DC Comics 2018
Written & Illustrated by Liam Sharp
Coloured by Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Lettered by ALW’s Troy Peteri
When a Celtic god’s murder leads to a war between the fairy folk and a possible breach between worlds, Wonder Woman must find the murderer and keep the peace while Batman investigates strange occurrences in Gotham City. As Diana must turn to the World’s Greatest Detective for help, the two heroes quickly learn their cases may be connected.
Honestly I was ready to pass on this one. If we are going to have a Brave and The Bold series I would hope it was along the lines of the original or the last run which was kind of awesome. As far as I can tell this whole six issue limited series is Batman and Wonder Woman so it could’ve been something totally different but that’s neither here nor there because the story here is amazing. I have a weak spot for the Celtic Gods and Tir Na Nog’s fairy folk so that this isn’t about the Greek Pantheon well that suits me just fine.
Liam impresses me in ways I hadn’t thought he could. We have always known his interior artwork is incredible to see but this, when we see the fantasy aspect it’s all about the holy crap moments. They are soft, strong, bold and gorgeous with the kind of detail reserved for solitary paintings. Then by contrast the standard superhero fare while just as strong and good seems a little too standard if you know what I mean. Still combine this with his writing and seriously dude is a freakin beast.
There are so many different heroes from different countries out there nowadays so that this God chose her speaks volumes to her universal appeal. Also how he “meets” her yeah that’s something that I wasn’t expecting but am totally down with seeing actually happen some time. Heh I mean Steve isn’t so keep on it but how often can you say you had a threesome with a God? Oh and Lyta would finally be borne! So yeah let’s see this happen sometime okay great.
Bruce Wayne’s involvement here comes in a much different route. I like that Liam has decided that he wanted to show that he’s bored when he doesn’t have to put on the suit which grants him purpose. So presented with something that he cannot explain or understand he’s got to immediately investigate only this is something he cannot comprehend here as the Irish Quarter of Gotham City has inexplicably halted to an almost standstill.
God I really cannot get over the interiors here. Liam’s rendition of the Celtic gods and the denizens of Tir Na Nog is simply divine. Every gosh darn we see in, and, of, not to mention about them is mesmerising at every turn. The use of page layouts here and how we see the angles and perspectives show off such a spectacular eye for storytelling. The way we see the linework and it’s weights that we see them in are stunningly well utilised. The fact that this is what it is and how it looks cannot be overlooked and I would totally have bought this as an art book without words its that good.
So the way the story plays out here it’s easy to see how the two of the arcs are going to merge into one. That’s not to say that it’s obviously done in a way that’s not intelligent it’s just that it needs to be done and how we see it is well done. That Diana finds herself amidst a murder mystery involving gods of a pantheon not her own she really is going to the world’s greatest detective to solve it. My only regret is that Steve didn’t go with her on this journey.
Entertaining, intelligently written with absolutely gorgeous interior artwork this one is a must have.