- Series: Wonder Woman
- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (February 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401268978
- ISBN-13: 978-1401268978
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles Paperback – February 14, 2017
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The reprinted stories are meant to hype an upcoming movie, or to scoop up money from the fans of the movie. That doesn’t bother me, but it is a bit bothersome that so many of the stories are the final issue in a series, leaving the reader to wonder what preceded the battle. Fortunately, it usually isn’t too hard to figure out, particularly for readers who have some history with the Amazon.
In the first story, a rogue general who teamed up with Ares is about to nuke Russia, forcing Ronald Reagan to turn to Wonder Woman for help. Of course, WW gets an assist from Steve Trevor, as she always did back in the day. The story is a bit overwrought but I appreciate the gruesomeness of the art.
The next one is a John Byrne story involving WW’s nemesis Cheetah. The story is a bit wordy but the art is nice, particularly when WW puts on a miniskirt that gets shredded by Cheetah’s claws. Also, WW’s hand turns to clay, which is kinda cool.
The battle in the third story is against Medousa. The whole world is watching, thanks to the miracle of television. It’s sort of a “gladiators battle in a stadium” theme. Yankee Stadium, of all places. Like some of the other stories, this is the final issue of a longer tale, so all of the setup is missing. The story is notable for WW’s trickiness and for the surprisingly gory show she puts on for all the people sitting around in bars watching the fight on the tube. As battles go, I’d give this one top marks.
The next one is a Wonder Bra version of Wonder Woman. It’s part 4 of 4 but, given the propensity of comic book writers to spend half the issue recapping the last issue, it’s easy enough to figure out what’s going on. Maxwell Lord, who has Superman fighting Batman (again), opens the story with the memorable line, “Forgive me for saying this Princess, but you do look good on your knees.” Suggestive, hey? Then he makes Superman fight WW, which is the why this is in the greatest battle compilation. WW “holds back” from kicking Superman in the nads (maybe she should just give him a wedgie?). This issue proves that it takes a woman to do a man’s job: WW takes out the garage (metaphorically speaking) at the end.
The fifth story is a battle of the boobs, a chick fight between Wonder Woman and the Triple-D cup that is Power Girl. Of course, PG is controlled by evil forces in the form of small, well-dressed kids called the Children of Ares who look like they should be handing out copies of Watchtower. There’s not much story here but there’s enough cleavage to keep everyone happy.
The next battle is part three of a Justice League story, from the recent era where everyone hates superheroes, a storyline that might have worked for X-Men but was ill-placed when applied to the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman. No surprise that DC rebooted (or rebirthed) after going in that direction. Anyway, the JLA is battling demons (aren’t they always?) but WW has a limited role, making this an odd choice since she hardly battles at all. Perhaps it was chosen because WW has a serious case of camel toe in almost every panel. Maybe she was battling with a tight uniform.
The last one is a battle with First Born, her brother and truly a worthy adversary. The story is a modern classic, depicting War as an old man. Wonder Woman is forced to confront her own instincts and goes a bit off the deep end when she realizes what’s inside her. War almost steals the show, but credit goes to WW at the end for an awesome maneuver. This is the best WW story ever, but it’s worth seeking out the whole story rather than just reading the ending. I mean, how satisfying is it to learn that The Butler Did It if you don’t know what the butler did?
Each storyline served the purpose of showing what Wonder Woman is capable of. From her speed and strength to her ability to believe in the good of there people. When most people think of Wonder Woman, they either think of her as a feminist icon and annoying, or as a power woman who is equal to both Batman and Superman. All of the storylines chosen show that she is a strong woman, who also embraces her emotions whilst kicking ass.
The storyline that I felt best demonstrated Wonder Woman and what she represents to me was when she was facing Cheetah. She shows both her strength and power, but she showed her belief that no matter how far gone you may be, that their is always hope for redemption.
The art style varied between each of the stories, as different eras of comic books had a preference to different styles of art. My least favourite of the lot was the first one, when Wonder Woman was facing Ares. Out of the lots, it was also the oldest story; maybe I just am not the greatest fan of the older style of comic book art.
A good comic book to set you up for the Wonder Woman movie coming out in June 2017 as it shows the highlights of what Wonder Woman is capable of.
Not only does Wonder Woman know how to kick butt, but she's also compassionate and caring. She wants to keep people safe and believes in redemption. I loved seeing her humanity and how she defends others.
And let's face it, even blindfolded this woman is strong as hell, her fight with Medusa was one of my favorites, and what she does at the end is just brutal. The art in that one is also amazing, her outfit is pure perfection.
I also loved the parts including members of the Justice League. Aquaman looked pretty badass here.
I recommend to check this out even if you don't know much about Wonder Woman, seeing her fight is pretty amazing.
**I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
The stories range from the late 1980s to the present and are in chronological order. In some ways the character has changed and in some ways she hasn't. Perhaps the characters around her have changed the most. Wonder Woman battles the god Ares, and Cheetah. She takes on Superman and Power Girl. With the Justice League she battles invasions of gods and creatures from other dimensions.
There isn't a lot of lead in to each issue. The reader just gets to sit ringside by lots of battles. The different art styles are all good and feature Wonder Woman through some iconic writers and artists. I had a lot of fun reading this one.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.