Writer: Meredith Finch
Artist: David Finch
The Finch’s first arc of Wonder Woman was flawed, but Wonder Woman Annual #1 showed us that the creative team may still have some potential. The conclusion to their arc showed much more focus than the issues before it, and finally delivered an interesting battle between Wonder Woman and Donna Troy. Wonder Woman #41 marks the beginning of a new arc and is the first issue of Wonder Woman in a few months. While this is still a flawed issue, there is much more to like this time around, and it looks the Finch’s may finally be finding their rhythm.
Wonder Woman #41 has the theme of consequence, as every Amazonian faces the aftermath of the massacre on Themyscira. Donna Troy seems to finally understand the gravity of what she’s done, and fans of the character will find some hope that Donna may one day find her place in the New 52.
This issue also introduces Wonder Woman’s new armor. This change of wardrobe reflects the change of pacing for the story. This issue seems to be much more grounded and focused on one antagonist. The new character introduced has some interesting motives, but it’s hard to tell how strong of a character he will be down the road.
While the plot is moving in an interesting direction, the dialogue of the characters is still the weakest part of Meredith Finch’s art. Unfortunately, the dialogue is still full of clichés. The new antagonist has some lines of dialogue that made me cringe, but fortunately Diana has a much stronger voice here (Though some lines still don’t sound like Diana). Finch has a much better grasp if the character and is clearly working hard to make sure Diana is the strong hero we know her as while avoiding making her too aggressive.
David Finch’s work has also improved quite a bit. His version of Wonder Woman is still too small and lacks definition, but the new armor looks superb. Panel layouts as well as backgrounds have also improved quite a bit. Faces are still inconsistent, especially around Diana’s chin and cheeks. Some expressions and poses also sometimes appear to be a bit off as well.