Writer: Meredith Finch
Artist: Ian Churchill
The conclusion of Meredith Finch’s first Wonder Woman arc gave hope that this title can improve and give Wonder Woman the title that she deserves. Unfortunately, Diana’s series continues to have flaws that stand out much more than any of the positives. The most blatant issue with this arc is that there is nothing interesting about it.
Wonder Woman is now in search of Donna Troy following her escape from Olympus, and the investigation leads us to an unexpected setting. Unfortunately, the characters introduced this issue aren’t remotely interesting, making the events that transpire bland and uninspired. While the first arc was certainly flawed, it at least took risks, while this issue hasn’t done anything noteworthy. Meredith Finch is playing it safe and isn’t doing enough to make her run with the character stand out.
This issue also works to develop the arc’s main antagonist, and even concludes with a small encounter. The issue ends on a somewhat high note, with an unexpected twist, but it’s hard to say if this is going in a positive direction right now.
The dialogue is the same as always, with overdone sayings and idioms, as well as cliché lines. Strife in particular seems to be very forced, and Finch is struggling to capture her voice. The same goes for the titular character, and at times it’s still hard to believe that this is Wonder Woman speaking and not a generic character in the background. Donna Troy also lacks any notable lines or moments, with her quest consisting of self-depreciating monologues and a death wish.
Wonder Woman #43 features Ian Churchill stepping in for David Finch, with mixed results. While Finch certainly has some issues with drawing Wonder Woman, I actually found myself wanting him back while I read this. Churchill’s pencils are inconsistent, even more so than Finch’s. Faces change in shape, expressions look unnatural, and Diana isn’t even recognizable at times. While Finch struggled to make Diana look like a grown woman at times, Churchill makes Donna excessively young.