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Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Vol. 2 (Wonder Woman: Odyssey #2)

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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  636 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Due to mysterious circumstances, Diana must track down the truth behind what's happened to her timeline and face the biggest stunner of all--Who or what destroyed Paradise Island? To add to her troubles, new versions of familiar foes are introduced as JMS's run with the Amazon Princess comes to a close. All bets are off in this all-new direction for the long-running series ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by DC Comics (first published March 1st 2012)
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Bookwraiths
Wow, this one was very up and down for me. Straczynski definitely breathed some life into this iconic character (even if this iteration of the Amazonian Princess was very short-lived with the arrival of the New 52), but he also pulled back from the "newness" by the ending. Strange. As for the artwork, it was generally good, but there were more than a few panels that just looked wrong, enough so that I found myself focusing on what was wrong with them rather than what was going on in the story. N ...more
Anne
Wow. The rating for this are all over the place! Re-booting Wonder Woman is evidently a very touchy subject with a lot of people.
From my rating, I think it's pretty obvious that I come down of the side of Loved It!
I'm one of those people who desperately wanted to see the lovely Princess Diana get an update. And like a band-aid, I think it's easier to just get it over with quickly. (view spoiler)
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John Yelverton
The merciful end to the worst Wonder Woman story that I have ever read.
Gavin
Well the art is the only reason this isn't a 1-star book for me.
I will grant that I waited a while between Vol 1 and 2, but that's the library's fault, not mine.
Unfortunately, I found this convoluted, verbose, grandiose, and altogether confusing.
It really could have been boiled down to 1 TPB, and I think it would have accomplished the same thing.
I suppose it's also a pointless reboot, since it's not actually much different than where we started, plus that whole New 52 thing...

So I see what peop
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Crystal Starr Light
Crystal's Bullet Reviews:

For much of the graphic novel, I was confused, which could have been the really complicated plot or the amount of time since I read Volume 1. Also, wow, sure a lot of butt/boobs poses and buxom women. Good thing this universe is almost completely filled with sexy women.

However, lots of great female characters, particularly Wonder Woman, and I liked how the story straightened out and wrapped up. Would definitely continue to seek out WW comics and other Straczynski stories
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Whitney
I'm still relatively new when it comes to the DC universe, so I apologize for any glaring errors.

This two-volume side story caught my attention for really one reason only. PANTS. I've always enjoyed superhero stories (Batman remains my favorite) but could never get into the female characters all that much. The reason, they're mostly wearing terrible skintight bathing suits. Even if you're a superhero (of either gender) spandex is not the best material to wear for protection against bad guys wit
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Seth Kenlon
The subtitle identifying this book as "Volume 2" is impossibly small on the front cover, so not only was this my first-ever Wonder Woman book but it was also the second in a series. Even with those strikes against it, this book flat out amazed me.

The only thing I [thought I] knew prior to this book was that Wonder Woman was a useless super hero with a silly invisible jet, a lasso, and no super powers. I always had the impression that she was the token female and not a whole lot more.

What I learn
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Annice22
I thought this was great. This is the Wonder Woman I wish DC Comics would of kept instead of the current new 52 version.

I love the story of Diana's journey. It was very well written and had amazing art work. The only thing I did not like was Wonder Woman's costume. I didn't think it was that great.
Scott
Unfortunately, I picked this story up in Volume 2, not realizing that such a thick graphic novel was only half of the story. Still, it is clear that WW's closest friends and Amazons have been killed and she is some alternate version of herself seeking completion. Meanwhile, she is hunted by Artemis, Cheetah (I think that's her name, if not her motif), and Giganta. There's also a lot of interdimensional alternate timelines reality nonsense which I doubt the first volume would have cleared up much ...more
Christopher
Wonder Woman was never I book I read much during my formative, comic reading years. But as an adult, I enjoy this title more so than many others from that time. Perhaps it's the mythology of the Greek gods I enjoy reading about now. I am not sure.

This collection is the 2nd part of a massive 14 issue story. As such, I was a little confused initially, but that quickly passed.
David
Intelligent and sophisticated, not often seen in a mainstream comic book. Author Straczynski continues a high note run of his comic writing career with this epic Wonder Woman adventure. Check out his Brave and Bold books and the Superman: Grounded series. All are top-notch comic book writing.

I'm not a huge Wonder Woman fan, I like her, but I mostly know her from Justice League series. I've read her off and on since the 70s but never really in depth. But I must say this 2 volume series is quite
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Sharon
Apr 13, 2015 Sharon added it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Liked it, didn't quite love it. Opening page of the last issue is brilliant.
Kit
Amazing how much difference it makes when you get the full story in context.
Okay, so I was far short of fond of the first part of Odyssey. I started to get a little concerned with the lack of depth to her character and the stereotypical manner with which she filled the role of action hero, but thankfully, I feel Stracz delivers in his conclusion.
Once introduced to the idea of the multiple WW entities in different times and universes, WW is allowed to approach her destiny in a way that is both w
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Christopher Rush
Volume 2 is noticeably better than volume 1, despite the "artists"' attempts to ruin the story, the characters, and the dialogue. The great JMS suffers from some bombastic tendencies early on, but he re-acclimates to proper dialogue soon enough, and we are generally more satisfied than the chaotic inscrutability of volume 1. While this is another in the increasing line of "let's abuse the classical device of 'in medias res'" narrations, JMS proves his trustworthiness quite well by the end. The e ...more
J'aime
I really enjoyed Starczynski’s updated take on Wonder Woman in the first volume of Odyssey. So, I was somewhat shocked when he blew that volume out of the water with a stunning, brilliant conclusion.

Diana’s journey of self-discovery reaches its culmination when she learns that she has always existed – a personification of justice and mercy that has been reborn countless times throughout history. The more familiar Wonder Woman who met Steve Trevor was only one such iteration. Only now, mankind’s
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Hannah
This was a brilliant continuation of Volume One! Diana's character stays true throughout the graphic novel, and no one can say it doesn't keep you on your toes! I love that even though there are continuous twists that delay Wonder Woman's victory, they are all feasible and interesting continuations rather than extra pieces that bore the reader. I'm not sure how I feel about the very end, but I can see why the writers took it in that direction, and it was probably a wise move for the long-term. T ...more
Brian Williams
I came into reading this, the second part of J. Michael Straczynski's run on Wonder Woman trying to have an open mind despite all the negative things I had heard about when the monthly issues were coming out. What I found more than anything else coming from reading it was a feeling of bla. Bla. Bla. It's just ok. I love Wonder Woman and it had some nice action but...bla. Even all the things people got so upset about about I was saying bla to. When they released the costume design I didn't like i ...more
Jacob
Public library copy.

I disliked the first volume so much so that I swore off buying the next volume. In the same way Chris Roberson fixed and improved JMS's boring Superman story, Phil Hester, cited as a co-writer (when he's probably the principle scriptwriter who was provided with only JMS's incomplete plot outline, which he may or may not have had to follow) fixed and improved JMS's Wonder Woman story. As was the case in the prior volume Don Kramer doesn't draw the entirety of the book so that'
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Abhinav
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

http://thefoundingfields.com/2013/09/...

J. Michael Straczynski is awesome. There, I said it. It is true. His Superman: Earth One Volume 2 was a really great piece of storytelling about the Man of Steel and his two Before Watchmen titles, Dr. Manhattan and Nite Owl, were both excellent as well. Of course, Wonder Woman: Odyssey Volume 1, which saw Diana’s backstory rebooted and her costume redesigned, was just as great, if not better. Contin
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Sean Kennedy
Reviewing both Vol 1 and 2 as one book.

This is Wonder Woman's final arc before the Infinite Crisis, so Straczynski shakes it up quite a bit with a long arc about a changed historical timeline, in which Diana is brought up motherless and in the human world rather than Themyscira. It makes for an interesting story, how Diana changes but retains some sort of memory of the way things should be even as it puzzles her as to its meaning. We know she will succeed, and the timeline will go back to normal
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M
The twisted take on Wonder Woman offered by J. Michael Straczynski comes to its conclusion with this second volume. Rescued from the Amazonian Cheetah, Giganta, and Artemis by Dr. Psycho, Diana learns that her history may not be what she was led to believe. Further encounters with the Fates showcase Diana as a woman divided - literally - and facing her darkest nature. Left for dead after a battle with Nemesis, the Fates weaved a separate strand of history that allowed Diana to stay uncorrupted. ...more
ann
WW has a permanent place in my heart, but her treatment by writers varies wildly. This is definitely one of the best (maybe best?) WW stories I've read.
Alex
It was a good solid book and it's a shame that this really interesting take on the character got nipped in the bud the way it did
Ben Mariner
Odyssey vol. 2 was definitely more enjoyable than the first. Vol. 1 left a lot of questions (which I'm sure was the intention) and vol. 2 answered them and then some. I loved the fact that this wasn't really a new way of telling the Wonder Woman story so much as a new direction for the old WW that we know and love. They put a fresh spin on the character and launched her into a new world of possibilities. Radically changing a character without abandoning what came before is not only extremely dif ...more
Dan
Great finish. Have to admit that these 52 costumes are way better and a lot classier than classics.
Heather Fryling
A satisfying conclusion, but I'd prefer fewer mystical cutscenes.
Ivy
I enjoyed this story. Like Wonder Woman as a character.
Jeff Raymond
Closer to a 2.5, which is unfortunate.

I didn't love this storyline. We get a good, understandable resolution to it that I honestly didn't expect, and the last chapter in particular really brought it together in a good way. The issue, really, is everything prior to it. It felt like an excuse to try and modernize a character that might not need it, and, even if it did? Didn't really accomplish it here.

Wonder Woman is so up and down, it's hard to find a middle ground. Hopefully new New 52 reboot is
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Kimei
Eh..... I sort of already lost interest in this series. I feel like for being the super strong warrior race of Amazons.... they happen to be real easy to kill.... The characters come and go and aren't really memorable, Diana is the only consistent one (shocking I know). The plot is kind of weak and it just seems overall poorly written. Don’t think I will be buying anymore of this series. I did enjoy the new style for Wonder Woman…. I just wish the story was less confusing and better written.
Lewis
It was a bit trippy but a bit of good fun.
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne ...more
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