Wonder Woman is back, and better than ever in issue #603! This is not the same Diana we have always known. This wondrous woman has a similar, yet different story. In this issue, Wonder Woman was not raised on Paradise Island was before. Instead, she was sent away into man’s world for her own safety. Paradise Island was destroyed when she an infant; thus creating an entirely different Wonder Woman. This Wonder Woman is edgy, gritty, and frankly, a real badass. The costume is pretty different as well, DC Comics has opted out of the old red, white, and gold costume, for a more contemporary costume involving red, gold, and black. At first, the costume was distracting, but you will eventually come to realize that the costume is fitting and a welcome change to the character.
The storyline picks up from issue #602; with Wonder Woman escorting a group of Amazon survivors to the coast, in order for them to escape from a pursuing military force. This military force seeks to destroy all things Amazonian; including Wonder Woman! The story is enthralling, and even though Diana is painted as a real tough girl, you get to really see her compassionate side. This overall adds to the depth of the character, and makes her feel real, and more relatable.
During her escort mission, she encounters some soul stealing monsters, called Keres. These monsters are only seen by Diana, and not the Amazons she is guarding. These Keres, take Diana to Tartarus; the Greek underworld. She is informed that the only way to leave this world is to get past the very Cerberus of myth. Her guide, Charon, tells her that only Hades himself can get past Cerberus. This proves to be no large task for Wonder Woman, as she easily walks past the Guarding of Hades’ domain. This is a bit of a teaser to the story; why is it Diana can get past Cerberus, just as Hades can? Details are not really specified, which is the small downside to this issue. Upon leaving Tartarus, Wonder Woman wakes up to her militant pursuers taking her group hostage. A deal is made letting the Amazons escape, while Wonder Woman stays behind to face a fierce adversary; with the Lasso of Truth.
Overall, this issue is quite enjoyable and a must read for any Wonder Woman fan such as I. The art is dark and edgy, which breathes new life into the series. The storyline is engrossing, and pulls you into the world of Wonder Woman. The dialog makes the characters relatable, which is something that needs to be commended. You could say that the issue was “wondrous”.