My previous run-ins with Wonder Woman have been brief. I think she was occasionally on some TV show that aired on Cartoon Network when I was younger, so I know the basics: Invisible jet, Lasso of Truth, cool ass Bracelets, Justice League, Amazon. But, I didn’t know much about any of that, and I didn’t remember most of any of that until I’d started looking at the books. With the release of all of these superhero movies, I’ve mostly seen the Marvel ones. And, I’ve wanted to read the Graphic Novels (or comics, or whatever they’re called. I’m new.) for a while, I’ve just never gotten around to it. And, with all of the Wonder Woman hype, I became more and more interested in Diana’s backstory. So, I went to OverDrive and I picked up the WW series that my library had the most of: Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s New 52 Wonder Woman series. (If I wrote that title wrong, my bad. Still new.) And I read all 6 volumes very quickly.
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!
This series starts with Diana’s origin story, and about half way through reading it, I saw the movie (which I LOVED and will gladly see again). I think I watched the movie between reading books 3 and 4, which was pretty nice. It also means that I knew a few of the things that were “revealed” in the movie to non-comic-readers and I was kind of disappointed by that. Without going into light spoilers, I just want to say that it would’ve been nice to have some parts of Diana’s origin revealed by watching the movie first. However, I did also appreciate learning of Diana’s origin through reading the comic. I loved reading about Diana’s origins, and I like knowing more than what my childhood brain has retained but I also enjoyed watching Wonder Woman for what it was. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you’re more of a movie person, the movie is for you, and if you’re more of a graphic novel/comic/book person, the book is for you. But, I guess you already knew that.
I’ve recently finished Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s section of Wonder Woman Vol. 4, and I’m going to continue with Meredith and David Finch’s versions (Wonder Woman Volumes 7-9) after reading Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 1-3, as The Comic Book Herald suggests. Overall, I’d give Azzarello and Chiang’s story 4/5. I wasn’t overly wow-ed, but I did enjoy the story. The Wonder Woman movie, however, I’d give 10/10 would definitely see again.