Ame-Comi I: Wonder Woman #2 Review

Ame-Comi I: Wonder Woman #2 Review With an idea of the threats they face, the Amazons must make a choice.

What They Say:
The battle is over, thanks in part to Wonder Woman’s heroics. But instead of admiring her valiant efforts, her mother is furious! To make matters worse, instead of continuing the fight against the Kasnian invaders, the Queen wants to make contact with the world of men in order to establish a pact ensuring their safety. And guess who will be Amazonian ambassador?

The Review:
After a rather fun and well laid out first issue, things in the second issue of the Ame-Comi Wonder woman series settle down a bit but not without its bit of fun and bloodlust. The arrival of the Kasnia forces on the island have set into motion a chain of events that will change things for quite a few people forever more, but it definitely is the biggest change for Diana herself. She’s wholly into fighting off the invading army on the island, full of glory and the beauty of battle as she’s now able to use all the skills she’s developed and refined over the years. Seeing her cut loose and yet not restrict herself in her weaponry, grabbing a rocket launcher from one of the soldiers along the way, makes it clear that she’s not one that has enjoyed the confinement over her life. There is the beauty and wonder that is Themisycria, but she’s been pushing against the boundaries of it for some time, hence her getting into a heck of a lot of trouble with her mother.

And this battle is no different when you get down to it, especially since she defied her mother’s orders to stay put and not get involved. Her getting into the battle hasn’t really changed much, but it’s made it clear to her mother that Diana is thinking too small, just personal combat and not the bigger picture that’s out there. As intensely as Diana fought, and as proud as she makes her fellow Amazons, the truth of the matter is that the force that landed there was but an expeditionary force and not the bulk of a force. Which as a reader we know, but Diana’s sense of scale and the world isn’t on track with the way the world of man has changed. But her mother grasps this, and she uses what Diana has done in a harsher way, but with a purpose of care.

As we’ve seen many interpretations of Diana’s journey into the larger world, this one is definitely familiar as she’s sent out there to see how the world is and understand it in order to protect the island. But it also changes things up a bit in how they get her to ally with America, the alterations to her uniform, in order to have a larger protector to ensure that the culture of the island isn’t lost. I like the idea, but it’s also the kind of story that desperately makes me wish it was done in novel form with all the care and attention given to the politics and the “real world” issues it would cause. There’s a fascinating story that can be told there, just waiting to be peeled back. Here, it’s done simply and, dare I say, in comic book fashion, but it’s effective as it puts Wonder Woman on the world stage and secures things for at least the time being. But it also feels like it’s setting things up for a world of hurt for Diana ahead.

Release Notes:
This comiXology edition of Ame Comi: Wonder Woman comes with the main cover as released with the print edition and no other extras.

In Summary:
The series again is one where its origins in the stylized Japanese figures is interesting but doesn’t feel like it’s truly being taken advantage of. I like what’s here, but there’s a safeness about it that’s a little disconcerting when they could have gone bigger and in more varied directions. Amanda Conner’s art again is what sells this, especially with the strong coloring that’s used which helps to evoke the situations in a way that’s hard to imagine looking as good in print, and the flow of it is generally pretty strong in terms of the overall narrative. But as a long time comic book reader, there are some nice little tweaks here but not the kind of wholesale changes or deeper look that could be used to really make it its own work as opposed to just another facet of the existing work. I’m definitely enjoying it, there’s no doubt there, but it leaves me pining to see this trio truly unleashed to come up with something markedly different from what we’ve had for so many years.

Grade: B+