Wonder Woman: The Challenge of Artemis - A Comic Review

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51BYZJW9QYL._SL500_AA240_.jpg I thoroughly enjoyed this story written by William Messner-Loebs and drawn by Mike Deodato Jr (or his "studios"). The action never died down and I kept wanting to know who Diana, the former Wonder Woman, would have to face next as there were appearances by Cheetah, Circe, The Joker, Poison Ivy, and more! I also wanted to discover how DIana's Amazonian "sister," Artemis, would fare as the new Wonder Woman as she vanquished one social injustice after the other, from deforestation to the battering of women. This book makes me want to read the previous issues of Messner-Loebs' run, especially the proceeding story, Wonder Woman: The Contest, to see how Artemis becomes Wonder Woman, and then of course there is the Artemis: Requiem, non-collected six-issue series to follow.

While this story is very nineties, there were characters that were so nineties (ginormous guns and ginormouser pecs) that I was glad to discover that there was a very valid point to them being there. Perhaps one of the reasons the story grabbed me, is because this is the decade during which I began to read comics, especially superhero comics and this type of storytelling is what kept me returning to the comic shop. I've never been a huge fan of the Deodato art machine, even now, but for the purposes of the story, the art worked. There is also a fantastic cover gallery at the end featuring a variety of Brian Bolland covers.

Unfortunately this book is long out of print, as is The Contest, and will likely be costly for anyone who cannot access via the public library system or a friend, but the single issues, Wonder Woman 94-100 should be much cheaper now. In the introduction Messner-Loebs comments how, at the time, these were really tough to find in the whole state of California. Check out your local shop's back issues bins today, and if they don't have them then try an online retailer or eBay.