Publisher: DC Comics
Released: August 29th 2017
This may seem odd at first glance, but bear with me. Volume one revealed the lies that Wonder Woman has believed all these years, volume two is a flash-back origin story, and then finally volume three picks up where volume one left off; telling us the cause behind everything. It is a bit odd that an origin story got stuck between the two plots, but it also firmly shows up which parts of Wonder Woman’s past Rucka is and isn’t keeping.
I’ll admit this was probably my least favorite of the three, though I still enjoyed it (read it in one sitting). I feel that in this case the conclusion was weaker than the beginning, which is why I’m a bit disappointed on the whole. Had the beginning not been so amazing and out of those world, maybe I wouldn’t have set my hopes so high?
At the end of The Lies, Wonder Woman has some pretty heavy news dropped on her; she’s never been home. Thinking she’s visiting her homeland (and thus her mother and friends) on more than one occasion…well let’s just say that Diana doesn’t take this news very well. Being that Diana is in a near catatonic state, Steve ends up being our main perspective for the first couple of issues here. I’ll admit that I found this shift a little jarring (more because it hadn’t happened previously than for any other reason) but I quickly got over it.
There were things I loved about this volume, and things I was less than thrilled about. I loved seeing Diana be so human (though obviously I was upset for her about what she was going through), and I loved that Steve continues to be a part of the series. Seeing more of Thermyscira was pretty fantastic as well – though again my heart breaks for the Queen and the loss of her daughter. I’m a fan of Cheetah (I know, I know) so I somewhat resent what happened to her character in the end – though I suppose you could make the argument that she’s come full circle. I suppose I’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.
The artwork had a tendency to bounce back and forth between amazing and kinda awful; for example, the covers are absolutely stunning, but there’s a certain scene where Diana is deflecting bullets and it looks plain silly.
On the whole I did enjoy this volume – I think I enjoyed it slightly less because I had loved volume one so much, but I’m okay with that. It was still a pretty solid story, with both heartbreaking and heartwarming moments (certain shippers will be thrilled about the last page in particular). I can’t wait to see what happens in volume four (Godwatch).