Whilst I’ve very much been enjoying the last few issues of this book, they have been a little slow, so this issue, that ramped up the action a bit and ended with a pretty major event, was very welcome indeed.
The main crux of the issue involved Cassandra’s kidnapping of Milan, and the attempts from both Orion and Wonder Woman to rescue him. Cassandra is trying to get Milan to tell her where the First Born is, but he refuses, and before she can really put the screws in, Orion shows up and furiously starts kicking the crap out of the Jackal Men. I’m a big fan of Orion as a character, so it was cool to once again see him get a bit more focus, and for Azzarello to really start examining what makes him tick, as well as his temper. Wonder Woman, Hermes and Siracca also join the fight, and I was pleased to see Hermes and Diana on the same page again.
In the midst of battle, Cassandra rips off Milan’s blindfold, and he is able to see where the First Born is, and well, he’s in the midst of another fucked-up torture scene at the hands of Apollo. Milan sees poor old First Born (never thought I’d say that) in a bath full of milk and honey, covered in flies that are eating him ‘from both ends’, which is just… ewww. But even after seeing this, Milan refuses to tell Cassandra where he is, even going to say that he’d rather die than tell her. Cassandra is about to make just that happen, when Wonder Woman just straight up tells her that the First Born is on Olympus. Whilst this does manage to save Milan’s life, it’s not exactly a smart move on Wonder Woman’s part, firstly because, well, Cassandra now has what she wants, secondly, because Milan now feels worthless, and also because she hasn’t really saved his life, as Cassandra stuck a bomb on him that will detonate in 1 minute. To save Milan, Orion boomtubes him off to New Genesis, but we have no idea whether or not that will work, for all we know, they both blew up on the way. So basically, Wonder Woman fucked up, which is refreshing.
To make matters worse, once she returns home, something else has gone terribly wrong, as Zola has ran away. This was due to some extremely sneaky manipulation by Strife, who basically used Lennox’s decapitated head to guilt Zola. 2 people have died to protect her and her baby, how many more will before the end? Zola leaves thinking she is protecting Diana, but really, she’s just causing more trouble as she walks straight into the hands of Dionysus.
This was an excellent issue of Wonder Woman as usual, but I think the extra action and the events at the end elevate it back to the heights we know this title can reach. The last few have been slow, but now, with Zola possibly heading for Apollo, the pace should quicken, and more epic shit is going to go down. I actually think you need these slight pauses for the big stuff to have meaning. It’s the same as in Invincible, you need stretches where smaller stuff happens so you know what big actually is. Goran Sudzuka’s art was great as ever, if we can’t have Chiang, he’s the next best thing, and I love his take on Apollo.