Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52)

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52)

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by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang
     
 

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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, the first six issues of the critically acclaimed new Wonder Woman series are collected in hardcover! 

Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life–and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay

Overview

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, the first six issues of the critically acclaimed new Wonder Woman series are collected in hardcover! 

Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life–and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay. The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera–so why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told? Superstar writer Brian Azzarello creates a new direction for one of DC's best-known heroes, with spectacular art by Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Yet another reboot of an iconic character who has eluded the grasp of most comics producers. Azzarello gives Diana (Wonder Woman) a new origin, not as a baby her mother, Hippolyta, molded out of clay but as the illegitimate daughter of Zeus. As such, she’s a target for the jealous rage of Hera, Zeus’ wife, but she finds a new role as protector of a waifish young woman who’s currently carrying Zeus’ baby. The king of the gods, meanwhile, has vanished, and the other deities of Greek mythology are weighing their chances of grabbing more power, while brutally stomping on anyone in their way. Azzarello’s script moves briskly along, and Chiang and Akins’s art is suitably vigorous and moody without pandering. Although much of this book consists of dismantling Wonder Woman’s old framework and just hinting at what the new structure may be, the fresh look is promising. (June)
From the Publisher
“This is clear storytelling at its best….It’s an intriguing concept and easy to grasp. The reader doesn’t need to know that much about Wonder Woman because she is, well, Wonder Woman.” – The New York Times

“Azzarello is...rebuilding the mythology of Wonder Woman.” – Maxim

“Azzarello is crafting a highly-intelligent, and surprisingly gory, affair that's drenched in Greek mythology and godly mischief. And if that's not enough, artist Cliff Chiang simply kills it on every panel he touches. Put your presumptions aside because this is actually a Wonder Woman book worth reading.” – Complex Magazine

 “This series will hopefully elevate Diana back into the limelight with Superman and Batman where she belongs.” – Christian Science Monitor

“Beautifully illustrated and brings a fresh, fascinating and fun take to the Amazon Princess and her world.” – IGN

“It’s a different direction for Wonder Woman, but one still steeped in mythology...great things from Azzarello and Chiang.” – The Onion AV Club

“Enthralling.” - UGO

 “This book is weird and worth your while.” – io9

“It’s the kind of writing that’s made Azzarello such a sought after comic book author.” – CraveOnline

“Brian Azzarello is going for a much more horror-oriented book than previous incarnations, and that works well with Cliff Chiang’s art. In fact, they’re probably one of the best paired teams for the New 52 so far.” – Comic Book Resources

“Page after page, Azzarello just unfurls more and more smart ideas in what is probably the best hope for the great Wonder Woman story we’ve all been hoping for. Unsurprisingly, Cliff Chiang delivers some phenomenal visuals, presenting us with a heroine who reads as dynamic, elegant, powerful, and even godly. People, I think they’ve figured it out.” – iFanboy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401235635
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Series:
Wonder Woman: The New 52 Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Brian Azzarello is the writer and co-creator of the award-winning Vertigo series 100 BULLETS. Azzarellos's other writing credits for DC Comics include the graphic novel JOKER, as well as BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, LEX LUTHER: MAN OF STEEL, and HELLBLAZER. Brian has been featured in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE and other publications.

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Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably THE standout series of The New 52, alongside Scott Snyder's Batman. This book is my favorite take on Diana in years. It really makes her exceptional origin story OUTSTANDING. More Greek mythology is incorporated than you'd expect, but that's not a bad thing. It also doesn't seem to take place alongside Justice League, More of an origin story without all the boring monologue and exposition. I know some readers will be turned off by the fact that it's not Batman or Superman, but Diana is an important character in the JL too. Just because she doesn't have a movie doesn't mean she sucks. If you've been on the fence about getting this book, take it from me, get it. I have it and Volume two. Only luckily for you, Volume two is already out so you won't have to wait a while like I did. Buy it. Now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a father of a daughter, I've always found most female role models rather lacking. I'm looking at you, Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty. However, reading Wonder Woman lets me know there are great role models for girls. The story in this first volume us great. I love the way the gods are presented. I love the action.
IanC More than 1 year ago
A dark and fun take on the classic heroine, this "new" Wonder Woman keeps all the pure, caring personality of her "pre-reboot" incarnation while taking on a dark but entertaining backstory and a clever take on the ancient Greek gods. Finding out she is the illegitimate daughter of Zeus, Diana incurs the wrath of Hera who is also in pursuit of another young woman who is carrying her husband's child. Charged with protecting the woman and her unborn child, along with a wounded Hermes in tow, Diana loses her whole world in the blink of an eye. Both in terms of her identity and her home. To top it all off, it looks like Zeus may be dead! Sparking a "family feud" over control of his crown. The best part is, you don't need to have an intimate knowledge of her backstory or even the rest of the DC universe to enjoy this take on the classic character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't even need to be a superhero fan to enjoy this book. Fans of mythology, in general, will keep coming back for more.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Really good start the series didn't need to know everything to hop into this one
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
Wonder Woman reintroduced in an epic storyline that is well written and engrossing. I been waiting a long time for the Amazon Princess to be given a fair shake and this book is a good start. She is well realized and grows within the story involving Greek gods with epic appetites and some memorable dramatic/OMG moments. This story begins small and keeps growing as it moves along. A good read for fans of comic books, Greek mythology and great storytelling in general. Very good effort.
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MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
The origins of Wonder Woman/Diana are explored as well as current family tensions. Richly detailed graphics add layers to plot, action, and character development. Dialogue and narrative allow insight into plot and character as well as help build tension and intersperse humor. Without giving away too much to the story, I will just say this, it was fun to see the Greek Gods interacting. Overall, a truly fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait to read the next one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good collection of comics. I enjoyed the new take on Wonder Woman's origin. The darker stories involving the gods was interesting.
ioniccharge More than 1 year ago
A great book for aoften over hype character ill admit that I wasn't that found of wonder woman often seeing as somone who glory was long past if ever had one but now wiht this dynamic team of brian azzerolo and chang this book I could not put down from beginging to end from the portals of gods to wonder woman herself and Ifor one cnat wiate to see what happnes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More or less brand new to comics here. I've seen all of the DCAU, the DC films, etc, but only with the new 52 am I getting into reading them. I really like this interpretation of Wonder Woman, it definitely shows the more feral and gruesome nature of Greek-lore in the DC universe, rather than say, the perfect paradise/gods blessing everything in Justice League Unlimited. The art style is quite catchy. I got a bit lost with some of the characters towards the end, but that may just be me, and rereading it caught me right back up. Hopefully the next volume shows more of Wonder Woman kicking ass and being a warrior.
JDBrink More than 1 year ago
I thought this revitalization of the Wonder Woman mythos was a great return to classical sources. It's still Wonder Woman but blends superhero themes with mobster movies and Greek mythology, breathing new life into a perhaps cliched title and character. Cliched no more. There's a war on among the gods, Hera is out for revenge on all of Zeus's little flings, Diana is both victim and protector. The storytelling is mature and involved, the art and style crackles with excitement and gore, and the reimagining of the Greek gods is truly original. I had never been a follower of Wonder Woman but I think this new take on her is going to attract a large new audience for a very deserving book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With the "rebirth" of wonder woman and the strange design and style choices current writers and artists have made, it's nice to see a new take that still pays hommage to the original style. First off I HATED wonder woman's fully clothed costume. This new re colored classic look is more in line with what i grew up knowing and loving about her look. Second the emphasis on her greek heritage with the pantheon of gods is a nice touch. It's a darker grittier tale that carries her over well in both the modern world and her origin. This is a great start at a reboot that doesnt dismiss her classic feel and does a great job reintroducing her to a new audience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago