Title: Wonder Woman (2016–) #33
Words: James Robinson
Art: Emanuela Luppacchino
Inks: Ray McCarthy
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Publication Date: October 25th, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “TIMES PAST” part one! Grail, the daughter of Darkseid, has been on a quest to restore her father to his full power and glory after the events of Darkseid War! She must challenge children of the gods to steal their energy for the almighty Darkseid. Will any hero of myth be able to withstand her onslaught?!
Wait a second, where the hell is Wonder Woman? Oh, there she is…on a television screen and in a sort of ‘flashback.’ That’s it? Yeah, that’s about it alright. Wonder Woman #33 is practically void of Wonder Woman, but surprisingly, it works. With Wonder Woman off doing whatever it is that Wonder Woman does, this issue’s focus is placed on Grail, daughter of the mighty Darkseid, and, well, Darkseid. Along with Wonder Woman, this book is void of dull moments and is very entertaining. Wonder Woman #33 starts off an exciting new arc that is sure to please the reader.
James Robinson hears the round bell and comes out swinging for the fences. Despite having to explain a good deal in the first few pages of the book, he does so in a way that is equally as entertaining as it is informative. Robinson does an excellent job speaking for (or perhaps, not speaking for, and instead allowing his character to speak) Grail, the daughter of Darkseid. And, for some time, Darkseid is a baby, and Robinson does an excellent job writing for the miniature wielder of Anti-Life.
Wonder Woman #33 is an epic, beautifully illustrated book that will have readers returning for second and third glances at its glorious panels. Emanuela Luppacchino’s illustrations are pure eye candy; each of her panels is filled with (sometimes breathtaking) detail, and I especially love the way that she portrays Darkseid as a wee little lad. The ink and color work is equally as epic as the illustrations, and thus, visually, Wonder Woman #33 offers readers an epic sight to behold.
The Bottom Line:
This may very well be one of the best Wonder Woman comics ever written…that doesn’t actually feature Wonder Woman. She’s spotted in a scene or two, but that’s about it. Despite missing the Amazonian ass-kicker from its pages, Wonder Woman #33 is a well-crafted comic that does a fine job kicking off an exciting new arc. Wonder Woman fans will be pleased with this one, even though they won’t get to catch a glance at their favorite Amazonian warrior.