Last issue, Wonder Woman agreed to marry Hades, the god of Hell but he had one condition – she be bound by her own Magic Lasso and confess her true feelings for him. She agreed to let the lasso, tied into a noose, be wrapped around her neck and she states, “Hell… I do love you.” The ceremony commences, but Wonder Woman halts it, insulted that she is being bound to Hades by proof, not trust. She makes a break for it. Hades’ minions attempt to stop her, but fail.

Wonder Woman encounters her allies Hephaestus, Eros, and Lennox. She is worried that they left Zola unguarded, but they state that Hermes is with her. Hades unleashes a blood flood and threatens to consume Diana for eternity, but Strife intervenes. Wonder Woman gets angry that her allies won’t let her simply win on her own. Hephaestus has a heart-to-heart with Hades, expressiing his disappointment with the gods as a whole.

Ultimately, there is one of the most clever twists involving Wonder Woman’s true nature I’ve ever read and a climax referencing my favorite Elvis Costello song, so yeah, I left this book feeling pretty justified.

Like any book, this series has had its ups and downs, but this issue was really satisfying. The art was solid, even though it was illustrated by two pencillers and three inkers. The story paid off quite well. I know there’s more to come as far as Hera and her machinations, but this was a great wrap up to this particular excursion.

Good stuff!

Verdict: Buy

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Kano and Tony Akins with Dan Green, Matthew Wilson and Jared K. Fletcher
Cover by Cliff Chiang