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52apolooza: Wonder Woman

Written by David Dean, Niam Suggitt and Kelly Symmonds on Wednesday, October 05 2011 and posted in Reviews

Will the Amazon Princess block those arrows on the cover?  Or will she be skewered by the 52apolooza crew?  Read on and find out!


Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  To see how this book ranks among the other new DC titles, be sure to check out our 52apolooza Rankings!

In a week where Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws sparked more controversy about females in comics, Wonder Woman also hit the stands.  AreBrian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang worthy to work on a series featuring DC's leading lady?  Or will they head down the same path that has left Wonder Woman in a state of constant mediocrity?  Read on and find out!

Grab Bag Reviewer: David Dean (Twitter)

Wonder Woman is a horror comic now. Scary monsters. Dark villains. Blood soaked objects. Vertigo. Cats and dogs living together. A decapitated horse and what follows. (The previous is my favorite scene of the book. It doesn't quite outdo the Swamp Thing twisted-head scene, but close.)

This comic makes a good companion piece to Catwoman #1. Overall in the 52 reboot, I'm interested to see how DC will treat their two mainstream female characters—who are both usually sexualized. I'm happy to report Wonder Woman wasn't put in a thong and a Victoria Secret bra nor did she jump anyone's bones on the last page. (I felt like I had to address this. Happily moving on.)

I'll leave it up to you or someone smarter than me to decide how her femininity is treated. I honestly just want to see Wonder Woman punching things and twisting necks.

To call the new Wonder Woman a horror comic might not be the right way to describe the book. Azzarello is telling readers this in his interviews, but he really seems to be saying he wants to bring back the mythology. With that comes a sense of darkness from the twisted pantheon of Greek gods.

ww1In any event, I'm excited to see where this is going. Bringing Azzarello on board is a clear indication from DC that they want to go in a different direction from where Wonder Woman has been before.

I'm hard pressed to talk about this comic without giving away spoilers. But this issue is merely set up, so I'm not so sure it matters. Azzarello puts all the pieces on the board, introducing the villain, the plot, the important secondary character, and the catalyst that sets everything in motion.

Honestly, I prefer to read Brian Azzarello in trade. He writes complex stories with a ton of detail. This issue is packed dense. With Azzarello, it's hard for me to remember everything from month to month. The way he writes dialogue is usually couched in double meaning and deserves a revisit. His books always deserve a reread. If you're going to collect these, I suggest you give the whole arc another look when it concludes to fully absorb what Azzarello will most likely do here. You won't regret it.

Finally, Azzarello has promised that he would define Wonder Woman by the end of the first story arc. We'll see if he succeeds.

(This comic gets bonus points for decapitated horse.)

Score: 80/100

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