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Wonder Woman: Rise of the Olympian Paperback – November 10, 2009
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Befitting its size, there is quite a lot going on here. Too much, in many ways. For most of the story, there are two separate strands at work that really don't seem to have much in common beyond their occurring at the same time. In one, which occupied Diana's time for most of the story, she confronts the new villain Genocide, a creation of the latest iteration of the Secret Society of Supervillains. This strand features, for the first time in the run, a couple of pre-existing major Wondy villains, the Cheetah (Barbara Minerva) and Dr. Psycho. They are mostly well-used, though what seems like an opportunity to rebuild the Cheetah into the scheming mastermind she was initially characterized as before rot set in is ultimately not to be. The big flaw in this story, and it's a fairly major one, is Genocide herself. Simply, the character doesn't work. She's built up as a Doomsday-level threat, but the story never really conveys this by her actions.Read more ›
There are three main threats in this volume. The Society of Supervillains, the villain Genocide, and Achilles and the Olympians under Zeus. The Society as I mentioned could've stood to have more time on their own, but are primarily there to set up Genocide. They have some mook villains, but it might as well just be Cheetah, Professor TO Morrow, and Felix Faust for most intents and purposes, of whom Cheetah gets the most time and even then it's not a ton. Genocide on the other hand, despite her fairly 2d sounding name, is a truly threatening anti-Diana who is the key point of the story. More gets unveiled as she attacks Diana on both a physical and moral level, and the pay off of both the reveal of her origins and the final fight through Washington DC are more than pay off enough for her storyline.
Finally, there's Achilles, who'll I'll spend the most time on.
The idea of a male character being sent to fill Diana's role is one that's been done before, far too often, but Achilles is different than any of his predecessors in one important way: His deep and abiding respect for Diana. If he had a say in the matter, he'd love to just back Wonder Woman up as long as the job gets done, but Zeus has thrust him into the role.Read more ›
What of this tale?
Well, Diana Prince in this story is a pretty tough woman, giving commands and demands as they prepare for battle. Not exactly a mild-mannered Clark Kent character.
Zeus looks over Wonder Woman's exploits and feels that though she's done some good, that saving the world is a man's job, not a woman's. Ooh, the gods are sexist! What's next?
This new villain Genocide has taken WW's lasso and she gets her a** handed to her -- quite bloody and intense. The art is professionally done, hard to look at at times. Simone weaves a tapestry of honor and battle that's nice to read.
When WW lets the blood lust take her, watch out! The battle scenes with Genocide are intense. The cowardice of the bad guys is sobering. All in all, just what I want in a WW tale!
The story also lets us in on the Olympian gods and their intentions and purposes are really human ones. When they arrive to their home and see how Darkseid has defaced Olympus, it's quite a shock!
Overall, great story. Excuse me now while I go and gather more graphic novels by Simone.
Other Simone Stuff:
Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth (Wonder Woman (Graphic Novels))
Wonder Woman: Circle
Wonder Woman: Warkiller
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I found this collection be really great at first, excellent artwork, a compelling story and then the gods of olympus entered the fray and I got really confused. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Mark McLaughlin
Compared to her other two Wonder Woman books, "Ends of the Earth" and "The Circle", which I both highly recommend, this was a bit of a letdown. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Toto
I think Gail Simone is a really smart writer. I like Aaron Lopresti and really like Bernard Chang. I am a big nerd for all things Wonder Woman, and I think it is past time for... Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Sean Rueter
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This is not my favorite Wonder Woman story but it is still very enjoyable. Gail Simone introduces a new villian that isn't as scary as she should be. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Xyz726
I love Wonder Woman and Gail Simone really does her justice! This book is a must!Published on December 8, 2009 by Camron Brandenburg