Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Reader's Diary #1860- Gail Simone (writer), Aaron Lopresti (artist): Wonder Woman / Conan

I've never seemed to have gotten a good sense of Wonder Woman, at least in comparison to some of the other DC Comics superheroes (Superman's the over-powered goody two shoes, Batman's the under-powered grumpy one), but I felt that I knew enough that I didn't think a Wonder Woman / Conan the Barbarian crossover would be a poor fit. He's usually presented as a violent, sometimes misogynistic meathead, while Wonder Woman is usually a balanced, intelligent, icon of feminism.

But the crossover was in great, capable hands with Gail Simone. It seems more like a Conan story in many regards (it's mostly set in his universe and Wonder Woman's memory has been mysteriously wiped so we have no idea for the longest time how she's gotten there). However, Conan is thankfully given a bit more emotional depth than usual as it's revealed that he had his heartbroken as a young boy and he's convinced that Wonder Woman is his long lost love finally returned. This angle is interesting in its own right but Simone has also developed a couple of awesome villains, the shape-shifting crow sisters, the Corvidae.

The art is decent with typical realistic looking comic book fare and the settings and colourings again mostly fit the Conan side of the story; slightly gritty and beige, looking like a Biblical / middle-Eastern fantasy sequence.

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