A Kick-Ass Wonder Woman

April 24, 2014

Dear Reader,

I am very new to comics. Comic book movies has become one of my favorite genres, largely introduced to me through Joss Whedon’s involvement with Marvel. However, D.C. deserves a little love too. So this past weekend, when I found myself at a comic book store, I picked up volumes one and two of Wonder Woman’s new 52 storyline.

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For those who don’t know, in 2011 D.C. cancelled all of its existing titles and restarted its entire monthly line. That means that all the superheroes you know and love, and many you may have never heard of, got a fresh, revamped start. All story lines could then line up with each other, cross over, and generally do some really awesome things. I think it is a brilliant move on their part and my first real taste of it, in the form of Wonder Woman’s new origin myth, makes me hungry for more.

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Wonder Woman is the superhero to watch now, as she is set to appear in the next Man of Steel movie and undoubtedly in the Justice League movie that will follow it. There have been speculations she will get her own film as well, since she is one of the most well-known and well-liked female superheroes of all time.

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Gal Godot has been chosen to play the kick-ass heroine, something that has caused a good deal of criticism as she is a rather willowy young woman, nothing like the amazingly athletic Wonder Woman. Godot has been working out like crazy ever since she was chosen though, and her progress is at least a little encouraging. She has some big boots to fill if she is going to make fans of the comics happy.

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Volumes one and two, titled “Blood” and “Guts” respectively, give the reader a Wonder Woman to cheer for. They also give the reader a taste of a revamped Greek mythology. Wonder Woman, whose name is Diana, has always had a connection to Greek myth. Blood and Guts both explore this to its fullest, depicting multiple gods and connecting Diana’s own origins to some among the pantheon.

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Diana’s past as an Amazon as well as her future as something a whole lot more powerful are explored  with art that gives readers hungry for a truly kick-ass, strong, and fair heroine exactly what they are looking for. What I love about her is she isn’t just strong and cool and pretty and all that necessary nonsense. She is genuinely a good person who cares about doing the right thing and has to deal with a whole bunch of people who really aren’t trying to do the right thing.

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The series is written by Brian Azzarello and the art is by Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins. Check these out. They are a great introduction into comics, into D.C., or just into awesomeness.

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