Wonder Woman #44 cover

Review – Wonder Woman #44: And the Saga of Jason Goes On

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Wonder Woman #44 variant cover
(It’s pretty but not accurate to what’s inside) Image via DC Comics

Wonder Woman #44 – James Robinson, Writer; Emanuela Lupacchino, Penciller; Ray McCarthy, Inker; Romulo Fajardo Jr., Colorist

Ratings:

Ray – 5/10

Corrina: ::headdesk::

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW

Ray: While Eternity Girl embraces the spirit of Kirby’s concepts with all their bizarre glory, Wonder Woman #44 does the near-impossible – it takes his concepts and makes them small and mundane. This is actually the least aggressively bad issue of Wonder Woman in a while, but that’s faint praise – there very little that’s good here, but there’s also nothing that’s actively insulting to the character. Instead, it’s almost entirely a slugfest, as Darkseid turns into the equivalent of the X-Men’s Juggernaut and makes a move against Themyscira. As the issue opens, Diana is engaged in combat against Darkseid, while Steve and his men are fending off a Parademon invasion and battling Female Furies, and Jason is doing battle against his ex-lover Grail. Darkseid has the dialogue of a stock 80s cartoon villain, while Jason and Grail come off like a generic teenage couple bickering over their failed relationship half the time.

All the while, Darkseid’s minions are assembling artifacts behind the scene, putting together a portal that will allow Darkseid what he wants – a portal to Themyscira. It was Greg Rucka who introduced the concept that Diana couldn’t return to the island because the island didn’t allow those who left it willingly to return. It was the source of some of the best scenes in his run. Here, though, it almost feels like a boss gate in a video game – it’s all about tricking the rules, which allows Grail to get through the gate and invade, as she’s an Amazon but one who never left willingly. She invades, with an army of Parademons backing her, and soon the Amazon front lines are transformed into Parademons as well. That’s a new twist for what Parademons can do, but hey, this run hasn’t really been playing by any logical rules for most of its run. This isn’t the first time Themysrica has been invaded, it won’t be the last, and I doubt this will be one of the more memorable.

Wonder Woman #44 page 1
A truly impressive sound effect. Image via DC Comics

Corrina: Perhaps the single worst part of this run is that Jason has been present (or talked about) for the entire time, taking over the spotlight from the title character, and has been given character arc from villain to┬áproto-hero and…IT’S NOT THE LEAST BIT INTERESTING.

It’s entirely possible for a cool new character to usurp a title. That’s frustrating but at least the adventures of that character can be interesting on its own. Not so this comic, where Jason is just THE WORST. (Yes, all caps worst.)

Oh, and look, now Grail is in Themyscira. Leaving Robinson with a chance to write the Amazons too. Sigh.

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1 thought on “Review – Wonder Woman #44: And the Saga of Jason Goes On

  1. Ooooohh So Much THANK YOU for writing these reviews!!!!! I despise the very concept of Jason (and Wonder Woman’s Zeus-dependant origin, which it really seemed like Rebirth did away with?), so as soon as I even heard that this run was happening I wanted to cry. And after reading it, it just keep getting worse, as you point out in your reviews. I agree with everything, and this needs to end and DC needs to F***ING STOP F***ING WITH WONDER WOMAN!!! NO ONE WANTS THIS!!! I cannot fathom how they just keep doing this to her. Trying to make her more relateable somehow, I think they keep saying? But apparently every CAN relate to an alien and a billionaire with no issues? That seems right. Let’s not change everything about the boys and essentially write them out of their own comic. AAAGGHHH!!!!! Can’t even.

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