I don’t think I need to lecture you on all the historical importance of Wonder Woman. While Princess Diana of Themyscira was not the world’s first superheroine, she did assume a position of importance among them, if only because she was the first female member of the Justice Society of America. She was also the only superheroine at DC Comics who saw continuous publication following World War II and into the Silver Age of Comics.
While Diana’s legacy hasn’t always been a proud one (the less said about some of the Silver Age stories where she pinned for an end to war so she could marry Steve Trevor the better), she has remained our Wonder Woman, for better and for worse. It seems aesthetically fitting then that Wonder Woman #750 should reflect that, offering a grab bag of Wonder Woman stories fit for most tastes.
In many ways the most difficult story of the issue is the first; the finale of “The Wild Hunt” storyline from the most recent Wonder Woman comics. Steve Orlando’s script makes no effort to explain the story so far for the benefit of new readers, which is something of a problem given that it is the climax of a long battle spread across several titles in which Cheetah has declared war on the gods and started killing as many of them as possible with a god-killing sword. As confusing as the story is for everyone who wasn’t already reading Wonder Woman, the artwork by Jesus Merino and Vicente Cifuentes looks amazing and the three-way battle between Cheetah, Hera and Wonder Woman is well-blocked.
Thankfully, the rest of the stories contained in this issue are more easily accessible. Strangely enough, one of the best stories in this regard is meant to be a sequel to an earlier work. “From Small Things, Mama,” is a follow-up to a story writer Gail Simone and artist Collen Doran put together for the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special in 2016, once again teaming Wonder Woman up with a young hero called Star-Blossom, who has the power to make flowers do what she tells them too. It cuts to the core of Diana’s character that she treats Star-Blossom as an equal despite her age and her superpower, proving the old Mark Twain saying about how the mark of the truly great is that they make you believe that you too can be truly great.
Somewhere in the middle of all this is “To Me” – a story set in the reality of DC Bombshells by Marguerite Bennett with art by Laura Braga. While the story is written for fans of the original series and contains spoilers for those who haven’t read DC Bombshells, Bennett’s story is still accessible to the newcomers who were most likely to pick up this comic looking for a good entry point into the world of Wonder Woman.
For that, DC Comics fans will want to check out the final story, “A Brave New World,” which was written by Justice League writer Scott Snyder with art by Bryan Hitch. I won’t spoil the surprise of this story but it may signal some big changes to the timeline of DC Comics in general and Wonder Woman in specific, just in time for this summer’s new Wonder Woman movie.
For my money, however, the best story in the bunch and the one I’d show to someone I wanted to introduce to the Wonder Woman comics is “Never Change” – a story by Wonder Woman: Year One author Greg Rucka, with art by Nicola Scott. Strangely enough, this story seems to be a follow-up to Orlando’s largely inaccessible first story, yet Rucka’s script easily introduces the reader to the modern takes on Diana’s two greatest enemies, as she seeks out the unlikely aid of the sorceress Circe in dealing with Cheetah. The relationships between all three characters are made clear with a minimum of exposition and Scott’s artwork is the strongest out of some very strong entries.
It’s always hard to grade an anthology as a whole, seeing as how the quality between stories can vary dramatically. Thankfully, that isn’t the case here. Despite some accessibility issues in some of the stories, the artwork is solid all-around with one notable exception. (I like Riley Rosmo’s Hellblazer work, but if there’s a worst artist to draw a Wonder Woman story, I can’t think of them)
I’d recommend Wonder Woman #750 purely for the sake of the great comics within it and some solid pin-up pages. Even taking into account the stories that will leave you confused, you’re still getting a lot of bang for your back on this giant-sized issue.
Wonder Woman #750 releases on January 22nd, 2020!
Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.