Wonder Woman And The Furies #1 is a comedy of errors. Unlike the Aquaman and Batman Flashpoint issues, this Wonder Woman story sets up the easy back door with which to resolve Flashpoint. I was never a fan of having Wonder Woman and Aquaman as two murdering enemies bent on destroying each other. I also tended to roll my eyes at the idea that the whole war started over Wonder Woman’s mother being murdered during Wonder Woman and Aquaman’s wedding, but I chose to work with it. I figured maybe this war might be something interesting that would bring out darker aspects of these iconic characters. I was also hoping that their motivations would be their own and that DC wouldn’t take the easy way out by making both Aquaman and Wonder Woman pawns.
Yep, no such luck.
First, I hate the name. Wonder Woman And The Furies. It sounds like a traveling drag show or a transvestite cover band. Secondly, don’t trust the cover of this comic for any reason. There is no Wonder Woman with a sword or destroyed London or war action of any kind. Instead, we get hippy Diana taking a cruise, fighting a Kraken with the help of the stringy haired “Twilight” Aquaman and then a wedding, a rushed, unnecessary and completely nonsensical wedding. We’re supposed to buy that this is joining of two cultures for protection against the world at large. That’d be great except until both parties revealed themselves to the world, nobody knew they existed. There are, of course, the two jealous and resentful parties on both the Amazons and Atlantean side that hate the idea of this marriage and – shocker – conspire to set up both sides for war. Why do they want these two cultures at war? Either nobody knows or they just don’t want to explain it to us.
I’m also curious as to how two of the main leaders of both cultures could fall for this Lifetime movie-of-the-week premise. I’m not really sure what writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning were attempting to do here besides set up the big bad problem for Flashpoint. The two usually reliable scribes wrote this as if they had been only two hours to complete it. Even if we were left with this contrived set-up tale, why not let Aquaman and Wonder Woman take responsibility for their actions? Why give us this feeble “they were tricked” plot device? I’m guessing so when the two realize what they’ve done they’ll get all weepy eyed and agree to help Flash right everything. How incredibly boring is that?
The art from Scott Clark is pretty average. Nothing he does is awful, but its also nothing to help lift this boring story out its contrived hole. Clark seems to prefer lots of tiny details as opposed to strong lines. You can see Aquaman’s long, luxurious locks blowing in the wind but the character himself has no weight. With so much rich psychological material that could have been born of Aquaman and Wonder Woman going to war, DC has opted to punk out and make sure neither of the iconic characters have any real blood on their hands. It takes the gravitas not only out of Wonder Woman And The Furies but out of Flashpoint as well.
CRAVEONLINE RATING: 5 OUT OF 10