The Shadow God Has Come (Wonder Woman #53 Comic Book Review)

Writer: Steve Orlando

Pencils: Aco

Artist: Hugo Petrus (pages 8-13)

Cover Artist: David Yardin

Variant Cover: Jenny Frison

Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Inks: David Lorenzo

Letters: Saida Temofonte


Diana, Artemis, and Aztek rescue lost Amazons and do battle with Gods.


WHAT HAPPENED: After saving Atalanta, Diana, Artemis, and Aztek rally to do battle with Tezcatlipoca. After fighting their way through his minions (with some snappy dialogue) they come face to face with the God. Tezcatlipoca, on a mission to conquer The 13 Heavens, proceeds to mess with Aztek’s mind. Tezcatlipoca is, literally, thrown off of his feet by Diana. Artemis attempts to use the Bow of Ra but is dealt 4th-degree burns. The 3 women rally, yet again, and unite to try and bring Tezcatlipoca down.

WHAT MARY HAS TO SAY: I really didn’t want to give too much away about the issue. A lot happens and so much of it is so exciting and shocking that the plot needs to be experienced without outside influence.

The dynamic between the three women is really charming. I’ve missed Diana and Artemis being around each other and working together. Regardless of continuity, they have always played really well off of each other. I miss the affection they had for each other in the Pre-Flashpoint continuity, but there is definitely groundwork being laid here. Aztek is, understandable, overwhelmed. She was thrust into a role she did not expect and then is teamed up with the two most powerful Amazons in the world. However, she holds her own and isn’t dwarfed by the larger personalities she’s paired with.

I can’t really comment on the accuracy of the mythology being used for the plot, but accurate or not, it is so well thought out, paced evenly, and exciting.

I can’t praise the art and colors enough here. A story this action-packed and grand would absolutely fall apart without the art to back it up. Aco knocks it out of the park with the pencils and Fajardo brings this action and mythology alive with vibrant colors. Temofonte’s letters are really phenomenal here. The issue doesn’t have traditional paneling and Temofonte skillfully crafts around that.

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Mary Swangin

Mary Swangin

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A lesbian who spends too much time/money reading and overanalyzing comic books.
Wonder Woman #53 is an action-packed and visually stunning issue. Orlando continues to bring his A-Game to this book, writing the best Diana since Rucka and is backed up by fantastic art, colors, and letters.
  • Amazing action
  • Diana, Artemis, and Aztek all work so well together.
  • Orlando and Aco bring their A Games
Art - 10
Writing - 10
Plot - 9.8
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