Title: Wonder Woman: The Dark Gods #48
Writer: James Robinson
Artist/Cover: Jesús Merino
Publication Date: June 13, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “The Dark Gods” part three! Every hero on Earth has tested their mettle against the Dark Gods—except for Wonder Woman, who’s not on Earth! With Diana lost in space fighting off the Gods’ assault on the Star Sapphires, it’s down to Jason to protect her planet and her friends…but, uh, he hasn’t won a fight yet…”
The Dark Gods are raining havoc in this issue. Wonder Woman is the last chance to save the world, but she is unexpectedly needed elsewhere. Who does that leave to protect earth and defeat The Darks Gods? Um…Jason, who learns quickly that battling evil forces is not as easy as the heroes make it out to be. What will become of Earth? Will Wonder Woman return in time to save the day? Will Jason get his hero’s moment?
Wonder Woman (2016-) #48 really tackles the question of what makes a hero. The Dark Gods are extremely powerful beings and have thwarted numerous attacks already, but Jason poses an interesting opponent. Not quite a hero, Jason is a kind of in-betweener and Robinson plays into that idea of being almost a hero heavily in this issue. Instead of having Jason show up and kick butt, Robinson focuses on the struggle to become super, particularly when your sister is Wonder Woman. Jason’s stumbles and blunders are not setbacks, rather pillars that he must overcome as part of his hero’s quest. As for the Dark Gods themselves, these are some of the coolest villains in comics right now. Trust me, they’re really awesome.
Jesús Merino’s art almost out shines Robinson’s story, as he carefully choreographs fight scenes. Each panel is amazingly detailed, using rich colors to marry the art and words together. His depiction of King Best is inspired. Don’t skip this issue, King Best alone is worth your time.
The Bottom Line:
Though Wonder Woman (2016-) #48 is more of a means to get from the previous issue to the next, there is still plenty to enjoy! Robinson has finally brought the heroes together to help Jason defeat The Dark Gods, but not before some really great fight scenes. As for the art, Merino’s work is grade A terrific!