Title: Wonder Woman (2016-) #70
Words: G. Willow Wilson
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Published: May 8, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor and the goddess of love, Aphrodite, are pretty sure they’ve found Aphrodite’s missing son in this unremarkable suburban town-the fact that everyone here is compulsively driven to act on their secret desires is an awfully big clue! But if they actually want to talk to him, they’ll have to get through a flying army of…attack cherubs?!
While Aphrodite attempts to mend her broken relationship with Atlantiades, Wonder Woman is left to deal with her relationship with herself. Just as Wonder Woman makes a few personal revelations, the town of Summergrove assembles at hers and Atlantiades feet. Has the haze of desire faded for the town people? Or is something greater afoot?
Wonder Woman (2016-) #70 is a surprisingly thoughtful follow-up to the previous issue. G. Willow Wilson sets a casual tone, then slam you with the heavy, life-altering questions later. The technique works well, as readers are lulled into a false sense of security, only to find themselves smack-dab in the the middle of a full emotional revelation. With the latest piece of Wonder Woman’s struggle revealed, I have to consider if Wilson is moving towards a larger conclusion or just exploring the character’s limits.
As for Atlantiades’ storyline, I’ve enjoyed the town-wide orgy. After the various wars we’ve seen in recent story arcs, the acolytes bring a little something different to the series. They appear playful and carefree, but there’s a significant level of danger laying just below the surface of desire.
As for the art, Xermanico’s art is softer and more romantic, reflecting the tone of the issue, while Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s colors add a touch of realism. There’s also plenty of details you want to look for, and I’m not just talking about the acolytes in various degrees of undress. Together the pair create a visually complex issue.
The Bottom Line
Wonder Woman (2016-) #70 is a must-read. Wilson, Xermanico, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. craft an issue that is intensely rewarding to read; thought provoking while entertaining.