attention and take copious notes, because class is in session, and
J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman are going to tell you how
it's done. "Stygian Descent" is a sensorial experience unlike any
other you have lived before while reading a comic book. Batwoman and
Wonder Woman search for Medusa in a tartarean prison, but instead
they find themselves in the tendrils of the goddess Nyx.
The interpretation of darkness in this issue is dantesque: the lack
of sight is compensated with an overwhelming description of sounds,
smells, and textures that are worth a thousand light bulbs; it is
indeed terrifying. Batwoman's reaction to Diana is almost funny;
like a roadie who is in front of the rock star for the first time,
and the amazon herself has never felt so divine before. Meanwhile,
contrasting the tone of the story, a Phoenix slowly rises from the
ashes, and little by little her brightness intensifies. This, dear
reader, is how comic books are made.