Writer Steve Orlando (Milk Wars, The Snagglepuss Chronicles) does what readers hope for oftentimes when there's a switch in creative teams on an ongoing comic book. He took the toys that James Robinson left behind and is getting all the mileage out of them he can before telling his own memorable mini-run.
That approach made for a great transitional stand-alone issue in Wonder Woman #51 and helped prepare readers for the ambitious two-part story in Issues 52-53. The story ventures into Grant Morrison territory as Wonder Woman, Artemis, and Aztek try to rescue an Amazon from the grips of the wrathful Aztec god Tezcatlipoca and the surrealistic distortions of an ancient pryamid in 4D. If that doesn't make sense, make sure you get a lot of how it looks with ACO's mind-blowing art in these two issues.
Next up is Issue #54, which comes out this Wednesday, Sept. 12, and continues Orlando's run. Wonder Woman travels to Quraci with Artemis and her aunt Atalanta to try and calm tensions diplomatically. Diana intervenes, standing between the nation of Qurac from being invaded by the Bana-Mighdall Amazons. As a result she has a falling-out with Artemis, who wants the exiled Bana-Mighdalls to go to war, despite knowing Quraci seditionist Rustam is maneuvering her Amazon sisters.
There are a certain number of readers out there just waiting for the G. Willow Wilson and Cary Nord run to begin, but doing so without reading Steve Orlando's run with a terrific group of artists (including Raul Allen, ACO, and Laura Braga) would be denying oneself some of the best Wonder Woman stories in her own ongoing title since Greg Rucka launched the WW Rebirth title with Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp in 2016.
Below is a five-page preview of Wonder Woman #54, pages 1-5, published by DC Comics. It is written by Steve Orlando, drawn by Raul Allen, and hits comic shops in print and digital September 12. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below.