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Wonder Woman (1987 Series) #201

February 17, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Ripples

As Paradise Island puts itself together, Wonder Woman faces a terrible choice.

Writer: Greg Rucka
Pencils: Shane Davis
Inker: Ray Snyder
Colors: Richard & Tanya Horie
Letters: Todd Klein
Editor: Ivan Cohen
Cover Art: J.G. Jones
Publisher: DC Comics

After the climactic conclusion of the “Down to Earth” storyline, Paradise Island is in a shambles. Zeus literally dashed the island to pieces, and while the Amazons are mostly unharmed, hundreds of human women brought to the island as visitors are in critical condition.

In the midst of this carnage, Wonder Woman races the Silver Swan to the island hoping Amazon technology can save her, but it won’t be as easy as that. Diana is forced to make a choice this issue that will certainly have major repercussions in her relationship with her people, and I can even see a chance of her position as ambassador being jeopardized.

Rucka writes a great Wonder Woman in this book, showcasing her panic as she tries to help her sisters pull themselves together, then watching her torment when she realizes she is needed elsewhere. Rucka even manages to work in some great characterization for her Invisible Jet (now there’s a sentence I never thought I would type), and at the end we get a hint at a really nasty threat to come in the future.

Regular artist Drew Johnson takes a break this issue, but Ray Snyder proves a very good substitute. His Diana is just as beautiful, but strong and noble, as Johnson pulls off on a regular basis. The scenes of devastation across the island get genuinely heartbreaking, and it is clear that there will be no standard comic book quick fix to this major change in the Wonder Woman mythos.

I was back-and-forth on Rucka’s writing on this title for the first story arc, but this is a very good book that serves both as epilogue to that story and prologue to what appears to be coming next. Most of this issue is clean-up and the story is only advanced significantly in one respect, but the hints of things to come more than make up for it. It looks like Rucka is finally getting ready to kick into high gear.

Rating: 7/10

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