Monday, March 8, 2010

Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia Review

Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
DC Comics
Softcover Graphic Novel
96 pages
ISBN 761941234922

Contributors: Greg Rucka, J.G. Jones, Wade Von Grawbadger, and Dave Stewart

Synopsis: Hiketeia in ancient Greek culture is a ritual of supplication where the supplicant binds themselves to a benefactor, but also binds the benefactor to protect them in turn.  The Erinyes (or Furies) observe the ritual and enact vengeance if it is not properly upheld.  They are present when a distraught young lady offers herself to Diana, who is unable to turn her away and accepts her as a supplicant.  When Batman comes knocking in search of the girl Diana knows something is amiss, but trapped within the strict protocol of the ritual she dares not trigger the Furies reprisal.  How does Diana solve a seemingly impossible dilemma and what secret does the girl harbor?

Pros: Great art by Jones who is known for his portrayal of beautiful female figures

Cons: Seriously expensive for such a short story, depressing, Wonder Woman/Batman fight is not very believable

Mike Tells It Straight: This story just doesn't work for some reason.  It's too expensive (originally a high-priced hardcover), has absolutely no continuity ramifications, and leaves you unsatisfied at the end.  Rucka is better known for his crime drama on Batman, but had a successful run on Wonder Woman afterwards.  I don't know why they didn't just carve out three issues of the regular series for this story and then include it in a trade paperback for a more affordable price.  Only completists need apply.

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