Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #57
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks: Ray McCarthy
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover: Yasmine Putri, David Yardin
Publication Date: October 24, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: ““The Witching Hour” part four! As Hecate’s new world is born, Wonder Woman is under the goddess’ total control! This is magic’s darkest hour—one of the most powerful magicians of all time may not survive!”
Wonder Woman is trapped under Hecate’s power, completely separated from her body and its actions in Wonder Woman (2016-) #57. Worse, Hecate’s world is at the early stages of becoming, her magic is rewriting the vary fabric of time and space. Soon, the world will be Hecate’s alone, crafted in her own brand of chaos. Desperate, Constantine and Zatanna make one final move to save Wonder Woman and the world, but magic always comes at a price.
If you finished reading this issue and thought, “what the hell,” you’re not alone. James Tynion IV packs this issue with suspense and tension, and leaves readers with little release by the end. Instead of a spectacular resolution, Tynion creates more questions, as the fate of…well, everything continues to hang in the balance. At the start of this story arc, I knew Wonder Woman would not come out unscathed, but Tynion pulls the ultimate magic trick this issue as Wonder Woman faces the gravest of consequences. Aside from the action, Tynion script is complex, as we see Wonder Woman struggle between her gods and magic, the old world order and Hecate’s new order. What happens when universal magic meets a demigod, meets a pissed off Hecate? I think we’re about to find out.
Emanuela Lupacchino art is dark and detailed this issue, moving between the silver scenes outside of space and time and the colorful chaos that Hecate has created on earth. The final panel is intensified by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.’s silver coloring. Devoid of color except silver, black, and red, Witchfire’s final line is sure to haunt readers until the next issue.
The Bottom Line:
Wonder Woman (2016-) #57 continues to add layers of context to the Witching Hour storyline. James Tynion IV’s script and Emanuela Lupacchino’s art create a balance between unbelievable chaos and determined order. The pair have crafted the quintessential apocalyptic battle, but in the most creative, Wonder Woman packed way.