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on June 1, 2012
Just read through a whole bunch of people moaning and groaning about how Superman got humiliated and taken down by a "second tier" superhero Wonder Woman in this collection, hence the "sacrifice" of Superman's iconic status in the DC Universe. They obviously did not understand the story, or possibly chose to interpret it in their own narrow viewpoints. The "Sacrifice" of the title actually refers to the impossible choice that Wonder Woman had to make. A mind-controlled Superman runs rampant and nearly pounds the Batman to death. Faced with either killing Superman to stop his rampage, letting Superman kill the Batman, herself, and possibly other people if she fails, or killing the man responsible for Superman's rampage (killing an ordinary mortal is a line she has apparently never crossed even though she has killed hordes of monsters, demons and even ancient Greek Gods before) she chooses the third option, thus sacrificing forever her reputation as an ambassador for peace (the mission the Amazons sent her out into the world to fulfil). The battle is being broadcast to the world by the man responsible (to break the trust of the adoring public for the superheroes) and the world watches in horror as she executes a seemingly helpless mortal. She sacrifices her mission, her own reputation, and forever tarnishes the image of superheroes by breaking the neck of a mortal in full view of the world. Also, Wonder Woman is no second-tier superhero - she is one of the most recognisable comic book characters of all time - and she has long been shown to be a far more formidable warrior than Superman, lacking perhaps only Superman's brute strength - she has been shown to lift entire islands, for goodness sake, people. All in all, this is one of the best Wonder Woman arcs ever written.
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on August 26, 2015
This review is for Sacrifice. (Amazon is putting the reviews for about 4 different books all in the same place.)

This is part of the lead-up to Infinite Crisis and is heavily connected to The OMAC Project (Countdown to Infinite Crisis), so it doesn't really stand on its own. I think the multiple writers hurt the story - there's no flow to it (which was a chronic problem with Superman starting even before the "Death" storyline).

Superman 218 - Superman fights Blackrock. No connection to the OMAC Project until the final panel.
Superman 219 - Superman thinks he's fighting Brainiac.
Action 829 - Next, he's hallucinating an odd boxing match with Darkseid.
Adventures of Superman 642 - The Justice League try to figure out how to deal with Superman.
Wonder Woman 219 - The big fight between Wonder Woman and mind-controlled Superman.
Wonder Woman 220 - The immediate aftermath for Wonder Woman. Apart from the first three pages, it doesn't directly involve Superman and doesn't really fit in this book.
Adventures of Superman 643 - Superman flashes back to when he was fighting Wonder Woman and hallucinating that he was fighting Doomsday. He fights an OMAC and discovers there's a person inside.
Superman 220 - Superman and Superboy (Connor Kent) fight the Eradicator and another OMAC shows up.

A relatively weak, disconnected book. Wonder Woman: Mission's End (which also contains Wonder Woman 219 and 220) was much better.
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on February 28, 2006
This trade collects:

Superman #218-2002 (written by Mark Verheidan (Smallville) and illustrated by Ed Benes (Birds of Prey).

Adventures of Superman (written by Greg Rucka and art by Karl Kerschl, Morales et al.)

Action Comics #829 (written by Gail Simone and art by John Byrne)

Wonder Woman #219-220 (written by Rucka, art by Morales, Johnson et al.)

This is the collection that is an extension of the OMAC Project. It takes place when Superman is min-controlled by Max Lord and attacks several members of the JLA obviously including Wonder Woman. The story overall is written very well, especially the portions written by Rucka. He really delves into the Superman character and knows what makes him tick. He also captures the relations between the big 3 JLA members very well. Yes, they are colleagues, yes they are friends, but there are certain lines that they are not to cross. The Wonder Woman issues after the big event is also handled very well as she re-examines her friendships with Batman and Superman in light of the recent events and her actions. And last but not least, is the fight scene. Long have comic fan boys (including a younger version of myself) examined the situation if Superman fought Wonder Woman...what would happen? Well, Rucka and a plathora of artists answer the question...and answers it very well. Wonder Woman is no push over and in this book, we see the warrior side of her personlaity fleshed out. She even turns her much-maligned tiara into a deadly weapon.

The only problem I had was with Verheidan's portion of the writing which is basically two issues in the book. His ideas seem all over the place and needs to be tied down a bit more, for the sake of making the story flow a little better. While, Rucka insists on slow and methodical, sharacter-driven writing, Verheidan opts for action...too much of it at times. And that's the only downside.

This book is recommended for those following the Infinite Crisis events and also for those who wants a look at the darker DC universe.
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on January 21, 2014
Collects SUPERMAN #218-220, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #642-643, ACTION COMICS #829 and WONDER WOMAN #219-220.

I'd recommend reading Countdown to Infinite Crisis Special and The OMAC Project issues 1-3 before reading this story and issues 4-6 after finishing Sacrifice for a more complete backstory.

The art and the story itself are quite good, and also important for the DC universe if you're following Superman, Wonder Woman and/or Justice League comics. Although I do see why Batman is angry with WW at the end and he's quite right to be, because even I can think of several solutions to the Maxwell Lord problem that could be more acceptable than the one WW chose.
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on December 5, 2013
This is easily one of the better, but entirely way too short Superman/Wonder Woman stories. Both characters immediately have a great deal of depth and their battle is nearly as good as Doomsday/Superman or Bane/Batman. It's pretty important that this book be read after OMAC, otherwise the final event in this book takes place halfway through the other story and will leave you somewhat confused. Greg Rucka did a fantastic job on what is a one hour read and leads relatively well into Infinite Crisis.
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on January 8, 2015
As a DC fan-boy, I'm partial to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman and this story whets my appetite for superhero soap-operas by showing the breakup of relationships between these three icons. I especially love the part where Wonder Woman fights Superman and you can sense the anxiety in her inner monologue. I also like Superman attempting reconciliation with Batman, who's still weary of his attempts after what happened to him. It's here that Wonder Woman shows a side that the other two heroes don't have: to fight evil with any means necessary. That makes for great conflict in stories such as this. The aftermath of the villain Maxwell Lord's plan is also beautifully portrayed when Wonder Woman confronts a Checkmate agent and Superman telling Lois that's he's unsure of what to do next. All in all, this story-line was superb as a lead-in to Infinite Crisis. To me, this is the stuff that should be adapted into a future Justice League film.
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on December 8, 2012
good book. very good storyline to follow from start to finish...shows the strength of the writers and animators...would recommend highly..
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on January 3, 2007
Someone beat Batman to near death.

Who did it?

Why is the Justice League keeping Superman at arm's length?

This story takes a character study of several members of the Justice League. The story is deeper than what most comic book fans appreciate. If you are not a deep thinker, then leave this book alone. If you only like non-stop action with little dialogue, this book isn't for you. However, if you like moral questions, character conflict, and a walk with the gods of the DC Universe, snag this book and give it a read. This is an indespensable chapter leading to the Infinite Crisis ahead!
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on February 14, 2011
A mind controlled Superman has run amok but behold Wonder Woman is here to thwart his madness. This lady is no pushover as she almost nonchalantly slits Superman's throat and.... Read the book.
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on June 5, 2010
A quintessential story of 2005... Superman: Sacrifice tells a tall of deception, delusion and truth... uncomfortable truths. It is a tale about the all powerful protector confronting his fears and shadows and the Light Mother absorbing his madness and pain... a Sacrifice is made. But what the title means and its meanings are clear yet not clear.

At its root without getting too archetypal, are the most powerful man in the world being manipulated by outside forces and only one is strong enough to stop the out of control manipulated friend... and that is Diana, the Wonder Woman. The art is fabulous especially John Byrne's art and the capstone Wonder Woman #219 added in this set shows Diana for a power house but a resolver of light and dark. She does what Kal-El in his fragmented mind state cannot and her decision a crisis will have ramifications years later.

5 stars for art and a well paced story!
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