- Series: Wonder Woman Chronicles (Book 1)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (March 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401226442
- ISBN-13: 978-1401226442
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From contemporary battles with Nazis to flashbacks of Queen Hippolyte fighting Hercules to Wonder Woman contending with a variety of criminals and even dealing with circus animals gone berzerk, the reader is taken on a smorgasbord of adventurous danger and activity. And this is only the beginning. Future Chronicles will introduce a host of other deadly opponents such as Mars, the god of war, and his "henchmen" Lord Conquest and the Duke of Deception. Hopefully, her worst female nemesis - the Cheetah - will eventually appear.
The stories in this Chronicles and others have been culled from a range of Comic Books (All-Star Comics, Sensation Comics, Wonder Woman) and arranged in exact chronological order. Here is a female hero like no other thanks to its creator WMM who was promoting female empowerment long before it became commonplace. And Wonder Woman was no slouch. With her innate strength, magic girdle, bracelets, and magic lasso, she could give any of her male counterparts a run for their money. Return to this world of yesterday. It's well worth the trip. And for those who may still possess any of the original comic books referred to above you may be the proud owner of some very valuable property!
The fact that Wonder Woman is at this stage speaking out for love, and feminism, and is essentially a socialist-- a righter of wrongs, a rabble-douser -- is very appealing, touching. (I understand the current WW has been retconned into being the daughter of a war god or some such -- eff that.)
While Peter does fine with all the lissome figures and the innumerable bondage scenes, he's at sea in the simplest action scene. But the crudity is redolent of comics' golden age, and so, oddly charming.
Great companion piece to the Jill Lepore book.
What I'm not happy about is the editing of the original content.
On page 140, or 3d in the issue of Wonder Woman number. 1, Etta Candy and Diana Prince are on a train bound for Texas.
So Etta hollers at a porter for one of her suitcases, the porter, who's African -American was originally drawn in the typical minstrel stereotype of the day.
The dialogue stays the same.
But the art has badly been reedited, I know it's embarrassing but this is a part of the history of the times.
But it shouldn't be sweep under the rug.
A disclaimer should always be printed to remind the reader that this material comes form a less enlighten era.
And that not only are minorities badly represented but women and war time enemies are also seen through prejudice, and chauvinist eyes.
Outside of that detail the only other remark I'll make is that some of the printing is a little dark, making some images hard to see.
But in the end I'm satisfy with this publication giving us the genesis of one the greats at the beginning of the comics book era.