Wonder Woman #23.1

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: John Ostrander Artist: Victor Ibanez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 5
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The Cheetah has clawed her way out of Belle Reve, and is hungry for blood-but before she steps up as one of the Secret Society's most powerful generals, she has a personal score to settle! Learn the truth about the cult of Hippolyta, her vendetta against Wonder Woman, and just how far she'll go to prove that she's the most dangerous predator on Earth!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Mark Povelaitis Sep 21, 2013

    John Ostrander and Victor Ibanez knock this issue out of the park. Together they create a Wonder Woman tie-in that forges its own territory while still staying true to the story that Brian Azzarello is telling every month. If you haven't been a fan of Cheetah in the past, give this issue a read. You won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 18, 2013

    A very well-done single issue that not only managed to shed deep and significant light on a villainess sure to be taking the spotlight soon, but also reintroduce a fan favorite to the New 52, Wonder Woman #23.1 is not to be missed. Ostrander is still, years after developing some of DCs most compelling villains in Suicide Squad, at the the top of his game, and I cant wait to see where he shows up next for the publisher. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 28, 2013

    Wonder Woman #23.1 has made me a Cheetah fan. Ostrander and Ibanez have done a great job making Cheetah a great New 52 Villain. She is vicious, ruthless and sympathetic. I can't wait to see more of her and Ostrander and Ibanez in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 20, 2013

    If there is one thing that I find to be at fault here (and this is not really anything to do with John Ostrander but more with Geoff Johns) is that the ending to Justice League #14 goes unaddressed. It was something that I thought, after reading the two issues again after this one, would tie in to the events of Trinity War at least, and most definitely Forever Evil,so I'm just slightly confused. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 18, 2013

    Like I said, I didn't know what I was going to get with a Cheetah-centric story. Geoff Johns featured her in Justice League, and while he did soup up her powers, I never felt engaged by her. By showing the strange sense of honor in her ways and revealing the unsettling cult-like environment she grew up in, Ostrander creates a detestable yet somewhat sympathetic adversary. This is definitely one of the best Villains Month issues, and with it, I'm now a fan of Cheetah. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 18, 2013

    Artist Victor Ibanez also does a bangup job throughout. He nails the gore and blood by making it look less like a wound a human would shed and more like a gutting of a deer or prey. The blood has different colors to it, the hearts being torn out look warm and trophylike, which help make Cheetah all the more animalistic. He also nails an interesting dream sequence of Cheetah's deepest desires to end Wonder Woman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 20, 2013

    So it may not exactly be worth the extra dollar for the fancy cover. Save the buck. It reminds me of the terrible bloody variant covers that X-Force did at Marvel back when Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, and Clayton Crain were in charge of making tired characters more edgy. But if nothing else, you should pick this up for the script by Ostrander. Hes a legend for a reason. And unlike several other legends who should have stayed retired, hes earned the right to put out books with the current superstar creators. I just hope he gets to return to his one true love, (and my first favorite comic I probably wasnt old enough to be secretly reading,) Suicide Squad. Heres to hoping that he stays around as long as hes willing to school the current writers in how to write a good adult comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Galactus Agenda - J.R. Johnson Sep 21, 2013

    If you didn't know Cheetah before, after reading, I'm completely positive that you know her now. She's more than just a beast, she's cold and vengeful, someone even Wonder Woman is reluctant to come against. And after this issue I'm really looking forward to what's in store for this character. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 23, 2013

    Victor Ibanez Ramirez's page layouts provided a great pace to the story going from the village run by Minerva's "mother" to the flash back scene that gave us a better understanding of why she has always had such a killer instinct. At the end of the day, villains are some of the coolest characters inpop culture. Cheetah has become one of my favorites since the New 52 began and I hope we see more of her in the months ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Sep 19, 2013

    Like I said, this was probably my favorite 'Villain Month" issue so far. If you're not feeling this whole event, this may be one to take a chance on. It's well drawn and very well written. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Sep 18, 2013

    There are definitely some pacing and content issues, but the book is still ultimately very well written and makes me really hope that we'll be seeing a lot more of Cheetah in the future. The art makes this book extremely easy to recommend, but the writing is no slouch either and does a great job of illustrating a character who isn't exactly sympathetic, but she's definitely well and realistically motivated, which goes a long way to making her more fleshed out and, more importantly, interesting to read and follow. It's always great when a B-lister makes it to the A-list, so let's hope that's the case here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 23, 2013

    Events like "Forever Evil" and its spawn Villains Month can only be as successful as the imagination of the creators delivering the goods. In this case, Ostrander and Ibez energize this story with the mixing of incongruous heroes and villains, like Shaw and Cheetah. It's an easy concept to plan, but a seemingly difficult one to master. Thankfully, "Wonder Woman" #23.1 is as close to a masterpiece as "Villains Month" is going to bring. I'm unsure where the story might go from here, but U.S. Marshal Shaw and the Cheetah now have history to share and stories that should combine their adventures at some point in the future. DC would be wise to bring this creative team back for that occasion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 20, 2013

    Looking for a visceral villain, with an interesting backstory and some sexiness to boot? Than is your issue this week! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary Sep 19, 2013

    Despite one or two missteps*, this is just a really solid issue of comics, and one that makes a compelling argument in favor of aManhunter series. The DCnU is a grim, violent place; watching a clever-but-unpowered U.S. Marshall try to navigate its darkest waters was, quite frankly, an absolute blast. This is exactly the sort of thing Ostrander does well, like a flip-side to his classicSuicide Squad run, and it was the first Villain's Month issue I've read that's left me clamoring for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 21, 2013

    Cheetah seems like a flat character on the surface. A character that only exists to give Wonder Woman something to fight occasionally. However, what we find here is a character that is given her own meaning, her own motivation and a strong background. There is no reason why this character couldn't be developed further and pit against any DC hero or villain. I could even see her being included in any number of teams. I liked what I saw in this comic book and I can't help but wonder where she will pop up again. I hope it is in story that will deepen her character more in this direction. This is a good comic book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 21, 2013

    Cheetah has been given a pretty big push so far in the New 52. She may not have appeared in the Wonder Woman series, but Geoff Johns gave her an entire story arc in Justice League. I don't remember everything from that story " which I liked, if I recall correctly " but it doesn't much matter. This issue is Cheetah's origin, and it's a pretty good one at that. Ostrander mixes flashbacks with a story set in the present day, and it works wonders for Villains Month. I'm really disliking this event so far, but comics like Cheetah give me hope that not every issue will be terrible. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 24, 2013

    This is some bizarrely superb art for a mostly mediocre issue, but it does provide an engaging primer on one of Wonder Woman's greatest archenemies. Read Full Review

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