Writer: Greg Rucka / Artist: Bilquis Evely, Scot Hanna / DC Comics
I feel like you could open up this book with the Johnny Cash “Hurt” cover as we see Veronica salvaging the digital essence of Adrianna. Adrianna appears in pain and is brought up to speed by Veronica on just how long it’s been, how she is no longer alive, as well as what she is now. It’s an opening scene but a really powerful one as we visibly see the damage from the mishap that caused Adriana to become part of the
Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Matrix. Art wise just, looking at the page, the “What have I become?” verse from “Hurt” is all I can hear as I stare at that scene and Veronica telling Adrianna her help is needed yet again. We see the condition that Veronica daughter is still in after over a year (becoming the less cool version of Game of Thrones‘ faceless men) we now know the motivation behind Veronica actions in the present day.
On the other side of the coin, we see Minerva off before the excursion that brings about her transformation into the Cheetah. We were expecting this to come about and there are a bunch of connection that take place for us seeing just what happened, that had Minerva feeling betrayed by Wonder Woman. We know what happens in that Minerva gets transformed, however, we don’t get much visually of that which left me wanting. That may just be me though, Evely continues to do a great job in the artwork for the yesteryears of Diana. Romulo Fajardo Jr’s intricate use of the colors is another strong detail that separates look, feel, and tone of the stories being told between the early years of Diana (Obama campaign) in contrast with her in present day (Trump regime).
Rucka, Hanna, and Evely continue to churn out the Wonder Woman stories we been wanting. They putting the fandom on their backs with this series. This issue moves a little fast but even in doing so it’s very important character development for Veronica Cale as a villain in Diana’s Rogues Gallery.
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