These are just random comments, but they might spoil details for people who haven't read yet--so, you are warned!
I liked that Heph, Hermes, Eros, Lennox and Zola sound like us arguing about last issue.
I LOVE what Heph whispers to Zola: "Don't worry about Wonder Woman. She doesn't need saving." Again, I almost think he's telling that to us. It seems pretty clear that Heph has a plan; he jokes (I hope!) that he doesn't know what he was thinking when he gave WW the guns. I think Eros may be the companion who is not to be trusted, and the hints at Hermes may have been misdirection.
What Heph says to Zola about Hermes (just before the "don't worry" comment) is also interesting, though:"And you, girl, are very lucky to have a champion so steadfast, even though it pains him to be." Pains him because it's not his nature to be steadfast, or because he wishes he could go rescue Wonder Woman? Both? Azz is doing a good job of making this ambiguous (azzbiguous?). And yes, i see that as a good thing--though it's the kind of thing that makes it hard to wait for the next issue.
So, if she doesn't need saving, what is this "gift" that Heph and company are delivering to Hades? Something that will stop Hades from being able to bring Zola back?
Hades to Wonder Woman: "Is your will that strong?" Um, yeah. Yes, I believe that it is.
Maybe Heph's comments about the lasso a couple of issues ago will be the key to her surviving Strife's little scheme. Wonder Woman won't be "intimidated," and perhaps her will is so strong that she can resist her own lasso.
Or maybe Wonder Woman's mortal form will be destroyed and her godly self will be unleashed--which might be too bad for Hades, and might be part of Strife's plan.
The scenes with Persephone reminded me of Marston's Wonder Woman 2--Wonder Woman's first visit to a hell (Mars' prison of souls). Diana is given Lord Conquest's ex-wife as her slave-girl attendant; Diana would free her, but the girl won't leave. (As Diana tells Steve, "The silly thing went back to her husband. She said Lord Conquest would be interested in conquering her again because she had escaped.) I think Azz reads some of the old issues closer than people think. And I hope Azz's Wonder Woman will have better luck and will spring Persephone out of hell. Maybe she'll become a regular part of the supporting cast.