Writer: Meredith Finch
Artist: David Finch
Every month, I open an issue of Wonder Woman hoping that this series can find its spark. Each issue brings something interesting to the table, but then dilutes the memorable moments with mediocrity. The introduction of Donna Troy was a chance for this issue to find its footing and finally deliver a great story, but so far it feels like the character is being wasted away. Wonder Woman #40 doesn’t do much else for the story or characters, and I’m beginning to lose hope for this run.
Fans have been holding breath since Donna Troy made her New 52 debut a few weeks ago. Every issue has implied that the next one will have an epic confrontation to decide the true queen of Themyscira, followed by fans being disappointed by the lack of anything. This issue finally has the two Amazons fighting, but only for two pages before their battle gets pushed back once more. At this point it feels like this arc is just dragging along with no end in sight.
Obviously it isn’t fair to compare Donna Troy to her former self before the New 52, but I can’t help feeling like the character is being wasted away here. Throughout this run she has been overly aggressive and full of clichés. While the weak actions and terrible dialogue has been excusable, this issue took the character to new lows, as Donna Troy leads the Amazons to slaughter innocent lives, making me wonder if there is any way this character can be redeemed.
There were a few positive takeaways from this issue though. It appears that Meredith Finch is beginning to figure out the voice of Diana, and the character is starting to sound a bit more like Wonder Woman. Sometimes the reader will still roll their eyes at some of the dialogue, but for the most part it has improved. Also, there was a twist involving the First Born, which was a delightful addition to this run. It’s good know that they are capable of delivering some pleasant surprises, even if it isn’t clear where the creative team plans to go from here.
On art, this title suffers from issues that have been plaguing it since the beginning of the run. Most of the women are still too small and lack any muscle, but at this point it’d be foolish to hope for change. It’s clear that this is David Finch’s depiction of Woman Woman and that isn’t going to change any time soon. The faces are also still inconsistent. Chins, jaw lines, and eyes seem to constantly change in shape.