23 February 2011

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals12. Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals by George Pérez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Took me a while to get into but once I did, I read the remaining 4 or 5 chapters in one sitting.

I get why they made Wonder Woman able to fly, but it still seems strange to me since I grew up watching Lynda Carter pilot her invisible plane. Also, there's no alter ego Diana Prince here. Maybe she'll be created in a later volume.

Gods and Mortals is a pretty thorough (and somewhat disturbing) origin story that sets Diana's involvement with "Man's world" in the 1980s during the Cold War. I like Steve Trevor in this book better than I ever did on the TV show.

What's sad is that the Ares-inspired speeches that urge people to violence in the name of country in the story seem so plausible/familiar to real life now. Using fear coupled with patriotism as a motivator has been around a long time.

Here's to honest, strong, brave Princess Diana of the Amazons.


A year ago on TTaT: Gettin' My Groove On... (vol. xiv)

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2 comments :

  1. Wonder Woman usually gets the short end of the stick when it comes to the comics, which is a real shame considering she's easily the most identifiable female super-hero in existence.

    To me, this all changed with the George Pérez reboot. He managed to somehow weave together a coherent story using the most important parts of her mythology, and did it in a way that kept her unique origin intact.

    I hope you continue to the next volume, as I think the series just kept getting better and better. For a while there, Wonder Woman was holding her own with Superman and Batman when it came to good stories with quality artwork. Sure they're a bit dated now, but a great comic book is a great comic book!

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  2. I would like to but my library system doesn't have the next two volumes. Perhaps I'll track them down later on.

    I just finished Wonder Woman: The Circle by Gail Simone which I really liked and recommend. Love Terry Dodson's drawings of her. The book is #14-19, so I'm trying to track down more volumes from that run but it's a bit confusing as there are other authors...

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