Writers: Michael W. Conrad & Becky Cloonan
Artists: Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad gave readers a wonderfully heartfelt story during their short Future State run with Diana. Wonder Woman #770 brings the two writers back together for a new Wonder Woman story arc, with the help of a few new creators. Travis Moore takes over art while Tamra Bonvillain handles this issue’s colors. This issue is lettered by Pat Brosseau, who we last saw working on Future State with Cloonan and Conrad.
Diana suddenly realizes that she is in a massive battle with no memory of how she got there. She is aided by Siegfried, who explains to her that she died and is in Valhalla, where she will train, fight, and party every day during her time in the afterlife. I don’t want to give too much away, but this issue is full of fantastic moments and discoveries. I was initially underwhelmed after seeing that this is yet another amnesia story for a superhero. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for Cloonan and Conrad’s script to soothe my concerns. This is a wonderfully written story with some great moments for Diana, even if she doesn’t remember who she is.
The issue presents itself as a mystery throughout. Diana’s amnesia leads to gaps in both who she is and how she arrived at Valhalla. A couple of characters are introduced to give her direction, but there isn’t too much revealed to the reader here. Despite the lack of major revelations, this is still an engaging start to the arc and will likely be enjoyed by all fans of the character.
The action throughout the issue flows well thanks to some snazzy sequentials by Travis Moore. Every beat goes along without a hitch, making this an easy issue to take in and enjoy. There are some creative panel layouts throughout the issue that makes the issue fun to flip through. Moore’s style is lovely, with bold lines that make each character’s pose and facial expression look natural. Tamra Bonvillain’s colors add tons of life to Valhalla. Lush blues and greens add a sense of peace to the setting. Even with the cool colors, the more intense battle scenes still carry the weight that they need to.
Wonder Woman #770 is a strong start for the new run. It’s accessible to new readers and it gives longtime fans some new stuff to latch onto. Anyone who is remotely interested in Wonder Woman comics should pick this issue up.
Wonder Woman #770
Wonder Woman #770 is a strong start for the new run. It's accessible to new readers and it gives longtime fans some new stuff to latch onto. Anyone who is remotely interested in Wonder Woman comics should pick this issue up.