Saturday, May 13, 2017
A copy of this novel was provided through NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.
A massive improvement from the last issue I read from the DC Universe Rebirth sets. Oh, fine--I'm a total cliche and a sucker for anything Wonder Woman. I love my bad-ass leading ladies and am here for the dramatic and action packed issues that comics are known for. This is one of my favourite spins on Wonder Woman in terms of the graphics. I loved flipping through the pages and seeing the glorious drawings come to life in real colours. I cannot praise it enough for the artwork.
You know the type of work that makes you swoon? That's what you will find in this little guy. I am 98% sure I spent the entire time consumed by the desire to swoon at every page. Which would be awkward if it wasn't understanding, right? Right?! Just nod along with me, okay? Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: The Lies wasn't the strongest in terms of the actual story telling but it was definitely better than the last DC release I picked up (Justice League, Volume 1: The Extinction Machines) and a quick read that is worthy of admiration.
Perhaps there were a lot of things I would have done different in the pages but for the most part it was enjoyable in the old fashioned way DC is meant to be. It didn't take itself seriously and poked at the general mythology without really taking the piss on readers. I liked that it had both an old and modern feel to it, tying in the fans of all incarnations rather wonderfully.
Not only is Wonder Woman on terms with an older but still updated look in terms of appearance, the stories had a distinctly classic vibe to it that I adored. The Lies featured a heavily rounded out series of action and mystery and sprinkled in a lot of "going on a journey" discoveries. I liked that we got to see her explore the truth about what reality is her own and I enjoyed how that journey felt to readers. We see and recognize a lot and have question of our own. It's a fun way of poking holes in what we know and screwing with what is canon.
Do I think it could have been written better? Absolutely. The execution of a lot was weak at best and it was a little disappointing because the general premise was incredible. Again, the artwork is what is making this run work. One wrong move in hiring the wrong artists would have put this release in the pits due to the general dullness of how everything is approached but luckily for DC they hired a good tie-in to bring life to the words.
Overall, it was a fun read and definitely not one of my favourites of all-time but one of the best of the current stories. I look forward to seeing more of it developed, if that is at all on the cards, but don't have much hope for it if we continue down the same writing rut we've been passed. Living up to its potential and not tripping over its own feet is the only thing holding back this universe from being one of the greats and I do hope things continue to improve.
Just not at a glacial pace.