November 21, 2012

Wonder Woman is Bleeding Cool

Review of Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello and Jeff Chiang

On June 5, 2012 DC released the first graphic novel of the new Wonder Woman series.  Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood is written by Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Hellblazer) and drawn by Cliff Chiang (Nightwing, Green Arrow/Black Canary).

 I have read plenty of DC Comics stories in which Wonder Woman plays a significant role, such as Grant Morrison's  run on JLA and Geoff Johns' Final Crisis, but I have never followed this hero's own title and I am not familiar with her character history.  I liked the idea of Wonder Woman's character but her own title always seemed to lack character development. 

Over the last yearDC has rebooted and re-branded their entire line of comics in an attempt to make the stories more accessible to new readers.  What's nice about this reboot is that you can jump right in at the start of a charcter's origin story. 

Now that I have read the first six issues of Azzarellos and Chiang's run I can say that I am hooked on the story and eagerly anticipating the second volume.  The world that Azzarello puts Wonder Woman in is not one of super heroes and villains but of mortals and gods.  Instead of a conflict between super-teams and straightforward villains we have been thrust into the dysfunctional families of gods and monsters.  Internecine warfare and political intrigue abound as the gods jockey for political and cosmic power--in this way Wonder Woman reminds me of Game of Thrones.  In this story arc Wonder Woman's mission is to protect Zeus's love child from assassination.     Azzarello's Wonder Woman is a pop-thrill packed with interesting characters and a variety of exotic and everyday settings that highlight Wonder Woman's outsider status as an outsider hero torn between the world of mortals and the territories of titans . 

 Highest possible recommendation..