Review: Wonder Woman #34 — Baby Brother Blues

Wonder Woman has found her long-lost brother. It’s all going to be good now, right?

Nah! Of course, not. If recent Wonder Woman runs have taught me anything, it is male children of Amazons are doomed to shitty lives.

Once again, James Robinson starts the book with a time shift. But this time we go into the past to see Jason being handed off to the last of the Argonauts, who will raise him. Cut to Wonder Woman finally meeting her brother. Really, time jumps at the beginning of books can be an effective device, but not when we are being hit with it every issue.

It has lost all of its impact now. The only benefit we get is the great job Sergio Davila does of drawing Paradise Island on a dark and stormy night. The flashback proves to be useless because we get a repeat of the story in exposition from when Jason and Diana learn about one another.

This further compounds the plotting problem Robinson (Nick Fury, Cable) has run into. We are not as invested in him as Diana is. When the foul and inevitable betrayal occurs, the only person who doesn’t expect it, is Wonder Woman.

When Jason’s powers are revealed, we are treated to a unique power that I didn’t suspect. The issue ends with a fight sequence that does a lot to redeem much of the first half of this issue. I always love it when Wonder Woman cuts loose, and while you can see she is holding back against her long-lost brother, the other opponent can stand up to Diana’s strength.

Davila’s (Conan the Slayer, Vampirella) art is less inconsistent here than in the previous issue, but there are some small problems with the art. But for the most part, and especially in the big fight, his drawing is pretty spot on. It looks like most of the inconsistencies may be due to having three inkers working on the book.

The art issues that Wonder Woman has steadily suffered lately may be due to the rush of having to produce this book twice a month. I would rather deal with having to wait two extra weeks, if it means getting better art in this book.

Writer: James Robinson
Pencils: Sergio Davila
Inks: Scott Hanna, Mick Grey & Eber Ferreira
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr
Letters: Saida Temofonte

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