Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reader's Diary #1146- Greg Rucka (Writer): Wonder Woman, Eyes of the Gorgon

Obviously aware of Wonder Woman (who isn't?), I nonetheless knew very little of the character, having never read one of her standalone comics before. I had at least a little more experience with Greg Rucka, having read his White Out a couple of years back.

At the end of Eyes of the Gorgon, however, I still don't feel particularly informed about Wonder Woman and I'd still not say I'm a big Rucka fan. There was a lot of context sure, and it hammered home that Wonder Woman's background is wrapped up in Greek mythology (Medousa, Zeus, Athena, and more are major characters), but it's so plot heavy and Wonder Woman just  seems along for the ride. She cries a bit at one point, she gets angry at a few points, but I'd certainly not call it a character-driven book. I still don't feel like I know what makes her tick. It felt a bit like an old-fashioned comic, like something from the 70s, to tell the truth. Plus, since I'm being honest, I'm not crazy about Greek, Roman, or Norse (sorry, Thor) gods in comic books. Superheroes, aliens, superhero-aliens, fine, but my suspension of belief is a tad on the rigid side when it comes to the whole god thing. It's not completely closed to the idea, and I can move on if there's a compelling story, there's humor, the action is exciting and unpredictable, or it has some other hook (welcome back, Thor), but if all that falls through... well, it's kind of just dumb, isn't it?

The art in Wonder Woman, Eyes of the Gorgon feels similarly dated. Then, the fact that it's printed on cheaper newsprint and thus appears faded certainly doesn't help. But I'll give credit for some rather cool looking characters.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Personally, I could never understand how one fights crime when one must be worrying the whole time about possible wardrobe malfunctions. You would think a superhero could afford an outfit that protects the goods a little better.