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Wonder Woman: The Challenge of Artemis (Wonder Woman (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – May 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Wonder Woman (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563892642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563892646
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The art is still very good.
Toman
The first time I openly cried reading a book, and I've read every single issue of WW from Sensation Comics on.
Christopher Logan
Tragedy looms in the near future for both Diana and Artemis with mayhem, murder, and ultimately ... betrayal.
J. M. Yarbrough

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Saenz on July 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is the conclusion piece to Wonder Woman: The Contest. If you enjoyed that great book, you are sure to enjoy this one as well. It immediately follows The Contest as we see the further adventures of Diana and Artemis in Patriarch's World as Artemis comes to understand exactly what it means to become a 'Wonder Woman'. This book if filled with emotionally charged moments and a large cast of interesting characters. Don't worry though, Messner-Loebs has a great way of weaving in characters into his stories without leaving the reader at a loss of who is who. Mike Deodato Jr. does an outstanding job as well depicting both beautiful characters and realistic expressions. I urge all Wonder Woman fans (and those not) to purchase this wonderful book as it shows many of Diana's and Artemis' trials and tribulations, and what it really means to be 'human'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
If your only exposure to the woman in the red, white and blue Spandex is the endearingly kitchy 70's TV series starring Lynda Carter or any of her series up until artist Mike Deodato's arrival in Volume 2, Issue 89, you're in for a shock--albeit a pleasant one. This is a Wonder Woman that represents the sensibilities of mid-nineties banal pop-culture alongside current feminist thinking: a volumptuous woman who could put Pamela Lee to shame taking on organized crime, family deceits, and the Joker. There's even a nod or two to the complexities of socio-political systems, like the surprising and devastating plight of villages within the Amazon rainforest, and ripped-from-the-headlines issues such as human rights abuses of illegal immigrants. An odd delight in its schizophrenic appeal to lusty teenage boys and purveyers of Wendy Wasserstein plays. Wonder Woman, you're still a wonder. (Or in 90s vernacular: you go girl!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Yarbrough on December 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
In "The Contest," Artemis made her debut as a fierce, competitive warrior who sought to gain respect for her tribe by competing in a contest held by Hippolyta to choose the new Wonder Woman. In an upset victory, Artemis triumphed as the victor and assumed her duties in the patriarch's world. In "The Challenge of Artemis," she vows to end the oppression of women and children, and to end the violence that corrupts society.
With her quick tongue and rash actions, Artemis makes headlines as she rubs people the wrong way, being viewed as opinionated, controversial, and arrogant. Diana dons a new costume and works to re-establish a new identity. It's not long before tension flares up between Artemis and Diana - Artemis accuses Diana of trying to interfere with Artemis' new role, but Diana will soon learn of a terrible prophecy that lies ahead for Wonder Woman. Tragedy looms in the near future for both Diana and Artemis with mayhem, murder, and ultimately ... betrayal.
The conclusion left me emotionally choked up as both women are heroes in their own right. This book is a turning point for both of them as the betrayal has ramifications that changes the course of future Wonder Woman issues. Their lives will never be the same again after this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
Continuing the saga begun in WONDER WOMAN: THE CONTEST, this graphic novel follows the exploits of two Amazons. One, the Princess Diana, used to hold the Wonder Woman title, but has relinquished it to another, a not-so-gentle Amazon named Artemis. The bulk of the story deals with both women as they struggle to come to grips with their new identities: Artemis tries to live up to the expectations of being Wonder Woman, while Diana tries to soldier on in a new, darker identity. Diana's new costume (designed by Brian Bolland) is something out of a biker queen's paradise; men who prefer their girls wild and dangerous will love it, longtime fans of the Amazon Princess will despise it. William Messner-Loebs keeps the story moving along at a crisp pace, as nearly all the villains from Wonder Woman's Rogues Gallery--and even the Joker--make an appearance. Mike Deodato's artwork, which was the primary reason for the WONDER WOMAN comic book's surge in popularity several years ago, is the best reason to buy THE CHALLANGE OF ARTEMIS. Although there's never any doubt as to which Amazon will have the Wonder Woman title by the end, Loebs and Deodato throw enough plot twists in the story to keep the reader hooked.
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This story, now more than 15 years old, originally made me so angry. In the events of The Contest, Diana was replaced by the hot headed Artemis from the Bana-Mighdall tribe of Amazons. This graphic novel continues that story in an epic style, with Diana 'replaced' as Wonder Woman, and sporting a spiffy black spandex costume. Meanwhile, Artemis rubbed me the wrong way in nearly every encounter. And she was supposed to. The story is about a brash young woman, hot headed and tempermental, becoming Wonder Woman in more than just name alone. And oh my goodness does she ever, in a literally tearjerking fashion. Diana is still featured heavily in the story, so she's not gone. There's also a great appearance by the Cheetah, and quite a few other baddies. All in all, as a Wonder Woman fan I am delighted to add this to my collection. I am also delighted that as an initial protester to the idea of the changes, the writing was spectacular enough to draw me in and keep me there, and the art is fantastic too. If you're a Wonder Woman fan, then this is a must have item, and you won't be disappointed.

Thanks so much for your time folks.
Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
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