Writer: Meredith Finch
Artist: David Finch
The latest issue of the Finch’s run of Wonder Woman is attempting to do something different. While the rest of the run has similar to cheap, poorly-made action flicks, this issue tries its hand to introduce some heavy themes. Unfortunately, the final result is another poorly executed issue that fails to do anything but somehow further disappoint fans of these characters.
Meredith Finch opens up Wonder Woman #45 right where the previous issue left off, with Aegeus arriving in Olympus to kill Wonder Woman and become the God of War. The character already seems bland and without inspiration, but Finch tries to breathe life into Aegeus with a bit of backstory. Aegeus’ past brings up domestic violence, which should certainly be a theme that is discussed in comic books today. The problem is that the theme is brought up in a sloppy way, with poor dialogue and very generic lines that make it harder than it should be feel bad for the character. The theme of domestic abuse is also brought up in the Donna Troy storyline, but again none of the lines are particularly well written and are full of stereotypes, further making it harder for the reader to connect with anything happening in the pages.
Poor pacing and a sloppy story surrounds the failed attempt to bring something meaningful to this series. Finch tries to connecting everything and add layers to this arc, but her efforts futile and only make this run appear even more unfocused than it already is. It’s clear that Meredith is aiming high and is trying to make every issue as eventful as possible, but the problem is that none of these big events are interesting. The issue ends on yet another big encounter for Diana as the apparent antagonist has a massive change of heart, only to be upstaged by another evil character, which fails to drum up any excitement for the next installment.