Review by Frank Plowright
Told in twelve page chapters, Come Back to Me is a rapidly paced thriller pulling Wonder Woman and the accompanying Etta Candy from their comfort zone and leaving them wandering a mysterious inter-dimensional island. Just as they’ve been pulled there, so have many others.
The cover’s unrepresentative in two respects. The beguiling portrait only references the scene-setting opening chapter to Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s delight, which has Wonder Woman aiding firemen and rescuing forest animals as a fire spreads. The other anomaly is more serious, as while the writing team is credited, there’s no mention for artists Tom Derenick and Chad Hardin, who’re also absent from the spine credits. Why? They both deliver enticing, action packed pages selling the strange world into which Wonder Woman is dropped, and they deserve better.
Although Wonder Woman has the leading role, she’s one of an ensemble cast strongly featuring one other DC headliner, a surprising yet logical choice, and further known faces appear. Conner and Palmiotti even manage to squeeze in a Justice League appearance, but it’s brief and inconsequential, echoing an old piece of DC history, as do a couple of other scenes. As Diana arrived on the island via the Bermuda Triangle, readers may figure they have at least a vague idea of where Come Back to Me is heading, but Conner and Palmiotti remain a step ahead, manipulating an environment where time, space and logic appear to have no meaning. There’s a mystery concerning another resourceful woman, and when Conner and Palmiotti reveal all there’s no sense of disappointment. They’ve concocted an imaginative brew, and once it seems everything has been laid out they still have some surprises to spring.
This is solidly entertaining Wonder Woman.