Starting a story arc mid-story is a difficult task. I don’t know what’s going on in this specific arc or the series as a whole, but everyone needs to start somewhere, and this is as good a place as any. So hold on tight, this might be a bit bumpy starting off….
“The Truth” part three! Diana, Steve and Etta come face-to-face with their newest foes—the deadly group known as Poison! But what do they have to do with the plot to unravel Wonder Woman’s life?
I’m not sure if it’s because I joined this arc at Part 3 but Wonder Woman #19 didn’t start off terribly well. I was unimpressed with the first 12 pages. Most of the dialogue is exposition and becomes tiresome rather quickly. Luckily, Greg Rucka turns it around for the final 9 pages. The villainous AI, Doctor Cyber, delivers an incredible monologue that is matter of fact, sarcastic, taunting, rageful, and a little creepy at times. It was everything you could possibly want from a villain. Also, maybe it’s because I’m new to the world of comics, but Rucka gives the issue an ending I did not see coming.
Liam Sharp’s artwork is beautiful. Combining a smooth polished look with well-placed intricate detail make for a comic I would flip through a number of times, simply to enjoy the imagery. My only problem with the artwork is that most of the panels have little to no background. It’s not the end of the world, but I find it much more immersive when I can see the environment the characters are in. Much like the story, the page layouts gets significantly better in the second half. It starts off very basic but ends with a variety of panel styles and positions that are a joy to look at.
With that in mind, I probably wouldn’t recommend Wonder Woman #19 but I wouldn’t hold it against you if you bought it.