Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review the DCnU: Wonder Woman #1

 Wonder Woman is just one of those characters that I've never been able to get into before.  Sure I've picked up some of her past titles, but unless she was teaming up with somebody or in a team book I never paid her character must mind.  That being said I knew well before the titles for the new DCU were officially announced that Wonder Woman would be one of those titles.  The character is iconic and one of the most famous female characters of all time.


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 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

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The first thing I can say about this book is that it has completely changed my opinion on the character.  This book really drew me into the story and has me wanting to continue to pick up the title.  It was another solid book from the reboot universe and a great story about the Amazonian.

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 While the book really peaked my interest into Wonder Woman the book really doesn't shed a whole lot of light on the character.  Most of the greatness about this book was the action and the establishment of some of the mythology surrounding the character.  The book delves into a mystery surrounding the members of the Greek pantheon and more importantly Zeus the king of the gods.

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The book serves as a great introduction to the fact that while Diana may be the title character but that the Greek gods are going to play a major role in the book from the get go. The book focuses more on a character named Zola who has been unknowingly dragged into this mysterious war.
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This was actually a unique way to start the series off.  It is through her eyes that we are first introduced to both Hermes and Diana herself.  Azzarello really took a risk focusing on a character that wasn't the title character in the first issue and Azzarello's gamble pays off.

Chiang provides some really great and unique artwork here.  The artwork is what helps makes this first issue so special.  When I first saw the cover for the book I'll be honest I was unsure of how the interior book was going to be.  I was pleasantly surprised that Chiang has brought the A game of his style to the book.
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One of the best parts of the book was actually the mystery brought to the table by this creative team.  Wonder Woman is not one of those characters that you would normally associate with mystery and detective skills yet that seems like what we will be getting from the character at least in the first arc. 

This book was simply great and I am for once looking forward to the next issue of a Wonder Woman title book.


GRADE OF NEW TITLE: This book was a pleasant surprise for me.  Everything about it was great.  The creative team's unique way of introducing the characters to use really helped to set this book apart in my opinion.  I simply loved this book and I give it a good strong A.

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WILL IT SUCCEED: As part of the DC trinity along with Superman and Batman you could almost expect her book to succeed regardless of the quality of the book. Luckily here the book is a solid read and is sure to ensure that this book will be a success.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED: Azzarello and Chiang have really created something great here. This book looks to be one of the best parts of the DCU and has been getting the proper attention it deserves.  Add this to your pull lists you won't be disappointed.

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