This was originally going to be a 4 star book, but the ending completely ruined it for me. (view spoiler)[ I got completely lost when the paranormal ex...moreThis was originally going to be a 4 star book, but the ending completely ruined it for me. (view spoiler)[ I got completely lost when the paranormal explosion happened at the end, because there was never any hints to anything paranormal in the first place. It made it feel cheap and clumsy. I was expecting this to be a gritty crime novel, and it was... but it was also something completely irrelevant that I still can't comprehend (hide spoiler)] I will say, however, that I was completely engrossed by this book until the (nearly) end. I read the last 250 pages in one sitting, unable to put the book down. I am definitely going to read more by Beukes. She has talent with forming well-rounded characters and using themes and allegories.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I shouldn't be surprised that this was awful. There are so many reasons for it: - bad writing. The pacing is all over the place, and the story arc stil...moreI shouldn't be surprised that this was awful. There are so many reasons for it: - bad writing. The pacing is all over the place, and the story arc still hasn't even ended, after 4 volumes. Most every other New 52 title I've read has had a story contained within their 6ish issue frame, so that each volume tells a nice, short story. This has been going on forever, with no end in sight. - Can we stop having men harass Diana? Four times, Orion has said something awful, which makes her at one point threaten to crush his balls, but even then, he doesn't take her seriously at all. She's just something pretty to look at. - On that note, can we stop having men finish off her work? Not once in this volume has Diana actually complete a fight without someone intervening and saving the day for every one.
I'm not going to even touch upon the butchered Greek gods (calling Hades 'Hell'?, having Hera, the goddess of women and motherhood, hate other women and their children for the last 3 and a half volumes... etc etc etc).
Four volumes, and all Azzarello has given us is a strong woman who just isn't strong enough to win without the help of men. Men who are entitled to make comments about her body, and to harass her over and over again, even after she tells them to stop. Wonder Woman should be the kind of person that every woman can relate to, that every woman can use to make herself feel empowered. She is supposed to be, essentially, the every-woman (and that includes women that aren't considered to be women by society). How are we supposed to have that when we have the guy who made Harley a stripper in Joker? I'm so glad that he's finally been kicked off the project; he's tainted her for the last 5 years.(less)
The writing is very amateurish, but man, it's so fun to be back in Rapture. This is a great book for fans of the series, it gives a more in-depth view...moreThe writing is very amateurish, but man, it's so fun to be back in Rapture. This is a great book for fans of the series, it gives a more in-depth view to the world, and to Andrew Ryan's political views. The progression of his objectivism, slowly turning into the very man he once despised, it's a great insight. I wish it showed more about Eleanor and Subject Delta, but ah well, beggars can't be choosers.(less)