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Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia (Wonder Woman)

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WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA is a brilliantly orchestrated modern Greek tragedy of duty and vengeance. When Wonder Woman partakes in an ancient ritual called the Hiketeia, she is honor bound to eternally protect and care for a young girl named Danielle Wellys. But when the Amazon Princess learns that Danielle has killed the drug dealers who murdered her sister, she suddenly ...more
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Published October 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published 2002)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
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The Hiketeia is an ancient Greek ritual that bonds the master and servant in a relationship of mutual respect and servitude.

Danielle Wellys shows up and asks for Hiketeia with Wonder Woman/Diana. Wonder Woman is of course curious that an ancient custom is known must less practiced. She accepts the Hiketeia.
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Then Batman shows up hunting her ward.
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Under the bond no harm may come to her ward...so Wonder Woman kicks some Batman booty.
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She is also being watched by some Gre
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Bookwraiths
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Damn, that is a cool cover. I mean, nothing says badass like Wonder Woman’s boot on Batman’s face, right?

But, honestly, The Hiketeia isn’t so much about WW and Bats getting into it (though they are definitely at one another here) as it is the story of a young woman finding a way to escape the Dark Knight’s justice.

What starts the whole thing out is when this unknown woman decides to give some seriously wicked guys a little bit of street justice. Their brutal p
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Sesana
You could consider this Greg Rucka's audition for the job of regular Wonder Woman writer. After reading The Hiketeia, it was a foregone conclusion that he'd get it eventually.

I first read this book right after it first came out. It was getting a lot of buzz, for the Batman vs. Wonder Woman showdown, for the plot borrowing from (somewhat fictionalized) ancient Greek customs, for that awesome cover, but mostly for being a really good Wonder Woman story. It's all true.

There's a grim inevitability t
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Michelle Morrell
The ritual of Hiketeia is one of supplication, servitude and protection. Diana finds herself in a tricky situation with Batman on one side, the furies on another, and the life of a young girl in the balance. Quick but not easy read, with beautiful art throughout.
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Probably the best damn Wonder Woman comic I've had the pleasure to read. GORRAM is this good!! WW is in PERFECT form, the story is SUPERB, art is great and Batman makes a GREAT unlikely foil.

Rucka is quickly becoming a fav.
Julia
For something that was less than 100 pages, this really packed a punch.

There's a good bit of ancient Greek history and mythology in this, which makes it more interesting. They explain what hiketeia is and how this young woman Danny (who idolizes Wonder Woman) uses it after she goes on a rampage to avenge her younger sister's death at the hands of a form of sex trafficking. Batman is out to hand Danny to the authorities but Wonder Woman can't let that happen because that would have broken the bon
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Wealhtheow
Jul 10, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
For some reason I don't read Wonder Woman regularly, even though she is exactly the kind of character I love best: an unapologetic, strong-willed, opinionated, bad-ass woman. In this comic, a young woman begs for Wonder Woman's protection, and she grants it. WW speaks with a precise, antiquated style that I love, particularly in contrast to the colloquial speech around her. Her life is one of service and duty--and she likes it that way. The demands placed upon her by hospitality and honor place ...more
Anne
Sep 15, 2010 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story itself is short and...well, not sweet. After all, it is a Greek tragedy. Still, this story is a great example of why Wonder Woman is such an icon. The art is gorgeous, by the way!
Sophie
Mar 25, 2010 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tina
Shelves: comics, favorites
There is something about Wonder Woman. Like Batman and Superman, just looking her sometimes takes my breath away. Of course, those three inspire different feelings each. And with Diana, it's - it's a different kind of awe, one I haven't found a word for yet. Earlier this evening I was reading a single issue of Wonder Woman where women who were victims of physical abuse were talking about how Wonder Woman - just by existing - helped them to stand up for themselves. And when finally you saw her on ...more
Amy
Aug 09, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
I think the biggest criticism I have of this book, is that it's too short to really do itself justice.

Rucka asks some really interesting and thoughtful questions by pitting Wonder Woman and Batman against each other. What is legally moral and what is righteously moral are not always the same thing, and in reality there's very nuanced and compelling arguments for both sides.

Unfortunately we don't really get that depth here, the motivations never progressing from basic stereotypes - Wonder Woman
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Caroline
Apr 17, 2010 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Wow, that's not at all what I expected. This is a serious meditation on the nature of justice and the conflict between varying belief systems, in the form of a Wonder Woman and Batman comic with a plot that is (literally) from Greek tragedy. That doesn't sound like it should work, but Rucka pulls it off. There's lovely art by J. G. Jones, too. This is a very short book, but it's the kind of thing that sticks with you.
Josh
Oct 31, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read with great art!
Juan Bosco
Wonder Woman es un personaje icónico, es la super heroína mejor conocida de todas y para muchas personas, quizás, es la única que conocen. Sin embargo, pocas personas podrían nombrar alguna historia emblemática de este personaje o alguno de sus villanos.

The Hiketeia es una de las historias de referencia de Wonder Woman escrita por uno de los autores más emblemáticos del personaje. En esta historia se presentan los elementos más característicos de Wonder Woman: su origen mitológico, su papel de
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John Yelverton
Mar 06, 2012 John Yelverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take Wonder Woman and crank her up to 11 in an effort to make her more relevant. It succeeds and fails on both levels.
Jan Philipzig
I realize I am in the minority here, but the ways in which Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia tackles serious topics such as sexual assault, sexual slavery, drug abuse and suicide felt formulaic, cheesy, exploitative, and ultimately inadequate to me.
Tiara
May 07, 2011 Tiara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman finds herself in Batman’s crosshairs when she decides to mete out her own personal brand of justice against the men who are responsible for her sister’s death. To protect herself, she acquiesces herself to Wonder Woman through an ancient ritual called “Hiketeia,” a custom from Diana’s world that cannot be refused without severe consequences, leaving Wonder Woman at odds with Batman when she accepts.

A Google Buzz friend recommended this when we had a discussion about essential readi
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Longjonbronze
Apr 26, 2015 Longjonbronze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As its been said Wonder Woman is the spirit of truth, that's the core of the character, as long as you stay true to the core of the character you cant go wrong. And yet so many people do. Here is a great done in one graphic novel that demonstrates all that is great about the character and why she works. Even though in the past some writers just haven't go it.

Its just great when the right writer meets the right character. Here it is in all its glory, Greg Rucka excels in writing great female cha
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Erica Monroe
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Kamal
Aug 21, 2014 Kamal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
It's interesting to read a superhero story that sets two vastly different moral systems side-by-side. In this case, Batman's obsessive war on crime with Wonder Woman's ancient moral code from antiquity. The cover alone get's you all excited about DC's two most implacable and complicated heroes facing off. However, Rucka doesn't really deliver. The story is too ponderous for its own good. Rucka knits together some very strong story elements only to have it all ravel with a completely unsatisfying ...more
Kurt Rocourt
Apr 22, 2015 Kurt Rocourt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-tpb
If I remember correctly this was Greg Ruckas first Wonder Woman comic. Its the story that got him the job of series writer a year later. By the cover you can see who else is in the book. The story highlights the difference between Wonder Woman and Batman without the knockdown drag out fight that you know Batman can't win. The way they resolve the problem between them is smart. In Ruckas run this idea of Wonder Woman resolving problems in her own way starts here so I think before someone reads hi ...more
Angie
May 01, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angie by: Jon O
When I was little girl I used to love Wonder Woman. I would twirl around real fast in my Wonder Woman Underoos to become her and then fly (jump off the sofa), and lasso evil villains (my siblings) with my golden lariat (My jumprope).

A friend lent me some wonder woman graphic novels to read. I hadn't thought much about wonder woman since I was about 7 or 8, I'd say. I was skeptical that I would like them. I'm not a huge fan of DC style superheroes, but truly I loved her all over again.
Robert
a powerful story of service and responsibility in the face of competing social and moral obligations.
The Lost Dreamer
Aug 14, 2016 The Lost Dreamer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super-heroines
Short, fast and emotional. Plus, you get to see Diana kicking a Bat-ass, which is great. I've loved this one
Grburbank
Wonder Woman is caught between the Erinyes and Batman in this one-shot that offers a sensitive, if limited, snapshot of Diana when she is bound by hiketeia to protect a good girl with a bad past.
Yaqueliné
I really don't know anything about Wonder Woman so this book was kind of confusing...
Oh! Sweet even Batman did an appearance in the book.
Kathy
Dec 03, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The key is to remember that this isn't normal life for Bats & Wonder Woman, but what happens when they find themselves in a Greek tragedy.
Lisa
Dec 02, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love watching Wonder Woman kick Batman's ass?
Benjamin Featherston
When a killer invokes an ancient rite to secure the protection of Wonder Woman and escape the pursuit of Batman, she pits the two friends against one another. Since these two heroes have their respective fan bases, let's look at how well Greg Rucka serves each group.

Fans of Wonder Woman will enjoy delving into Amazonian culture, specifically the tradition of the Hiketeia. Unfortunately, this trade paperback is set during that bizarre era in which Diana was a political ambassador at the UN in New
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Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman: Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen & Country series.
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