Wonder Woman has returned to Earth, and there is new hope that the Dark Gods, led by King Best, can be defeated. Jason joins her sister in the fight, and Steve Trevor coordinates his task force to contain the effect of the Dark Gods. Diana and Jason start with King Best while Karnell, Savage Fire, the Mob God, and the God with No Name wreak havoc around the world.
This is a minor complaint with which to start, but it really bugs me that there is no common naming convention for the Dark Gods. Their identities are all over the place.
That said, Diana is back in the spotlight, and Wonder Woman #49 is an improvement over #48 on that principle alone. Diana is a compelling lead; Jason is far from it.
Seeing Diana immediately challenge King Best is a hell of a way to start off the issue.
There are still flaws. The comic has yet to deal with the fact that Diana technically summoned the Dark Gods in any meaningful way. The destruction the Dark Gods are causing is downright apocalyptic, and that makes it harder to narrow the conflict. This leaves the book feeling a little unfocused at times.
That said, Wonder Woman still gets to fight unfathomably powerful gods, so that's still cool. Also, we may finally see a purpose for the Jason character, so that's something too.
Jesus Merino continues to be a powerhouse of an artist, giving this book a visual identity that is all at once classic and modern. The detailing adds a lot of depth and power to the book, and the designs of the Dark Gods are still quite cool. Romulo Fajardo Jr. provides good color work, balancing the visuals while adding some stand-out panels throughout.
Wonder Woman #49 improves upon the last issue with an impressive show of strength from Diana and some interesting plot progression. The book still has problems, but this issue has enough engaging content and great artwork to be worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.