Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #62
Words: G. Willow Wilson
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Published: January 16, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: It’s the final knock-down drag-out battle between Ares and Wonder Woman—but is there still any hope of changing the young god’s ways before he hardens into the worst possible version of himself? And if he does…is Wonder Woman to blame?
How do you fight the God of War? With another God, unwavering determination, and a heaping scoop of luck. Of course, even with all that and more, Ares is no ammeter in the arena of war. In order to defeat him and bring peace and stability, Wonder Woman will have dig deep. Can Wonder Woman stop Ares and figure out her place in this world? Or will she fall under the pressures of being a god in a mortal world?
G. Willow Wilson concludes the Ares and Wonder Woman action portion of the storyline in Wonder Woman (2016-) #62. However, Wilson continues Wonder Woman’s introspective journey as she considers her role in the world. The blending of physical conflict and inner turmoil in both Ares and Wonder Woman plays out well panel-to-panel, but also in the issue as a whole. Readers see the gods as two sides of the same coin, confused and frustrated over the same problem, but with alternative solutions to the problem.
Weaving in elements from past and present, Wilson creates a thoroughly dynamic plot. Wonder Woman (2016-) #62 elevates the story arc, drawing deeper into the emotional well, to produce a withdrawn and contemplative Wonder Woman. Wilson writes some phenomenal dialogue for Wonder Woman this issue, allowing the god to speak difficult truths aloud for the first time. In these lines readers are able to really connect to Wonder Woman’s struggle, enhancing the issue, and the series, on a whole. I’m uncertain what conclusions Diana will come to at the end of her personal journey. However, I’m confident we’re on the precipice of a new Wonder Woman.
Xermanico’s art brings the whole issue together, the battle scene is intense, and as the Lasso of Truth is passed between Wonder Woman and Ares, and the conclusion is fraught with emotion. Xermanico’s final panels are fierce, as Wonder Woman stands alone and uncertain. The art here digs deep into the hero’s private struggles, allowing the reader to feel as isolated as the hero herself.
The Bottom Line
Wonder Woman (2016-) #62 was a superb finish to an intense story arc. G. Willow Wilson once again flexes her storytelling abilities to create a tense, emotional, and introspective issue, packed with nail-biting action.