Subway Shorts – Wonder Woman 47

The Dark Gods are on their way and Wonder Woman and her brother Jason have to figure out the best way to deal with them.

Wonder Woman 47
Written by James Robinson 
Pencils and Inks by Stephen Segovia 
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. 

I think this may be my favorite issue of James Robinson’s run on Wonder Woman so far. Since he took over from Greg Rucka with October’s WONDER WOMAN 31, his narrative has been a little underwhelming. That’s pretty disappointing, considering his run on the book has included some important story beats, including the introduction of Wonder Woman’s brother and a confrontation with Darkseid, one of the baddest Big Bads DC Comics has on their roster.

With the end of the arc with Darkseid, the stage is now set for a battle with “The Dark Gods,” which seems to be another group of MILLENNIUM GIANTS copies, much like we’re seeing in the NO JUSTICE event with the Justice League. But there are little things in this issue that enhanced the story for me and made it Robinson’s best work on Wonder Woman yet – and maybe his best DC Comics work in a while.

The issue starts out with Diana battling Supergirl, who may or may not have been taken over by these Dark Gods. After copious amounts of destruction caused by the battle, Wonder Woman throws the lasso of truth on the Maid of Might, hoping that Kara will tell her everything she knows about the Dark Gods. Instead, Supergirl just blacked out.

Meanwhile, her brother is talking to The Fates, to find out more about the new armor he received, since he remembers nothing about the armor’s origins. His conversation with The Fates gives Robinson and artist Stephen Segovia the opportunity to add in some little Easter eggs for long-time comics fans, including this panel, as The Fates react to Jason telling them they do not appear as he would have imagined.

The Fates in this panel are right out of Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN and that just brought a smile to my face. Really, it’s the little things that make a comic book a winner. They tell Jason the armor wasn’t meant for him – it was meant for Diana – but now it’s bonded to him, and he better figure out how to use it, because the Dark Gods have already made it to Earth.

When Jason and Diana finally rendezvous and prepare to face the now-revealed Dark Gods, Diana gets pulled away by the Star Sapphires who need help on Zamaron (which should be covered in the upcoming WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL). This leaves Jason all alone and he… doesn’t know what to do. Getting the Justice League on board should probably be his first action…

Diana being pulled away caught me completely off-guard, and it was another one of those little story twists that got me on board with this issue. Hopefully, Robinson can keep the momentum going with his next few issues.