Writer: Joëlle Jones
Artists: Joëlle Jones & Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Future State has introduced a lot of fun stories and great characters. Out of everything that we have seen over the last month, my favorite character is Yara Flor, the new Wonder Woman. Joëlle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles wrote a stellar debut for Yara, and Future State: Wonder Woman #2 closes out her first story.
Yara is working her way through the Underworld as she tries to liberate her fellow Themysciran ally. She has a run-in with Hades and a few other iconic faces on the way. The first issue had a decent amount of action and a lot of exposition. This issue is almost the complete opposite, with nonstop movement throughout the entire issue. Joëlle Jones’ script still manages to balance action, story, and most importantly, emotion.
Every beat that needs to hit does so in this issue. The creative team has a lot to tell in just two issues and does a stellar job of doing so. The issue does feel a touch rushed at times, but that’s not the team’s fault. Still, the script has some stellar moments and will be memorable long-term as a fantastic start for the character.
Joëlle Jones also draws a beautiful issue here. All of the characters look great, and the action moves smoothly from panel to panel. Both beautiful and haunting settings fill the pages. Colorist Jordie Bellaire adds tons of delightful depth to the pages. Her colors set the tone of every moment, making it easy for readers to get emotionally invested. Tons of dark shades of red add tension to Yara’s journey, while the soft blues at the end of the issue give a feeling of hope. It’s all wonderful stuff, rounding out a fantastic comic.
It would have been nice for this arc to have an extra issue or two to really flesh things out, but this is still a fine read. Yara is a fantastic successor to Diana, and I look forward to seeing what’s next for the character in her own ongoing series.
Future State: Wonder Woman #2