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Although there follows one more issue after this one, it is safe to say that
this is the true finale issue of Greg Rucka's remarkable run. The phrase
"End of an Era" is used far too often, especially in the comic book
industry, but this issue of "Wonder Woman" can truly be described
With the events of the "Infinite Crisis" Crossover event reaching
towards its climax, fans and non fans alike still did not know what lay in store
for Diana. The suits at DC Comics were keeping their cards very close to their
chests when it came to the fate of Wonder Woman. Would she die and be replaced
by Donna Troy? Would she become an agent for the U.S. Government? Would she
lose her powers? Would she take up a secret identity like her pre crisis persona?
Or perhaps all of the above!
Only time would tell - and the wait would be a long one because following
issue 226 there would be three months of no "Wonder Woman" book at
all, no announcements of what, if any, her new direction would be and no indications
as to who the new writer would be replacing Rucka. For fans like myself, this
was a tortuous period of uncertainty and fear that the character we
knew and loved - and had grown up with over so many years - might truly be leaving
our lives for good.
J.G. Jones provides us a fittingly beautiful, melancholy cover.
Diana is saved from certain death at the hands of the vast numbers of OMACS
by her patron, Athena. The Goddess tells Diana how this is the end of the road
and that the Gods are retreating from this realm just as Themyscira has done.
Wonder Woman is left to tell her Embassy staff that the mission is over and
her own future destiny is uncertain. And yet, hope endures. That has always
been Diana's strength - and perhaps - her greatest weakness.