Make Love Not War In Wonder Woman #62

by Tony Thornley

One of the greatest strengths of Wonder Woman has been her ability to solve problems through more than her fists. She’s often been called an ambassador, and this issue puts that ability on full display, but with a great twist.

G. Willow Wilson, Xermanico, Romulo Farjado Jr., and Pat Brousseau conclude their first arc on the series in style with a great cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson. It’s not groundbreaking, but it does finish laying a foundation for the run to come.

Diana faces Ares, who is determined to end the conflict around him through bloodshed. The two come to blows until Aphrodite stops them in their tracks and reminds them there’s a better way. This leads to a peace summit that resolves the civil war around them, but forces the gods out of the conflict.

Wilson’s script is smart. It provides a fair amount of action, but takes a step back to provide an alternative to Ares and Diana coming to blows. She’s also able to show impressive character growth in just this initial arc, with Diana considering her methods, and Ares questioning everything he knew.

Xermanico and Farjado do some great work together. Xermanico’s line work in the fight between Ares and Diana looks fantastic, but it’s also laid out well, with the characters’ weapons guiding the eye across the page. Farjado adds great depth to it all, and is able to deepen the mood through subtle shifts in palettes and lighting.

I’m excited to see where this series goes next.

Wonder Woman #62 is available now from DC Comics.

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