WONDER WOMAN (1986-) #23-26
- How do you feel about Hermes coming forward in the mortal world and what that means for Diana’s ultimate goal of peace between Man’s World and Themyscira?
Hermes always felt like he didn’t really belong with the other gods, as if he was trying to get away from them. It’s weird and fascinating. He wants to do good, but he also wants people to worship him. I did not see his “feelings” for Diana coming at all. He’s trying to do good (though not entirely for the best of reasons), but it keeps going over poorly after the whole Ixion ordeal. He’s already turned the public against him. If Diana continues to be associated with Hermes, the public will turn on her. I mean, we see a little of that when she returns and the crowd is giving her a mixed reaction. That could end up spreading to a larger scale though. She’s not just known to Boston. She’s dealing with the UN and Hermes kept having camera crews following them around (Is he the new Myndi? ).
- Issue #24 is George Pérez’s final issue as regular artist. Discuss your favorite aspects of his art or specific moments that stood out to you. Did you enjoy the art in the following issues?
I really came to love George Pérez’s art. My favorite aspect of his art is how he depicts the lasso of Hestia as burning. I don’t know if that’s the right way of describing it. It just looks great. At first, I thought it was just a technique to show it was lit up, but in story it would actually be referred to as the flames of Hestia or something similar. I’ll definitely miss him doing the art on every entry. The following issues after #24 were good, but they did seem more dated. For some reason Pérez’s art comes off more timeless. The art in #25-26 reminded me a little of a Superman comic for some reason. I’m hoping the colors improve from #25-26 and that they seemed a little rushed just because they were part of an event going on.
- What was your favorite part about Diana teaming with the Justice League International?
I liked that Diana’s world got to interact with the JLI. Last time, we only saw Wonder Woman interact with other heroes (well kind of since we didn’t actually see it beyond a few conversations). Etta having important information, then Steve having information that the Khunds wanted was a good way of tying them into the story. Diana knowing Black Canary’s secret identity was nice. Wonder Woman and J’onn bonding was great. Vanessa asking about SuperWonder was something I didn’t know I wanted Fire and Ice were acting in a way that I was not expecting at all (Not sure if I liked or disliked that part). Guy and Diana coming to a mutual respect was probably my favorite of all of it though.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK (2018-) #3
- Now that we’ve gotten more of the Upside-Down Man, what are your thoughts on the character?
He’s creepy and really menacing. I want to see more of this villain and I want to know more of the Otherkind. I like how he’s mad that mankind stole magic, but moreso mad that they gave magic rules and order. Like, why steal an entire spice rack and then only use the salt? I like how he tried to take on a form that would be more digestible to humans, but still looks horrible. His powers are insane. I like how they depicted them like how Bobo turns into a puddle and how it looks like UDM folds reality like a tablecloth or something.
- Do you want Constantine to join the team permanently? Do you believe he needs to?
Bobo and Kirk coming in clutch with the sword was great, but beyond that, they need more firepower. I don’t think Constantine needs to join them permanently though. I could see him coming in for the occasional assist. I like having him around.
- With the reveal of Wonder Woman’s new power, have you changed your opinion of whether or not she belongs on the team?
I did feel she belonged on the team before the revelation. Now, it’s a definite yes. If she holds some magic that even Zatanna doesn’t know about, then she’s where she belongs. I like getting to see Wonder Woman in a different setting like this with other characters she doesn’t interact with all too much.
I was feeling kind of bad for Ixion at points in the story when he was pretty much begging to be killed to no longer suffer in his prison. I hadn’t realized just how badly Boston got destroyed. It sucks for the people of Boston that they just suffered this massive destruction and the world doesn’t really care because they just dealt with an Invasion. It was unexpected for me when they revealed why Julia was acting a bit out of character. She was being a real jerk to people. The explanation… I don’t know how to feel about that either. It can go two ways.
The art in JLD continues to be some of my favorite stuff involving Wonder Woman. She looks incredible. It was also adorable how Kirk takes Bobo in puddle form and carried him around in that vase. I’m liking the two of them together. Swamp Thing hasn’t really done much, but that giant form he took where he was even bigger than the Tower of Fate? Epic. The UDM just drawing out all of Constantine’s blood was perfect villainy. Zatanna’s backstory was cool. I don’t know much about her and that sequence about how her dad was teaching her magic was great. I wasn’t quite clear, did they die and Wonder Woman revived them or were they under a spell and she just undid it?