The stakes have only risen higher in WONDER WOMAN #43! Previously, Jason, Diana’s brother, returned, claiming he was no longer the same person he once was. Now, he swears fealty to his sister. Also, his abilities seem to have been sharpened by the prestigious armor he now dons, a gift from a mysterious donor.

Though Jason claims that his intentions to fight alongside his sister are genuine, WONDER WOMAN #43 only tests his loyalty further as the real fight begins. From writer James Robinson comes the culmination of Darkseid’s villainous plans. The question is, will Wonder Woman be able to stop him before a total global catastrophe ensues? Additionally, will Jason remain by her side? Well, find out right here!

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WONDER WOMAN #43 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

When an Amazon Attacks

The story begins with Jason engaging in a practice battle against some A.R.G.U.S. drones. He ends up destroying them all, much to Steve Trevor’s annoyance since he instructed Jason to merely evade the drones. Steve certainly doesn’t hide his disdain towards Jason. He doesn’t trust him in the slightest, and I can’t blame him.

Steve ends up confronting Jason about his previous betrayal of his own sister as well as his irrational manner of fighting. So, even though Jason repeatedly affirms his regret for his past, he still has a lot to prove.

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Meanwhile, Wonder Woman is in the midst of an interrogation with some Female Furies. In the middle of this questioning, however, Darkseid commences his attack against A.R.G.U.S. So, the battle has officially begun!

Personally, I’ve still yet to enjoy Jason’s character. Like Steve, I don’t trust him. Also, in my humble opinion, his character has some ways to go before I view him as interesting and necessary. The only reactions he provokes from me is sheer annoyance. So, hopefully, the upcoming climax of this arc with Darkseid proves to me that he’s capable of more than just one-dimensionality.

With this, however, I thoroughly enjoyed Steve’s confrontation of Jason. He expresses what I believe many readers are thinking. So, overall, WONDER WOMAN #43 is a good read. It sets the stage for the final fight. Now, we must wait and see how it unfolds.

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WONDER WOMAN #43 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The Many Hues of WONDER WOMAN #43

Artist Marco Santucci brings a breath of fresh air to the imagery of WONDER WOMAN #43. Alongside colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr., the duo enlivens this issue. They depict the confrontation between Steve and Jason as an intimate one. As a result, we feel the tension Steve feels towards Diana’s mischievous brother. The panels repeatedly close in on their expressions, ensuring that we readers catch every reaction between the two.

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I particularly enjoy the pages featuring Darkseid’s attack. They appear chaotic and disjointed, aligning with the spontaneous events of the narrative. Despite the chaos though, the colors remain bright, contributing to a consistent tone throughout the entirety of the issue.

Finally, I adore the final image of WONDER WOMAN #43. Our titular hero looks fierce and ready for battle like the Amazonian goddess she is. As a result, that last page will get you pumped for what lies ahead for Diana in the upcoming installment of the series.

What Lies Beyond

The final stage has been set. Darkseid is here, and Wonder Woman is ready for battle. Overall, WONDER WOMAN #43 is a solid piece. It features beautiful illustrations and maintains an engaging narrative. However, Jason is by far the greatest liability of the issue. His character has yet to be truly fleshed out, and his motivations are vastly unclear.

Hopefully, the upcoming installment of WONDER WOMAN solidifies his role in the story’s mythos. He’s yet to find his niche. Thus, I hope that he plays an integral role in the battle against Darkseid so that his value as a character is exemplified.

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Wonder Woman seems to have a lot to face ahead of her. The good thing is though, she’s not going into the fight alone. However, one can only hope that those who have sided with her will remain there up until the end.

WONDER WOMAN #43 by James Robinson, Marco Santucci, & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
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WONDER WOMAN #43 is a great build-up to the grand confrontation between Darkseid and Wonder Woman. However, Jason's characterization, as well as a lacking of Wonder Woman herself, takes away from the overall piece's potential.
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