Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #49
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Jesus Merino
Cover: Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jesus Merino
Publication Date: June 27, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: ““THE DARK GODS” part four! Humanity worships new masters. Its heroes have fallen. And Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman stands alone!”
Sister and brother are finally together, fighting side-by-side, but things go rarely as planned for our heroes. As Diana and Jason face-off with King Best, members of the Justice League fight the other Dark Gods around the world. Then something strange happens, the Dark Gods disappear shortly after Jason flies off to Paraguay. When the all converge on her brother, Wonder Woman heads to his aid, fearing the worst. What Diana finds is something even she didn’t expect. How will this conclude? Stay tuned.
If the previous issue was a bit slow, this issue completely makes up for it. The Dark Gods narrative has been a great concept from the start, but now we are finally seeing how Robinson is going to conclude it. To his credit, Robinson crafts unique and terrifying gods, each with their own signature style for submission and torture. Perhaps the most compelling element in the entire storyline is the ways in which the Dark Gods tests Diana. For every step she takes towards victory, the Dark Gods beat her back. This continuous tug-of-war takes an emotional and physical toll, but Wonder Woman ever the hero, never gives up. With the latest plot twist, I am curious to see how Wonder Woman turns things around. Does she defeat the Dark Gods through strength or wit, or perhaps the love for her brother?
Complementing Robinson’s excellent story is Jesus Merino’s terrific art. Wonder Woman (2016-) #49 was full of dark and somber as the world falls under the Dark Gods’ powers. Merino captured these feelings in the art and colors. His depictions of the Dark Gods somehow makes them more terrifying as the issues build.
The Dark Gods storyline has proved to be one of twists and turns. Just when you think the heroes my catch a break, someone switches a flip and everything changes. Now the path to success is once again muddled, and Diana is left with some difficult decisions ahead.
The Bottom Line:
Robinson has truly set out to test the strength and limits of Wonder Woman with the Dark Gods storyline, and it’s amazing. Every time you feel Wonder Woman moving towards victory, Robinson reverses everything. This ebbing and flowing, really kicks this issue up a bit.