To defeat her own patron goddess, Wonder Woman must ally with her worst enemy: The war god Ares! Your Major Spoilers review of Wonder Woman #798 from DC Comics awaits!
WONDER WOMAN #798
Writer: Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad/Josie Campbell
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan/Caitlyn Yarsky
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain/Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Pat Brosseau/Clayton Cowles
Editor: Brittany Holzherr
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 18, 2023
Previously in Wonder Woman: To save Themyscira, Wonder Woman must join forces with an unexpected ally: a sworn enemy of the Amazons! But to finally defeat the gods, Diana needs the new champion of Shazam at her side.
Will the heroines find each other before it’s too late?
The Queen of the Gods, Hera, has come to Earth, having murdered Zeus. Her goal is simple: Murder Wonder Woman, the protector of the humans, and rule on Earth as she now believes she does in the heavens. With only The Cheetah, a couple of spies, a couple of Shazams, and a rogue Asgardian on her side, Wonder Woman is heavily outgunned, but still tries to bring Hera back to her senses. She tries to argue that humanity, like the gods, is more than the sum of its worst impulses, but the mad goddess refuses to yield, screaming that “LOVE IS A LIE!” Steve Trevor proves that wrong by trying to step in and help Wonder Woman, but for the intercession of love goddess Atlantiades would have been destroyed. Wonder Woman is moments from defeat when Shazam Mary Bromfeld steps in…
…and says her magic word!
MARY MARVEL ONCE MORE!
There’s a lot going on in this comic, much of which seems to be tied into Lazarus Planet: Revenge of The Gods, a series that I haven’t been following, tying into a larger series… which I also haven’t been following. Still, it’s reasonably easy to figure out what’s going on, even without that context, and the central battle between Princess Diana and the goddess she once served is well-done. I especially enjoyed the second feature, which deals with the fallout of Diana gaining the power of Shazam and (at least temporarily) once again gives Shazam’s new champion the name Mary Marvel. She also gets a few godly gifts like those that empowered Cassie Sandsmark as Wonder Girl a couple of decades ago. Yarsky’s art is more attractive than Nahuelpan’s to my tastes, but both portions of the story look quite good.
BOTTOM LINE: MAKES ME WANNA COME BACK FOR MORE
Post-Flashpoint Wonder Woman stories have been a very mixed bag, but Wonder Woman #798 takes a strong premise, uses its characters well (including Wonder Woman lamenting that she doesn’t feel human anymore, followed by worrying that, as a demigod/superhero, she never WAS human), and features well-done art for a well-deserved 4 out of 5 stars overall. I know I’m not the average comic book fan, but in my eyes, this issue is worth the price of admission for the revival of the Mary Marvel name alone.
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WONDER WOMAN #798
Wonder Woman and Mary Marvel (who has an 80th anniversary coming up) make for a really strong character pairing, and both creative teams make good use of both heroes.