Wonder Woman and Veronica Cale return from Themyscira and their conflict continues as each has lost something on the island of the Amazons. But before the two women can continue their feud, the Cheetah steps in and asks for her own vengeance. Will she achieve her goals?
I severely criticized Wonder Woman #23 for having tautological flaws about the nature of Wonder Woman and her goal. This issue, Greg Rucka does not explore any of the epistemology that he has wrought in his tenure with Wonder Woman and attempts to wrap up the story he started. It feels as if he did not want to leave and was setting things up that will force the next writer to deal with.
Often writers departing a comic series will set up such problems that will either force new writers to acknowledge the legacy or make them ignore the previous run as much as possible. I don’t know what the next writer will do but in a way, this story is a dick move if the next writer did not request a broken Cheetah and the right to play with Veronica Cale. If she did ask for them, then all is fine. If she did not, she’s screwed.
If the next writer does not use both Cale and Cheetah slowly and develop their stories carefully, her work will seem rushed and will caricaturize Rucka’s run. I’m hoping that she will just ignore the mess she was handed for now. Wonder Woman is not the Kamandi Challenge.
What I want to know is how Cheetah got off the fake Themyscira Island so that she could haunt Cale? The fight between Wonder Woman and Cheetah is uneven. Wonder Woman is either slow or really dumb. Or perhaps, she was enjoying seeing Cale suffer repeated attacks from Cheetah.
Bilquis Evely offers us her last issue on this marvellous run. I will really miss her. Her Wonder Woman had pleasant pulp qualities. She does not look as naïve as Nicola Scott’s Wonder Woman. But she feels anchored to the comic book genre, instead of being cinematic, like Scott’s.