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    Wonder Woman Annual #1: Four for the Road

    Wonder Woman’s first annual of the DC Rebirth era arrives just in time for her big screen debut. If the movie is half as good as Wonder Woman Annual #1, it’ll be a blockbuster.

    Instead of telling an extended tale, the annual gives us four vignettes by different creative teams – highlighting different aspects of our heroine.

    Wonder Woman Annual #1 Review

    The first story features the team of writer Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott. The story picks up on Wondy’s Year One saga by chronicling her first meeting with Superman and Batman. This enjoyable tale showcases the DC trinity at their best: Wonder Woman full of hope, Superman as the optimist and Batman… well, as Batman – suspicious and untrusting.

    Scott’s drawings are fantastic, illustrating Wonder Woman as the powerful hero she is. Rucka’s story, while light on action, fills in an amusing backstory.

    Wonder Woman Annual #1 Features Some Amazing Talent On Each Story

    If it’s action you want, the second story from writer Vita Ayala and artist Claire Roe starts off with a bang: King Shark is about to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Invading the country of Markovia, Wonder Woman shows off her many powers, and her lasso, by making short work of the executioners.

    The story is classic Wonder Woman – plenty of action sprinkled with hope.

    The third tale by Michael Moreci and drawn by Stephanie Hans pits Princess Diana against a monster threatening a peaceful Japanese village. However, this is no simple monster of the month story, because Wonder Woman knows the would-be attacker. Exquisitely drawn by Hans, each image jumps off the page. You’ll really that you are in Japan.

    The final story is by writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and artist David Lafuente. This tale pits Wonder Woman against a monstrous kaiju. Again, Diana must choose between violence or compassion. The tale – and the issues – provides plenty of both.

    Wonder Woman Annual #1 is the perfect jumping on point for new readers. The comic also gives longtime fans an assortment of fantastic Wonder Woman stories. Whether you’re planning on seeing the new movie or not, make sure to pick up this comic.

    Wonder Woman Annual #1: DC Comics, Released May 31, 2017, Written by Greg Rucka, Vita Ayala, Michael Moreci, Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing; Art by Nicola Scott, Claire Roe, Stephanie Hans and David Lafuente; $4.99.

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    Review: Grayson #18

    Grayson #18Issue eighteen of Grayson opens up in a way that that reminds me why I love this comic. This issue wastes no time putting you right into the action at St. Hadrian’s School for Girls as all hell breaks loose. Helena is in trouble as she goes out of her way to save the students. Dick Grayson, in the face of hopelessness, still finds hope to hang onto. He never misses a conversational beat while beating up the bad guys.

    There are a lot of characters to keep straight in this issue. Any good spy story will keep you continually guessing who is on who’s side, and who the real faces and heels are. There is an appropriate amount of suspense, and a couple surprise character returns.

    Two remarkable traits about this issue and all its predecessors are the coloring and the layout. Cox’s colors put the reader in just the right mood as the story zips from scene to scene. Lanzing and Kelly don’t really let their readers become too comfortable, shifting focus on just about every other page. Cox knows exactly how to evoke the right emotion for the right characters by staying consistent with his stylistic choices of color. Also, the comic never feels too cluttered, and the action flows seamlessly from page to page.

    Grayson #18 will get readers’ hearts pumping with action, betrayal, hope, and loss. Luckily, the writing and artistry of this title remains consistent as the New 52 beings to wind down, and that is something to be appreciated. Though we already know that Dick Grayson will be returning to a mantle we all know and love, Grayson continues to ensure that fans won’t go hungry for the things that they love about the character while we anxiously wait for the rebirth of Nightwing.

    Grayson #18, written by Jackson Lanzing, artwork by Collin Kelly, Roge Antonia, Mikel Janin, published March 23, 2016.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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