Perhaps one of the more mysterious and emotionally loaded DC Rebirth titles so far has been Wonder Woman. Since the first one-shot issue where she discovers "The Lie" of her life and seeks out those who can help her find the truth, Diana Prince has been on a journey to find herself again, like almost everyone in the DC Universe coming out of the New 52 era. In Wonder Woman #1, Diana's quest for the truth took her around the world, put her on Steve Trevor's radar and ended with her asking a longtime rival for help in finding the truth about her past.
In Wonder Woman #2, we get a retelling of that past of the first meeting between herself and Steve Trevor, in the form of alternating storylines that trade back and forth between Diana's life in Themyscira and Steve's life in the military, but mostly focusing on Diana.
As personal and soul searching as the first two Wonder Woman Rebirth issues have been to this point, this one might be the most personal yet as we see young Diana struggling between her idyllic life as princess of her kingdom and her yearning to see the outside world where mankind lives and inhabits the Earth. We see many personal details of Diana, including her relationship with her mother and closest friends in Themyscira, and we also see the emotions of Steve Trevor and the void he wishes to fill in his life that he sees some of his closest friends being able to fill before him.
In many ways, without having any real prior exposure to Wonder Woman before this series, it feels like a great setup to a passionate love story, and knowing the basics of Diana's relationship with Steve Trevor, it certainly seems like that story is what we are going to get here as it will provide important information for Wonder Woman as she roots out the truth of her past. It will also serve to hopefully bridge the gap of how strained her current relationship with Steve is since they are both in separate places at this time.
The storytelling and emotional beats in Wonder Woman Rebirth have been strong and they keep on splendidly in this book. Much like the lush and vibrant jungle of Cheetah's kingdom in the previous book, great attention is paid to the artwork of Themyscira in this book and it serves the story well for our hero.
It is fantastic that in her 75th anniversary, Wonder Woman is being honored with her first on-screen cinematic presence earlier this year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, her first cinematic adventure in the self-titled Wonder Woman movie currently in post-production and set to release in June of 2017, and now in this excellent rebirth series from DC who has so far done a marvelous job with this line of comics for each of its characters. The classic and core of Diana Prince's story is coming to life once again and we all benefit greatly from the great care that Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. have done with her story so far.
5 out of 5 stars - DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH: Wonder Woman #2
This series wil run twice a month. Wonder Woman #3 is due out July 27.