07 June 2012

Review: Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia

Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had somehow missed this when I was going into the Wonder Woman run, which I started with Rucka's arc in Volume 2. Reading this now makes me appreciate it a lot more than I would have if I had started in with The Hiketeia, which bases its entire story on the concept of Wonder Woman's relationship with the traditions of her home and how they correspond with the needs and realities of the world she now lives in.

It's incredibly well done - it's subtle as well as direct, and, as an added bonus, Batman gets his butt kicked. That's a good story for me. What's well done about this, though, is that it does provide the depth for Wonder Woman, both as the hero and as Diana, that most of Wonder Woman stories lack - not that Wonder Woman is simply a pretty face or anything, but that it's hard to figure out what it is that she should be doing. Rucka didn't have that issue on his run, and it's certainly not a problem here in this story.

I definitely liked this. I'm finally catching up with the end of the old run and the New 52, so this was a great opportunity to reacquaint myself with one of my favorite superheroes. I'm ultimately glad I picked it up.

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