been a trick– all manufactured and engineered to keep Diana’s body and mind in conflict and bring her closer to Ares, the God of War.

Over the years, Ares has become one of Diana’s most prominent foes, but as we learn here, Diana never actually fought Ares at all. It was Phobos and Deimos, the sons of Ares and gods of Terror and Panic, seeking to steal their father’s power from Ares’ inter-dimensional prison. To make Ares the victim rather than the villain is a powerful and intriguing turn. Rather than characterizing him as an actively malevolent force in the world, this God of War sees his role closer to how the Endless do in Sandman— he is an engine of a human constant rather than an ambitious power-monger. Conflict, according to Ares, is not inherently bad– it is a tool for change and can build new life as easily as it can destroy it. The danger of war is not in the act, but rather its constant need to propagate itself. War as the only solution rather than the last solution. Fighting for the sake of power rather than the need to change.



 
The polar opposite to war? Love. Aphrodite’s love grants power to the chains that bound Ares and seeped him of his bloodlust. Veronica Cale’s love for her daughter, Isadore, pushed her to cooperate with Phobos and Deimos, but also, in the end, pushed her to work with Wonder Woman as well. To love someone is to put aside your needs and fears in favor of another– to embrace that you do not know and allow someone else to help you understand. Aphrodite helps Ares understand. Veronica’s love for Isadore pushes her to move past her fears of what the gods can do to her so that she can understand what a benevolent demi-god might do for her.
 

 

And indeed, in the end, Wonder Woman supplicates herself at the feet of Phobos and Deimos in order to quell their terror and fear. When she kneels before them, she is not surrendering to their whims, but rather seeking to understand their pain. Terror and Fear come from a place of unknowing. They feed upon the negative consequences that can result from stepping into the blind. But if you seek to understand and give in to what you cannot know, terror and fear can hold no sway over you. 

So that is the lesson Diana learns. Her true strength doesn’t come from the gods. It doesn’t come from her home. Her greatest strength is her ability to do what few of us can– to never give into fear. To never use violence as a cure for confusion. To constantly seek to understand. To always open herself to love.

Final Verdict: Buy
 
 
 Source: comicsbeat.com
 
 

 

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