Author: James Robinson
Artists: Stephen Segovia, Jesus Merino
Publisher: DC Comics
Released: April 23rd, 2019
Issues: Wonder Woman 46-50, Annual #2
Wonder Woman, Volume 8: Dark Gods follows the events of Dark Nights: Metal, and that means that things have gotten a fair bit darker in the world. How could it not, when every hero and heroine knows exactly what is aiming to break into the world they’ve sworn to protect?
New (and significantly less altruistic) gods keep appearing, and it seems like only Wonder Woman and her newly found brother, Jason, stand a chance at taking them down. Granted, doing so will almost certainly come at a price.
So, Wonder Woman, Volume 8: Dark Gods wasn’t the best volume out there, I’ll be the first to admit that. It also was far from the worst. It did an excellent job of being bright and flashy – both in subject matter and with artwork.
However, a lot of it simply felt…hollow. For lack of a better term. It didn’t feel like the stakes were real, and the constant back and forth with Jason (is he alive? Is he dead? And back again) got so exhausting that I just couldn’t bring myself to care.
Which actually makes me feel kind of bad, since this is the end of James Robinson’s run on Wonder Woman. I feel like I should be appreciating that more than I am. On the bright side, the new gods were interesting, while they last. Sure, they were a bit over the top (there’s literally a mob god that controls and creates mobs), but that sort of fits with the grand scheme of things, and how catastrophic things have gotten since Dark Nights: Metal was introduced.
All things considered, I’m feeling pretty neutral about Wonder Woman Volume 8. That being said, I’m looking forward to what is in store for Diana next (yes, I know I’m so painfully behind on her series, I’m working on fixing that!).