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Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Blood (Wonder Woman, Volume IV #1)

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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 di ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by DC Comics (first published May 30th 2012)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Wonder Woman!!
I'm an unapologetic fan-girl of this character.


Growing up my sisters and I would get thrown out of the house to play. (My mom would have gone nuts with us in the house she said) and we would head outside and pretend to be characters from TV shows we adored. Charlie's Angels, Bionic Woman and always Wonder Woman. My clumsy arse broke my collar-bone one day on a Wonder Woman adventure. But hey, those are the knocks. Wonder Woman was and is bad-ass.

In this book Wonder Woman AKA Dian
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Sesana
Aug 09, 2012 Sesana rated it it was ok
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
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Lono
Mar 20, 2014 Lono rated it really liked it
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Reviewed this one earlier on in my Goodreads career and I’m currently rereading the Azzarello run so I felt this book deserved a more thoughtful review.

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Azzarello’s run grabbed me pretty quick. I really dug how he brought in the Greek gods and went a totally different direction from the rest of the New 52 stuff DC has put out. Brian avoided what I would consider the low road of having Superman, Batman, or any of the other Justice Leaguers drop by just to sell books. I’m actually surprised how man
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Anne
Jun 04, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
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
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Bookwraiths
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

Recently, I read J. Michael Straczynski's WW reboot Odyssey from a number of years ago. While there were some weaknesses in that story line, I liked it overall. The younger Diana, the new costume, and the different take on the Amazons and the gods were refreshing, but not so different I felt like I was reading some character others than Wonder Woman. So I decided why not take the plunge and give Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman a try.

Well, I've finished V
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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,
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Sam Quixote
Oct 09, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
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
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Steve
Aug 22, 2012 Steve rated it did not like it
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
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Jedi JC Daquis
Jan 13, 2013 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was amazing
Brian Azzarello's run on Wonder Woman is consistently entertaining. This series is top 2 in my list of DC's New 52 titles, with Snyder's Batman on the top spot and Geoff Johns' Aquaman run as my third. This first volume introduces Diana and her roots, both as a goddess and an amazon warrior without compromising its story quality and not falling into the "another origin story" trap.


Hell yeah Wonder Woman!

It feels like Azzarello is really cooking a genuine modern Greek mythology story, seamlessly
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Kurt
Mar 23, 2013 Kurt rated it it was amazing
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
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Roxanne
Mar 11, 2017 Roxanne rated it it was ok
I'm not really a fan of Azzarello's work i'm not sure what it is, but his writing never clicks with me, or his characterisations always seem a bit off. The only exception to this being Europa which i really liked so i thought i'd give his writing another go maybe it had grown on me.
But nah son, and i wanted to like this i know a lot of you that have read it really loved it and its get recommended to me all the time but it was boring and then it ends on a cliffhanger and i was done.
Really liked
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Magrat Ajostiernos
Jun 14, 2016 Magrat Ajostiernos rated it really liked it
Shelves: cómics
Primer cómic que leo de Wonder Woman y GODS, me ha encantado.
¡Dioses vengativos! ¡Amazonas! ¡Líos familiares! ¡¡¡¡¡¡Quiero más!!!!!!
Rory Wilding
Mar 06, 2016 Rory Wilding rated it liked it
With the upcoming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in which we will see two of the world’s finest preparing to duke it out, there is also the appearance of an Amazonian princess literally jumping into the action. Whilst we await for Wonder Woman’s cinematic debut as well as Gal Gadot reprising the iconic role in next year’s solo blockbuster which apparently will use the character's origins in The New 52, what better preparation than to read the first volume of Brian Azzarello and Cl ...more
Mike
Oct 23, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Azzarello is obviously making an effort to structure the storytelling in the fashion of Greek theatre, and slipping in subtle cues, like reading from the Three Oracles. The story itself seems to be the classic Greek jealousy, bad behaviour and lack of forgiveness - which sets an appropriate tone for Diana to have to struggle to right many many wrongs.

And what a Wonder Woman she is - strong, fearless and...smirky? That's a new one on me, and a welcome bit of smart attitude (that's completely lack
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Caitlin
2.5 stars, rounded up

I'm having a hard time rating this because there were cool moments and I like the attitude of this New 52 Wonder Woman but I'm not a huge fan of the change in her origin or some of the artistic choices.



First, the good. Other than how amazingly badass she was in Kingdom Come, I've never been a big fan of Wonder Woman. She's always just seemed like the same straight as an arrow, girl scout type as Superman and that's just never seemed all that interesting to me. So kudos to Az
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Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
Jun 21, 2015 Cat (cat-thecatlady) rated it really liked it
notes from re-read on jun 2017: still awesome! I hope I can finish the whole rune this time around.

this was my first Wonder Woman comic! I've always loved her character and this title does not disappoint! a lot of greek mythology happens which is always a plus. I can't wait to read volume two!
full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2015/1...
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
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Artemy Nizovtsev
Jan 14, 2017 Artemy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
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I've read this volume a couple of years ago already, but I never got a chance to read the whole WW run by Azzarello before. Now I do, so I wanted to start from the beginning. It's a pretty cool book, even if it is completely disrespectful to Diana's origin. It has this Vertigo vibe going, feels a bit like Hellblazer even, with bizarre characters and a pretty dark supernatural story. It's not Wonder Woman-y enough, I guess, but at least Azzarello's take feels fresh and fun. And thank god it's not ...more
Ashley
May 03, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Update!! Full Review: http://www.bookishrealmreviews.com/20...

Okay so I may be alone in thinking this but I loveedddd this especially because it included mythology and if you know me than you know I'm a sucker for mythology. Loved the artwork and the plot and I can't wait to check out more of these from the library.
Kyle
Sep 01, 2012 Kyle rated it really liked it
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
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Peter Derk
Jan 23, 2016 Peter Derk rated it it was ok
Fuck me, what a throwback to the old days of comics when the cover has NOTHING to do with the story.

Where's the solid wall of arrows blocking out the sun that Wonder Woman has to plow through?

Where's the gladiator-style combat?

How is it we have like 3 gods in the room at the same time and then they all just sort of leave without fucking shit up?

Why are the most badass characters in this centaurs? Nobody likes centaurs. All the jerk of a horse with none of the horse lips to cover in peanut butter
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Logan
Aug 17, 2014 Logan rated it it was amazing
Wow! So I have never really read Wonder Woman comics, I know her basic origin, but with her premiere in Batman v Superman, now is the time to read! So this volume, has Wonder Woman protecting a woman who has fallen pregnant with Zeus's child, from Hera who is one pissed off Queen! The writing is very good and the art goes with it so well to make a 300/God of War vibe to it. I really liked this volume, I'm kicking myself that I'm only reading it now, but I can't wait to read more!!!
Aaron
Jul 19, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
In this New 52 reboot of Wonder Woman, Diana is tasked with watching over a young woman named Zola, who has been impregnated by Zeus and is now being hunted from afar by Hera.

Go back in time and read George Pérez's updated origin for Wonder Woman from 1987 before reading this volume. Not bad, right? But as far as Diana's genesis as a product of Greek mythology, it's all pretty standard and unsurprising. The plot, setting, and characters are all familiar and even a bit dated, showing the gods and
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Joseph
Nov 02, 2012 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Revisiting this book after reading the individual issues in monthly format, I'm still blown away by the creative impulses that are present here.

Azzarello and Chiang (with art assist by Tony Akins) modernize Diana of Paradise Island and revise her origin in a way that makes sense, building on the traditional story and raising her up to be a demi-god. The Greek gods are updated, and we're no longer subjected to the neo-classicism of George Perez and previous versions of these gods, still wearing
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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
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Gavin
Mar 11, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Well it's a decent book for sure, but far too full of Amazons and Gods for me and not nearly enough mortal Earth superhero stuff. Also, this version of Diana is a smartass, but not particularly funny I find. I think she's also supposed to be a bit younger, which will make it interesting to see how she interacts with Batman and Superman when that happens...Decent for sure, not amazing, but definitely can't have the New 52 without WW.
Lydia
Woo, my first Wonder Woman. And what an utter babe she is.
Kevin
Jul 05, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing
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
Dave
Jan 21, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it
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
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Arturo
Dec 11, 2014 Arturo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-2012-new-52
It's definitely different than any other DC title. If I had flipped thru it I wouldn't of given it a try because the art isn't my thing, and while there isn't really a conclusion by the end, I was really interested in the book.
It's not really your usual action super hero comic, more like a drama with violence here and there. Maybe it was all the weird and strange things going on but I really liked how it's different than anything in the new 52. If this was to get more people to read Wonder Wom
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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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