Fight To The Finish
Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Marco Santucci, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018
It's time to end this arc and see if this can make the whole Darkseid ordeal worthwhile because while I loved the idea of finally meeting Jason and the idea of Darkseid gaining his power back after being reborn into a baby in the Darkseid War, nothing ever seemed to feel right during James Robinson's run of this title and that has bothered me each and every week that this series would come out. Maybe........ just maybe, it will all come together here and I can say that I was completely wrong about everything. Yeah, I don't see that happening, but still, I hope for the best. Let's jump into this issue and see what Mr. Robinson has in store for us. Let's check it out.
Amazons are being Turned into Parademons and it's up to Jason to breach the portal and put a stop to Grail's schemes, while Wonder Woman continues to take on Darkseid........... and really that's about all you get here. Yeah, we have some great moments that we've been waiting to see since Jason was first introduced in this series, but overall, we haven't had enough of the character to really know what's up with him at all. The best thing that we actually get from him in this issue that feels right for what we've been shown so far is when he enters the portal to Themyscira to act all heroic and once he gets there and sees all the Amazons fighting their sisters Turned Parademons, he has no idea what he is supposed to do.
Yeah, we get more of the same with this issue, but with some nice moments thrown in that aspect at least allows this issue to stand taller than what we've gotten previously, but the conclusion to the issue where the power of love conquers all might have made a bigger impact if we had dealt with Darkseid more and knew about how he was using the power of the gods to recreate himself, but since it just was something that was there and we moved on from it, the way that our hero saves the day in the end comes off just a little too quick and a little too hokey when it should have been something that felt powerful in the end.
All in all, we get some decent set up for things to come, a look at Themyscira and Aries' prison, some almost emotional moments, but it just didn't hit hard enough to make this run so far worthwhile and I was more left wondering what would become of the Amazons turned Parademons because even if they are able to be turned back, because of the rules, they shouldn't be allowed to go back to Themyscira, which is just a bum deal. The art in this issue was pretty great, but everything just comes to a head way too fast here and for the amount of issues we had leading up to this, that just feels unacceptable and I hope that Wonder Woman can begin feeling more like the book that I used to love now that we can put this behind us.
Bits and Pieces:
While there are some stand out moments in this issue, the majority of it felt rushed and forced to a conclusion that could have been so much more if the book didn't waste its time doing nothing for months and months and that just makes me angry. Overall though, the art in this issue was great and I look forward to see what this sets up, but this issue just wasn't what I wanted it to be.