Title: Wonder Woman.
Series: Earth One #3.
Writer(s): Grant Morrison.
Artist(s): Yanick Paquette.
Colourist(s): Nathan Fairbairn.
Letterer(s): Todd Klein.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Release Date: March 9th 2021.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating:
Previously in the Wonder Woman: Earth One trilogy:
Wonder Woman: Earth One (Vol. 1) by Grant Morrison.
Wonder Woman: Earth One (Vol. 2) by Grant Morrison.
It is not unlike writer Grant Morrison to shake up the status quo in the comic book industry, especially with the superheroes he gets to play around with. In the Earth One comic book line-up, various writers have had the chance to reimagine the origin stories of countless classic DC heroes, and Wonder Woman became his choice of predilection, and boy, did he have fun with this one so far. Choosing to approach this Amazonian princess in a provocative fashion while embracing extreme positions drawn upon feminism and matriarchy, he at least offers an ending that doesn’t leave a too unpalatable taste for his readers. Teamed up once again with artist Yanick Paquette, legendary writer Grant Morrison delivers the finale to his Earth-One trilogy in an explosive fashion while drawing upon some of Wonder Woman’s best features, from her Greek mythology background to her sense of unrivaled leadership.
What is Wonder Woman: Earth One (Vol. 3) about? As Diana Prince becomes the Queen of the Amazons, she now takes it upon herself to do the unimaginable: rally the disparate Amazonian tribes. With Max Lord looking to wage war on Paradise Island with his A.R.E.S. armoured army and looking to establish no matter the means the dominance of patriarchy over matriarchy, Wonder Woman will have to channel every bit of wisdom she has left to show Man’s World a new way of life founded on peace and love. With the answers she seeks not readily at her disposal, she will first have to look back on her own mythological history and culture to find direction to survive the impending war. If things are to change, she will have to show the world that they will need someone much more enlightened to pave the way towards utopia.
“Thanks to you, Steve, the whole world can change for the better. Because of you, the chains of oppression will be broken forever, and a new way of thinking can replace the old.”— Grant Morrison
Considering what writer Grant Morrison was trying to achieve with his Wonder Woman: Earth One trilogy, there weren’t many great exits possible for him to contemplate and luckily for readers, this one was the most adequate one, at risk from falling back onto the deluded, provocative, and controversial vision he began this trilogy with. This time around he utilizes Max Lord as the ultimate icon of evil patriarchy and infuses his character with a terrifying dichotomic vision that would constrain women to be perceived as submissive and inferior beings while men would always have the reins over any power structure within society. Fortunately, Wonder Woman is there to fight back in a revolution and impose a new philosophy to the world, a new vision that essentially turns the table around for a new age. However, the ultimate message behind this narrative isn’t one rooted in equality, as one would presume from movements of feminism, but one that simply gives power to matriarchy, going off on the assumption that women would now have all the right answers if we are to live in peace and love.
Continuing the artistic vision that began in the first volume, artist Yanick Paquette maintains the vibrant and bombastic style expected to accompany this provocative series. Making an additional effort to show some character development through Wonder Woman’s garments, he also depicts the various characters in the best light. The panel structure continues to follow an unconventional layering during action-packed sequences and gives this series a unique signature. While the character designs are fantastic and striking, there is a relative staleness that captures an absence of dynamism and movement in these characters, especially during dialogue-heavy sequences. At least the excellent colouring by Nathan Fairbairn distracts you from overthinking most of these artistic details that restrain the artwork from being beyond exceptional.
Wonder Woman: Earth One (Vol. 3) is a bombastic finale delivering a sensational war while advocating diversity and matriarchy in its core message.