G3 Review: Blackest Night-Wonder Woman #3

Cover art by Greg Horn

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3
Writer: Greg Rucka
Pencils: Nicola Scott
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Colors: Nei Ruffino
DC Comics
February 3, 2010

Nicola Scott’s rendering of Wonder Woman makes me want to go to the gym in the worst way. I mean that as a compliment, because Scott manages to make heroines’ bodies womanly, strong and distinctive without ever slipping into G-cup exaggeration. Her art is the best thing about this third and final chapter of Blackest Night: Wonder Woman, which is a bit of a letdown after the action-packed, emotionally charged second issue. Frankly, I started to feel a little sorry for Mera, who, as a Red Lantern, was reduced to incoherent rage and red goo-spewing. Not a good look.
(Spoilers ahead)

But if this issue lacked the surprise factor of its predecessor, it’s still a perfectly good read. There are some great panels of Wonder Woman continuing to lay the smack down on Maxwell Lord’s trash-talking corpse. (Note to villains: Bondage jokes are always a bad idea.) And BatWondy ’10 crusaders were rewarded, however modestly, with another acknowledgment of Diana’s feelings for Bruce. As Wonder Woman attempts to calm Mera’s rage, she binds her with her lasso, giving both women access to the other’s dreams and disappointments. The splash page of that moment conveys plenty about the sacrifices Diana and Mera have made in the fulfillment of their royal/heroic duty. Wonder Woman’s explanation of her silence about Bruce is appropriately dignified and poignant: “There was nothing that ever needed saying.” Swoon!

I know it’s corny, but when Hal shows up in the final panel with the Rainbow Rodeo and declares, “We’re going to kick this night’s ass,” I was all, “Hell, yeah!” Overall, Blackest Night: Wonder Woman  has been one of the more enjoyable event tie-ins, and this issue offered a solid return on my $2.99.

By the way, is it just me, or does Greg Horn’s cover make Diana a dead ringer for Jennifer Lopez?

7 thoughts on “G3 Review: Blackest Night-Wonder Woman #3

  1. E!? You must have your star-spangled goggles on because this issue was MEH2. Sure, sure, the art was great. We hearts Nicola, and I love me some Greg Horn. But the story was so…vague. I had to double check the cover to make sure it was Rucka and not Morrison writing that bullshit because I had NO IDEA WTH was going on. So it would seem “that both women have enormous secrets that don’t involve the use of double-stick tape.” I mean thanks for some more BatWondy fantasies, but ummm…errrr…what on Earth-One was Wonder Woman referring to?

    I really hope they manage to make this third installment of BN WW matter in the next issue of Blackest Night with some exposition, otherwise it’s just completely superfluous.

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    • Damn, V.! OK, I gotta agree with you about the vagueness of the issue, particularly that whole why-Mera-hates-herself non-revelation. I’m guessing more will be revealed in the next BN installment, but that could be wishful thinking on my part. Even though we disagree, your Grant Morrison comment made me laugh out loud.

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  2. V, I think your response to E gave me a small hemorrhage in my side. Thanks for the laugh and the reminder that we shouldn’t let our undying devotion to WW cloud our literary judgment.

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  3. That issue was horribly confusing. D:

    Then again, I haven’t been reading BN since I like to buy in TPB. I just bought this issue, and the last, for the BMWW.

    …Yeah, I couldn’t help it.

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