Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Nicola Scott
Publisher: DC Comics
Steve Trevor is someone who is very much integral to the Wonder Woman mythos, as he is intrinsically tied to her origin. That is why it has been so disappointing reading books with Steve Trevor in them these last five or so years, as he was awkwardly absent from Diana’s life due to her and Superman’s relationship. With their second issue, and first of their origin storyline, Writer Greg Rucka and Artist Nicola Scott deliver a wonderfully balanced issue that fleshes out Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman separately, while bringing them together in the end.
The Wonder Woman portion of the book focuses on Diana as a member of Amazon society, and how she is different from all the other Amazons. Her being different isn’t handled in an ostracizing manner, but rather establishes Diana as a dreamer and someone who is curious about life outside of paradise. This curiosity leads her to a tree where she is bitten by a snake, leaving her unconscious for a few minutes. She escapes unharmed, due to some quick healing by one of her Amazonian sisters, but this moment very much serves as a sort of sign that things are not always going to be as peaceful going forward. That being said other than that snake bite, which is treated quickly, there is no conflict or underlying tension between the inhabitants of paradise island, something that is refreshing and something that is certain to shift with the arrival of a certain crashed army person on the final page.
Speaking of Steve Trevor, his life in the military and his comradery with a fellow soldier give him more characterization in a couple of pages than I have ever read in my years reading the character. Steve is energetic and very much a confident sort of dreamer, that serves as a nice parallel to Diana. His relationship with Nick humanizes Steve and shows a side to him that has been lost in his recent stint as a mercenary. Their bond is heartfelt and the ending of the issue is one that tugs at the heartstrings.
Rendering all of this wonderful character work is Nicola Scott, and her clean pencils and dynamic expressions elevate this book to even higher reaches. The Amazons are depicted as youthful, full of energy and powerful. Their bond in the dialogue is carried over to the art and the enthusiasm and love shown through the Amazon’s facial expression and simple character stances, brings a whole new level of emotional attachment to the book. There are a couple of moments that feature strange character stances, but for the majority of the book, Scott shines.
Wonder Woman #2 improves upon its’ previous issue, with a balanced and revealing look at the separate lives of Diana and Steve, that also seems to bring them together in the end.