- Series: Wonder Woman (DC Comics Numbered) (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (January 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401238092
- ISBN-13: 978-1401238094
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: Guts (The New 52) (Wonder Woman (DC Comics Numbered)) Hardcover – January 15, 2013
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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 AV 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 is the writer and co-creator of the award-winning Vertigo series 100 BULLETS. Azzarellos's other writing credits for DC Comics include the graphic novel JOKER, as well as BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, LEX LUTHER: MAN OF STEEL, and HELLBLAZER. Brian has been featured in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE and other publications.
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Cliff Chiang - Art 7, 8, 11, 12
Tony Akins - Pencils 9, 10
7 Wonder Woman pays a visit to Hephaestus and learns where new Amazons come from. It's not pretty.
8-10 Armed with the guns of Eros, Diana heads to Hades (the place) to rescue pregnant Zola from Hades (the god), led there by Hermes. Zola is rescued, but Hades insists that Diana marries him.
11-12 Apollo takes Zeus' vacant throne and banishes Hera from Olympus. Apollo isn't very nice. Most of the gods we've seen so far aren't, really. They're very selfish and indulge their slightest whims.
In the previous volume, Azzarello annoyed Wonder Woman traditionalists by making her the daughter of Zeus. In this book we learn that in order to replace their numbers, Amazons seduce sailors, get themselves impregnated by them, kill the men, keep the baby girls and give the baby boys to Hephaestus in exchange for weapons. There's really nothing particularly admirable about Azzarello's Amazons at all. If you can accept that, you can still enjoy this series. The question is, how was someone as good as Diana raised by _these_ Amazons? Many traditional Wonder Woman fans dropped the book at this point.
Azzarello and Chiang maintain the high quality of story and art set in the previous volume. (Tony Akins, well...) If you read this run, start with that one Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52)
I also have to give a lot of credit to Cliff Chiang who has just been killing it in terms of art and paneling. He's been one of my favorite artists since his days on Human Target and he was an inspired choice for this character. I also highly recommend his earlier work like Greendale and his run on Green Arrow/Black Canary.
This adventure has WW making her way to the depths of Hades and it's a thrilling adventure filled with subterfuge and femme fatale covert affairs. The other gods within the Greek Pantheon such as Aphrodite, Hermes, Apollo, Artemis and Hephaestus and they're a great addition to the WW Universe. I really missed her interactions with these Gods and was getting sick of how overused others like Zeus and Ares were.
Please pick this up and reward some great creators for some sterling work.
So Wonder Woman is going to marry Hades? Fascinating! And wait till you see how he plans for her to prove her faithfulness to him, quite clever and dirty, hehe! Finally more Apollo is revealed and his sister Artemis. Great action and drama! And boy does the ending twist for sure, leaving one thing we always forget about one of our favorite and beloved gods. They particular thing we overlook constantly (at least in my opinion) is used quite well by Azarello that caused me to dramatically say "no it cannot end like this!" But with this twist does come a urge of ugh now I have to wait for Vol. 3, but it does only make me want to buy Vol. 3 even more.
The character, Wonder Woman, has yet to break the stigma of the Linda Carter T.V. series. But fans of Diana know there is so much more to this character. From her physical abilities to her "religious" beliefs to the Amazon's way of life and her mission that took her from Paradise Island. And Brian Azzarello captures her magic and delivers a great product.
But I have to say, there are a couple of parts that I had to reread because the dialogue just didn't flow right. I let two friends borrow this and the previous TPB and they said the same thing. That's something I think they should have caught in editing. Annoying, but still a worthwhile title to read.