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Wonder Woman #5

78
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

If the U.S. government can’t stop her, then who can?! As Sargent Steel retreats to gather deadlier forces, the Wonder Girls call on Diana, begging her to lay down her lasso. Will she see the truth before it’s too late? Plus, Trinity invites the sons of Batman and Superman to Themyscira for a contest they’ll never forget!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
34 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CQ1CSM8J

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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Geek Dad

    Diana has with each of her sidekicks, with Cassie probably having the best segment—and the final page is the perfect capper to an issue that sets the scales for the rest of this run sky-high.

    And then, there’s the backup. If the main story is emotionally intense, this backup is just pure joy every month as Lizzie is aided in her heroic journey by Damian and Jon.

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    A page-turner of epic proportions. Every panel of Wonder Woman #5 is pure bliss to withhold. King’s story is upping the emotional stakes this month, ramping up audience anxieties for a full blown war.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Wonder Woman #5 brings everyone else to the party. The first four issues of this series were so centred on Wonder Woman and her reaction to the extreme pushback by the American Government. She is the star of the show, and this is still clearly the case here as well. Wonder Woman wants to deal with everything on her own, but this chapter shows who can help her, as well as the main reason why. It could be considered slow, but the action has been replaced with some fantastic pieces of character development and storytelling. The art is glorious and turns any scene that could be considered mundane into one of visual splendor.

  • 90

    Henchman-4-Hire

    In the grand scheme of things, this issue is more about place setting. Sgt. Steel gathers some classic Wonder Woman villains to make his hit squad, with the King narrating his thoughts on each of them. It’s fun! They recruit Giganta, Dr. Psycho, Grail, Circe, Angle Man and Silver Swan, so it’s a fun crew. I like that they included Grail. As much as I dislike her name, I like that they included a modern Wonder Woman villain and not just the classics. They all look pretty damn awesome in Sampere’s artwork, and King seems to have a good handle on each of them, so I’m excited to see this crew be put to work. And then at the same time, Wonder Woman gathers her allies in a bunch of fun ways that help flesh out and explore each character.

    For most of the issue, I thought this was just King explaining why he wasn’t going to include the Wonder Girls in this story. But then he surprised me in the final page by revealing that they were indeed going to be part of the story, and were crucial to the whole thing, even. I liked that. So this issue is basically King picking teams for his upcoming war, and taking time to flesh out each of the participants to a degree. It works well, it reads well, and it’s drawn stunningly, as has been every page by Sampere so far this series. Has Sampere been around long? They are doing amazing and gorgeous work on this comic.

    Also, I would like to note, King appears to be building to something really wildcard with Cheetah, I think. That should be fun when she comes into play.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Tension builds in Wonder Woman #5 as a war is coming and armies are forming. Getting to see classic Wonder Woman villains with perfect introductions of each is a nice change of pace while raising the stakes tenfold.

  • 89

    Comic Watch

    King’s pace has been the biggest deterrent for this run, which is unfortunate because there are some real highlights that one could see. Especially after watching Diana have some sorely needed downtime with her Wonder Girls. Seeing these four get together, at first one on one, and then at the very end was like a wonderful surprise. The fans don’t get enough of these moments, so hopefully it’s time for a change.

    His new lineup for his own Villainy Inc. has some very questionable choices, especially with Grail and Circe. I cant see them joining some pretender to defeat Diana, unless that was the plot all along. A New God/Amazon hibrid, and an immortal sorceress plucked from myth has to have something bigger and deeper up their sleeves, otherwise whats the point of who they are? Time will tell, and if the pace is any indication of how long that will be, could be a very long time.

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: King crafts an entertaining and suspense filled story in this issue. The suspense comes from the gathering of some of Diana’s greatest foes as well as her fighting against those who want to help her. There is some great drama in the issue as well as a wonderful message about the influence of the character on not only the people who love her, but the ones who don’t.

    The Art: Sampere delivers fantastic art throughout the issue. I love the wonderfully detailed characters and how visually immersive and compelling the imagery is on every page.

  • 80

    Razorfine

    The joy of the issue comes from Diana, with love in her heart, besting the younger women in an attempt to shield them from what is to come. I would have loved for the entire comic to be focused on this storyline without cutting back to Steel’s various recruitments. The respect and love between Diana and each of the Wonder Girls comes through with the final panel confirming that no matter what Diana wants or expects from them, all three refuse to let her stand alone.

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 65

    Comic Book Revolution

    Wonder Woman #5 solidifies the fact reading this series on a monthly comic book basis is not the best way to experience Tom King’s run. As fantastic as Daniel Sampere and Belen Ortega’s run is, the pace of King’s Wonder Woman story is best experienced in a collected format. The core concept of Diana interacting with Donna Troy, Cassandra Sandsmark, and Yara Flor is a good one. But a concept is only as good as the execution of the idea and Wonder Woman #5 just didn’t hit the mark.

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Wonder Woman #5 delivers a setup issue where the Sovereign and Wonder Woman assemble their allies for the coming war. Although it’s a setup issue, the plot does feel like it’s moving forward, and Daniel Sampere’s art is amazing. That said, the pacing is horrendous, and King got the voices of each of the Wonder Girls wrong.

  • 40

    ComicBook.com

    Wonder Woman #5 is all set up and it ends up being another example of something that DC probably should have learned by now about Tom King’s writing: it’s not meant for issue by issue storytelling. It needs to be one collected story all once (though in this case, I’m still not sure that will help with quality as much of this story still feels like King doesn’t really know what story he’s trying to tell.) More than that, the pacing here is bad, King does not understand any of the Wonder Girls and writes them all very badly, and ultimately you get to the end of the issue and have mostly been lulled into thinking maybe this is good because he pulls some weird characters out to make up the opposition and uses a lot of narration. But that does not a good story make. The only real redemptive quality of this issue—and the series—is Sampere’s incredible art. That is museum quality work.

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on Batman to the introspective Mister Miracle, King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

Before becoming a household name in comics, Tom King embarked on a path far removed from the world of capes and villains. As a former CIA officer, King’s experiences have infused his storytelling with a palpable sense of realism and gravity, setting his work apart in a crowded field. His transition from espionage to comics might seem unexpected, but it’s this very background that enriches his narrative voice, allowing him to craft stories of heroism and sacrifice with authenticity.

King’s ascent in the comic book industry began with The Vision, a series that turned the Marvel android into a tragic figure struggling with the concept of family and humanity. This work, characterized by its melancholic exploration of identity, laid the foundation for King’s reputation as a storyteller capable of blending superhero action with deep, literary themes. His ability to humanize iconic characters, making their struggles and triumphs resonate on a personal level, has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

However, it is perhaps his work on DC Comics’ Batman that has most profoundly impacted the comic book landscape. King’s Batman is a figure shaped by vulnerability and introspection, a departure from the invincible hero trope. Through arcs like “City of Bane” and the poignant Batman Annual #2, King explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, offering a fresh perspective on the Dark Knight’s mythos.

In addition to his superhero narratives, Tom King has ventured into the realm of creator-owned projects, such as Strange Adventures and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. These works further showcase his versatility, delving into science fiction and cosmic drama while maintaining his signature emotional depth and complex character studies.

Beyond the pages of his comics, King’s presence in the industry as a thought leader and advocate for the medium is undeniable. His candid discussions about the challenges of mental health, the creative process, and the importance of storytelling in contemporary culture have made him a respected figure among peers and fans.

Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

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