Wonder Woman #29 Review: Lackluster Art Saved By Diana's Spirit

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Cover Art of Wonder Woman #29
Wonder Woman #29

With a band of mercenaries bearing down on she and Etta Candy, Wonder Woman must protect her friend and fight off the forces that are out for her blood.

Even if the two survive the attack, they need to investigate who is out for Wonder Woman's DNA and what their intent is.

That intent might just put Diana in another tough position…

Wonder Woman is having a hard time keeping an artist from issue-to-issue, and this is admittedly becoming bothersome. Each of the past four issues have had a different artist. That's a bit maddening in addition to being a general bad trend that the Big Two are exhibiting right now.

Despite that, the fight scene which opens Wonder Woman #29 is an exciting and explosive way to start a superhero comic. Wonder Woman gets control of the fight very quickly, and Etta, despite not having the power and skill of Diana, is still a badass who holds her own against one of the super-powered bounty hunters.

(Spoilers) once the two do manage to overcome the mercenaries, they discover from Plastique that the employer is interested in Diana's genetic material to engineer cures for many diseases, viruses, and disorders. This puts her in the position of possibly offering herself up to allow these treatments to be made.

That's a decent dilemma in which to put someone as compassionate as Wonder Woman. She wants to help as many as possible, and this could be the best way to do that. Moreover, this is a plot point that seems like it should be more common in superhero comics. These people are genetic miracles that could help many people if geneticists could unlock the secrets of their DNA.

The underlying conflict is the questionable morals of a person who hires super-powered murderers, if the research would be injurious to Diana, and the fact that doing something similar killed Dr. Crawford a couple of issues back.

Art to Wonder Woman #29 by Inaki Miranda
Wonder Woman #29 Art by Inaki Miranda

Unfortunately, the art is fairly mediocre in this issue. The figures alternate between bulgy and too slender, there is sort of an "extreme" vibe to the overall aesthetic, and the general visual design is lackluster. The faces still look good for the most part though, and they are expressive.

The color work isn't too great either; it focuses a bit too much on the brown, gray, and brick-red end of the color spectrum that doesn't give Diana the vibrancy and power she deserves. There are some spots that are still eye-catching and popping, but it isn't as consistent as in past issues. Plus, the color art can only do so much work when the line work is underwhelming.

This is still a pretty solid issue. The art isn't awful, even if it isn't particularly good. Wonder Woman is a great protagonist, and this story arc is an overall interesting read. This one maintains its recommendation. Pick it

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.