Wonder Woman – Volume 4 – 41


Wonder Woman – Volume 4 – 41

General Info

Issue No:
41
On Sale Date:
June 2015
Cover Date:
Late August 2015
Era:
New 52
Story Title:
Balance

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
David Finch, Jonathan Glapion, Brad Anderson
Brian Bolland (Variant)
Writer:
Meredith Finch
Penciller:
David Finch
Inker:
Jonathan Glapion, Johnny Desjardins
Letterer:
Rob Leigh
Colourist:
Brad Anderson
Editor:
Paul Kaminski (Associate), Mike Cotton (Editor), Eddie Berganza (Group Editor)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Zola, Donna Troy
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Nikos Aegeus
Olympians:
Hephaestus, Hera
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Zeke
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Comments

This issue saw the introduction of a horrendous mess of a costume re-design by David Finch and a new direction for Diana – with the implied emphasis on this being a new, more “bad ass” characterisation of the Amazon. In a particularly cringe-worthy ham-written scene, Diana tells Hephaestus her justification for the costume change:

“Every day is a struggle to do those roles justice while remaining true to myself. This new costume is a symbol of that. It’s a reflection of everything I am now. God, Queen, Warrior for Justice. It’s finally time for me to leave the girl behind and embrace the woman I’ve become.”

So apparently -according to the Finch’s – the Diana we had known all this time had merely been playing lip service to her role as a heroine, approaching it with the naivety of a childish girl….

Some fans, myself included, found this one of the most insulting affronts to this iconic character yet made. It seemed to us that Diana had truly reached one of the lowest points in her long established existence. Could this really mark the moment when the Wonder Woman character as envisaged by her creator, the great William Moulton Marston, was finally wiped from existence and consigned to the history books?

This issue also features a variant cover my master artists Brian Bolland, who had produced some of the finest Wonder Woman covers during the Messner-Loebs era.

Synopsis

Wonder Woman travels across Mount Olympus, first visiting Donna Troy and encourages her reintegration. Next Diana goes to Zola and Zeke where Hera joins them and they discuss the isolation and the child.

After leaving Zola, Diana travels to Hephaestus where they tour his vaults and Diana reflects that she adopted the Wonder Woman suit as a girl and now she is a woman and changes into a new outfit, armoured and covering her body. Her first expedition is to defuse a bomb set by a teenager, getting closer the hooded villain maces Diana but as she holds him up he escapes and disappears into the river, calling her the God of War much to Diana’s confusion.

The man, Nikos Aegeus, escapes to his basement room where a disembodied voice advises him on how to become the new God of War; by first obtaining a weapon that can kill a god.