Review: Flashpoint Wonder Woman and the Furies #1

Published on June 21st, 2011

I enjoyed the time when Gail Simone wrote her, but I usually pass up on the reading of a Wonder Woman comic. I don’t know that there’s any real reason for it. She’s not my favorite of the DC women, which I know is blasphemy, but it’s true. It’s not like she’s a boring character or her stories suck or anything, I just never took to her the way I took to other women. Another thing that I tend to dislike (and have expressed that dislike several times here on Comic Impact) is the event. Is Flashpoint even necessary? Whatever. I cannot tell you my thought process when I chose to order this book out of all the Flashpoint books, but I did. After reading Wonder Woman and the Furies, I was pleasantly surprised with my decision.

wwfuries1I’m thinking right now that maybe I don’t need to be so hard on Wonder Woman all the time. Her mythology is great, and this new book already has me hooked. I always like the idea of political unions, because someone always has a problem with them, meaning that there are usually factions, rebellions, and good old fashioned assassinations. I may have a blood lust problem, but that is another issue entirely. Let me digress for a moment, because I think I got ahead of myself. Wonder Woman, aka Diana, is entering a political marriage with Aquaman, aka Arthur. Obviously, all of the Amazons are not on board, because a lot of them hate men (solving the question as to why I don’t always get the Amazonians). During the wedding, an assassination takes place. Since I don’t do spoilers, I won’t say who, but it’s a doozie! The Atlantians are framed for it and kicked off the island.

Good drama and good action on the part of writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. I thought that each character was written as an individual, which is somewhat of a challenge when there are so many in one place with the same beliefs. These guys pulled it off so well that I can tell you all the difference in politics between Penthesilea and Hippolyta. Not to mention the artwork is beautiful and really creates a sense of what Themyscira really is. Oh, and all the Amazonians look very different, yet equally beautiful. Thank you to Scott Clark for knowing how to draw amazing women in an epic setting. Wow. I really liked this book!

So, I still can’t tell anyone why I picked this up or what the heck Flashpoint really is, but I can say that maybe I need to get off my high horse and read things that are out of my comfort zone (SCARY!), because a lot of my random taste has been my best taste.

Susan Damon