Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #61
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover: Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson
Publication Date: January 2, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Love is dead—according to the Goddess of Love! A furious Aphrodite holds Steve Trevor captive in the middle of a war zone and tries to convince him of that very proclamation, but the hopeless romantic refuses to abandon his feelings for Wonder Woman. Meanwhile, Diana, the object of his affection, gets trapped in the bombed-out capital, where she finds the remnants of the local government and uses all her diplomatic prowess to convince them to end the conflict. Can Diana, Steve and Aphrodite end this war, or will Ares end up dancing on all their graves?
Things are heating up between Ares and Wonder Woman, as the war continues to rage on in Wonder Woman (2016-) #61. While bullets fly below, Steve learns that the love goddess herself has become disillusioned to the romantic notion. Now, Wonder Woman must stop a war while Steve proves to Aphrodite that love is still a worthy cause.
G. Willow Wilson’s focus on Wonder Woman’s core values in this story arc emphasizes the amazon’s true humanity. Wonder Woman (2016-) #61 continues to explore Diana’s struggle to define a god. Corresponding with the content, Wilson’s pacing in this issue is a bit slower. Diana remains pensive, struggling to see herself as a god. This technique slows down the story progression, simultaneously building tension for the finale between Ares and Wonder Woman. Wilson’s calculated control over her script allows for the maximum amount of suspense.
Visually, Xermanico balances both storylines by juxtaposing the art. Xermanico switches between Aphrodite’s panels featuring soft images and Diana’s panels with images of war.
The Bottom Line:
Wonder Woman (2016-) #61 eases away from the action, building anticipation for the impending final battle. G. Willow Wilson continues to flex her storytelling skills, adding an interesting new development to the plot. The conclusion to this story arc is set for a spectacular finish.