Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #55
Writer: Steve Orlando
Pencils: Raul Allen
Inks: Patricia Martin
Colors: Borja Pindado Arribas
Cover: David Yardin
Publication Date: September 26, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Then, two armies stand ready to annihilate each other, with Wonder Woman and Artemis caught in the middle, fighting for the souls of the exiled Amazons living in Bana-Mighdall! Does Diana possess the might and diplomatic prowess to convince her sisters to stop their march toward war? Who will fall beneath the flaming swords of Rustam? And more importantly, how does she make sure this doesn’t happen again? Will Diana have to Occupy the Amazons?!”
We meet back up with Wonder Woman in the heat of the battle, facing off against Artemis. As the two spar, Wonder Woman’s only hope of winning and ending the battle is to bring the truth forward. But convincing Artemis to lay down her weapons is not the hard part, stopping Rustam and pacifying the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall is the real issue. Can Wonder Woman and Artemis come together and stop this unnecessary battle? Or will Rustam get the vengeance he so desperately desires? It all comes down to Wonder Woman.
Steve Orlando wastes no time in Wonder Woman (2016-) #55 and thrusts the readers directly into battle from the first panel. As much as I love to watch Wonder Woman kick some ass, Orlando moves away from Wonder Woman’s brute force. Instead, Wonder Woman appeals to Artemis and Rustam’s own consciences, asking them to judge their own motives and actions. This is bold move considering a war is raging around these characters, but the payoff is tremendous. The mild political undertones are not lost either, as the result lends itself to a democratic approach to leadership, instead of an authoritarian. As for the cliffhanger, Orlando hints at something dark on the horizon, something buried within Wonder Woman herself. What could be more intriguing?
The artwork remains constant, with striking battle scenes and images on immense, dark solitude within Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth. Wonder Woman (2016-) #55 is battle intensive, and Raul Allen captures the action and intensity within his panel. I particularly loved seeing Wonder Woman handily block bullets with her bracelets and effortlessly transition into hand-to-hand combat.
The Bottom Line:
Steve Orlando isn’t pulling any punches with Wonder Woman (2016-) #55. The issue is a non-stop battle that only ends when the truth is revealed and the exiled Amazons have a say in their future. The political jabs are just as present in this issue as Wonder Woman herself, and it flows together seamlessly.