Family Feud (Wonder Woman #45 Comic Review)
Writer: James Robinson
Artists: Ema Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Marco Santucci
Cover Artist: David Yardin
Variant Cover: Jenny Frison
Colors: Romulo Fajardo JR.
Letters: Saida Temoponte
Let’s play the family feud! Jason and Diana team up to take down Darkseid and Grail, but will conventional methods be enough?
While Steve holds off the Amazon Parademon hybrids, Diana goes after Darkseid and throws everything she has at him. Jason is able to get Diana’s sword to her and realizes he is the only who can go through the portal to stop Grail on Themyscria. (Only those whose feet have never set foot there can cross through.) Jason comes face to face with his mother for the first time in his life only to see her battling Grail. On the other side of the portal, Diana discovers the only real weapon she can use against Darkseid.
I’ll admit, I may not be a huge fan of the “Diana has a twin brother” thing, but I think this issue worked really well. Robinson creates a great family dynamic between Diana and Jason that can even make a cynic like me crack a smile. I think it’s taken Jason a long time to come to terms with himself, but I think he’s finally found it within the love of his sister. Where I think the issue falls short is the long-awaited meeting of Jason and Hippolyta is a little anti-climactic. It’s an emotional moment for Jason, but it’s just a little… short. However, this is made up for with the final scene with Grail which is cleverly tied back to Rucka’s run.
The art is beautifully detailed and fully encompasses the range of emotion in this issue, especially love which, in the true spirit of Wonder Woman, is at the heart of the issue.
Summary Wonder Woman #45 is a decent wrap up to a pretty intense arc and the art pairs well with the emotionally charged nature of the issue. Now that the family drama has, seemingly, come to a close, it'll be interesting to see where it all goes from here.