Monday, February 3, 2014

Hermes' Tour of Mythical Greece

"Hermes' Tour of Mythical Greece" from Wonder Woman vol.2 #14 (DC, 1987) by George Perez, Greg Potter and Bruce D. Patterson
Volume 2 of Wonder Woman (post-Crisis) gave us almost another 10 years of stories and again, Diana was pulled into all sorts of different directions, some good, some not so good. Perez' original vision tying her more closely than ever before to Greek myth was worthy and featured good art, but it never really turned my crank. I don't know what it was about it. Might be interesting to revisit the 5-year era. Messner-Loebs then took over and no one remembers what he did with the character until Mike Deodato came on and "Imaged" Diana. The book became all about T&A and Diana was replaced by Artemis because all the DC heroes at the time had to be temporarily replaced with darker characters (Azbats, the four Supermen, and so on), or more permanently by the next generation (Green Arrow, Green Lantern, etc.). That mercifully ended at #100, and John Byrne's more superhero-driven vision brought me back to the book, albeit not for long. It's not that I didn't like the idea that Diana was given her own DC city (Gateway City) or the stories that led to a Golden Age Wonder Woman who could be part of the JSA, it's that his page layouts often amounted to 2 panels a page, and the quickest read in comics. I couldn't support it for long. After that, I lost sight of the book though I've heard good things about both the Jimenez and the Rucka runs, especially the latter.

1 comment:

  1. This period of WW has to be the best for many WW fans - it had style, character complexity and rich drama, surely the best iteration of WW in many a year. I feel everything really came together in just the right way for this most strangely ignored of characters. I cannot express enough how much I adore this era.