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Wonder Woman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (The Greatest Stories Ever Told)

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From her beginnings in the early 1940s to today's epics, these are the stories that made Wonder Woman a comic book legend. Included in this anthology are Wonder Woman's origin story, plus her epic battles with the Cheetah, Dr Psycho and others.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 7th 2007 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jace
May 15, 2010 Jace rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
This collection makes clear a sad truth: when you boil it down, not that many great stories have actually been told about Wonder Woman.

Now for a few caveats. Yes, there are plenty of good Wonder Woman stories, but it's hard to name very many great ones. Also, some of the best Wonder Woman stories are larger arcs that take place over a number of issues and thus would not fit well in a collection such as this one. And it seems that many of the best WW stories don't even appear in her own book, bu
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KC
Jan 12, 2016 KC rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, comics
I grabbed this as a challenge to myself to get out of my reading comfort zone occasionally so I'm not very familliar with comics and have only a slight knowledge of Wonder Woman. If these are her greatest stories, I don't know what's made her such a cultural icon. Collections like this are good for the casual or new readers to hook them into the character's world. But there's no context provided for readers like me. I didn't know who most of the characters were or why they were important. The st ...more
Brendan
Jul 16, 2014 Brendan rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
3 1/2

A collection of ten Wonder Woman stories spanning her first sixty years. There's also a two-page snippet explaining her origin and an Introduction by Lynda Carter.

It works better as a historical overview than as a 'best of' collection. Seeing the changes over the years is fascinating. Robert Kanigher is overrepresented, with four of the ten. Two of his efforts could have been replaced and this would have been a stronger collection, both in variety and quality.

The stand-outs are 1942's "Won
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Samdenney
Aug 19, 2010 Samdenney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of old comics, people new to Wonder Woman
Recommended to Samdenney by: -
Shelves: comics
Like the Batman version I read a while back, this is a collection of Wonder Woman stories that span her entire history. Looking back at my review of the Caped Crusader's Greatest Stories, it seems like I was overly harsh on bad art and poor writing from the '40s and '50s. I was holding them up to a higher standard than was reasonable instead of just enjoying them as products of their own time. Having read some more old comics, I feel like I can now appreciate the fun aspects of Wonder Woman's ch ...more
Adam Graham
Nov 17, 2013 Adam Graham rated it liked it
This book is supposed to be made up of some of the Greatest story in the history of Wonder Woman from 1942-2001.

The book begins with two stories from the original run by Creator William Moulton Marston in the 1940s. The origin story is skipped for the more entertaining "Wonder Woman Comes to America" which has a great light sense of fun to it as Wonder Woman encounters crooks and establishes her secret identity. Second, we find Wonder Woman up against a team of supervillains when her attempt to
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Amy
Aug 15, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
Honestly, I struggled slightly with this collection. It started with a 2 page spread for her origin story, which was disappointing plus it didn't shed any more light on it then I already knew. Then the first comic provided some laughs with how ridiculous it was. But as I moved I became bored. The stories were uninteresting and the Wonder Woman being presented was not how I imagined from my basic gleamed knowledge. Then I hit the final tale and suffering through those dodgy stories has become wor ...more
Nadine
Aug 08, 2014 Nadine rated it liked it
Saw that book at the library and could not resist revisiting my childhood hero. However, it's not exactly the greatest stories ever told, but the greatest story by era, I think. And the oldest stories are, well, childish and a bit ridiculous. But even in my younger years, I didn't like those.
I am glad I read it to the end because the older stories were much more interesting. Maybe I will try to catch up on what happened to Wonder Woman between the time I was an avid fan and now.
Paul-Jon
Aug 22, 2012 Paul-Jon rated it it was ok
Wonder Woman has merit as a character, but there's no examples of 'why' in this comic, really.

That said, the early Marston stuff has genuine curiosity value, relentless stories about the importance of submission, with inky, odd artwork.

The final story, by the reliable Phil Jiminez, is the most readable, however, despite having reams of text which render the nice art incredibly off-putting, as does the awful modern computer colouring. It tries to get across the fact that wonder woman actually do
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Candace Perry
May 19, 2015 Candace Perry rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what it was, but I really enjoyed this one in comparison to the other compilations I've read. I still don't like what they did with Steve Trevor post-Crisis, I love their mutually saving the day dynamic they had pre-Crisis. But whatever, that's not exactly new! Very fun overall.
Rachel Searcey
May 04, 2012 Rachel Searcey rated it it was ok
This is just a weird collection of comics. It goes from the 1940s to 2001, and I find it really hard to believe that these are the "greatest" stories in a whole 60 years. The very first issue is entertaining in a campy, 1940s kind of way. And the last one, from 2001, is the only one that I really see as being the true Wonder Woman of today. Everything in between is pure dribble.

It's mostly crappy art, weird story lines that meander around, and strange villains (Gorilla girl). Don't get me starte
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AJ Conroy
Jul 31, 2013 AJ Conroy rated it it was ok
Really disappointing. I was hoping this would be a good starting place for Wonder Woman after reading Trinity, but the selection was odd. I liked reading the first and the last stories, but the ones in between were kinda boring. Is WW only interesting as a supporting character in the Justice League? Or maybe I'm only reacting to the sexism.
Jill
Jan 08, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
The title of this is very misleading. Not sure these stories are really "the greatest." I do enjoy the Alex Ross cover, though.
Nancy
May 10, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
I skipped the last story, and the second to last one wasn't very good, either. Too much drugs and violence... too REALISTIC. I much prefer the kookiness of the earlier stories. The further the years progressed, the less fun the comics became.
Shimmywith4
Mar 23, 2015 Shimmywith4 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
Was so excited to see Wonder Woman as she has evolved. But I guess I haven't read enough stand alones to judge if these truly are "greats". Most were good, but a couple were lacking big time and I'm sure there are better out there.
Hope
Wow - early Wonder Woman was even more sexist than I expected. Still, she was ahead of her time all the same. The last story is my favorite in the volume, and one of my favorite Wonder Woman stories in general.
Michael
May 17, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Yes, I enjoyed a handful of these narratives, mostly the final comic, but in all these are a pretty good representation of WW across the years. This is very interesting.
Steve
Aug 07, 2012 Steve rated it did not like it
Disappointing.
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Dr. William Moulton Marston (May 9, 1893 – May 2, 1947), also known by the pen names Charles Moulton and William Marston, was an American psychologist, feminist theorist, inventor, and comic book writer who created the character Wonder Woman. Two women, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne (who lived with the couple in a polyamorous relationship), served as exemplars for the charact ...more
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