Updated: May 10, 2019
Written by G. Willow Wilson, Art by Xermanico, Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Cover by Jesus Merino
The creative team of Wilson and Xermanico continues their entertaining story arc filled with magic swords, demigods, and mystical creatures like a satyr and a talking Pegasus.
The focus of this issue is a meeting with Atlantiades, another displaced demigod who is the living embodiment of desire and union, who has decided it is time to unleash “unbridled desire” upon the mortal world. Besides, she needs their worship again.
Atlantiades forces everyone to search within themselves for their greatest desires, but Diana is also forced to confront her greatest fears as well.
If you are an action fan, you’ll be disappointed that’s there’s not a single bit of it in this issue. This is a very introspective issue, all about soul-searching and metaphysical discussions. The only depiction of Wonder Woman’s abilities is a short flight sequence where she is deep in thought and is verbally confronted by Atlantiades.
Xermanico’s page layouts are open and refreshing, designed in an unusual way on nearly every page, with large, different shaped panels, and Art Nouveau motifs, making obvious references to the work of Alphonse Mucha, who is also one of this reviewer’s big influences as well. Even Xermanico’s organic-feeling linework and hair renderings are reminiscent of Mucha. Major respect to the artist for having the patience to render every link in a chainlink fence for panel after panel. The Art Nouveau influence is even carried through in Fajardo’s very Mucha color palate. His depictions of women are all very tasteful, not sexist or gratuitous, a sin some Wonder Woman artists can be guilty of.