Wonder Woman #67 // Review
The second part to “Giants War” kicks off with Wonder Woman #67, written by G. Willow Wilson, with pencils by Cary Nord, inks by Mick Gray, and colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr., and it really manages to showcase just how excellent this book can be under this creative team. Previously, friends of Diana’s were attacked by giant monsters they believed to be Titans (mysterious creatures older than recorded history). Wonder Woman, knowing a giant, herself, called in her reluctant enemy, Giganta, for help. Together, they set out across the wilderness to find the Titans, and stop them from hurting anyone while on their rampage.
Wilson puts the chemistry of Diana and Giganta to the forefront of this issue, showing that Wonder Woman can get along with just about anybody. The expected disagreements and bickering are not present, with Wilson refreshingly deciding to focus on how well these two work together. In a perfect world, Giganta would be added to the already-large supporting cast Wilson has been building for this book, especially since it would be a fantastic opportunity to show how Diana always extends the olive branch to her enemies. Fingers crossed that this is actually Wilson’s long term plan.
The mystery of the Titans, and why they’re rampaging across the wilderness is well-handled in this issue, too. Not only are there some welcomed twists and turns to a story that seemed straightforward at the start, but the Titans themselves make for amusing action scenes, as well. Seeing Giganta, who is--well...giant--fearlessly face off against beings that dwarf her in size, is an entertaining idea that Wilson is bringing to the table. It’s also more than likely the inspiring thought behind this entire story, and it ultimately pays off.
Cord’s pencils, while lacking in previous issues, are a strong point for this chapter of the arc. He seems to finally have found his groove on this book, giving the readers pure, fun action in each panel, while expertly delivering Wilson’s scripted comedy beats. There are still a few moments in fights where it’s hard to tell what is happening, but they are few and far between and don’t overshadow Cord’s superior work, otherwise. Likewise, Gray on inks and Fajardo on colors seem to have found their balance with Cord’s work, finally coming together in harmony, and strengthening the visuals of the book exponentially from previous chapters.
This was the arc this book has been needing to show off its creative team’s skills because they really got off to a rocky, hit-and-miss start. The issue perfectly balances Wilson’s humor and ability to flawlessly tune into Diana’s character, while still packing tons of entertaining action into its breezy story. If this momentum can be sustained, Wilson could have a memorable Wonder Woman run on her hands.