Writer: Meredith Finch
Artist: David Finch
The finale of the Finch’s second arc of Wonder Woman comes to an end with Wonder Woman #46. This arc has suffered from flaws different from the first one, and it’s beginning to become a major struggle just to find anything redeeming about the series at this point. What hurts even more is that the second arc’s flaws are significantly worse than the first’s. While the first arc struggled with finding its own unique voice and a compelling plot, the second arc simply failed to produce anything interesting in regards to characters, story, and coherence.
Wonder Woman #46 solidifies this arc as an absolute disaster, as the writing and art not only continues to suffer, but hit a low here as everything ends with a whimper. Meredith Finch continues to give the characters poor and uninspiring dialogue, which deteriorates even further as the encounter between Diana and Eirene limps towards its conclusion. While the arc has severely lacked in quality, there was still the sense that the Finch’s were at least building up to something. Unfortunately, the end of the issue is rushed, with a conclusion that is incredibly underwhelming.
During the encounter, Diana and Eirene argue over what it means to be the God of War. Eirene brings up a good point, but the conversation quickly becomes dull due to the constant repetition between the two characters. At times it feels like there is dialogue in this issue just for the sake of filling up the panels. After a while the words mean nothing and everything becomes familiar in the worst way.
David Finch’s art is more of the same, with enough supermodels in the panels to fill up a runway in New York. The characters still have baby faces (especially Diana), but are at least fairly consistent throughout. The characters are mostly expressive, though some expressions do feel a bit off, especially the antagonist’s smile. The action moves along well due to smooth sequences that makes the issue-long battle somewhat interesting between all of the generic cries for peace and friendship from Diana.