Now I know we've all gone over how much of a douche JMS turned out to be with the way he just left DC hanging mid story arc with both Superman and Wonder Woman. I'm not sure if anyone else here on the forums was reading either of those runs aside from me, but I picked up both books when he signed on. Never being a fan of his work back when he was at Marvel (I hated his Spidey run and I'll admit I'm not into Thor all that much) but both stories sounded different and interesting enough to pick up.
Having never really been much of a WW reader outside of some of Greg Rucka's run that tied into Infinite Crisis, I only had a general understanding of the character. So when JMS joined on and made huge changes, my interest was peaked and I wanted to see what everyone was flipping out about. I liked that new costume (I'm one of the few apparently) and was surprised for all the liberties taken by a writer I never liked. I was intrigued. Then Superman Earth One came out and we all know the story from there.
Except this post isn't about JMS so much as it is about how Phil Hester was not only able to salvage the Wonder Woman book, but deliver a damn good single issue in Wonder Woman 609. So good that I felt the urge to write about it here, where if I'm lucky two or three of you might read.
Some back story for those not reading the book
So the book opens with Dr. Psycho and Diana in what seems like a dream world where he will she her who she truly is. Now without spoiling the book too much he shows Diana her past lives; all strong woman that collectively build up the Wonder Woman mythos. Diana obviously questions him on why she doesn't remember any of this, why he knows so much about her and who he is. And his response to each is by far some of the best character development I've read in a while. The way Hester writes this story out he turns a relatively two demential character like Doctor Psycho and humanizes him, all while shaping up story that I feel is the way all mediocre writers can learn from when trying to ease in new readers.
I know I'm probably going to catch some flack from Darkseid for this, but what Hester did in this one issue Morrison has failed at pulling off in Batman, and Hester gets it right on the first try. He takes both characters and breaks them all the way down to there core and then ties in those Silver Age elements that most would think goofy, but pulls it off effortlessly (hint: it involves Wonder Woman's invisible jet). This is the kind of writing I've always praised over the years from the likes of Geoff Johns and Greg Rucka, but oddly enough the first time I felt compelled to write about it. So if you've gotten to this point and want to know more, I'd strongly recommend picking up Wonder Woman #609 (and 608 for the lead in) the next time you're in your local comic shop to see it for yourself.
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I hate you Grant Morrison, your package, and everything about you.