Rucka’s Re­birth ret­con

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re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher dC Comics Writer Greg rucka Artists liam sharp, Ni­cola scott, Matthew Clark

“Dou­ble ship­ping” – it’s what hap­pens when a monthly comic trans­forms into a fort­nightly one, and it’s a phrase that su­per­hero comic fans love and dread in equal mea­sure. In the­ory, dou­ble ship­ping means twice the amount of ac­tion per month, but it also means twice the cost, and can of­ten lead to in­con­sis­tent fill-in artists and a gen­eral down­turn in qual­ity.

DC’s de­ci­sion to shift the ma­jor­ity of their main su­per­hero ti­tles into fort­nightly mode for their new Re­birth re­launch has raised some eye­brows (es­pe­cially since pre­vi­ous DC week­lies and fort­nightlies have been patchy at best), but while it’s a risky choice, there are in­ter­est­ing re­sults in the lat­est Won­der Woman on­go­ing comic.

The new se­ries sees re­spected writer Greg Rucka re­turn­ing to DC, and also fea­tures an un­usual ap­proach to the dou­ble ship­ping co­nun­drum. In­stead of just telling one story and al­ter­nat­ing each is­sue be­tween the sep­a­rate art styles of Liam Sharp and Ni­cola Scott, we’re ac­tu­ally get­ting two sep­a­rate al­ter­nat­ing Won­der Woman ad­ven­tures, one of which is a newly up­dated of­fi­cial “Year One” ori­gin story.

We’re four is­sues in (in­clud­ing the Re­birth pro­logue is­sue), and the present-day sec­tion of the story (drawn by Sharp) links in with some of the con­ti­nu­ityre­lated shenani­gans hap­pen­ing else­where in the DC uni­verse. Here, Diana be­comes con­vinced that her his­tory has been al­tered, while her home is­land of The­myscira has gone miss­ing and some­thing strange is hap­pen­ing in Olym­pus.

Mean­while, in al­ter­nat­ing is­sues, the new ori­gin (drawn by Scott) gives us a nicely played, tra­di­tional take on Diana’s early years. Rucka is so far han­dling each time­line with style, go­ing for a mythic dark fan­tasy vibe while giv­ing Diana the right mix of strength and heart. His new ori­gin is also ret­con­ning most of the re­vi­sion­ist touches added to the WW mythos by the re­cent Brian Az­zarello run, mak­ing this a good jump­ing-on point for new read­ers.

Sharp and Scott give each story thread its own vis­ual iden­tity, and these open­ing is­sues have al­ready pulled off im­pres­sively at­mo­spheric se­quences along­side some creative page lay­outs. The al­ter­nat­ing-is­sue struc­ture means that the plot isn’t ex­actly moving quickly, while Rucka’s take on the ori­gin story doesn’t quite have the nutty en­ergy of Grant Mor­ri­son’s re­cent Won­der Woman: Earth One graphic novel, but this is still a sur­pris­ingly con­sis­tent and well-ex­e­cuted su­per­hero comic that’s a strong show­case for one of DC’s most im­por­tant char­ac­ters. Saxon Bul­lock

Won­der Woman’s 75th an­niver­sary is loom­ing. DC’s cel­e­bra­tions in­clude a one­off special (80 pages), due 26 Oc­to­ber.

Rucka is so far han­dling each time­line with style

An­i­mal lovers, look away now.

You’ll be­lieve a bat can fly.

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