Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #51
Writer: Steve Orlando, James Robinson
Pencils/Ink: Laura Braga
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Then, is Man’s World ready for Wonder Woman to bring Amazonian justice to today’s society? Guest writer Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) delves into that theme in “Transformation Island,” which sees Diana visiting the small-time crook known as Mayfly in jail over the course of several years. But how do these visits impact Diana and Mayfly?”
After the events of the Dark Gods arc, Wonder Woman returns to an old foe. Returning to an older storyline, Wonder Woman now has the opportunity to build a relationship with her once foe, Moon Robinson. In this issue Wonder Woman takes a much needed breather and works on her personal relationship, finding a friend in her once foe.
The events of the Dark God arc were intense, so it stands to reason that the writers want to give Wonder Woman and the readers a bit of an emotional break. In this issue, Orlando and Robinson really highlight Wonder Woman’s humanity, her need for human connection. After the painful conclusion of the previous issue, this issue’s slower pace was a nice change. As for the story, it was nice for the reader to see Wonder Woman out of her typical warrior mode.
The art in this issue is another breakaway from the previous arc. Replacing the Dark Gods intense images and colors, are the detailed images of Wonder Woman and Moon Robinson. The detail in the characters this issue enhances Orlando and Robinson’s words, emphasizing the importance of building human relationships.
The Bottom Line:
Wonder Woman #51 is a much needed reprieve from the intensity of the previous issues. The story gives closure to a previous issue. And Fajardo and Braga’s art complement Orlando and Robinson’s script.