GUESS WHO'S BACK? BACK AGAIN?
RUCKA'S BACK. TELL A FRIEND.
Obligatory celebratory song parody out of the way, Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 marks Greg Rucka's return to DC, and boy howdy, is he coming out strong.
Our girl Diana's been through a hell of a time identity-wise. The New 52 took her origin story and turned it on its head, not to mention slapping her with a new title as God of War. Now, these are things that Rucka could have taken and thrown out the window.
But he doesn't.
This is an introspective book, with Wonder Woman struggling to come to terms with who she is, both in the past and now, and what she will become. Rucka does a brilliant job of playing both stories of her origin side by side, showing the conflict between them, and the conflict within Diana as she struggles to figure out which past is her true one. She questions her very title, Wonder Woman, questioning whether it means hope and awe, or the unknown and fear. She decides, in true Diana fashion, that it is time to confront her truth and find who it is who has led her from it. Rucka does an excellent job of keeping this hidden, as well as the truth of who Wonder Woman is, leaving the reader to wonder (GET IT?) along with Diana through her internal crisis.
The art in this book is absolutely stunning, and used to great effect. The majority of the book is penciled by Matthew Clark, and colored by Jeremy Colwell, both mirroring the signature look of the New 52; sharp lines and bright colors. Then, at a pivotal moment in Diana's narrative, the reins are taken over by Liam Sharp and Laura Martin, introducing Wonder Woman's ornate (and BvS-remniscient and probably more suitable) new costume and a much more lush, textured style, perfect for transitioning from the New 52's sleeker, modern look to Rebirth's delve into Diana's origins as she travels back to Olympus.
I give this book a 9/10. Ultimately, Rucka has given Diana what she rightly deserved; a clean slate and a new chance to overcome some of the less-worthy decisions previous writers have put her through, and he has set up a great turn for the most iconic superheroines of all time.