DC has struggled to captivate readers with a Wonder Woman series for years. After Pants-gate 2010, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang are taking the reins of the book and bringing her back in all her pants-less glory. In turn Wonder Woman is poised to become one of the best titles to new creative team is going above and beyond expectations for the book and is making it one of the best titles to come out of the new 52.
Azzarello’s take on Wonder Woman is an epic horror story filled with major elements of Greek mythology. Within the first few pages we have a bloody scene filled with mythological creatures and it gets intense very quickly. Wonder Woman, introduced halfway through the book, is written as she should be, a regal princess but also as a fierce warrior. This no holds barred style and new narrative angle for Wonder Woman should draw more attention to the character with the return to her roots as a warrior. This reminds me a lot of Xena: The Warrior Princess and it seems to be the way to go. If this issue any indication we should expect monumentally gory battles, something along the lines of God of War.
If you’re familiar with Greek Mythology, we meet a character who is a major symbol in comics and the written word, Hermes. This is a significant moment because as the messenger of the gods, wherever he is it’s for a major purpose. Azzarello has hinted at other gods and as we delve deeper into the story we’re bound to run into more familiar faces. He’s also doing a remarkable job at integrating this rich mythology into the modern day. They’re finally doing a better job of showing that Wonder Woman is a mix of superhero as well as a character that is immersed in this world of magic. Writers tend to forget that while she may be assisting the Justice League fighting the new world ending threat from space, she should also be going head to head with characters like Circe. The big reveal at the end of the issue is a recurring element in the mythology and should lead to a captivating story as the series progresses.
Chiang’s art is in tune with the idea of this mythology. The art is reminiscent of Greek urns that portrayed their rich history and legends with a thick lined style. This unique approach makes everything in the book seem like the creatures are waiting for the opportune moment to burst out into reality to tear you apart limb from limb.
The coloring style Wilson uses in this book breathes life into the characters, the backgrounds and the action. The cloaked figure’s coloring at the start of the issue has a faint glow that adds to her mystique. While the coloring in the scene where Wonder Woman thwarts the archer attack is bright and makes it much more dynamic.
Wonder Woman is more of a bad ass than ever, the introductory storyline is starting off strong and the art fits the tone of the book. Azzarello continues to spin a tale that would rival Arachne’s finest yarn and one that, for the first time in a long time, might actually make people want to read Wonder Woman.
WRITING: 4.5 / ART: 4.5 / OVERALL: 4.5