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Wonder Woman #1 - The Visitation

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The return of the self confident, self assured Wonder Woman begins with Wonder Woman #1 -- only this time, prepare for a darker, edgier Diana.

After not knowing who she was or where she's come from for as long as we have, it's refreshing to finally read a Wonder Woman who is self assured and confident in herself once again. This might be the Wonder Woman series her fans have been waiting for.

The Good

First, Cliff Chiang is phenomenal in this issue and is the perfect artist for the book -- it's also clear as to why he was chosen for this project. Chiang's style is angular and reminds me of the art from Greece's Archaic period; the same illustrations that can be found in the sculptures and clay pots of that era. I'm no art expert, so I've linked to some folks that are to help draw a comparison between Chiang's style in Wonder Woman #1 and the art from that period, here.

When it was announced that this version of Wonder Woman would be darker, they weren't kidding. The issue opens with the son of Zeus (though it's not clear which) who is hungry for power, surrounded by beautiful women. You get a clear idea that this will be the adversary Diana will likely face in this story arc, and he's interesting. The dialogue is entertaining, and the character is very creepy. He is able to possess and manipulate women with ease, and he seems to have little regard for human life. The second adversary in the story is Hera, and it's true what they say; Hera is not a woman you want to cross paths with -- particularly if you're human. Diana steps into the issue about a third of the way in and she seems to immediately identify her adversary in this book. The dialogue is interesting and entertaining and will leave you wanting more.

The Bad

As much as I wanted to like Zola, I didn't feel her introduction in this book was a very strong one. Additionally, Wonder Woman's appearance was rather brief, and it is not quite clear as to why she should have been the one to "save the day." This become even more confusing when Diana uses the key to travel to Zola's home, and Hermes says she "shouldn't be [t]here."

The Verdict

This is such a great issue. It introduces Diana's adversaries (albeit briefly,) and gives the reader just enough to really get into the story, without giving everything away. After reading through the first issue you will likely be left with a lot of unanswered questions, for example, "who is the adversary in the beginning of the story? How does Diana know how to use the key? What happened to Zola and what is her relationship with Zeus?" You get just enough Greek mythology to make you feel like you are reading a Wonder Woman story, but enough modernity to feel like you are dealing with the present day. The dialogue is interesting, the narrative is exciting and will leave you with a lot of unanswered questions. While there may not have been as much Wonder Woman in this first issue as I would have liked, it still left me wanting more and I am willing to wait for the next issue to get my fill. Very good start to the series, and accessible to new readers who are unfamiliar with Diana's character. This was almost a five. Almost.

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Dear DC,

Seriously, not every single one of you new DCnU characters need to all be dark, edgier, and all made to be like badasses.

Superman, Aquaman, and now Wonder Woman.

Please I don't want to see a dark, edgier new Flash.

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/rant - time to checkout the book

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First, i laughed out loud for some reason after seeing that Babs linked the Greek art page in this review..i dunno why...i just did 
 
Second, the villain BETTER NOT be Ares, i think he, besides Circe is the quintessential WW villain, i wouldn't like to see him pop up so soon...maybe in the next 3 arcs or so

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NO NO NO Jh williams is the perfect artist for this book but he is also the perfect artst for batwoman........ he made the right choice. but chaing's art wasnt bad but it is WAY too undetailed and simple :(

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@The Stegman said:

First, i laughed out loud for some reason after seeing that Babs linked the Greek art page in this review..i dunno why...i just did

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Edited By noj

The son of Zeus shown in this issue is definately Apollo. He said in the issue that he was the "sun" of Zeus and it was worded purposefully that way since Apollo is the sun god. REALLY great first issue especially if you are a big fan of greek mythology.

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@noj said:

The son of Zeus shown in this issue is definately Apollo. He said in the issue that he was the "sun" of Zeus and it was worded purposefully that way since Apollo is the sun god. REALLY great first issue especially if you are a big fan of greek mythology.

I questioned that! Makes a lot of sense!

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@Babs: no no!! i didn't laugh in a mocking way, i laughed in a "aww that's adorable!!'' way!! it's the first time i've seen a reviewer link art to their review for second opinions!! 
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@noj: It is Apollo, they already showed concept art of him on twitter, and that's definitely him.

I really liked this issue, but I'm still trying to find the hooded woman in this, i gave up, but if someone finds it let me know, its killing me! argh lol

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I allowed myself to pick one new DC book out of these four; Wonder Woman, DCU Presents, Red Hood and Nightwing. Out of the four this one looked the most different and appealing. I've always liked the mythology angle to Wonder Woman and this first issue seems like its going to kick off a good arc. My only complaint was it was a little light on the dialogue and seemed too short.
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Edited By ChernobylCow

I thought this issue was poor compared to some of the stellar #1s we've gotten recently (Swamp Thing, Batman, Nightwing, Batwing...). To me, a genre fan but someone who is just now re-starting to pick up comics on a weekly basis, this issue was mostly non-sense. I had no point of reference for any event or any character.

If you've seen that silly movie Legion I think this issue is about on par. As far as a first issue goes I don't see how this could attract any new readers.

2/5

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@xhavoc86 said:

@noj: It is Apollo, they already showed concept art of him on twitter, and that's definitely him.

I really liked this issue, but I'm still trying to find the hooded woman in this, i gave up, but if someone finds it let me know, its killing me! argh lol

It's Hera, it's in my review. It makes sense it's Hera because she's sent assassin's out to get Zola, who is carrying Zeus's child.

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@Babs: Yeah! That particular hooded lady is definitely Hera! Peacock feathers give it away since that's her symbol. I meant the red hooded mystery woman, I've spent a good hour or so trying to look for her in Wonder Woman, no luck lol

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Being new to comics and wanting to jump in due to this whole 52 initiative Wonder Woman wasn't on my new 52 radar but after reading this review I'm probably going to check it out. I like the look of it, I'm into Greek mythology and a darker more confident Diana sounds cool. Also thanks Babs for the little line at the end addressing the accessibility for new readers. I really want to get the most accessible of the new 52 and even slightly addressing it helps a ton.

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@xhavoc86:She is in the wood in the scene were it says we cant see clearly

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@exhyni9: OH LAME! how did I miss that! Thank you!!! lol

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@xhavoc86:You were reading LOL the best way to find her is after you read go thought scene by scene to find her

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Edited By Or35ti

Great review. I will definitely pick this up if I have some extra money at the end of the month

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I am a fan of that cover.

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@Jordanstine said:

Dear DC,

Seriously, not every single one of you new DCnU characters need to all be dark, edgier, and all made to be like badasses.

Superman, Aquaman, and now Wonder Woman.

Please I don't want to see a dark, edgier new Flash.

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/rant - time to checkout the book

Where is a darker edgier superman and Aquaman? I don't see one of either.

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Definitely this isn't my grandfather's Wonder woman :D

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Edited By HubrisRanger

The character that bookmarks this issue is definitely Apollo. He makes a terrible "Sun" pun and on the DC comics website, one of his quotes is even attributed to him. Don't think this is even supposed to be a mystery...

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I still, STILL, cannot take her seriously because of her dumb costume.... it IS very shallow, I admit, but I cannot take anyone serious who wears granny panties. The story was great and the art was awesome, but I couldn't finish it because frankly Diana looked ridiculous. So, this is a definite return for me, and no, still not interested in reading about Wonder Woman. Change her awful costume and then maybe I can take this new "darker and edgy" Wonder Woman seriously.... (I should not that I'm merely referring to me taking her seriously as a super-hero, my shallowness has nothing to do with her being a woman- I say that because I felt the same way about Superman- I could never take him seriously, and once his underwear ceased to be on the outside of his costume, I can now look at him like the badass that he is.)

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Edited By Skrattybones

The hooded figure is in the scene in the woods, clear as day, but check out the top right corner of the sky on the page with the clock and Diana still in bed. Isn't that also the hooded figure in the cloud?

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Edited By fenixREVOLUTION

I haven't read much Wonder Woman, but I grabbed this due to Azzarello writing it and I was pleased. Definitely a different vibe than I was expecting and the art does it great justice.

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I'm so EXCITED for this!

A confident and self-assured WW is what I have been missing.

Thank you for a positive review, it is what I needed to hear, so good to know I have a WW I can be look forward to.

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@xhavoc86:She is in the wood in the scene were it says we cant see clearly

I would have never noticed that if you hadn't pointed it out.

I liked it a lot. I know the basic gist of Wonder Woman so it's good they just kind of jump right into it. Apollo seems like he's going to be a cool villain. Loved the whole "sun of Zeus" line.

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she's in underwear again... sigh 

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I was actually really disappointed with this! For my first WW book just about ever and not to mention a new number one, it was weird that Wonder Woman is only in the second half and the focus on setting up the plot in the first half is rather boring. It would've been better (at least for me) if I got to know more about her, because frankly, I don't know anything about her. I liked the art though!

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I've looked through this issue 3 times and couldn't find the Lady With The Red Hood. Did anybody spot her?

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This looks like a great new direction for Wonder Woman, but I really wish she had been in the book a little bit more. I like her look and attitude and I love the fact that she is Wonder Woman again. The whole Odyssey thing was a nice little diversion but it was no more Wonder Woman than the failed TV pilot. Both have an Elseworlds feel that just didn't seem like the heroine I grew up with. I am really looking forward to this new storyline and I hope to see more of Diana in the next few issues.

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I'm a Wonder Woman fan but I think I'll pass of this arc. And what an awful art.

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I liked it.
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Looks like a great return to form for Diana!

It felt pretty close to the good WW comics from the late 90s/early 2000s.

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I haven't read an issue of WW in years and I liked this alot.
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Edited By hajime76

Great review Sara. After seeing your link to the Greek artwork, Chiang’s artwork really resonated even more with Wonder Woman. I am not familiar with his work but after seeing some of his recent covers and his Tumblr (his 12-inch Remix covers are awesome!), I was sold on this series. It helps that I loved Azzarello's 100 Bullets and enjoyed his recent contribution to the Flashpoint Batman tie-in. I can actually see elements of the former in this new title—mysterious figures up on high, maybe a conspiracy that spans years or ages and the potential for many bad-ass types. The first issue presented me with a lot of questions and new characters but I know this is something Azzarello will take his time fleshing out. Besides The New Frontier storyline, I don't have any previous reading experience with the Wonder Woman character so I am intrigued by this series and the Azzarello's creative direction.

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Ah, the Gods of Mythology were teenagers at best. They could show favor to one and then reverse themselves as they see fit. They could bad at first and then later they could be your friend.

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I really wanted to enjoy this issue but just really hated the jarring dialogue. When it wasn't cliched it was just badly worded. Also as a nit-pick they confused the Pantheon for the Parthenon; Hermes says "That must have gone the way of the Pantheon". The PaNtheon is Roman and the PaRthenon is Greek. Just a bit of a nerdy pick that I probably would've ignored if the dialogue was good. I agreed with everything you said apart from the dialogue

Kinda disappointed

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@Om1kron: I know right. And also what is up with all the powerful woman figures being stripped down to their underwear in the new 52. These are meant to be role models and strong individuals why do they all have to be sex objects, literally all of the woman characters I've read. Supergirl, Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Catwoman. I think Batgirl may be the only one not depicted like this.

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Im am so grateful to this issue. It gives Wonder Woman a future again. Its a very classic but modern feel to the character. Love her costume changes. Omitting the gold and replacing it with silver is a good call. The artwork it top notch and this is a great jumping on point for those who are curious about the character.

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@Knight Train:

Didn't Wonder Woman ALWAYS wear underwear?

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@Sekele: I mean when Wonder Woman is naked for no real reason, and Zola is running around in her underwear the whole issue for no real reason. Unless trying to please the perverts is a real reason, which it isn't :(

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Best issue this week in my opinion.

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@Knight Train:

As you yourself admitted, it wasn't meant as fan-service, and I personally know people who don't wear clothes when at home

As for Zula, I can imagine her not having time to clothe herself

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@CATPANEXE: My girlfriend just read through all the issues of the new 52 that I picked up over the past few weeks. She typically only reads Fable or Walking Dead trades. She read Wonder Woman #1 and though it was terrible. Absolutely all over the place with no clear direction, too many characters that seemed to come out of nowhere, with little to no explanation to its readers. She's pretty much your definition of a first time reader. So the issue failed. We both looked at each other and said, "But the cover sure is damn cool."

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Edited By EnSabahNurX

FINALLY Got a chance to read this and I actually really enjoyed the issue, I was iffy about buying wonder woman because of bad past experience but I'm actually interested to see how this series will progress.