It's Wonder Woman Wednesday, today, I know, which is a day later than usual for Weekly Wonder Woman but can't be avoided thanks to Bank Holiday Monday. So simply put your hands over your ears, close your eyes and go "La, la, la! There are no important new comics out today!" for a few minutes and then we can carry on as normal.
Done that? Good.
So, lots happened in the fortnight I was away on holiday. We got a new Justice League poster for starters:
Still pretending Superman's not going to be in it, hey? I'm sure that tactic will pay off big time.
Wonder (Woman) Wednesday was also made official by Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, who are now promising to bring you "something new, from contests, to behind the scenes photos, maybe even never before seen clips" every #WonderWednesday.
In other news, Gadot revealed it was the music of Beyoncé that helped her land the role in the first place.
Hmm. It feels like I'm missing something. Oh yes - Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp are leaving Wonder Woman. Rucka is leaving on a high note given the rather good readership figures the title now has, which makes a nice change from when he was given the boot more than a decade ago for some rather low readership figures.
Why's he off? Too much work, he says.
Before we get to rampant speculation, this is my decision. I just can’t maintain the pace on the title while also fulfilling my commitments to my other collaborators. It is, genuinely, as simple as that…
Liam Sharp just appears to be heading off because Rucka's off. No word about Nicola Scott, but she's going to be working with Rucka on Black Magick again, at least, which suggests she might be off, too.
Rucka lays down the timeline for the group departure:
Wonder Woman 23 sees the end of our “primary” storyline, “The Lies/The Truth,” and Wonder Woman 24 serves as something of an epilogue to that tale. Wonder Woman 25 will, I hope, set a table for who is to follow, and provide for them as much room to work and explore and grow.
And who is to follow? Shea Fontana, who's going to be writing the first five issues at least, starting July 12. Fontana has previously written Diana for the DC Super Hero Girls comic, including a couple of graphic novels, so at least knows the character, even if the audience might have a been a tad younger.
Having worked on DC Super Hero Girls for the last few years, I have a great sense of Wondy, a teenage Wonder Woman in a high school setting, and it's an honor and an adrenaline rush to be writing her now 'all grown up'. Many of her core characteristics continue to remain routed in peace, justice and equality, but as an adult she’s seen a lot more war and tragedy, and is dealing with her world from a wiser, more experienced point of view.
Joining her on artwork will be Mirka Andolfo, who's been doing work on DC Comics: Bombshells, so again no stranger to Wonder Woman.
Right then - after the jump, a look at one of Greg Rucka's final issues of Wonder Woman, as well as the continuing adventures of the Justice League. We also find out a bit more about what Batman '66 is up to in 1977.
Wonder Woman #20
Seven years after Wonder Woman leaves Themyscira, Veronica Cale's daughter still hasn't got her face back and Ares's sons are still pressuring Cale to find Diana's homeland. So Cale calls on help - none other than Circe!
Unsurprisingly, Circe turns Phobos and Deimos into dogs. Unfortunately, that's still not enough to get Veronica's daughter back as she's with Ares. Which means Veronica's going to have to free the God of War…
What does Diana do?
Has a fight on Naxos with the newborn Cheetah, who's retrieving something for Godwatch/Veronica/Circe.
After saving some civilians in 'Qurac' (while speaking Arabic), she also gets duped into using her lasso on Circe, who uses its power to bind Phobos and Deimos.
As usual with Rucka, Diana does very nicely when dealing with us ordinaries. However, she's typically reactive and passive when dealing with godly types.
Also, as I predicted, while the rest of the DC Rebirth Universe continues using iterations of the previous Circe looks, Rucka has gone for a completely different look in his Circe reboot. Here she gets the slightly odd "1920s gentleman" look that Phobos and Deimos have, suggesting that when the gods aren't in animal form, they do all like dressing up formally like they're off to do the Charleston somewhere.
This Circe seems far less vindictive than previous versions, here actually seeming to quite like Diana, although she clearly doesn't like the other gods.
She's also quite fun and playful, with a flotilla of witchy powers, including the ability to fully interact with the virtual Doctor Cyber:
All in all, a very nice issue, but I do wish that Diana took the initiative a little more.
Rating: 6/7 (Artwork: 7/7)
Justice League (Rebirth) #18
The Justice League coordinates its efforts throughout time to defeat those who are trying to isolate the Earth at the end of the universe. Except, oops! Maybe they're helping the wrong people!
What does Diana do?
Help young Zeus and his siblings to fight the baddies in the skies above Ancient Greece.
Then stick a thingie in a machine that links everything throughout time.
As well as looking different to the gods as we know them in both the nu52 and Rebirth, at least one of Zeus's brothers has something that looks like heat vision. Which is new.
Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #10
Ra's is back and he wants his book, so he can find the world's Lazarus Pits. Guess what! There's one under Arkham Asylum! But then Ra's turns up at the Batcave!
What does Diana do?
Save the reformed Catwoman from Copperhead.
And works out what the map reveals.
Turns out that Themyscira is quite old, judging by the fact the map depicts an age some time just after the break up of Pangea.
Disclaimer: Owing to the small fortune it would take to buy every single DC comic each week, this is not a guaranteed rundown of all the comics that feature Wonder Woman. If you know of any I’ve missed, email me or leave a comment below and I’ll cover them the following week