Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #58
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Pencils: Cary Nord
Inks: Mick Gray
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover: Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson
Publication Date: November 14, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: THE JUST WAR” part one! A new era of Wonder Woman begins as best-selling writer G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) makes her return to DC with art star Cary Nord (Conan, THE UNEXPECTED) joining the series! Far below Themyscira, Ares, the God of War, has been imprisoned for generations, repenting his past sins. But his new cellmate Grail may have an unexpected effect on him…and the plan they’ve come up with will change Themyscira—and the world— forever! When Wonder Woman rushes to Eastern Europe to rescue Steve Trevor from a mission gone wrong, she’ll find herself face-to-face with a very new, very different God of War!
Things get personal in Wonder Woman (2016-) #58 as Steve goes MIA while on a mission. Diana immediately springs into action, ready to take on whatever government is holding Steve, only to discover nothing is what it seems. There was a rip in the worlds, leaving some lost, while one other is back with a specific purpose. Enter Ares, the God of War himself, new and improved and ready to fight a different battle.
Coming off the Witching Hour storyline, I wondered what was next for Wonder Woman, especially after such an intense personal battle. It looks like it’s back to the beginning for Wonder Woman, but with a bit of a twist. G. Willow Wilson takes a new spin at the God of War’s storyline, creating a repentant god set on righting wrongs. The storyline is almost an inverse of the Witching Hour’s as Ares humbles himself to mend his ways, a bit of a step down from the high intensity that was the Witching Hour. Yet, Wilson’s story is not without suspense, especially since Steve is still MIA. But it felt good to have some breathing room after the previous events. Wilson sets up an interesting dynamic between the two former foes, promising an interesting battle ahead.
Cary Nord’s artwork was classic Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman (2016-) #58 was tame as far as battle scenes, however, Nord crafted a detailed issue. The beastly trio are inspired renditions of mythic creatures, and Nord’s depiction of them only added to my curiosity about their backstory.
The Bottom Line:
Wonder Woman (2016-) #58 is step down from the intensity of the Witching Hour. However, what the issue lacks in terms of action, it makes up for in story. G. Willow Wilson crafts an intriguing next arc for Wonder Woman, getting back to basics to right old wrongs.