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I really enjoy this book. The book itself is not pricey at all, but very sturdy. It features a Table of Contents, which shows the Series and Issue Number, the date of publication, and a title (for reader convenience; most of these stories were not originally titled).
Collected in this trade are Wonder Woman's earliest tales:
These issues tell the story of Wonder Woman's origins, her coming to America, her secret identity, and many other fun adventures (mostly fighting Nazis).
If you're interested in reading some classic Wonder Woman stories from the very beginning, this is an excellent trade to pick up. The origin story has been reprinted many times, but a lot of these stories were completely new to me, which was a real treat. It's a good thing this book is so well made, because I have been reading it over and over again.
I hope DC continues to make the Wonder Woman Chronicles books (and hopefully a little faster than one every other year).
EDIT: Since posting this review, it seems this book has gone out of print and is reaching ridiculous prices on the second hand market. Check your local comic shop before paying more than $15 for this book. I still see it stores for the retail price pretty often.
It is a little ridiculous that all the other volume 01 Chronicles books except for this and The Flash are still in print.
While what I like about this series is the fact that it reprints the original books in chronological order, and makes it a lot easier on my wallet. What I'm not happy about is the editing of the original content. On page 140, or 3d in the issue of Wonder Woman number. 1, Etta Candy and Diana Prince are on a train bound for Texas. So Etta hollers at a porter for one of her suitcases, the porter, who's African -American was originally drawn in the typical minstrel stereotype of the day. The dialogue stays the same. But the art has badly been reedited, I know it's embarrassing but this is a part of the history of the times. But it shouldn't be sweep under the rug. A disclaimer should always be printed to remind the reader that this material comes form a less enlighten era. And that not only are minorities badly represented but women and war time enemies are also seen through prejudice, and chauvinist eyes. Outside of that detail the only other remark I'll make is that some of the printing is a little dark, making some images hard to see. But in the end I'm satisfy with this publication giving us the genesis of one the greats at the beginning of the comics book era.
For those who experienced the wonder of Wonder Woman when she first appeared in the early forties (and even for those who didn't), this Vol., the first in a series recounts the origins of WW on Paradise Island. Thanks to an accidental plane crash on the island by Capt. Steve Trevor of US Army Intelligence our future female heroine (who is also an amazon princess) encounters a man for the first time. In fact, she is the one who rescues him and saves his life. Soon Diana (as she is called) begins to fall in love with the American pilot. Her mother, Hippolyte, Queen of the Amazons is now forced to reveal the history of her people to her daughter and how it came about that they came to Paradise Island. The protective goddesses of the amazons (Aphrodite and Athena) are then consulted by Hippolyte who is told that Trevor must be returned to America. This is the time of World War II and Trevor is needed back to fight the enemy. A contest is then held to see which of the amazons is the strongest and most deserving to go with him. Surprise, surprise, Diana wins. The adventures of WW now begin - and what adventures they are!
From contemporary battles with Nazis to flashbacks of Queen Hippolyte fighting Hercules to Wonder Woman contending with a variety of criminals and even dealing with circus animals gone berzerk, the reader is taken on a smorgasbord of adventurous danger and activity. And this is only the beginning. Future Chronicles will introduce a host of other deadly opponents such as Mars, the god of war, and his "henchmen" Lord Conquest and the Duke of Deception. Hopefully, her worst female nemesis - the Cheetah - will eventually appear.Read more ›
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