Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 210


Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 210

General Info

Issue No:
210 (539)
On Sale Date:
November 2004
Cover Date:
January 2005
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Stoned - Part Five

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
J. G. Jones
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Penciller:
Drew Johnson
Inker:
Ray Snyder
Letterer:
Todd Klein
Colourist:
Richard Horie, Tanya Horie
Editor:
Ivan Cohen

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Peter Garibaldi, Jonah McCarthy, Ferdinand, Alana Dominguez, Rachel Keast
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Medousa, Euryale, Stheno, Circe
Olympians:
Ares
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
N/A
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Comments

This story line obviously caused much heated discussions amongst fans and many questioned whether Diana would ever in fact act in such a reckless way. I say yes she would. She does whatever it takes, at whatever cost to herself, to save lives – in this case preventing the entire population of Earth from being turned to stone in the event of a Medousa victory over her.
Rucka certainly takes a bold move with this storyline, as the powers at DC do not normally allow their icons to self mutilate themselves quite so casually, but presumably felt that this would enhance Diana’s reputation for facing the forces of adversity and still coming out triumphant over them – in other words…she is a true “Wonder” Woman!
Incidentally, I personally feel that for such a landmark issue Drew Johnson’s artwork failed to deliver the true drama and action of this set piece fight, which lasts pretty much the entire issue. His compositions feel just too static in my opinion. He would provide art duties on the title for only one or two more issues before being replaced.
Finally, the armour Diana is depicted in bears a strong resemblance to the movie version of the costume as worn by Gal Gadot.

Synopsis

Wonder Woman and Medousa battle each other as the world watches on every TV screen on the planet. Diana’s fighting skills are hindered by the venom still in her system and the fact that she has to fight blindfolded to avoid being turned instantly to stone. With such odds stacked against her she succumbs and is stabbed by Medousa, who orders the bleeding Amazon to look at her. Fighting the hypnotic compunction of her voice, Diana realises she has no other choice and grabbing one of the severed snake heads from Medousa’s hair, she squirts the acidic venom into her eyes blinding herself permanently! She then confronts the stunned Gorgon and cuts her head off! Victory is Wonder Woman’s but at what price?