Steve takes a detour to explore Wonder Woman #1. The new issue from the DC Comics Future State initiative
Wonder Woman brings us another perspective of the universe that DC has set up with its Future State project. This one was written and drawn by Joelle Jones, a name that I was unaware of until I heard of this book.
FUTURE STATE: WONDER WOMAN #1
Going into this read, I had high expectations. I had heard from several people that this was their favorite of the Future State line. In retrospect, I wish I had not had such high expectations going into it.
The story brings us to what seems to be a sort of Amazonian rain forest with what we can only assume is Wonder Woman fighting off some beasts. She meets up with a character that, seemingly, is a character from her past as they seem to have some sort of history. This character helps our protagonist get into hell to rescue a family member.
First off, overall, I enjoyed the book. The writing itself was imaginative and engaging. Jones is certainly a writer that I would like to see more of. She crafts a fascinating narrative. The artwork was beautiful. That being said, I felt like a lot was missing from the story. At least to me. A lot of it could be because I’m largely unfamiliar with the Wonder Woman storyline as I have not read a lot of Wonder Woman comics. Who is this hero? I was fairly certain that it wasn’t Diana.
It turns out that this Wonder Woman is Yara Flor. I had no idea who it was so it was hard to get invested in her. As it turns out, this is a character that was introduced at the very end of Dark Nights Death Metal. This would explain my ignorance as I have not finished reading that storyline.
There also wasn’t any exposition in the story about the future itself. Unlike in the other Future State books I have read, this one doesn’t set up the background of the future this takes place in. What is the state of the world and/or the environment in which this takes place? Where is the “real” Wonder Woman? To me, it felt more like an Elseworlds story about an alternate Wonder Woman than it did a story about the future.
I feel like if this is DC’s attempt to bring new readers into the WW franchise, this book did not do the trick. A little more of her background at the beginning of the story could have helped. Not knowing who these characters were is a major contributor to my disappointment in the book.
Overall, this was a good book despite my minor qualms. It is not, however, my favorite of the Future State line.
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