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Product Details

  • Comic: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140123562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235628
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Pity the poor superhero writers, eternally obligated to balance comfortable familiarity with fresh reinvention. Azzarello leans toward the latter, counting on the fact that, for the world’s most famous superheroine, relatively little of Wonder Woman’s backstory is widely known. He also jettisons proper superheroing in favor of mythological intrigue, as Princess Diana protects a mortal woman pregnant with the child of Zeus, with the political future of Olympus in the balance. Diana also learns the truth of her own heritage: she was not born of clay but is herself a child of Zeus and a victim of a lifelong lie. Azzarello brings the harder-than-usual-hitting action and razor-sharp dialogue from his tough-as-nails 100 Bullets, establishing his heroine as a fierce protector and a woman in search of community. Chiang, meanwhile, merges modern streamlined figures and gritty combat with a classical sense of beauty for a look that’s distinctive, but not dissonant, within contemporary superhero comics. Among DC’s massive relaunch, the New 52, Wonder Woman stands slightly outside the pack to establish its own mythology and sense of fun. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“This is clear storytelling at its best….It’s an intriguing concept and easy to grasp. The reader doesn’t need to know that much about Wonder Woman because she is, well, Wonder Woman.” – The New York Times

“Azzarello is...rebuilding the mythology of Wonder Woman.” – Maxim

“Azzarello is crafting a highly-intelligent, and surprisingly gory, affair that's drenched in Greek mythology and godly mischief. And if that's not enough, artist Cliff Chiang simply kills it on every panel he touches. Put your presumptions aside because this is actually a Wonder Woman book worth reading.” – Complex Magazine

 “This series will hopefully elevate Diana back into the limelight with Superman and Batman where she belongs.” – Christian Science Monitor

“Beautifully illustrated and brings a fresh, fascinating and fun take to the Amazon Princess and her world.” – IGN

“It’s a different direction for Wonder Woman, but one still steeped in mythology...great things from Azzarello and Chiang.” – The Onion AV Club

“Enthralling.” - UGO

 “This book is weird and worth your while.” – io9

“It’s the kind of writing that’s made Azzarello such a sought after comic book author.” – CraveOnline

“Brian Azzarello is going for a much more horror-oriented book than previous incarnations, and that works well with Cliff Chiang’s art. In fact, they’re probably one of the best paired teams for the New 52 so far.” – Comic Book Resources

“Page after page, Azzarello just unfurls more and more smart ideas in what is probably the best hope for the great Wonder Woman story we’ve all been hoping for. Unsurprisingly, Cliff Chiang delivers some phenomenal visuals, presenting us with a heroine who reads as dynamic, elegant, powerful, and even godly. People, I think they’ve figured it out.” – iFanboy

More About the Author

Brian Azzarello has achieved both huge sales and acclaim with his comic 100 Bullets, and has also recently completed a run on Hellblazer, and Marvel's Cage. Lee Bermejo is the illustrator of Superman/Gen 13, and has contributed pin-ups to 100 Bullets and WildC.A.T.S.

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best titles in the DC new 52 relaunch.
anteros
She kept showing me the artwork and I was blown away by them and she says the story is very good as well, so I just might have to read it now too!!
Corey
It seemed a bit disjointed and I didn't really feel too much for the characters or care about what they were doing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This one had me piqued from the get-go. I think Azarello's Joker is one of the grittiest comics I've read in a while and had one of my favorite Batman lines ever in it. That being said I had no idea how he'd handle this. I was pleasantly surprised.
Basically, he creates his own new mythos and destroys (I'm sure to the chagrin of a lot of pre52 WW fans) her original, laughable origin story and replaces it with something much more interesting (which in turn leads to a great reason for her leaving the island and becoming Wonder Woman in the first place). Her personality is very strong yet caring, as she should be. The plot basically revolves around this woman that gets pregnant by a god and the other gods are trying to kill her or exploit her for power in Olympus. There is a lot of power politics mixed with Greek tragedy, ti's not merely an excuse for Wonder Woman to chop off hers (don't worry she does that too though.) Cliff Chang's art was weird at first but now I find it's iconic and fitting with the style of the comic. The violence is necessary, all the people complaining about AN AMAZON WARRIOR killing just need to really analyze that statement. The humor and wit is also surprisingly good, lots of puns, quips, etc that actually develop characters and not merely showboat the writers storytelling ability. The portrayal and character designs of the gods are nothing short of amazing, from peacock dresses, flaming candle heads, gun wielding, leviathans. Honestly, this was my favorite announcement of the new 52. (besides Aquaman of course, another title that didn't disappoint in the slightest.) I can not recommend this enough, especially to those of you who knew Wonder Woman was badass but could never prove it, Azarello's run shows why she's so awesome.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By anteros on June 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best titles in the DC new 52 relaunch. It's a soft reboot meaning it's still basically the same character we all know and love but with some tweaks to enhance her mythology.

What they have done is focus more on the Greek mythology, but this isn't the traditional Greek gods in white togas! They look more supernatural and each of them have their own agendas. They're a godly dysfunctional family. What's great though is that their personalities are still very true to classic Greek myths as they personify aspects of nature.

This volume begins with Wonder Woman protecting a girl who sought her help. Along the way, Wonder Woman makes new discoveries about about herself, her family, and her past. There's intense action and some horror elements, but nothing our Amazon warrior princess can't handle!

To sum things up, this Wonder Woman welcomes all readers who are into superheros, mythology, and sand & sword fantasy. It explores the theme of truth, betrayal, family, and loss. It's gritty and more grounded than previous versions of the character, and it's something both male and female readers can get into!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've never been much of a Wonder Woman reader, mostly tuning out of the character's solo series after Greg Rucka's run ended years back, and since then her series just hasn't had the kind of appeal to me that it ever had before. That being said, hearing that the Wonder Woman relaunch under DC's New 52 would be written by Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Loveless, Joker, Hellblazer, and many more) definitely got my attention, and the end result is the best Wonder Woman story I've read in quite some time. Under Azzarello's pen, Wonder Woman is less the princess and ambassador of peace that she was in the past, and is much more the full-fledged Amazon warrior that we all know and love. Azzarello has tapped so deeply into Greek mythology with this first storyarc that it's compulsively addictive, and the balance of the order of the Gods in the background makes it all the more page-turning, twisty, and will have you salivating for more. Combine all that with the wonderful artwork of Cliff Chiang (and to a lesser extent Tony Akins, who fills in for art duties on the final two issues of this collection) and Blood winds up being a winner. Even if you've never read Wonder Woman before, check out Azzarello's new and exciting take on the character. You'll be pleasantly surprised and glad that you did.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For the longest time, I considered Wonder Woman a character only recognized with her association with the Justice League and as icon for woman around the world and really nothing more. It's just when you talk about other top name comic characters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man (that's a lot of men!)...they have certain stories and aspects that make them top tier characters. WW sort of felt like she was limited in just 2 categories, because she doesn't have a laundry list of stories people know off the top of their heads or having noticeable villains (not saying she doesn't have either. George Perez, Greg Rucka, and Gail Simone's runs are all excellent arcs on WW, for example).

But I started getting into WW about a year before her New 52 reboot took affect, and I started to slowly see the appeal. The thing is WW is a progressive character that is slowly evolving as time goes on. All the different incarnations of her and she is still finding her place as a compelling character after 70 years. Yet some of those great characteristics that writers like Rucka, Simone, and Perez have made her (her Amazonian side and Greek mythology) haven't been played to the fullest...until now. Brian Azzarello looks to take WW and put her in her own version of The Odyssey, because this looks like an epic of Greek proportions.

WONDER WOMAN VOL.1: BLOOD collects issues #1-6 and begins with a young woman named Zola who whines up on WW's door asking for protection from attackers. In the heat of battle, Zola finds out she's pregnant with Zeus's unborn child from Hermes, the messenger god and that those attackers were sent from Hera, Zeus jealous wife.
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