Greg Rucka is building a myth within a myth. This issue the superstar writer weaves a tale of Barbara Ann Minerva, better known to the DC universe as the villainess Cheetah. We join the tale before her transformation into claws and fangs, as she seeks out the legendary Amazons.
The story begins with us following Barbara from her time as a child in England where we witness the young woman forced into an early adulthood after the passing of her mother, her father’s cold humorless grasp of reality demands that his daughter be just as grounded, and demands that she give up the childish pursues of make-believe.
But Barbara’s love for Greek myths remains with her through adulthood; she grows up to become an archeologist studying the possible origins of the Amazons at a dig in the middle of the Ukraine. It’s here that she catches a glimpse of the origins of the warrior tribe, in a crumbling tomb, and sets out to discover the Amazons home on a lost island in the middle of the sea.
There is something to be said for Rucka’s approach to this issue. He somehow makes archeology exciting, not an easy task unless you’re writing Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, but here he pulls it off without the use of a gun or a whip. This is a story that builds up the character that will become WW arch-nemesis better than any other work that I have read. You care for Barbara, you feel bad for her as a child that her father forced her to grow up to fast and you are excited for her that she proves her theory of the Amazons correctly and begins to hunt down the truth about the near mythical people.
Rucka breathes life into Barbara, but it’s the work of Bilquis Evely that really fleshes out the character. We can tell at a glance that the way this woman is drawn that she is intelligent, independent, and stubborn. From one panel to the next my appreciation for the character grew. She became more than just another talking head. I want to see what happens next, but I’m also afraid that I know where we are headed. This is the story of Wonder Woman’s foe, so when does this headstrong woman go wrong? Where does she lose the thread of sanity and begin to lose control?
Final Thoughts: There is not one panel of Wonder Woman in this entire issue and yet I can’t help but feel that this might be one of the best examples of this title I have read so far. Think about that!
Final Grade: 4 Stars
Wonder Woman #8
Story: Greg Rucka
Art: Bilquis Evely
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters: Jodi Wynne
Publisher: DC Comics