Man-ifest your future! Thanks to Cizko’s new catchphrase, he’s gained fans, and more importantly, soldiers in his war against Wonder Woman. But with Checkmate at our hero’s side, the depraved doctor will have to bring in big guns like…the Duke of Deception! Will this former agent of Ares prove too much for the Amazon Princess? Plus, a growing danger lurks on the island of Diana’s youth in our backup story!
DC Comics NewsWonder Woman #789 is an issue that succeeds on multiple levels. On the surface it's an interesting adventure with a mystery that keeps you guessing while showcasing the camaraderie between Diana and her allies. At the same time there's a lot of subtext about the history of the Wonder Woman character that connects to pertinent political and social themes. It's more than your ordinary comic and it makes you think.
Comic WatchI've been such a big fan of Cloonan and Conrad's work on theWonder Woman title, and this issue proves they have staying power. This level of quality storytelling is everything I hope for when opening a comic featuring the Amazon superhero.
You Don't Read ComicsThe crazy energy that opens the issue in the main feature is a lot of fun. Once again, the current title feels remarkably well-balanced between the main feature and the back-up. The beautiful stillness in the drama of Bellaires Young Diana story ends the issue with a cool intensity that tempers the rough and tumultuous aggression that dominates the mood and energy of the main story.
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The Super Powered FancastThe Story: There are elements of this story that are interesting and I like seeing Diana confronting and altering her tactics. Unfortunately, a lot of the story elements feel tedious. Siegfried and Steve are quickly becoming liabilities that serve no other purpose than to either get captured or hamper Diana’s progress. Honestly, the story with Etta was more compelling and even Cizko’s confrontation with the Management is more interesting. The story is good, but the side stories take away from it. The Art: The visuals are beautifully detailed and fun. The action is brutal and filled with great energy.
Geek DadComing off a series of very strong arcs, this title continues to lose momentum with an arc that pits Diana against several of her arch-enemies—including MRAs. The overall ideas are fine, but the writing is rather over the top as Dr. Psycho continues to turn most of society against Diana. It does seem a little out of his power level, so this issue introduces another rogue—Dolos, the Duke of Deception, a fairly obscure villain from the earliest days of Diana’s comics who has only appeared fitfully since. As Diana battles against illusions, other villains target her three closest allies. The story is fine, but Dr. Psycho’s constant mugging and arguing with his mysterious masters drags the tone down quite a bit, and it seems like just about everyone in the book seems out of their depths at the moment. The backup, however, continues to be strong. After last issue’s escapade with Antiope left Diana with a telltale mark on her hair, Hippolyta seeks guidance on her troubled relationships with both her sister and her daughter. It’s very well-written, the art is gorgeous, but the cliffhanger makes all the clearer that telling any story in eight-to-ten-page fragments can be tricky for the writer.
ComicBook.comThere's a lot of fairly strong elements in Wonder Woman #789. The art is well-done, full of detail and has some great colors. The pacing is strong and there are some great fight scenes. However, even with the strong pacing and a lot of action paired with strong visuals, for some reason it almost feels like this story is sitting still. Much of that comes from a lot of tediousness as you start to pair the various elements of the story together – the side stories here are a bit of the weakness in the sense that they are good on their own, but they weigh down the main thrust of Diana's efforts. It's something of a mixed bag, though not necessarily mixed in a "bad" way.