“The Origin of Wonder Girl” published by DC Comics.
Story by Scott Lobdell. Script by Fabian Nicieza. Drawn by Ale Garza.
The cover promises a bloody origin with plenty of destruction. Actually, there’s some destruction and a lot of romance. I don’t recall any explicit violence in the interior pages. This is also my first exposure of the Cassie Sandsmark character as she tells her origins to Superboy, Red Robin, and interested readers outside the fourth wall.
The focus of this issue is Cassie’s relationship with a strong guy named Diesel. They met when Diesel saved Cassie in China. Then it’s all wine and dine and love around the world. Later, Cassie finds Diesel struggling with a mask made of “silent armor.” Cassie finds gauntlets that would pull the silent armor out. However, she undergoes clothing and emotional changes. She’s in her familiar Wonder Girl costume and she desires the silent armor to join her. She seems to get a kick out of her moments of acquiring power.
To show us how dangerous of a lady Cassie could be with the gauntlets and silent armor, the Wonder Girl then becomes a very spiky knight with a glowing red rope around her waist. That’s attitude, baby!
Cassie lassos away from Diesel as he’s crushed by a falling rock. She informs Superboy and Red Robin that she didn’t know she had the strength to lift the rock. So is this Cassie’s cold-hearted way of dumping Diesel or the silent armor commanding her?
But Diesel seems to be okay now. He’s “Lance” and is assigned by Amanda Waller to hunt the Teen Titans. Meanwhile, the Titan trio return to the dig site rubble to learn more about the silent armor’s powers. Unlike previous continuities, I didn’t see any hints of Zeus.
Ale Garza’s art is okay, but I don’t prefer Cassie having such big, blue eyes. They don’t detract from the art, though. Garza varies page layouts with many pages using lots of inset panels, but I read through them easily. The story is okay by itself, but after this issue and September’s #0 issue starring Red Robin, I want Titans to progress not look back.
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