Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #50
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino, Jesus Merino, Stephen Segovia
Cover: Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jesus Merino
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “A new pantheon of gods has been born! But who are they? Where did they come from? What do they want? All questions for Wonder Woman, because she played more of a role in their arrival than you’d think! Will it fall to Diana to end their existence as well? Meanwhile, Wonder Woman’s brother Jason learns his true purpose. It’s all here in this extra-sized anniversary issue!”
The conclusion to the Dark Gods arc has finally arrived. After weeks of suspense, and a huge cliffhanger last week, Wonder Woman faces off against the Dark Gods in an epic battle. However, it is Jason who turns out to be the hero after all, hatching a brilliant plan to save everyone, while also making the ultimate sacrifice.
Robinson has proven once again to be a master of storytelling. His conclusion to the Dark Gods is surprising, thoughtful, and action-packed. The cliffhanger from the previous issues is revealed to be false and, in fact, just part of Jason’s master plan. Instead of a fallen man, Jason ascends to the ranks of a hero, completing his story arc, and adding a final twist to the storyline. The Dark Gods reveal their weakness to be Wonder Woman herself, which proves to be their ultimate downfall, emphasizing Wonder Woman’s unique power. As for the storytelling itself, Robinson frames the final battle between Wonder Woman and the Dark Gods in flashbacks as she recounts the tale and its outcome to Steve. Much of the arc has been centered around Wonder Woman and Jason’s relationship, Robinson uses this relationship brilliantly in the issue as Wonder Woman tells Steve the story of what happens to Jason, rather than how they saved the world. This technique adds emotional depth to the issue, reinforcing the burden of the hero and connecting Wonder Woman to her humanity and family. Robinson ends with an internal dialogue from Wonder Woman, giving readers a glimpse into the pensive mind of his complex character.
Lupacchino, Merino, and Segovia craft the world of the Dark Gods with dark hues and intense characters. This final issue in the arc, however, is superb. Robinson’s story takes readers inside King Best’s consciousness, but it is Lupacchino, Merino, and Segovia that really brings the script to life. Of course, their work on the present time scenes between Wonder Woman and Steve are light and detailed, emphasizing the difference in mood between past and present.
The Bottom Line:
Robinson’s Dark Gods arc has been inspired from the beginning. However, it is this final issue that really brings the arc together. Robinson’s skill for storytelling really comes through in the this issue, highlighted through Lupacchino, Merino, and Segovia’s amazing art.