Punchy wrote:Another good issue of Wonder Woman, and really, after only 6 issues, this is already the best Wonder Woman story I’ve ever read, if only because it’s not cheesy as hell. Speaking of Hell, he shows up here, as a weird kid with candles on his head. This is probably the first Azzarello take on the Greek Gods that I haven’t really liked, it just didn’t seem very threatening at all. The best sequence in this issue was Wonder Woman’s fight with the Centaurs and how we saw it from Zola’s perspective as blood sprayed everywhere, it was just a level of bad-assery you don’t expect from a Wonder Woman title, and it’s probably the most graphic thing I’ve seen in a mainstream DC title for a while, the blood went up to her elbows! I’m not quite sure what Diana’s plan actually accomplished here, she used Hermes’ staff and one of Hades’ candles to do what? Make it so Hera can’t track her? I think that’s what happened but it wasn’t clear. Tony Akins’ art was solid once again, he’s a very good fill-in for Chiang, but even so, I can’t wait for the Cliffster to come back.
It is indeed one of the best Wonder Woman stories ever. I'm thoroughly enjoying this book.
The crown of candles is actually an ancient depiction of Hades from probably the Middle Ages. Although I know where it came from, I can't tell you the reasoning behind it.
RE: The candle thrown at Hera
It shattered Hera's scrying pool she used to keep tabs on everyone. And you're right, it wasn't clear. The problem was mostly Akins' storytelling. He's a decent artist who did a commendable job, but Cliff Chiang is better at more smoothly translating Azzarello's words into pictures.
Love this book and can't wait for more.