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Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52) Comic – Illustrated, January 15, 2013
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“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
“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.” —A.V. Club
“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.” —Crave Online
“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
About the Author
- ASIN : 140123562X
- Publisher : DC Comics (January 15, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Comic : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781401235628
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401235628
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #222,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This volume is part of an extended arc which I really like - it's got stories within stores. It has sophisticated feel; unlike other comic series that feel very choppy with one huge plot after another, this one is like one really big story/mystery with small stories woven throughout. I really appreciate that consistency as it makes you care more about these characters and gives them more depth - even the ones you would normally write off as shallow. Azzarello is a great writer and has done some really good work here.
About the Amazons. The Amazons here are not a perfect society - which I find much more realistic. There is no such thing as utopia, and I always found it weird how a small and stagnant (though not so stagnant in all versions) society completely cut off from the rest of the world could be so presumptuous to think that they could teach the rest of the world how to live in peace. Peace is challenged by differences, and with so much uniformity among the Amazons, they're not exactly experts in dealing with those differences. (Example: When the Bana-Mighdall arrived at Themiscyra, civil war broke out.)
So while these new Amazons are not perfect and do commit morally reprehensible acts, I find them more "real" and interesting.
So what else? I really like that this book is apart from Justice League and the Superman/Wonder Woman series. I follow both of those as well, but WW is a character that can definitely support her own book without help from other characters. Also, her story simply has nothing to do with what's going on in the mainstream JL comic.
About the Artwork. I found Cliff Chiang's art very strange in the beginning. I don't know how to describe it properly, but it's kind of flat looking and...well it simply doesn't look anything like the art from other comic books. But now I love it! When I read a different series, I find myself missing his style. Once you get into it, you LOVE it. It's beautiful art - but takes a bit of getting used to. I hope Azzarello and Chiang stick together for this series because they are an excellent team.
SPOILERS alert!!! Instead of being formed from clay and gifted by the gods, Diana is Hyppolyta's daughter from an affair with Zeus. They use the original clay story as a cover story (to avoid Hera's wrath) which I thought was neat. While some people think it takes away what makes her unique, I think it makes more sense (although I never hated the other origin story). It also offers her a personal mystery which motivates her into seeking answers.
If you're new to Wonder Woman or looking for a good series to read from the New 52, then I definitely recommend this book. It's just much more interesting than other stories about her, and overall, I think it's my favorite series from the New 52. If you're a big WW fan but feel reluctant about all the changes you've heard about, I recommend that you give it a chance.
I've also read Wonder Woman: Odyssey Vol. 1 which is okay, but this is way better.
To put it bluntly, this volume barely feels like it belongs in the DC Universe. The entire focus of Wonder Woman's activities is her family, ie the Greek Pantheon. The Justice League is not even mentioned. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. Azzarello sets up a very large scale power struggle between all the Greek Gods, with Wonder Woman trying contain the damage. It's a decent read, and I think it will get even better in coming issues.
Hera, his wife, was not well pleased. She always attempted to kill the spawn, preferably before birth, thus wanting this woman dead.
Oh, as it turns out, Diana is just such a spawn, of the coupling of Zeus and her mother, Queen Hippolyta. No spoiler, this is part of the WW story.
It is known.
Anyway, really like the whole Wrath of the gods bit here, it works really well, and so many delicious characters, Hermes, Ares, Apollo, loved the characterization of Poseiden, and Strife, a new daughter of Zeus. Anyway, we'll done, a quick read, and good artwork, the Amazon's are actually shown in dress that might be used in battle rather than a photo shoot.
Top reviews from other countries
Wonder Woman comes to the aid of a woman needing protection from the Queen of the Greek Gods. If you know anything about Greek Mythology Zeus was known for his infidelities. Guess what he is at it again, this time the mother of his child to be has a warrior Amazon on her side. However saving Zola Diana learns about her own secret family history. It comes with all the cover galleries in colour inbetween issues. I love this series I can't wait for the next volume.
Although it features Wonder Woman, and she is our primary guide through the narrative, a single lassoing and bracer parry doesn't make it feel like she is indispensible. It is more about the machinations of the Greek gods - whom it turns out Diana has more of a relationship with than you thought - and notably Zeus' rampant promiscuity. Poseidon, Hades, and all your favourites from Clash of the Titans are here but you don't need a major in the classics to eventually work out who is who.
The whole thing feels, and also looks, very Sandman; from its immortal characters and literary references to its particular art style. The Greeks certainly knew how to spin a good yarn and using established myths to craft a tale with modern resonance all about family is sheer genius. There aren't many laughs but they appear where appropriate. Drama is king here.
There isn't too much characterisation or lengthy exposition. You begin in medias res and the whirlwind of people you meet usually appear cryptic or reserved. This gives a great feeling of `trust no one' as there is both a child's life and the throne of heaven at stake. There is a human character for us to latch on to who, despite being the maguffin that drives the plot along, is a genuinely likeable, witty person that we can easily take a shine to.
This being an origin story and part of a reboot we do have bases to cover so there is skipping between heaven, earth and the secret Amazon homeland along with dramatic revelations and re-revelations about back-story. The Wonder Woman here feels nothing like the Diana of JLA and there is certainly no mention of Captain Trevor.
The art is great and much looser and more abstract than most clean lined superhero books. The colouring is out of this world and the lighting of each scene, and the mood that creates, is epically cinematic. Each location and time of day feels distinct and great use is made of twilight and rain. There is an incredible transition between pure blue and pure red panels that you could frame and hang on your wall. Most of the earthbound locations are in London and if you can forgive the stereotypical accents it's nice to see Tower Bridge and the Thames make an appearance.
This is really good storytelling. It has universal and poignant themes, an emotional heart, and isn't dumbed down. It benefits a second read and it really seduces your eyes. It's not a traditional superhero story and is unexpectedly broader than just a Wonder Woman story but doesn't disappoint.
The hardcover edition has a sturdy matt black cover under the dust jacket with plain embossing on the front and spine. There is the original concept art for many of the characters. Each of the issue covers also features the original black and white proof too.
Definitely worth a look, especially f it is still at a knock down price.