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Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood (Wonder Woman Vol. IV #1)

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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 d...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by DC Comics (first published May 30th 2012)
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Sesana
It looks like I may be in the minority here. There are things that I did like about this book. The art is better than I expected from the cover, and I like how Diana is generally portrayed. But there are a few things that irritated me.

For one, Diana's origin story has been changed. She's no longer sculpted of clay by her mother. No, Diana is now another of Zeus's bastard children. Her origin story has been consistent for seventy years. If you're going to make such a big change to such a long-sta...more
Dirk Grobbelaar

Well this was certainly something else.

I have to be honest, I don’t know Greek mythology all that well and I only have a passing understanding of Wonder Woman’s origin. Of course, I did read Wonder Woman comics as a kid, when and where I could find them, but she was never one of the characters I focused heavily on.

I got this for my wife as a gift and she recommended that I read it as well. It’s pretty good. The origin story has been retconned, which won’t be to everybody’s liking. Despair not,...more
Anne
Wha...?

Nooooo. This was definitely not what I was hoping for, especially after reading the very cool pre-reboot Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Volume 1.
I was disappointed after seeing her appearance in Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin, but I've been holding out hope that Azzarello was going to take WW in a different direction. Well, to be fair, he certainly went in a different direction. Her entire backstory is changed. She finds out that she wasn't crafted from clay and brought to life by her mother's pr...more
Sam Quixote
Diana, Amazonian Princess aka Wonder Woman, finds herself protecting a young woman impregnated by Zeus from his vengeful wife Hera. But Wonder Woman is about to find out her own dubious parentage, a secret her mother Hippolyta has kept from her for years.

I got this based on the strength of Geoff Johns' portrayal of WW in "Justice League: Origin" where she came across as gung-ho, fun, and guile-less in a charmingly quirky way - Brian Azzarello however has taken that characterisation and thrown it...more
Kurt
Mar 23, 2013 Kurt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
Wait, seriously? Did I just love a Wonder Woman comic?

When my brother loaned me this book, I actually resented him a little. He knows I don't generally like DC, and all I really know about Wonder Woman is that she's a visually iconic superheroine, perhaps the only one recognizable to the world at large, and that she has kind of a reputation among some comics fans as not being very interesting once you actually sit down and try to read her stories. I knew she was an Amazon, and that was about it...more
Steve
The premise of Vertigo was to be, in founding editor Karen Berger's words, "different, smarter, and edgier" than the rest of DC. Oh, and, no superheroes: superheroes are greasy kid stuff. We're so much beyond that now. We're so much cleverer than the people who thought up patriotic heroes in brightly colored costumes. They probably hadn't even read Marcuse. Having an imprint founded on this editorial philosophy was a mistake, and here's the proof.

Put a writer raised on this attitude on a superh...more
Magic Mike
This is how you reboot a character. Wonder Woman has always struggled to find her own voice that stands out from other comics. The only comics I've ever read of hers were ones that featured other characters. I've never actually read an issue of plain old Wonder Woman before this. I've never felt like I was missing out. You just never hear of classic Wonder Woman storylines. Well, now that might change.

Here, Wonder Woman's origin is altered and what we get is a woman finding herself dealing with...more
Jeanne
I've been meaning to read this reboot for a while. Despite all the mixed reactions people have had to the New 52, I've been hearing a lot of great things from people I trust about this new take on Wonder Woman. But I was still on the fence so I waited until my library got a copy of the trade. Now after reading I feel like an ass for waiting for so long, because it is awesome.

Wonder Woman has always been a blending of mythology and the DC universe, but Azzarello takes it to the next level. While...more
Crystal Starr Light
When it comes to traditional superhero comic books, such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and others, I am as big of a n00b as you can get. I only recognize the biggest of names and usually if there has been a mainstream movie made of them in the past 20 years (note how all the names I mentioned above follow that criteria).

But I want to change that. Some of these superheroes have some interesting stories, and I'd like to broaden my reading tastes. So I've begun seeking out some graphic novels of...more
Dave
This is a curious and engaging opus that sometimes doesn't feel much like a Wonder Woman comic at all. Wonder Woman's been a tough character for writers to pin down over the years. You don't want her to be just a female Superman, and George Perez's "stranger in a strange land" approach only works for so long, so what to do?

Writer Brian Azzarello has one solution: bump her to the sidelines. Sorta. In effect he's simply set up a more plot-driven series, one built around a surprisingly dark, modern...more
Kevin
For the longest time, I considered Wonder Woman a character only recognized with her association with the Justice League and as icon for woman around the world and really nothing more. It's just when you talk about other top name comic characters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man (that's a lot of men!)...they have certain stories and aspects that make them top tier characters. WW sort of felt like she was limited in just 2 categories, because she doesn't have a laundry list of stories...more
Marla Haasz
3.5/5
I feel conflicted. I don't have a good history with New 52.

I am 100% for Cliff Chiang's art, it was consistent and does Wonder Woman justice.

I think what I'm not feeling is the origin change; it's rather drastic. I held Diana's origin of being born from clay and the God's so dear. But now she's just a product of another hyper masculine male God and her mother, which causes the story to rely way to heavily on said male God, Zeus. Fellow friendly female characters that were once WW's ally ar...more
Nancy O'Toole
I've never really had any interest in Wonder Woman. Then I read the third volume in the Batwoman series, where Diana plays a role. I found that I enjoyed the character so much that I decided to try out her own series. The results were surprisingly strong. Although volume one, Blood, does have it's shortcomings (for example, why are there so many female characters running around naked or close to naked?), but the story flows really well, and the characters are surprisingly well rounded. The strai...more
Allen Smith
Announced under the banner of “The New 52”- D.C. Comics recent restructuring of their comic multi-universe- is the latest re-imagining of the iconic female character universally known as Wonder Woman.

Promising notable changes in the Amazon princess’s origin the scripting of this re-boot is again passed to a male scripter, Brian Azzarello, after receiving some previous acclaim with Gail Simone holding a long-running tenure bringing a thoughtful female perspective, even amidst the rather ludicrous...more
William Thomas
Wonder Woman has never been written in such a convincing, entertaining or interesting way as Azzarello writes her in these first few issues of the Nu52 reboot. There's finally personality here, heaps and heaps of it. Along with humor and heart, Azzarello is bringing Wonder Woman to the forefront of the DC universe without the help of Batman or Superman (Trinity). This book makes her more than just a heavy-hitter in the Justice League. It makes her a primal force and uses her in the same way Marv...more
Nikki
This was one of the first DC books I picked up, I think, but I didn't get round to it till now. I have to say I'm more fond of Batgirl -- I'm not sure this was a very good introduction to Wonder Woman. I mean, there's very little by way of explanation of her motivations going on. She just kills some stuff dead and finds out some secrets about her past.

It's fun enough, and the art is good, and the mythology goes pretty well with actual Greek mythology (unlike, say, Marvel's Thor). I think the rev...more
Tony Laplume
When this series (and the whole DC reboot known as the New 52) began in the fall of 2011, I knew it was going to be a winner. The thing is, I didn't really read it regularly. In fact, after the first issue, I didn't read the series at all.

And I think I know why. This is a classic read-as-a-collection series. It's probably better that way, in fact. Brian Azzarello's approach to Wonder Woman bucks nearly every trend while building on some of the best developments the character has seen over the ye...more
Ricky Ganci
Like THE FLASH, I'm reading WONDER WOMAN because of her excellent first appearance in JUSTICE LEAGUE--those two were my favorite re-introductees, and that volume dd a lot to get me interested in their independent sections of the New 52 universe. What I found here in Azzarello's terrific, neo-mythological, and sometimes brutal book was a terrific 21st century heroine, some great discussion about the ideas of "family," and a lot of great action sequences.

The six parts of this first volume seemed t...more
Jacobi
Now this is how you reinvigorate a character. Outside of being a little lost from time to time when the next issue would start (why was Diana chillaxing with Strife after stuff went down?), this was pretty great. Great art, interesting characters, and an intriguing plot. I am so down for more.

Reread: I'm rereading this series, and I have to bump this up to 5 stars. This book isn't just great, it's exceptional.
Fran
Reading these on the recommendation of my friend Ed. Have to say, I'm not super impressed with the start. It's not terrible, but it's not so great that it really grabbed me and made me impatient to read the rest of the series. I've got the rest on order from the library, so I will read them, but this is no Locke & Key (for example).

The art is great - for the first four issues at least, I'm not so keen on Tony Akins' art for the last two issues (it's not bad, just not quite as good). I'm not...more
Paul
For the past six years or so I have been looking for 'the' Wonder Woman comic... you know the right one that depicted Wonder Woman in the same awesome light as DC has put Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Flash ect (the boys) in. I mean Wonder Woman is the third part of the trifecta in the DC universe, the balance between Batman and Superman, and yet her treatment has been poor at best over the years. For a long time she was a weird bondage figure then 'just one of the ditzy girls', who wanted to...more
Lloyd
I'll start by saying that this is the first Wonder Woman story that I've ever read... and that I just went back and gave it a second shot. I'd read it a few months back (when I was just RATING here and NOT REVIEWING) and it really didn't grab me. I kept reading rave reviews for the title, though, so I decided to give it a second spin.

I really don't know why this didn't appeal to me before. Modernization of Greek gods, a fight to protect a child (the child of a God, no less), and plenty of actio...more
Zack! Empire
This marks the first time I’ve ever a proper Wonder Woman title. The only comics I’ve read with her in it are Justice League, and her appearance in an issue of another title that is a tie-in with whatever “event” DC has going on at the time. (This basically means any given issue of any given title.) In Fact, my main exposure to Wonder Woman would be the Bruce Timm animated Justice League cartoon! Don’t get me wrong that is a quality show, but it was more concerned with the adventure of the week...more
Jaclyn Hogan
This is the first of DC's New 52 trade editions that I've read. I've heard many times that of the New 52, Wonder Woman comes out the best. Based entirely on this one book, I'm not so sure.

Pros-
The art and character designs are fantastic, especially the Greek gods. Hermes is a tall bird-man with talons for feet. Poseidon is a giant fish monster. Hades is a young boy with his head covered in wax from the candles burning on his head. All are original and very creepy. Wonder Woman herself is powerf...more
Kyle
Apr 09, 2013 Kyle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: dcu
Now this is how you do a re-boot!

Azzarello deconstructs the old Wonder Woman universe and re-models it for a digital age. I loved how the whole thing referenced classical Greek theatre without becoming weighed-down in the mythology of that era. The modern, visual representations of the gods are fantastic, especially Hades and Strife. The London backdrop adds new characteristics to the WW concept. Diana herself is a much more conflicted character, showing a range of emotions that I have never see...more
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Michael Church
This book is just amazing. Even better than I had expected it to be. Brian Azzarello crafts a compelling story from the first page and Cliff Chiang's artwork is gorgeous. Chiang is actually the reason I give this 5 stars instead of 4. I have never seen an artist who clearly puts so much care into ever single illustration. Usually you can find a panel or two where the hero looks weird because it's too small, but not with Chiang. Diana looks absolutely gorgeous every time she is drawn, and as an A...more
Gabrielle
I read this while killing time at the library before I headed out for a meeting, I felt like the volume was rushed, I do understand it's a fast paced story but still I felt like it was rushed and thus it created some holes. The art was ok but for me previous artists like Terry Dodson been the de facto Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang is making it feel like Mike Allred rushed his drawings, Queen Hippolyta looks a lot better than Wonder Woman herself.

I believe the art did justice and earned the...more
David
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Jeff Raymond
I ultimately enjoyed this less than my rating would indicate. I'm extremely torn about this reboot, and I'm not sure if it's because the author positioned it as a horror comic and, well...it's not? I certainly didn't get that vibe from it, and when you have an actual horror comic like Animal Man to point to, it's a different story.

Regardless, this is a reboot in the thinnest sense possible. The storyline would fit right in with some of the existing previous arcs, but is a decent refresh nonethel...more
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Brian Azzarello (born in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American comic book writer. He came to prominence with 100 Bullets, published by DC Comics' mature-audience imprint Vertigo. He and Argentine artist Eduardo Risso, with whom Azzarello first worked on Jonny Double, won the 2001 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story for 100 Bullets #15–18: "Hang Up on the Hang Low".

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