The GeeksverseWonder Woman #1

Wonder Woman #1
Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011 by

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art: Cliff Chiang
Colored by: Matthew Wilson
Lettered by: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art: Cliff Chiang
Associate Editor: Chris Conroy
Editor: Matt Idelson

This is another of the New 52 books that confuses me. Not the story itself, but it’s connection to the DCU. DC has said that pretty much everything that we know happened in the old universe has happened in the new universe, with some exception (Clark no longer being married to Lois for example). That’s all well and good until you run up against a book like Wonder Woman which clearly has no ties to the previous stories.

If JMS’s new version of Wonder Woman had been like this, there wouldn’t have been no complaints.

I just can’t see how Azzarello’s Wonder Woman could be the same character that appeared in DC previously. I’m extremely interested in how DC will end up pulling it off and I have a feeling I won’t like the method. I can’t even see the Wonder Woman that will appear in Justice League as being the same character. The tone and feel of this story is so different from any Wonder Woman I’d read before. The one that comes the closest was Greg Rucka’s run, where he brought the gods more into Diana’s life then before.

The gods play a major role in this issue and I’m really impressed and enjoying the visual representations of them. Making Hermes part bird was a stroke of genius.

There’s a dark to the story. It’s well plotted and paced. A total mystery but Azzarello does good with the clues and reveals to string us along and hook us. Not much is revealed in this issue, and we don’t even get alot from Diana herself, but what we do get is excellant.

Azzarello’s Wonder Woman, what little we get from this story, is confident and strong. I like how when Zola calls her Wonder Woman, she just replies with “Diana”. That little bit shows what she thinks of the name and what it means.

I can’t wait to see where Azzarello takes this and I hope the dark tone remains in the title.

Chiang’s work is dynamite. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen anything by him and he’s gotten alot better. The layouts are great and the way he draws the gods and their minions is unique and interesting. They are more physical representations of their true shelves then just “godly” humans. It’s a nice direction to go.

I also love how he drew Wonder Woman towering over Zola. Diana is an Amazon. She should look the part.

Wonder Woman #1 receives
5 out of 5

This is how a character should be relaunched. Completely identifiable as the character but in a new direction and feel.

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