Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #56
Writer: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks: Ray McCarthy
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover: Yasmine Putri
Publication Date: October 10, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “The Witching Hour” part two! The Justice League Dark barely escaped their first encounter with Hecate, but they know she’ll be coming back for the power inside Wonder Woman. But what if Diana could tap into that power herself to take on Hecate directly?
In an attempt to take control of her person, Wonder Woman and her band of misfits set off to find the goddess Circe. Wonder Woman hopes Circe can help her control Hecate’s power, but at what cost? Across the globe, Hecate is wakes another witch marked woman. Chaos is everywhere. But Wonder Woman is determined to overcome her situation and serve as the hero she is.
Wonder Woman (2016-) #56 is a stunning issue, as Wonder Woman struggles to maintain her self-identity while coming to terms with Hecate’s power. James Tynion IV seamlessly shifts Wonder Woman’s story into this new arc, as magic is now at the forefront of the conflict. Tynion has found a way to pit Wonder Woman against herself, in what promises to be a spectacular story arc. The story is paced well and moves quickly, as the story becomes infinity more complex in this issue. However, Wonder Woman handles the situation with the same determination she shows any adversary, owning her weakness by turning it into a strength. Whether this strategy will work remains to be seen, but the issue highlights Wonder Woman’s endless determination for the greater good.
Emanuela Lupacchino’s artwork in this issue is spectacular. Her depiction of Circe is brilliant and powerful, and her Witch Wonder Woman is inspired. Wonder Woman (2016-) #56 moves through several settings and Lupacchino gives each a unique style, creating a different tone for each. Again, Circe’s island is my favorite this issue, but I may just be partial to the character.
The Bottom Line:
Wonder Woman (2016-) #56 is a must-read issue. James Tynion IV’s script is clean as the writing both provides background information and moves the plot forward. And Emanuela Lupacchino’s artwork is superb, vivid and detailed, expressing the range of emotions this issue will elicit.