When comics are no longer bound by the restraints of continuity, there is a lot more that writers can do with them. The biggest, though, is challenging that continuity. Questioning the things we thought we knew as readers can make for incredible story telling. The second issue of Wonder Woman is a perfect example of this. If you thought the first issue was a fantastic depiction of the powerful Amazon, then this one will absolutely blow you away.
In the first issue there was no sign of Wonder Woman the Amazon; when we first saw her she was in her London apartment, something that relates back to Flashpoint. Whether or not Paradise Island still existed in the New 52 was left up in the air. This is addressed early on in the second issue. Whether or not Azzarello meant for there to be some tension between Wonder Woman and the Amazons, it certainly read that way. There is less of an air of respect for Diana than we've seen before, so it will be interesting to see Azzarello explain why Diana left Paradise Island.
Azzarello tackles Wonder Woman's origins head on- challenging them in the second issue of the comic book, and that's what makes this issue so good. If you've been paying attention you may have seen the announcement regarding the possibility of Wonder Woman's gaining a father in the New 52 -- something Azzarello brings up here.
In this issue we see the characteristics that make Wonder Woman such an interesting character. The writer makes it clear to the readers that this incarnation of Wonder Woman is still a warrior and is still compassionate; that these things have not changed with the relaunch. Once again Cliff Chiang's Wonder Woman is stunning. The way he positions his characters is fantastic, and the pencils are gorgeous. She is both archaic, and fluid; and the colors are stunning.
Absolutely no complaints about this issue, whatsoever.
This series is quickly becoming my favorite book of the 'New 52;' silly me to think that Azzarello could top the first one. I haven't been this interested in a Wonder Woman story in a long time. Azzarello manages to eloquently capture both her warrior-like attitude and her compassionate nature, giving readers a Wonder Woman that they can't not appreciate. Coupled with Cliff Chiang's brilliant art, this book has left me ecstatic about the new direction of the character. The issue ends on a cliff hanger that will leave you wanting more.