Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch by Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch

Princess Diana—Wonder Woman—is a hero to the world. But there are those who see her very differently. And one of those, Veronica Cale, the leader of the all-powerful Godwatch, will stop at nothing to use Diana to get what she wants: revenge on the gods themselves! As the story unfolds from year to year, bridging the gap between the YEAR ONE story to present day, Wonder Wom...

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Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch Reviews

  • Artemy

    The final two arcs in Rucka's Wonder Woman Rebirth run are much more interconnected than the first two, so the decision to split these arcs into separate trades seems even more jarring. Ideally, these 12 issues should be read in their numeric order and collected in one single book. Alas, we have what we have, and the actual finale to this story will be collected in Volume 3, which I will review as soon as that final issue will be released in a couple of weeks.

    But anyway, I really enjoyed both 'T

    The final two arcs in Rucka's Wonder Woman Rebirth run are much more interconnected than the first two, so the decision to split these arcs into separate trades seems even more jarring. Ideally, these 12 issues should be read in their numeric order and collected in one single book. Alas, we have what we have, and the actual finale to this story will be collected in Volume 3, which I will review as soon as that final issue will be released in a couple of weeks.

    But anyway, I really enjoyed both 'The Truth' and 'Godwatch'. Rucka brings everything full circle in these two arcs. Godwatch in particular is, again, more of a backstory, but now it's the story of Veronica Cale, the villain. And I really liked it. She's not your typical one-dimensional bad guy, there is some depth to her conflict with Diana, and the resolution of their rivalry was quite original and unexpected.

    The Cheetah sublot, though, was really one-note, and basically the same as in

    . I just don't understand why she had to go through all this again, and blame it all on Diana.

    Still, I am really impressed by Rucka's work here. This is some of his best writing in superhero genre, aside from Gotham Central — which, admittedly, wasn't too super-heroic. And this is by far the best Rebirth title, which isn't saying much, but is still quite an achievement. If only it wasn't so poorly structured...

  • Christy

    You're reading this, right?

  • Wing Kee

    A phenomenal run and a reorienting of Diana back to what she's suppose to be.

    World: The art is great and full of character, this series since Rebirth with Scott and Sharp has been fantastic. The world building is absolutely amazing. Not only do we get great world building for Diana in the Annual but we get Cale world building. Simply amazing.

    Story: What can I say? This is the culmination of Rucka's Rebirth run and it's simply amazing. Not only was he able to deal with her convoluted origin, te

    A phenomenal run and a reorienting of Diana back to what she's suppose to be.

    World: The art is great and full of character, this series since Rebirth with Scott and Sharp has been fantastic. The world building is absolutely amazing. Not only do we get great world building for Diana in the Annual but we get Cale world building. Simply amazing.

    Story: What can I say? This is the culmination of Rucka's Rebirth run and it's simply amazing. Not only was he able to deal with her convoluted origin, tell a fresh origin for all of Diana's main characters, he's also set very firmly what Diana is for his books and also the DCU. Batman said it best in the Annual "we have a lot of catching up". But I digress, I'll talk about Diana later. This arc was amazing because Rucka made sure we knew who Cale and Barbara Ann are. So much time is spent with them that they are fully formed and this arc is all about their origins. The entire Rucka run has been about characters and this is just an extension of it. The two parallel stories are melded together and the end is poetic and so very Wonder Woman I can't explain without spoiling it. This arc was just amazing.

    Characters: This Diana is a beacon of love for the DCU and with what Tomas and Jurgens is doing with Supes it's good to read DC again. It's so hopeful it's so positive I'm so happy. Diana is all we want and someone we strive to be and it's great. That does not make her flawless and a Mary Sue, she's real, she's flawed but her ideals are inspiring and that's what makes her so great. Rucka you did good. Cale, what can I say? We got a fully formed and deep character and it's not stupid and mwaa haa haa at all. She's complex and riveting to read. This arc was her story of breaking bad...well not so much breaking bad but it's about love also. Love has been the focus of the series no matter what form it takes.

    I love this arc and I love this run. I'm thinking which run is better, this or Rucka's previous DCU run.

    Just thinking about how hopeful and loving these titles are since Rebirth makes me tear up..DC this is what I needed. This is what the world needs more of.

    Onward to the next book!

    *read individual issues*

  • James DeSantis

    Well...I guess I was expecting more?

    I LOVED Year One first part. I gave it a very very high 4. This? The later half? Just feels decent.

    So now we have the cheetah origin which feels extremely rushed and kind of lifeless. We also see how grief can ruin someone to the point they become a monster themselves. This is kind of to show who Diana really is and how she handles being a God on earth protecting us while also dealing with her personal issues, especially with Cheetah.

    Good: Overall the art s

    Well...I guess I was expecting more?

    I LOVED Year One first part. I gave it a very very high 4. This? The later half? Just feels decent.

    So now we have the cheetah origin which feels extremely rushed and kind of lifeless. We also see how grief can ruin someone to the point they become a monster themselves. This is kind of to show who Diana really is and how she handles being a God on earth protecting us while also dealing with her personal issues, especially with Cheetah.

    Good: Overall the art stays very strong. It was the strongest part in the first half, and still very very high here. The cheetah fight at the end was vicious and really entertaining. I also enjoyed the dinner scene a lot.

    Bad: The two gods in here are kind of boring and did nothing for me. Also what the fuck was that rushed origin with Cheetah? Like a two page turn. I was just...just no.

    Overall this was a weaker second half. I wanted to love it but came out going Meh. It's good but could have been great. Oh well, sadness.

  • Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)

    Whoevers decision it was to split up 3+4 into two trades was not smart or particularly logical

    I enjoyed this arc once i realised that this jumped between issues and only contained the the evenly numbered ones. However if i was to read them again i would read them in the correct

    order.

    DC what kind of weird game are you playing with this...

  • Danielle

    Read this review and more on my

    If you have not read the pervious 3 volumes of Wonder Woman, then volume 4 will make absolutely no sense. As someone who has read the previous 3 volumes, I still found it confusing up until issue #24.

    We jump back to before the events for the first 3 volumes occur, and focus on how Barbra Ann becomes Cheetah and why Veronica Cale went abo

    Read this review and more on my

    If you have not read the pervious 3 volumes of Wonder Woman, then volume 4 will make absolutely no sense. As someone who has read the previous 3 volumes, I still found it confusing up until issue #24.

    We jump back to before the events for the first 3 volumes occur, and focus on how Barbra Ann becomes Cheetah and why Veronica Cale went about everything the way that she did. Since I was unable to figure this out for the first 4 issues, I was constantly asking myself “hasn’t this already taken place?”. Maybe I just was not with it when I read Godwatch but I do feel like Rucka could have easily made it clearer that we had gone back in time to before issue #1 occurred. Once I had figured this out though, everything made sense, I just wish that I had been able to enjoy the story the first time around, as once I had re-read it with this knowledge I found it to be much more enjoyable.

    The art style again seems very hit-and-miss. I find it very hard to understand why over 24 issues the art style has not changed for the better. Whenever I read other reviews of Wonder Woman Rebirth, the constant complaint is that the art work just does not work. So at least it is not just me being fussy. I have no idea what I am not liking about it but I do hope that the art work is brought up to the quality of the story telling.

    Whilst enjoyable, I wish that a more coherent and understandable story that draws me into it was utilised the first time round.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues]

    Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman run kind of ended in the previous volume, but this storyline runs basically in tandem with The Truth, so it's best to read both of them together. I think I mentioned that in my review for Volume 3; if I didn't, I should have.

    Anyway. Told almost entirely in flashback, this arc details the first meetings between Diana and Veronica Cale, Cale's reasons for hating Diana, and how she, Doctor Cyber, and the Cheetah are all twined together and tied to Di

    [Read as single issues]

    Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman run kind of ended in the previous volume, but this storyline runs basically in tandem with The Truth, so it's best to read both of them together. I think I mentioned that in my review for Volume 3; if I didn't, I should have.

    Anyway. Told almost entirely in flashback, this arc details the first meetings between Diana and Veronica Cale, Cale's reasons for hating Diana, and how she, Doctor Cyber, and the Cheetah are all twined together and tied to Diana's fate. This really informs the conclusion of The Truth, to the point where it really won't have as much impact if you haven't read this volume too.

    Bilquis Evely handles all of the art in these issues from what I remember, and she's got a timeless quality about her that really fits this time period; it looks classic, but modern enough that it won't put off modern readers.

    You really need this to make Rucka's story complete - if you've read v1-3, 4 is a no-brainer.

  • Rory Wilding

    Although I would consider this to be the year of Wonder Woman as her cinematic solo feature was an absolute delight and a huge success, her recent adventures in the pages of DC Comics haven’t quite reached that success in quality. After 25 issues, Greg Rucka has departed from the title and thus the fourth volume features the remaining issues that mark not so much the end of his run, but oddly the middle.

  • Hannah

    DRC REVIEW

    Story: Godwatch is the past look at how it got started. They are nice issues that give you the insight to Veronica Cale's motivation. It explains what exactly happened to Izzy how Adrianna became Doctor Cyber and just how Cale was able to trap Deimos and Phobos in to dogs. Even how she was instrumental in Barbara Ann Minerva's change into Cheetah. Vol 4 starts six months after Wonder Woman's appearance and moves to the present. ...And Then There Were Three from the Annual is the intro

    DRC REVIEW

    Story: Godwatch is the past look at how it got started. They are nice issues that give you the insight to Veronica Cale's motivation. It explains what exactly happened to Izzy how Adrianna became Doctor Cyber and just how Cale was able to trap Deimos and Phobos in to dogs. Even how she was instrumental in Barbara Ann Minerva's change into Cheetah. Vol 4 starts six months after Wonder Woman's appearance and moves to the present. ...And Then There Were Three from the Annual is the introduction of Superman and Batman to Wonder Woman.

    Art: Bilquis Evely is just wow. The cover, to me, looks very reminiscent of a Mucha painting. You see the visible strength of Wonder Woman but also soft womanly features. I love that cover. The rest of the book is just as good it has great lines and beautiful colors, except Godwatch part four. While it was well drawn and beautifully colored I just couldn't stand that they all looked like teenagers. They look like they should have been in some angsty teen drama instead of Wonder Woman. I love Jenny Frison's variant covers.

    Review: Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Sometimes I like to know what's going on in the bad guys mind set and Veronica was a good villain. Greg Rucka did a great job with the timeline for this whole story arc and keeping you interested bouncing back and forth from past to present. Normally that would bug me and I think it would if I was reading this single issue by single issue but grouped as they are in the graphic novels it makes reading them very easy.

  • Nicola Mansfield

    Wow, what an actually deep storyline. I'm impressed. I won't get into the events much except to say Wonder Woman finds herself up against more gods. Ultimately this is a story of friendship. Friendships deepened and friendship severed. First the one between Veronica Cale and Adrianna, as well as love of mother for child. Cale and Etta Candy; Cale with Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman with Cheetah. Then, finally, the book ends with the first meeting of Batman and Superman with Wonder Woman. This has

    Wow, what an actually deep storyline. I'm impressed. I won't get into the events much except to say Wonder Woman finds herself up against more gods. Ultimately this is a story of friendship. Friendships deepened and friendship severed. First the one between Veronica Cale and Adrianna, as well as love of mother for child. Cale and Etta Candy; Cale with Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman with Cheetah. Then, finally, the book ends with the first meeting of Batman and Superman with Wonder Woman. This has been a great run so far in Rucka's Wonder Woman, bringing her mythos back in line.


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