Written by Brian Azzarello
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Brian Azzarello has been delivering fantastic work in Wonder Woman month after month. This ‘New 52′ reinterpretation of Diana as a demi-god has been a huge boon for storytelling ideas. Azzarello’s unconventional take on the gods of Greek myth have been extremely interesting, and coupled with Tony Akins’ incredible artwork, this book has been great. This month’s meeting of gods is quite impressive, not only from a visual standpoint, but a narrative one as well. Poseidon’s massive presence mirrors his domain and wrath, while Hades’ eyes are obscured and he prefers to be called ‘Hell’.
Diana presents an offer to both Poseidon and Hades; share Kingship on Mount Olympus with Hera as their shared Queen. While both scoff at the idea of sharing a queen, they both also very much want to rule Olympus. When Hera arrives to defend herself from all parties involved, Diana steals a candle from Hades’ wax-helmet-thing in an attempt to trap Hera. It’s here that Azzarello reveals that Diana’s ‘plan’ to keep Hera on Olympus was merely a cover for the real goal. While Poseidon finds the deceit somewhat humorous, the vengeful Hades is not amused and kidnaps Zola.
While a plot twist like this might be hard to pull off, Azzarello’s narrative is smooth, easy to understand and compelling. In Wonder Woman, it comes down to the minor details that really sell the story; Hermes explains how the concept of imagination is nothing more than beings attempting to understand that which they do not; Lennox’s off-handed “God a’mighty” causing all three present gods to respond, “Yes?”