The GeeksverseWonder Woman #606

Wonder Woman #606
Published on Saturday, January 29, 2011 by

Wonder Woman #606


Written by:J Micheal Straczynski & Phil Hester
Pencils:Eduardo Pansica
inks: Leisten, Alquiza, Faucher & Ferreira
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Travis Lanham
Cover Art: Don Kramer with Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover Alex Garner

Assoc. Editor: Sean ryan
Editor: Brian Cunningham

Wonder Woman #606 highlights everything about this reboot that’s just not worked, as well as touching on the good elements. The writing again is top notch as one would expect from J Micheal Stracynzki, this will be his last issue on the book, however, as he departs to work on a squeal to his Superman Earth 1 graphic novel, but there’s a few things here that I just can’t be bothered to care about.

The Amazon Philippus is killed by a hunstman deity which causes Diana to go into a murderous rage and kill the beast in cold blood after breaking his back; this apparantly plays into the badguys’ plans to have her join the dark side. Honestly Philippus death causes absolutely no pathos in me for two reasons. Firstly JMS has already overplayed his hand with killing off Amazons, Diana’s mother, first in her mortal body then her spirit against the first opponent and the Amazon who stayed behind to help her at the temple, and secondly I know Philippus will be back when the timeline resumes itself at the end of JMS’s storyarc. Phillipus is one of the two main Amazon supporting characters for Diana (outside of her mother and sister) and while death can be cheap in comics, death in a alternate timeline has no tender what-so-ever.

The other main supporting Amazon, Artemis, is revived by the Morrigan to be one of their three champions to use against Diana, this just confuses me. In the normal Wonder Woman universe Artemis was originally a member of the Bana-Mighdall a splinter group of the Amazons that diverged from them after Heracles’ defeat of the Amazons some 3,000 years ago. They are not immortal, at least not until they rejoined the Amazons during modern continuity so I’m not sure when Artemis could have been killed… Wonder Woman looks much younger then she does in normal continuity but Artemis looks the same, and I’m not sure why she would bare the Amazon’s any grudge for abandoning her, when she should not have been a part of the tribe.

There’s some outright silly moments with Ajax the Greater wandering around as the Morrigan’s gopher with the sword he impaled himself upon still sticking out of his chest.

Honestly I think the novelty of this arc has run out, and I’m looking forward to it’s conclusion.

Quality Rank: 2/5
Out of the Fridge Score 3/5
Bechdel Test: Pass

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