Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Volume 1, Blood

Graphic Novel - 2012
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Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life-and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay. The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera. So why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told?
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, ©2012.
ISBN: 9781401235628
140123562X
9781401235635
1401235638
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Alternative Title: Blood

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mvkramer Jan 03, 2017

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.

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Paidion
Sep 28, 2016

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.

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mjathols
Aug 14, 2016

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.)

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mexicanadiense
Jun 08, 2015

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.

KateHillier Jan 31, 2015

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.

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BrianLaBelle
Feb 28, 2014

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.

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dollcoven
Jan 23, 2014

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.

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blue_hummingbird_1
Nov 04, 2013

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.

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rjrw92
Jul 20, 2013

Excellent art work, lame story. I think it started off strong, but I really wanted more from this character.

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djx
Apr 03, 2013

Finally, a killer Wonder Woman story! Every panel, every page rocks.

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