Wonder Woman #38
By Meredith Finch, David Finch and Sonia Oback
David and Meredith Finch are on their third issue of their first arc on Wonder Woman. The previous writer (Brian Azzarello) got huge praise for his run and made this a tough book to take over. The Finch’s, really, have to have an outstanding first story to continue the quality of this title. Surely the bond of marriage will propel this team to success.
Meredith Finch is lucky that she is able to work with her husband on this story arc. It makes things easier as a writer when you get to collaborate with one of your close buddies or your significant other. One of the bright story points in this issue is the struggle Diana has to go through as she continues to deal with being the god of war. Finch has Diana’s reactions seem very believable, as someone who is in a bad spot, but not realizing it or accepting it. Even Batman questions if he should be concerned about it. As many of the Amazons start to lose faith in Diana, Finch finds a suitable replacement that should also lead to a good story arc if it doesn’t get finished off in this one. There were a few slow dialogue moments in the issue, but it was overall enjoyable. Meredith Finch has some good ideas and she is planting seeds for other potential twist and turns in the future.
There really isn’t much to say about the artwork of David Finch aside from fabulous. His work and detail is great every time he works on a project. This issue Finch gets to draw Superman and Batman, which is always a treat for fans. One of the best things about the issue is that Finch’s lines are so smooth and just look great on every page. Unlike many other artists, when a character is far away, Finch doesn’t allow them to lack detail at all. The colors by Sonia Oback make Finch’s rocking pencils even better. Her colors go perfectly with his drawing style. This was a very well drawn issue and I’ll be the first to say that David Finch could be this generations Jim Lee.
While there were a few slower moments this issue, a good cliffhanger and fantastic art make this a good read. The Finch’s work great together and it shows on the page. Meredith and David need to keep up the good work and continue to make Wonder Woman one of the best characters in the New 52.