My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don’t usually read many graphic novels in a year and I’ve never read any Wonder Woman before (or seen any films!) but my husband recommended this to me on NYE and I saw a good opportunity to sneak in one final book for my 2017 reading challenge so I sat down to read it straight away.
This collection opens with “The Hiketeia” which is, I suspect, the main reason people buy this book. It is probably the best comic I’ve ever read. I was gripped in a way I don’t usually feel when reading comics as often I find following the frames too jarring for it to be a natural reading experience. This story follows a teenage girl fleeing Gotham City because Batman is on her trail for a string of murders she has committed. She goes to Diana seeking refuge by invoking the Ancient Greek ritual of hiketeia.
I loved this story. If I was rating this comic alone it would be 5 stars. It was clever, it gave you some nice back story to where Diana is from and who she is now and for me, it was a perfect introduction to the character. I quickly decided that I liked her a lot and thought that she might easily become my favourite superhero.
Unfortunately, the remaining comics in the book didn’t float my boat quite so much. I liked them, but felt that the pace of the stories were slightly slow and as a newbie a lot of reoccurring characters appeared and I didn’t entirely understand the gravity of their appearances because I didn’t know the back story. This is no fault of Greg Rucka; when writing for an existing series an author should work with the back story and take full advantage of it, but if like me you aren’t that au fait with the world it can be confusing.
I did initially find it annoying that in the later comics Diana felt like she was on the outskirts of the action and we were experiencing her life through the eyes of the people she worked with, however, after some thought I realised it made me feel like I wanted to get closer to her and know more about her. I concluded that this was a clever technique used by Rucka- I mean, in the comics everyone and their sons want to get closer to Wonder Woman and here Rucka is writing her story in such a way it makes the reader feel the same.
I will definitely be reading some more Wonder Woman soon. I really enjoy her as a character and love the positive feminist message of the comics.