Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me #2 – Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Writers; Chad Hardin, Artist; Tom Derenick, Layouts; Alex Sinclair, Colorist
Ray – 9/10
Ray: Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me, a delightfully insane old-school Wonder Woman adventure produced by the classic Harley Quinn creative team, has been the biggest surprise in the former Walmart line. While it bases itself off classic character tropes – Steve Trevor’s plane has gone down and he’s missing in action, a trope briefly seen in the G. Willow Wilson run as well – it takes a fresh spin and essentially makes this Wonder Woman in the Land that Time Forgot. When we last left off, Diana and Etta Candy had landed in a mysterious island in the Bermuda Triangle and promptly encountered a massive Jaguar monster that wasted no time eating a dinosaur.
In Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me #2, this giant beast turns out not to be an aggressor – he warns them that the island is kill-or-be-killed and as soon as the sun sets, Diana and Etta find themselves under attack by bazooka-toting Neanderthals. They soon find they’re not alone on the island – another captive of the cavemen is none other than scarred warrior Jonah Hex.
For those who don’t remember, writer Jimmy Palmiotti wrote one of the longest modern comic book runs starring Jonah Hex with then-cowriter Justin Gray, and it’s great to see him write the curmudgeonly gunman again. With him running through time again, could he eventually meet his descendant Ginny Hex? (Note: Hex’s uniform for this issue appears to lack any of the details of the Confederate Uniform from his previous appearances, instead being basic grey Western-style garb.)
Hex is equally hilarious and menacing, but he’s far from the only odd individual on the island. Who’s this mysterious green-skinned “Princess” and her army of robots? Could she be related to Brainiac? My first thought went to the deep-cut of Lex Luthor’s daughter, who was taken by Brainiac back in 2000.
This oddball team getting to know each other and struggling to survive the island is highly entertaining, and the menaces keep coming – but they don’t distract from how good the dialogue and characterization is. This is a classic Wonder Woman story that emphasizes both her strength and her compassion, and the setting has limitless possibilities.
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