Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #54
Writer: Steve Orlando
Pencils: Raul Allen
Inks: Patricia Martin
Colors: Borja Pindado Arribas
Cover: David Yardin
Publication Date: September 12, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Diana’s model U.N. project goes up in flames when she tries to intervene and stop the exiled Bana-Mighdall Amazons from invading the nation of Qurac under false pretenses. She clashes with Artemis, who wants her exiled sisters to go to war, despite the fact that the expat Amazons are being manipulated…by none other than the deadly Rustam, Quraci seditionist and rebel leader! Now it’s up to Wonder Woman to lasso this runaway war train before it can get up to speed—and it’s about to pull out of the station.”
Wonder Woman, Artemis, and Atalanta finally find their way to Bana-Mighdall. However, things are not not what they have expected inside the city. Bana-Mighdall is about to enter into a war with their neighbors based on the council of the deadly Rustam. The Bana-Mighdall Amazons want sovereignty, but Rustam has something else in mind for this war. Now Wonder Woman must fight against the women Bana-Mighdall in order to save them.
Wonder Woman (2016-) #54 is a nail-biting issue, with plenty of action to go around. Steve Orlando crafts an issue that titters between suspense and entertainment, with constant action in between. As we see Wonder Woman enter battle against her lost Amazonian sisters, there is a touch of melancholy in the script, which is quickly followed by determination from Wonder Woman to save her sisters. All the while, the readers are locked into Wonder Woman’s emotions, along for what is destined to be a crazy ride.
Raul Allen’s art breaks away from what we’ve seen in the last few Wonder Woman issues, with a kind of throwback comic feel to it. This change-up works well to identity this issue as a game changer in the series. The mildly fuzzy quality to the art also ties back to the dessert setting, where you can’t be too certain what’s real and what is simply a mirage.
The Bottom Line:
Wonder Woman (2016-) #54 has it all, a power hungry queen, an evil councilor, and an unnecessary war. Orlando packs this issue with a particular punch, that won’t just hit you in the gut, but in the feels too.