Comic Reviews: Wonder Woman and Murder Falcon!
Wonder Woman #58 (DC Comics)
Despite having a film that was a massive success critically and financially, Wonder Woman’s adventures on the comic page have taken a bit of a hit lately. After a great relaunch from Greg Rucka and artists Nicola Scott and Liam Sharpe, Wonder Woman took a bit of a nosedive when other creative teams took over. Luckily for us though, Ms Marvel writer G Willow Wilson has arrived with artist Cary Nord to take the Amazonian Wonder into a new adventure, and so far Wonder Woman #58 looks to be just the thing Wonder Woman needed.
When Steve Trevor goes missing, Diana Prince jumps into action to find him. Despite warnings from Etta Candy and the US Government, Diana finds herself in the foreign land of Durovnia on a mission to find Trevor, but little does she know that some familiar mythological beings are also there behind the scenes, including the God Of War himself, Ares.
Despite not keeping up with the title for some time, I was still able to follow what was going on thanks to G Willow Wilson’s script, which is pretty easy to pick up and read. Able to present the new aspects of Diana’s life in a way that doesn’t require explicit introductions, Wilson’s script moves at a quick pace, and sets up future storylines really well. Not only that, but her characterization of Wonder Woman is great as well. Under Wilson, she’s a strong and determined individual, but still fallible at times too.
Cary Nord is no stranger to mythological action, thanks to runs on books like Conan The Barbarian, so it should come as no surprise that he’s a great fit for this series. Nord’s style is absolutely perfect for this type of series, and he doesn’t skimp out on the action front. Nord creates some truly fantastic action beats in this issue, and promises to deliver some truly awesome moments to come in this series.
If you fell off Wonder Woman after Greg Rucka’s run, then Wonder Woman #58 might just be the issue to pull you back in. It’s a fantastic start for the new team of Wilson and Nord, and has the perfect balance of modern day and mythological action that makes Wonder Woman so cool. After a while of not being able to recommend any of her current series to fans of the movie, it’s nice to finally have something on the stands that you can hand to her new fans to try out.
Murder Falcon #2 (Image Comics)
Daniel Warren Johnson’s Murder Falcon was an assured debut issue, which should come as no surprise given his pedigree as the creator of Extremity. I was so impressed with this opening issue that I decided to review the second issue, just to see if he could continue his momentum. After reading it, I can confidently say that he absolutely can, and Murder Falcon‘s shaping up to be one of the most unique comics on the stands.
Picking up immediately after the first issue, Murder Falcon #2 finds Jake and Murder Falcon attempting to expand their power to fight monsters. To do this, they reach out to Jake’s former Bass player, and uncover the mystical bass guitar that will help augment Murder Falcon’s powers. This leads to an underground cave beneath a record shop, guarded by a massive creature, and as Jake and his companions enhance their powers, they quickly become noticed by the being pulling the strings behind everything, Magnum Khaos.
Everything I said in my review of Murder Falcon #1 holds true for this issue too. Daniel Warren Johnson continues to leave his mark as the most underrated creator in comics today, and Murder Falcon is a very personal story for him, and it’s certainly unique as well. Everything from the storytelling to the extremely kinetic artwork is fantastic, and leads to a comic that will please music fans and fantasy fans alike.
Murder Falcon only has two issues out, so if you are interested in picking up the book you really should check it out. It’s a truly fantastic new series that’s being done by a creator who’s at the top of his game creating something that no one else could. It’s easily one of the best new comics of the year, and deserves your time and money.
Posted on November 14, 2018, in Comic reviews and tagged Cary Nord, Daniel Warren Johnson, DC Comics, G Willow Wilson, Image Comics, Murder Falcon, Wonder Woman. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.