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I love that this book drops you into Wonder Woman's world of gods and mortals without needing to set a lot of things up. Just boom! here she is getting tied into problems by Hermes. The comparison to Neil Gaiman's American Gods is really apt, and if you appreciate this story I'd recommend the other (and vice versa).
I like Chiang's visual style in this comic - the women look strong and gorgeous without being objectified. The Greek gods are major players in this storyline, which really capitalizes on Wonder Woman's unique connection to that element of the DC mythos. Of course, being Greek gods, they are all jerks.
I came into this knowing Wonder Woman only from the campy 70's TV show, and from the Justice League cartoons both vintage and modern. I've never been a huge fan, but this graphic novel has convinced me to keep reading. Yes, they've changed some things from the original mythos, as I understand it, but it is truly a good read.
Fantastic introduction to the Amazon princess! Although, I might be a tad spoiled, as she is one of my favorite DC heroes.
The artwork was a little rough, but consistent, and worked with the story very well.
Brian Azzarello gives us our favorite warrior's backstory with both humor and excitement. Zeus is gone, and his children are in a back-stabbing fervor. Diana finds her mother was involved in a conspiracy about her's truly that changes everything. (Well, it seems obvious now once you know -- read it, I'm not going to spoil it.)
I was really digging the build-up chapters, and Chiang draws a boldly delineated and kinetic comic panel and I honestly don't care too much that they altered Diana's origin story- in comics, after all, nothing is set in stone...or clay (cheeky laughs).
Big points deduction for the art for the final two issues, though. I won't through the artist under the bus cos who knows if he was put on the job on short notice, etc., but the major drop off in quality was jarring and not befitting the title of one of DC's revered 'Trinity'. I do want to check out vol. 2, though, and I hope that this situation is addressed.
So the big twist here is that Wonder Woman's origin story has changed. She's yet another child of Zeus in this incarnation instead of actually being made of clay by Queen Hippolyta. Not quite sure why that decision was made but I'm not as sore about the change as some people are. We'll have to see how it all plays out. It took until the third or fourth issue for me to care a but. I'm reading this after coming off the absolutely fabulous The Wicked and the Divine so I'm perhaps a little spoiled with revisionist portrayals of mythological deities. It took a little bit to figure out who everyone was and I'm still trying to decide if it's in a fun way or not. Some are really confusing as to why those artistic decisions were made.
Speaking of the art it is very different from what the cover of the volume depicts so take that as you will. I also feel like this book is trying to straddle a line between usual DC comics fare and the darker fare that Vertigo puts out. We'll have to see how that goes in the next volume. I'm not totally convinced here but I'm not entirely put off either.
In this New 52 Universe reboot of Princess Diana, not only is she an Amazon but the daughter of Zeus. Azzarello crafts a wonderful new world for Diana to live in with greater ties to Greek mythology given her familial ties. Many do not like this idea but I have found it to be refreshing and entertaining.
I'm not sure how I feel about the change in Wonder Woman's origin story, but other than that, this book was pretty solid. I especially liked how all the gods look different--Hermes looked kind of like a bird, Poseidon was a gigantic fish, Apollo looked like a bronze statue--very cool.
For the first 11 issues is a very weak storyline, but after that the storyline gets way better. Hold out hope. Am reading this in issues and am on issue 24 and by now the story line is awesome.
Excellent art work, lame story. I think it started off strong, but I really wanted more from this character.
I enjoyed this partial "reboot" of Wonder Woman. I like a lot of woman warriors (Valkyrie, Sif, Black Widow) but I've always been a little bored by Wonder Woman. Maybe it's because she's from DC, not Marvel. Azzarello makes Wonder Woman interesting with some good twists, some pathos for Wonder Woman and fun versions of the Greek gods.
Rather indifferent art that is perhaps self consciously trying to be rough and expressive, without too much success. The story is not so good either. A lot of talk and intrigue, some of it hard to follow. My second New 52 graphic novel is a big disappointment.
Cool to see the brutal pantheon of Greek gods in the DC universe.
Azzarello takes the reins of the Amazon Princess with this first collection of the rebooted DC universe. I like his take on the character, attention to detail, and storytelling as he unveils a new status quo and background for the character, as well as the people around her. The art seemed a bit off to me- not quite to my tastes.