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"Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Black Label


Written and illustrated by Daniel Warren Johnson
Colored by Mike Spicer
Lettered by Rus Wooton
2020, 49 pages, $6.99
Comic released on August 18th, 2020


After dooming humanity once, can Wonder Woman save it from extinction? She faces down an army of Amazons transformed into frightening monsters, but she is not alone. Will the forces be enough to bring peace to the land? Or will mankind be snuffed out once and for all?

No one, and I mean no one, draws monsters like Daniel Warren Johnson. Hell, no one draws like him period. The guy is an absolute master, filling each and every page with a staggering amount of detail. There is a double-page spread in Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #4 where I had to just stop and stare at it for a few minutes. This guy picked up a pencil (or its digital equivalent) and willed this image into existence. It wasn't there until he made it and it's absolutely incredible.

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The line work on the monsters is jaw dropping. You see all of their wrinkles and tendrils, giving the appearance of extremely rough skin, like it would cut you if you were to just graze it. Then there are the teeth. They'll tear you to shreds at a moment’s notice. Suffice it to say, these things are deadly...but Wonder Woman is deadlier.

The action in Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #4 is off the charts. Johnson's artwork is filled with a kinetic energy, like it's moving at such a fast pace it could just pop right off the page. The sound effect work amplifies this a thousandfold, weaving through the imagery to become part of it, not just sitting on top of it. Letterer Rus Wooton matches this with some intense dialogue work.

Colorist Mike Spicer casts a dreary tone for this issue. The sky is a drab grey with no sun in sight as these armies do battle. This contrasts with the fiery tones of the fight as explosions and collisions heat things up. The final pages are something else entirely, providing the beginnings of hope, so the palette changes to reflect that.

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I could spend ages talking about the amazing artwork, but what about the story? Johnson takes this action-packed issue and fills it with heart. It would have been great on its own to see this insane battle, but there are personal elements to it, especially with Wonder Woman and her mother on opposing sides. This conflict pulls us in completely, giving us an up-close perspective on this epic war. Just as Wooton goes big for the fight scenes, he goes smaller and quieter for the more personal sequences.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth is an incredible ride through a dystopian DC Universe. It's an action-horror comic like no other, as Daniel Warren Johnson is an absolute master. The levels of terror are matched with heart to create a riveting and powerful book that will scare you one moment and bring a tear to your eye the next.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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