My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Azzarello’s Guts picks up right where Blood left off without missing a beat. Brian continues to mix it up by stirring in even more Greek mythology with Diana’s origin. This one starts out with Wonder Woman meeting up with Hephaestus “The Smith”. Really dig this guy. Diana comes to him for some help preparing for her road trip to the Realm of Hades. She also has a surprise in store for her when she discovers a little secret about home sweet home, Paradise Island. And this one shocks the hell outta her.
Couple of the other gods are introduced in this volume. Eros with his gold plated Desert Eagles of love, Aphrodite the goddess of beauty (she’s nekkid…*snicker*), and Artemis the hunter. More awesomeness. Azzarello’s interpretation of these folks continues to work for me. I really like the way Brian, Chiang, and Akins decided to depict Aphrodite (and yes, mostly because she’s nude, but that’s not all). And you’re not going to believe who she is married to. Lucky devil. The look on Hermes’ face says it all when it comes to her. Is that a Caduceus in your pants or are you just happy to see me?
Diana’s trip to Hades to rescue Zola doesn’t exactly go as she expected. Again, I really loved the manner in which the creative team decided to depict the Underworld. Added a little bit of creepiness to the visit.
War makes another brief appearance in this one. Such a cool character. Love the backdrop for the sit down with Strife. Anybody else see a resemblance between Azzarello and War?
Finally, an all-out throwdown with Apollo spills over from a small town in Virginia to the top of Mount Olympus. The gloves are off and Diana is PISSED.
The last page of the book hints at things to come. Including an upcoming visit from another well-known DC alumnus.
The art continues to please. While I still prefer Chiang, I’m definitely warming up to Akins a little more. Both guys are doing a bang-up job on this title, as you can see for yourself.