Finished just in the nick of time!
“What did you think of Steve and Etta’s trip to Themyscira?”
It was a nice enough issue, though it kind of pales in comparison to when Julia and Nessie went there in the Annual. The tension about letting man into Themyskira was palpable, though I do find it odd that the Amazons make it sound like Steve was a willing participant to the initial bombing when as I recall, he was forced into it and when he found out what his Ares-brainwashed co-pilot was up to, he actively tried to stop him, which is what caused the plane crash.
I guess it would be hard for the Amazons to know that, and Steve would feel guilty about not doing more and being able to stop it sooner, but I feel it’s a bit disingenuous to compare him to Heracles, who literally plotted and schemed to ravage the Amazons in every way possible.
“How do you feel about Cheetah’s depiction and origin?”
Overall a great origin and take on the character. Like a lot of good villains, Cheetah is in a lot of ways a twisted perversion of our hero. Cheetah, much like Diana, is like this because of the whim of the God(s) she serves, and derives her power from it. The difference being that Barbara was thrust into it as part of a mad bid for power and glory, whereas Diana was raised with it and taught reason and humility.
If I can find one nitpick, it’s that it’s kind of funny looking how Urzkartaga, this ancient and powerful plant god, is depicted as basically just a normal houseplant with a shiny gold vase. I think one of the things that Greg Rucka did right during his Rebirth run on the book was make Urzkartaga look more imposing and intimidating, from the more corrupted Tree of Life that his worshipers reside in, to the beast that Diana and Barbara fight.
“Did you enjoy seeing the Amazons of Egypt?”
I’ve liked what I’ve seen in other stories of the Bana-Mighdall, and their introduction doesn’t disappoint. Similarly to Cheetah, they serve well as a sort of dark reflection of what the Amazons could have been, but in the end they do show a sense of honor and a capacity to grow. Really looking forward to seeing how they interact with the story going forward.
“Which scene was your favorite?”
Like others have said, the final Diana/Cheetah showdown was epic. In this series, we’ve mostly seen a Diana who’s been the one restrained, who is less fighting her opponent and more trying to stop the violence. To see Diana, beaten and on the ropes, only to fully unleash her power and skill was surprising and sort of terrifying. Like @nu52 said, the moment where Diana rips Cheetah’s tail off was shocking.
Overall, great segment of this series. I’m so looking forward to seeing what comes next I’m almost tempted to read ahead.