"Part One: The Living"
Script by Greg Rucka ǀ Pencils by Nicola Scott ǀ Inks by Prentis Rollins, Jonathan Glapion, Walden Wong & Drew Geraci ǀ Colours by Nei Ruffino ǀ Letters by Travis Lanham ǀ Cover by Greg Horn ǀ Variant Cover by Ryan Sook ǀ Associate Editor: Adam Schlagman ǀ Editor: Eddie Berganza
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman is a surprisingly good series spin-off. Unlike the initial batch of tie-ins, Wonder Woman is in step with the status quo of Blackest Night proper. Okay, maybe one step behind, but it doesn’t hurt that celebrated Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka returns to the character for this three-parter. Rucka wisely resists the urge to drag Wonder Woman through the dirt yet again over events that occurred four years ago. Instead, he revisits the situation he himself created from her current emotional place; that is, one of remorse, but acceptance. It demonstrates a level of respect for the work of current Wonder Woman scribe Gail Simone, in acknowledging just how far she’s brought the character during her two-year tenure. The cover art by Greg Horn is nothing short of scintillating, and Nicola Scott proves yet again that no one can draw Wonder Woman like her. It would be remiss of me not to mention the work of colorist Nei Ruffino, whose brilliant light sourcing adds depth of field to each panel, and lifts the book’s aesthetic above the standard issue. In a story that centres around darkness and light, this is paramount.
Verdict: Buy it.