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Product Details

  • Series: Wonder Woman (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401246087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401246082
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Expect a lot more Wonder Woman fans after a few issues of this book."--USA Today
 
"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

"It's a different direction for Wonder Woman, but one still steeped in mythology, and I think this is the start of great things from Azzarello and Chiang."--The Onion/A.V. Club

"There's actually a lovely balance between being just wordy enough and going mute to let the art do the heavy lifting. And let me tell you, Cliff Chiang's art does said heavy lifting with nary a grunt. He handles suspense, gore, and action all with aplomb. His line-work is loose enough to avoid being static, and yet maintains a confident line."--Ain't It Cool News

About the Author

Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of JONNY DOUBLE, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. The New York Times best-selling author’s other work for DC includes the titles HELLBLAZER and LOVELESS (both with Marcelo Frusin), SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW (with Jim Lee), JOKER and LUTHOR (both with Lee Bermejo), SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE (with Joe Kubert), FILTHY RICH (with Victor Santos), and most recently the all-new ongoing series WONDER WOMAN (with Cliff Chiang). He also wrote the Richard Corben-illustrated graphic novels Cage and Banner for Marvel Comics. Azzarello lives in Chicago with his wife, artist Jill Thompson, and twitters only when he has something to say.

Customer Reviews

Cliff Chiang's artwork is beautiful.
Joanna
Every issue advances the story and fleshes out the characters, ensuring that no time is spent meandering with unnecessary filler or distracting sub-plots.
Marc Rodriguez
Amazing, can't wait for the next trade paperback.
Mayet M. Bell

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luquillo on October 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
Zeus' child the First Born has been captured by his uncle Poseidon, the king of the sea. Poseidon hopes to make a deal with him in order for the First Born to keep his personal war away from his seas. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman and her team come under attack by her other siblings whom hope to kill Zeus' new born child from the mortal girl Zola, whom according to legend will bring death to the new god of Olympus. -summary

Wonder Woman Vol. 4: War is by far the best volume of the series up to this point as it appears to take advantage of each and every story element introduced through out Brian Azzarello's run. One can tell that this arc is on its last legs almost immediately and Azzie wastes very little time upping the stakes preparing the reader for its high-octane climax. Now although this volume does deliver a lot of the goods it still manages to hit some small bumps along the way. This volume collects Wonder Woman issues 19-23.

The biggest and only real flaw with this book is that it isn't the least bit newbie friendly. Azzarello is clearly hoping that readers are completely familiar with all events leading to this point, since it does not contain a recap of any sort and the story just takes off running. I personally have no issue with this mainly since I'm up to speed, and because the story grabbed me by the throat and hardly ever lightened its grip; others will be advised to start this from the beginning because you will be lost.

Now for those unfamiliar and would like a little insight to this story arc. Wonder Woman learned that she's one of Zeus' bastard children and he has a habit of making children at random, which leads him to impregnating the mortal girl Zola; this led to Zeus' wife Hera becoming angry and making various attempts to kill Zola and the child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alt on March 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
So Wonder Woman is kissing Orion. Does that mean she's two-timing Superman? No, it's just a ruse so she can threaten to rip Orion's balls off. What jokers these gods are! That's a mildly interesting moment before the story goes downhill. Fortunately, it climbs back up in the end.

The meat of this story involves an alliance between Wonder Woman and War to protect a baby from Apollo and a bunch of other gods who want the baby dead as part of an ongoing rivalry to replace Zeus. The meat is wrapped in a sandwich of words. It's a big sandwich because, in recent DC tradition, characters just can't stop complaining about the soap operas they call their lives. "Can you imagine what it's like to be me?" is a common refrain. We don't need to imagine it because the characters love to tell us, in mind-numbing detail, what it's like to be them. Mostly it's boring to be them because they are self-absorbed and self-pitying. All except War, who at least has the good grace to drown his sorrows in a bottle of Jack Daniels rather than subjecting the rest of us to his woes.

Fortunately, the New Gods (although a bit altered from Jack Kirby's original vision) are more interesting than the old gods. True, they have their share of family drama (Orion is a disappointment to his dad, poor boy), but their introspective angst is easily cured with a bit of pop psychology dispensed by Wonder Woman, which clears the way for Orion to do the heroic deeds that superheroes ought to be performing. Of course, given that their focus in this book is to protect a baby, you'd think they would stop dragging the baby into the most dangerous situations they can find. How about parking the baby in daycare while you go fight evil instead of carrying the baby under your arm like a basketball?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marc Rodriguez on March 28, 2014
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One of the most jarring problems with any form of ongoing series is consistency. Sooner or later, it seems logical that the writer will temporarily lose momentum at some point in the narrative. Brian Azzarello, however, does not follow suit. Wonder Woman Volume 4 maintains the bullet train pace of its predecessors, yet achieves something far greater. Diana's hardships go beyond monster killing or dealing with an extremely volatile extended family, but instead extend to her own emotional troubles as she must make impossible decisions. For this reason, Wonder Woman Volume 4 towers over the previous three volumes because of its profound ability to create an emotional hook with the reader. Without providing spoilers, Diana faces a situation that every individual experiences, yet Azzarello handles her reaction in a beautifully written, true-to-form manner. Her honesty and clear sense of vulnerability hit hard, allowing the reader to sympathize with Wonder Woman on a personal level. Azzarello reminds the audience that, despite her status as a demi-goddess, Diana Prince is just as human as the rest of us.

Chiang's art allows Diana and her comrades to come alive across the pages. He draws Diana in such a gorgeous manner, but one that does not feel unnecessarily sexual or exaggerated, Instead, Chiang strikes a balance between power and beauty, giving the character personality rather than making her just another piece of comic eye candy. His stylized art allows for vast amounts of details, yet does not result in crowded pages or distracting background imagery. Environments leap off the page, but the overhauled designs of the New Gods will certainly catch readers' eyes.
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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.

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