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Wonder Woman: Odyssey Vol. 1 (Wonder Woman (DC Comics Hardcover)) Hardcover – June 7, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Wonder Woman (DC Comics Hardcover) (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230777
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI is a writer and television producer who has worked in a variety of media, including comics, novels, TV, film, and radio dramas. He is perhaps most known as the creator and showrunner of the Babylon 5 TV series, and its spin-off Crusade. He was also the creator of Jeremiah for Showtime. Straczynski has written numerous film scripts, including Changeling starring Angelina Jolie, which was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay. His comics work includes Rising Stars for Top Cow/Image, The Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power, and Thor for Marvel, and SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN for DC Comics. He is also the author of the SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE graphic novel.

More About the Author

J. Michael Staczynski was born in Paterson, NJ in 1954, from a lower-middle-class blue-collar family that moved 21 times in his first 18 years. He began writing in earnest and selling at the age of 17 and hasn't stopped since. He graduated San Diego State University with degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

As a journalist, he has written over 500 published articles for such periodicals as The Los Anglees Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Penthouse, Writer's Digest, San Diego Magazine, the San Diego and Los Angeles Reader and TIME, Inc. He has also published numerous short stories in Amazing Science Fiction Magazine, Pulphouse, and various anthologies.

As a television writer and producer, he has written over 200 produced episodes, including workj on The New Twilight Zone, Nightmare Classics and Murder She Wrote. He also wrote, created and produced the series Babylon 5, Crusade and Jeremiah.

Moving from TV to film, he wrote Changeling (directed by Clint Eastwood), Ninja Assassin (produced by the Wachowskis), provided the story for Thor (directed by Kenneth Branagh), wrote Underworld 4 (starring Kate Beckinsale), and has written numerous other films that are currently slated for production.

He has won the Hugo Award (twice), the Saturn Award, the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, the Space Frontier Foundation award, the Ray Bradbury Award, the Christopher Award, and over a dozen others.

He was also nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his screenplay for Changeling.

He writes ten hours a day, every day, except for his birthday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day.

Customer Reviews

The writing is great and I can't wait to read the next volume.
Alexandra C. Jackson
I have been a long time comic book fan, and was skeptical of DC changing Wonder Woman's costume.
Dat Hong
For my money, Wonder Woman is as great a super hero as Superman, and Batman.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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Alright, so the question should really just be narrowed down to one thing: If we NEVER knew of Wonder Woman's old costume, would this one be a good one? And the answer is simply, YES! It is gorgeously designed, and done by top tier talent. The colors combine well together, and are 'worn' on one of the finest female frames in comics. But they do NOT simply throw out all the old history of the Wonder Woman we love. It is all HERE, woven into the fabric of the story. It is clear pretty quickly that we've got a mystery on our hands. We know something has changed, and we, as the loyal WW readers and fans, know just what that is... But our Amazing Amazon does not know the depth of the changes. Only that something at the foundation of her fabric (clothing pun intended LOL), has indeed changed.

So we've got a HUGE mystery slowly being told, woven not over, but INTO the existing fabric of the Wonder Woman mythos. And the story is good enough to draw you in. Believe me, avid Wonder Woman fans, I was LIVID when I read about these changes, especially to the costume. But the story is just there, and it's THAT good. J. Michael Straczynski may be known in some circles as the Destroyer of Beloved Continuity (having made some MAJOR changes to Spidey over at Marvel), but WOW the man can spin a good yarn. I was very skeptical, and waited months before I broke down and bought the first few comics, which I had to do either here or on eBay since I waited so long... But once I did... I was hooked. And that led me to adding this graphic novel to my 'Absolutely Must Buy For My Collection' list. LOL

It is obvious that the Diana I've loved since I was a kid is not gone. She's embroiled in a time altering mystery.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dat Hong VINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
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I have been a long time comic book fan, and was skeptical of DC changing Wonder Woman's costume. When I first saw the design, I wasn't too thrilled. I thought she looked more like a "Spider-Girl" than a "Wonder Woman".

However, after reading through this graphic novel, and seeing the art in action, I am no longer skeptical. The costume blends in perfectly, and fits the Wonder Woman motif.

The story is written by JMS, one of the best comic writers ever. You might be a bit confused when reading, but that is the entire point of this "Odyssey". Even Diana does not know who she is. The tale isn't so much a retcon of the Wonder Woman motif, but more of a mystery as to what happened to the Wonder Woman we all know and love.

Throughout the book, you get glimpses of this new Diana's past, and how she came to be. You also get some references to who she was. I won't post any spoilers, as that is the main fun of this mystery.

If you are new to comics, you can still pick this up and enjoy it. There is nothing you need to know about the previous incarnation of Wonder Woman to enjoy this tale. Die Hard fans can enjoy this even more because this IS Wonder Woman, and besides a different look, she has all the Wonder Woman qualities.

The tale doesn't stop at the end of this graphic novel. I can't wait till Vol 2. Check out some of the covers for the latest issues of this series at DC's website. Some amazing work on those covers, worthy of being posters.

5 Stars all the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RobertM525 on August 3, 2013
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I haven't read a *ton* of Wonder Woman stuff, but I definitely know this one is different. From her origin to her personality, there's quite a lot that's changed.

First, the costume. Absolutely love it. Wonder Woman's patriotic bathing suit is dated and ridiculous. While this one isn't *perfect* (I would probably drop the tiara and maybe go with somewhat simpler bracers), I do like it a lot. (Which is disappointing because they ended up dropping it in favor of another 1-piece bathing suit in the New 52 version of Wonder Woman--see Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood.)

Second, unlike in, say, Infinite Crisis, this story has a much more media-traditional view on violence. By that, I mean Wonder Woman kills her enemies in battle much like the protagonist of an action TV show or movie would. Given DC's typical (frankly, rather weird) aversion to lethal combat, it's a little jarring. But, really, given that she's supposed to be an Amazon warrior, the idea that she would find a way to non-lethally stop *every* one of her opponents always struck me as rather silly (*cough* Maxwell Lord *cough*). I don't expect her to be brutally executing people, but all of her enemies being conveniently "knocked out" is rather much, IMO.

The story itself is pretty interesting. If I have one big complaint, though, is that's Straczynski goes a little nuts with the exposition. If he wants to explain stuff to the readers, that's fine--do it in "narrator boxes," not by having the characters stop what they're doing and explain everything to each other.
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