Wonder Woman 8: A Twist of Fate

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 8/10

Decent art

So-so story, bad villain, Donna Troy's portrayal

Comic Info

Comic Name: Wonder Woman (Volume 4)

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Meredith Finch

Artist: David Finch/Ian Churchill/Miguel Mendoca

# of Issues: 7

Release Date: 2016

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Wonder Woman (4) #42 Variant

Reprints Wonder Woman (4) #41-47 (August 2015-February 2016).  The mantle of War hangs heavy on Wonder Woman’s head as she tries to bring peace to the world despite her title.  When Wonder Woman finds herself the target of a young man named Aegeus, she learns that Aegeus has his own plans and a secret backer as a means to claim the title of the God of War.  Meanwhile, Donna Troy is struggling to find her own place in the world following her actions on Paradise Island and not even Wonder Woman may be able to reach her.

Written by Meredith Finch, Wonder Woman Volume 8:  A Twist of Fate is a DC Comics New 52 comic book collection.  Following Wonder Woman Volume 7:  War-Torn, the collection features art by David Finch, Ian Churchill, and Miguel Mendoca.

If Wonder Woman is good, it is pretty good, but often Wonder Woman is just average.  I was really inspired by the first part of this series’ run and thus far have found the follow-up storyline lacking.  Though this volume tries to reach back into gods and goddesses of Azzarello’s run, it still feels flat.

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Wonder Woman (4) #43

The biggest problem with the collection is the villain that is causing the problems for Wonder Woman.  The character of Aegeus is introduced (he’s a descendant of Theseus) and he’s obnoxious and bratty.  His character who has just lost his mother has the potential to be kind and innocent with misplaced anger, but instead, he’s written as a spoiled brat that can’t make up his mind.  It isn’t compelling and I care little about what happens to him and who is pulling his strings.

After her disastrous New 52 appearance in War-Torn, this volume attempts to straighten out Donna Troy.  Donna Troy is one of my favorite DC characters, but she has been battered and bruised over the years with twisting origins that ignore the character’s storied past.  Finch tries to clean-up the jerky Donna Troy, but it still feels like a misuse of the character.

Wonder Woman 8:  A Twist of Fate is the penultimate volume in the New 52 Wonder Woman series, but you won’t know it.  The comic seems to just be adding more and more layers and doesn’t feel like it is building to anything.  I don’t know where Meredith Finch is going to take Wonder Woman (her new costume is so-so…I do not get the arm blades), and I don’t know that I care incredibly if I never found out.  Wonder Woman 8:  A Twist of Fate is followed by Wonder Woman 9:  Resurrection.

Related Links:

Wonder Woman 1:  Blood

Wonder Woman 2:  Guts

Wonder Woman 3:  Iron

Wonder Woman 4:  War

Wonder Woman 5:  Flesh

Wonder Woman 6:  Bones

Wonder Woman 7:  War-Torn

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