WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1 by Tim Seeley, Christian Duce, and Allen Passalaqua
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Tim Seeley nails the dynamic between Steve and Diana, bringing a bit of fun to a relationship with some secrets. Christian Duce's artwork coaxes the reader into empathizing with the characters.
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WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1 is a fantastic read. I want to say that right off the bat because I’ll admit that the title rubbed me the wrong way at first. My initial thought was, “What is Wonder Woman not interesting enough? She has to share her spotlight with her boyfriend now?” Yet, much of the issue deals with their relationship, and even when Steve runs solo, the comic is written in a way which doesn’t make him overshadow Wonder Woman but rather portrays them even more as equals.

In this issue written by Tim Seely, Diana helps Steve subdue a group of terrorists. Afterward, Steve receives a set of coordinates from his secret covert group, the Oddfellows. Steve runs off to Turkey without a second thought and helps his comrades take down Saturna and her Crimson Men before they can take control of a group of ageless children.

Feminist Fun

My favorite part of WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1 is that it maintains its firm grasp on feminism without taking itself too seriously. The terrorist group at the start of the issue is described by Steve as “Meninists.” They’ve broken into S.T.A.R. Labs with the intent of stealing a chemical that makes women subservient. Hilariously, they’re all dressed in tank tops bearing “XY.” It’s a sly mockery that ridicules sexism outright, without having to hit the message so hard over the head that it makes readers roll their eyes.

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Furthermore, the dynamic between Diana and Steve is absolutely delightful. The two of them tease and banter, but they’re soft and sincere with one another. When Steve has to leave for Turkey without telling Diana details, she asks questions, but she never pushes. The two of them have built a solid trust together. Steve doesn’t feel threatened or burdened by Diana’s strength; he feels gifted to be with her. Healthy relationships like this are essential to feminist works.

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Image from WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1, courtesy of DC

A Ragtag Team

Steve’s rapport with Diana in WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1 is utterly charming. Yet, I found his interactions with the Oddfellows even more fascinating. Charlie (an ex-British army sniper), Sameer (formerly of Moroccan Intelligence), and Chief (a former Shadow Wolves smuggler) make up the rest of the secret A.R.G.U.S. Field Regiment. The group is repeatedly described as “weird,” but it’s easy to see they’re just displaced men with extraordinary skills and a surplus of compassion.

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The four of them know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They use their familiarity to work seamlessly together, like when Sameer used ancient Greek — which he knew Steve learned because of Diana — to communicate an attack plan. More than familiarity, they too have trust. They believe that the men they’re working with are good and noble. When the going gets tough (as it often does for clandestine operations), they know that they can count on each other.

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Image from WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1, courtesy of DC

Affecting Artwork

The artwork by Christian Duce and colors by Allen Passalaqua brought me all the more close to the story emotionally. The details are nuanced so that I can follow every facial expression and track precisely what each character is feeling. The variation of warm and cool tones shift appropriately, inspiring visceral reactions to contextual interactions.

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There’s a moment near the end of the issue where Duce gives readers a close-up panel of Diana’s face. This puts the readers in the position of Steve and allows us to better empathize with his worries. Beyond that, we see the gears turning in Diana’s head. We see her trying to understand Steve and the secrets she knows that he has, but won’t force out of him. We’re smack dab in the middle of their relationship.

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Image from WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1, courtesy of DC

Final Thoughts on WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1

Steve Trevor is a great character who’s more than capable of standing on his own. Yet, he’s all the more amazing by the choices of who he chooses to stand with. I think it’s important for Wonder Woman fans to see the sort of man that our heroine gives her heart to. I think that Steve Trevor is certainly worthy of her love, and certainly worthy of having his stories told.

This issue is a great insight into a healthy and authentic relationship. I would gladly recommend it to anyone. Run to theaters to see the new WONDER WOMAN movie, and then plop down on your couch and read this for more feelings than you can handle!

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