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Old Foes Battle It Out in This Review of Wonder Woman #10

In this review of Wonder Woman #10, Diana searches for her old frenemy Cheetah, while Donna Troy, Cassie, and Yara search for her.

 

Wonder Woman #10 main cover by Daniel Sampere

Wonder Woman #10
Written by:
  Tom King

Art and Cover by:  Daniel Sampere
Backup Story Art by: Belén Ortega
Variant covers by: Julian Totino Tedesco, Dan Panosian, Jeff Spokes, Phil Jimenez
Page Count: 40
Release Date:  6/18/2024

 

This review contains spoilers

 

I’ve been tough on Tom King as of late. Actually, it’s been since Batman #50 (then Heroes in Crisis happened). But I’m man enough to give credit where it is due. Tom King has been killing it on Wonder Woman. That continues with Wonder Woman #10. It is a great study in long-time relationships. And that’s before we get to the backup story. In total, Wonder Woman #10 is just a good story from start to finish.

Wonder Woman #10 ends the Sacrifice arc that began in issue #8, with Diana facing off against Sovereign. In fact, the majority of the issue, which finds Diana not quite alone on a small island, is told from the villain’s point of view. Almost immediately, King pens Sovereign’s voice in a defeatist fashion. “This is, in the end, a tragic tale,” he says, in what might appear to be a letter.

The final part of Sovereign’s plan was for Diana to be alone on this island with her favorite frenemy, Barbara Minerva — Cheetah. She had been there a while with no true food. One might understand the hunger she was experiencing (or not). To the surprise of no one, Cheetah attacks.

 

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Don’t get too comfortable, Diana. (Image Credit: DC Comics)

While the battle goes on between the two old foes, there’s another part of the story. The Wonder Girls — Donna Troy, Cassie Sandsmark, and Yara Flor are on a mission to save their Amazonian sister. Their greatest weapon to complete this mission rests with the Invisible Jet. Apparently, they are having a slightly difficult time in finding it due to it being, well — invisible.

The Wonder Girls play two roles in Wonder Woman #10. Of course, their primary role is to save Diana. But here, King also has them as the comedy relief. The latter role begins on the first page as Donna presents the Invisible Jet, which no one can see. Their scenes serve as a perfect break from the intense fighting between Wonder Woman and Cheetah.

 

page from wonder woman #10 with the wonder girls
TA-DA!!! (All Image courtesy DC Comics)

 

The battle between Diana and Barbara in Wonder Woman #10 was by far some of the most intense back and forth I have witnessed between the two, whether on a page of comic book or on screen (To be clear, this doesn’t include Wonder Woman 1984. That was plain terrible.). They went back and forth and drew blood from each other. Yet King’s story reveals a flaw in Sovereign’s story. He expected for Diana to eventually win. However, to his surprise, she did not.

What happens once Diana awakens highlights how well Tom King handles relationships. As the two sit by a fire, they have deep reflections of not only how much they hate each other, but also how much they love one another. Diana is so emotional, she cries in Barbara’s arms. Cheetah realizes that everything Diana went through with Sovereign was simply so that Wonder Woman could find and rescue Cheetah. It was simply a great play by King.

This does play into my one concern with Tom King on Wonder Woman. Will he be able to stick the landing when it is time for him to move off from Wonder Woman. It’s difficult for me to trust King’s ability to do so after the events of Batman. He had fans all hooked with emotion. Then Batman #50 released, and things went to hell rather quickly from different angles. Could we as readers fall victim to him doing it again (whether his decision or not)?

The next morning Diana and Cheetah walk to the shore to find Donna, Cassie, and Yara waiting on them. As Sovereign ponders where he went wrong in underestimating Diana’s resolve, the ladies, including Cheetah leave. As Donna stated, it’s time to kick some %#@.

While I have endeared myself to how Tom king has told Diana’s story since this title relaunched, it has been Daniel Sampere’s art that continues to be the true highlight of the run since its start. Sampere’s style reminds me of Clay Mann at times. The difference, however, is that Sampere’s drawing is more elegant what Clay Mann draws a sexier character. I love them both and they both have their place in comics. Daniel Sampere slays it in Wonder Woman. Teamed with the colors from Tomeu Morey — who to my eyes, can do no wrong in selection of palette — you get a beautifully drawn story that can make you forgive any faux pas that King might drop.

 

The Backup Story — World’s Finest

I initially picked up Wonder Woman at the request of my comrades at The Batman Universe. I had to read the backup stories about Trinity because it included the Super Sons. I have been avoiding any rendition of the Super Sons and Jon Kent specifically after Brian Michael Bendis unceremoniously aged Jonathan Kent in Superman #7. However, Tom King has done something that only Brandon Thomas has succeeded in doing previously (with Duke Thomas). King has actually made me care about a character.

As is the case with most of the backup stories under “World’s finest,” Damian and Jon have been tasked with keeping an eye on their younger counterpart, Trinity. In this issue, the young daughter of Diana is struggling to fly a kite (you should immediately know where this one is going). As always, Damian and Jon disagree on the version of parenting and making the young child happy (and quiet).

After multiple attempts and quips back and forth at each other after multiple failures, Jon acquiesces to Damian’s plan. That plan — they break into Arkham Tower, and they break one Charles “Chuck” Brown — aka Kite-Man. He succeeds in getting the kite airborne, much to the pleasure of the young Trinity. Hell yeah…

Tom King seems to have a great grasp of the relationship between to the two male blood heirs. The back-and-forth banter that has come between them is good. It’s not Peter Tomasi good. It’s Tom King good. And for this run, that is enough.

Belén Ortega’s art has been superb for the entirety of the “World’s Finest” run. Despite the shifts in time and back, she has been consistent in her presentation and making clear distinction between serious scenes and comedy. The facial expressions of all four characters as they break out Kite-Man out of Arkham Tower were perfectly done. When you add the color from Tamra Bonvillain, of whom I’ve been a fan since the start of Once and Future, you get a sequence of pages that are pleasant to the eye and leads credence to the story Tom King is telling.

 

Final Thoughts

I remain pleased with the way Tom King is continuing Diana’s journey in Wonder Woman #10. I give him credit for baiting and reeling me in as a follower. I hope that he doesn’t disappoint in the end as he’s been guilty of before. Diana deserves the pedestal he currently has her on as a member of the Trinity.

 

Editor’s Note: DC Comics provided The Comic Book Spot with an advanced copy of this comic for review purposes. You can find this comic and help support the site in the process by purchasing this issue digitally on Amazon or a physical copy of the title through Things From Another World.

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Wonder Woman #10
Final Thoughts
I've been tough on Tom king as of late. But I'm man enough to give credit where it is due. Tom King has been killing it on Wonder Woman. That continues with Wonder Woman #10.
8.7
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