Wonder Woman #57 Subverts Tropes

by Tony Thornley

One of the dangers of crossovers is seeing the story become so cluttered that characters get left by the wayside. This happens in Wonder Woman #57 but the interesting thing is that it’s actually the point.

In the penultimate chapter of The Witching Hour, the heroes are divided at the worst possible moment. James Tynion IV, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Romulo Fajardo, and Dave Sharpe show us a world on the verge of a magic apocalypse, and one of their greatest champions has been overtaken by their enemy, all wrapped in a great cover by David Yardin. It’s a terrifying set up, and that’s just where the story starts.
[**Spoilers ahead!]

Hecate has directed much of her focus to Nanda Parabat, possessing Wonder Woman to do it, leaving Diana in a magical Limbo. The only members of the Justice League Dark left to face her as Zatanna and a severely depowered Constantine. They attempt an exorcism but even successful, it only makes things worse… killing Diana!
Tynion smartly leans into the tropes of crossovers, rather than subverting them. By placing the title character on the board, he seems to build towards her triumphant entry into the story. He then twists our expectations, and delivers a shocking blow.

On top of that, he also is able to include multiple powerful character moments. John Constantine’s revelation is weighty and heartbreaking. Diana’s heart-to-heart with Witchfire is extremely effective as well. Though I’m thrilled to see G. Willow Wilson starting with Wonder Woman next issue, I’d be perfectly happy if Tynion continued on the title.
Lupacchino and McCarthy’s line work continues to be great. Their version of the possessed Wonder Woman is a scary perversion of the icon. It’s recognizably Diana, but wrong. They also are able to keep the action thrilling, and sell the emotion, giving us a great all around package.
Fajardo’s work is excellent, casting an apocalyptic pall over everything. His work really makes the story come to life, even when he only uses shades of silverish grey in Diana’s scenes.

This story sets the stage for the future of the Justice League line in a much different way than No Justice did earlier this year. It’s adding character to the world-ending crises, and it’s great.
Wonder Woman #57 is available now from DC Comics.

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