Written by G. Willow Wilson
Illustrated by Xermanico
Published by DC Comics
Summergrove, CT is a mess of broken promises, broken homes and broken hearts now that Aphrodite’s son Atlantiades has taken over in Wonder Woman #71.
While fighting with their mom is certainly ‘their thing’, no one expected Atlantiades’ takeover and bra-burning love fest to turn out the worst in humans, but so it goes. Perhaps that is the lesson to be learned that mortals are weaker than the Gods, or perhaps Gods shouldn’t be allowed to meddle in earthly affairs (or grant permission for ‘affairs’). He even hits on Diana a bit! My stars!
In “Love is a Battlefield Part 3”, Maggie’s sword is also fending for itself, dragging her to a black hole in the altar that the acolytes of Atlantiades have built.
Luckily, if anything supernatural were to attack, Aphrodite herself has chosen to accompany her.
Atlantiades does do their best to un-screw with the good townspeople of Summergrove, but relationships were damaged, bras were burned, jock straps were burned, undies were aflame!
Cadmus interrupts the magical healing of Summergrove with news that Maggie and Aphrodite are facing an Ox-headed demon, presumably one of the displaced Olympians. The sword seems to be key to taking down the monster, but not without a fight. In fact, the cliff hanger sets us up for a bigger fight next issue.
With the town issues mostly settled, the whole gang is facing a new set of challenges below the Earth. We’re really seeing these deities and mystical creatures trying to find a new home on Earth, as Wonder Woman searches for her missing homeland.
I am all for this volume of Wonder Woman, as I’ve stated in my previous reviews. G. Willow Wilson’s new mythology surrounding Diana gives her a modern and cool outlook, a modern woman, still wrestling with her own truth, be it by her magic lasso or not.
She is away from Steve Trevor but her heart is loyal to him. She is trying to help and be a hero but is vulnerable and helpless at times. She shines in the strength she is able to muster in herself to protect others and complete her mission, all the while caring for her companions and having the Goddess of Love by her side as an equal is a really nice touch.
Will Maggie’s sword be able to defeat the beast? We will have to wait until next issue to find out!