Wonder Woman #771 Review

by Carlos R. on April 13, 2021

Wonder Woman #771 Cover Image
Afterworlds Part 2
Written by: Michael W. Conrad & Becky Cloonan
Art by: Travis Moore
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by: Pat Brosseau
Publisher: DC Comics

Lessons Learned
Written by: Jordie Bellaire
Art by: Paulina Ganucheau
Colors by: Kendall Goode
Lettered by: Becca Carey
Publisher: DC Comics

Yup, I’m sold on this run.

The last issue of Wonder Woman was brilliant, but this recent chapter keeps the consistency going and has so much more fun. We pick up where we left off, Diana is adventuring through Asgard with Ratatosk in search of answers for the recent disappearances. Her quest brings her to the roots of Yggdrasil where she comes face to face with the malicious Nidhogg. The backup story also continues young Diana’s adventures that form her into the hero we know today. Here we find her learn of a hidden history of Themyscira, something her sisters don’t wish for her to uncover.

Conrad and Cloonan are the perfect fit for this title, I’m so entertained while reading and left pondering its direction after I’ve finished. I adore the adaptations of the heroes and monsters of Norse mythology and Diana’s dialogue with Ratatosk is delightful. She’s cracking jokes and learning more about Asgard’s cyclical history and because she’s so unfamiliar with this realm, looking through her eyes creates a sense of wonder and mysticism with each new location. The backup stories have been great! They’ve added onto Diana’s exuberant personality in the main story and been a charming read. Bellaire has setup an intriguing plot for young Diana in the form of the missing/hidden history of Themyscira and I’m excited to learn more myself.

There’s so much I loved to this issue, but the scenes with Nidhogg are phenomenal. The serpent’s design is so frightening and mesmerizing, the purple coloring is so striking and the yellow of its eyes so threatening. The battle sequences are easy to follow, and the angles of the panels help to establish the tide of the battles and layer the tension. The colors used for the Murk Elves are similar to Nidhogg’s but toned down from their armor and work to evoke just how threatening Nidhogg truly is. Brosseau does fantastic work in giving characters slight variations in their text, Ratatosk being my favorite, I get a sense of childishness/innocence from the way his dialogue is presented. Also, have to say Bonvillain and Moore’s depiction of Diana’s scene with a familiar Dr. and a lasso, is brilliant and so menacing, absolutely loved it. Ganucheau and Goode are back at it and Themyscira is as mythical as ever. The design of the library is gorgeous, and I was in awe of the panel depicting Themyscira’s known history, the soft colors used are just so spellbinding.

I love Wonder Woman as much as the next person, but my passion for the character is so elevated as of late from the recent Yara Flor series, Immortal Wonder Woman, and now these utterly fantastic two issues.  I cannot praise this run enough, if you have the opportunity to read it, please do so!

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