Thanks 4PointOh, Teal_Lantern and AmericanWonder!
What? Nobody's going to mention Jason the minotaurs suicide? I didn't see that one coming. Whoever said this comic is like a horror movie was dead on point. That's what I like about it, there are buckets of blood and a sense that anything can happen. No one is safe. I don't think I've seen the lasso used to actually hang someone before. It was creepy, like the nanny's suicide in the Omen. It made the golden lasso so much darker. The part about it's ability to destroy was interesting too, Diana waiting so long to use it made it appear more formidable and sacred.
I'm loving Diana's mad-face and the return of Don Kramer. His realistic art suits the book so well. Diana's beauty is always evident, but it doesn't look manufactured or contrived in his work. His Diana looks natural even with the make-up, I guess it's because her hair is so ordinary and undone. Eduardo Pansica got his stuff together too, maybe he was rushed last issue because he was by himself? What ever happened the art was way better and I appreciated it.
The skeletons were meant to be underwhelming so Diana could have her inner monologue about rage. I found it effective and exciting and enjoyed the turns of phrase. The writing was dramatic but it wasn't overwrought.
One thing this issue wasn't short on was action, it was wall to wall, from beginning to end. Cheetah was scary and seemed to be a credible threat. Giganta's handling of the stone lions was AWESOME! They drew the hell out of that scene, I dug how Giganta didn't change size, she was just a big girl like Knockout or Marvel's Titania.
This time the dark tone was balanced by Diana's compassion and the liberation of Harry (I HATE children in peril stories). I also liked Diana's maternal side showing with all the "honey's" they made her seem warm. I definitely think Orinthia was under the influence of the Morrigan, she was intentionally trying to turn Diana and lead her down the wrong path. Glad to see she was too smart to fall for it.
I loved this issue, I read it four times in 24 hours. I just wish that well drawn but unread Green Lantern story hadn't been at the end. It forced the book to come to an abrupt halt when I thought I had more pages left. Still I got more than my money's worth and the storyline is progressing nicely. It shows all the speculation about Diana's anger management issues were unfounded. This is truly the hero we know and love.