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Wonder Woman, Vol. 5: Rise of the Olympian (Wonder Woman III #5)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  558 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
When the gods change their plans for man's world, it's up to Wonder Woman to protect humanity against an invading army of male warriors and a new adversary called Genocide. An army of Olympians has risen for an all-out assault on war across the globe and only Wonder Woman can stop them in this new title collecting issues #20-27! One particular attack could spell the end of ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by DC Comics
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Oct 10, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Gail Simone writers Wonder Woman. No exception here, though there's a lot going on. I feel like I may have missed a few plot threads here and there to fully understand the storyline, but I knew enough to enjoy it. Really liked the art, and the two page spread of Diana, Donna Troy, and Cassie in coordinating Amazonian battle armor is awesome beyond words.
Hannah Givens
Jun 17, 2016 Hannah Givens rated it liked it
I continue to be kind of sad that I don't adore this series. My lack of emotional identification is, I think, just the fact that I don't really get much out of Wonder Woman in the first place. I love her historically, and I love her in the 60s show, but her comic-book characterization is usually based on a combination of battle-as-valor and an Amazonian concept of nobility based on lofty sisterhood and few emotions other than warriorly love and competition. None of those things speak to me. So, ...more
Edward Cheer
Apr 21, 2015 Edward Cheer rated it liked it
Of all the superheroes I know and have read casually, I barely know a single thing about Wonder Woman. So I said "what the heck?" and picked up the first comic I saw at the library. And I realized what a horrible decision that was, because this is the fifth book in a whole series. But I can catch onto stories pretty quick, and I did pretty good with doing so on this story. But there were some bits I didn't understand (like Dr. Psycho. What was up with that subplot?), and honestly didn't further ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok
Wonder Woman battles a nearly unbeatable monster called Genocide, while Zeus hatches some misguided patronizing scheme to replace the Amazons with men folk. Some of the vague subplots involving the Department of Metahuman Affairs seem to have been fleshed out here, though it probably didn't help that I skipped a volume. Overall this story appealed to me even less than The Circle, because here's the thing about Genocide: her portrayal is both overserious, given the ridiculous costume, and not ser ...more
Victor Orozco
Jul 06, 2015 Victor Orozco rated it really liked it
Wow. An awesome collection of Wonder Woman comics. Basically Diana faces a terrible villain that beats her terribly to the point that even the brave Amazon loses confidence in herself.

While this goes on the gods of Olympus return and see how their absence from the world has done. Here Zeus decides to create an army of warriors to force peace upon the world.

All the while the vicious creature has been wrecking having not just on Diana, but on her family and friends in the Justice League. Eventuall
Maggie Gordon
Realistically, this was more of a 2.5 star book than a 3 star book. Wonder Woman herself is written well, but the story is a bit of a mess. Wonder Woman is still mistrusted from the events in Mission's End, she's balancing a secondary identity with a government agency that doesn't like superheroes, and now there's a series of new and old villains causing a lot of chaos. Simply put, there's a lot going on that ties into previous volumes, but the sheer amount of new plot that was introduced overbu ...more
Kim Dyer
Sep 30, 2014 Kim Dyer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-comics
I have some mixed feelings about this volume.

While I continue to love the way that Simone writes Diana, the story just seemed too disjointed and poorly paced. Particularly towards the end of this trade, stuff just seemed to happen very quickly with very little explanation, leaving me to only assume that I've missed out on some side comics that tie into these events. Donna's sudden turn against Diana was really out of character and never adequately explained, and the final issue was just wrapped
Jul 29, 2014 Sorcha rated it really liked it
Picked up in hardback. I have read few Wonder Woman stories, but recognise Gail's name enough to try out a few. There for I am sure there are some WW (and JLA) subtexts in this story that I'm not getting simply because I've not got the back story.

Anyway Zeus, leader of the gods the Amazonians worship, decides that the Amazonians deserve some peace and quiet after all the centuries as warriors. He therefore creates a new warrior race to take the mantel so the Amazonians can retire into seclusion.
Dec 16, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it
So yes, I'm getting me some graphic novel lovin'.

I don't have much background in Wonder Woman and her universe; I knew that her people are Amazons, and that was about it. I don't know whether the origin story posited here was partly or totally a reboot, etc etc. It kinda doesn't matter, actually, at least not for my enjoyment of the story. There were obviously bits that didn't have the emotional impact that it might for long-term fans; I could see it was devastating when friends got hurt, or tur
Xavier Guillaume
Feb 10, 2012 Xavier Guillaume rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Wonder Woman Fans, Comic Book Fans
Shelves: graphic-novel
An incredible read. I absolutely love, love, love Genocide's villainry. She is basically pure evil, which is a nice foil to Wonder Woman's remarkably noble and do-good character. I don't think I've been as frightened from a female villain since Typhoid Mary from Spider-Man.

I also greatly appreciated the role Zeus plays in this book. Zeus really is never to be trusted because he always seems to be motivated by revenge and jealousy, and this it is surely the case in Wonder Woman also. I was so fri
Brian Williams
Mar 25, 2011 Brian Williams rated it really liked it
Writer, Gail Simone, Grant Morrison; Geoff Johns
Artist, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan; Bernard Chang

Published by DC Comics

I don't think anything Gail Simone could have written for Wonder Woman would have reached the level of fan anticipation for her becoming the writer on the series. Everyone for the longest time mentioned her writing the book every time they saw something negative with another writer taking the character.

I told myself the above as I checked this vo
Oct 31, 2010 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Hm. I think I liked this one a lot better the first time I read it. The second time, I had quite a few problems, so now it's three instead of four stars.

What I do like about this collection is the introduction of the Olympian. Zeus, deciding that his Amazons have done enough and deserve rest and peace and quiet, grants them mortality and creates Achilles to lead a bunch of men to do what Wonder Woman and the Amazons could never do - finally end all war. I love Achilles, and it was great to see t
Aug 24, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
The story probably deserved four stars, but it was so continuity heavy it was hard to follow. Oh, look, it's volume 5! That explains a lot. The library helpfully covered up any references to chronology with stickers, meaning all I saw was "Gail Simone" and "Wonder Woman".

Not for DC universe beginners that's for sure. (I seem to have missed quite a lot in Donna Troy's life. Husband? Child?)
Jun 17, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it
I've attempted to read Wonder Woman before, by looking up lists on what were her great stories, etc. And I finally realized that I might as well look for the stories I'm more likely to enjoy. Which lead me to Gail Simone's pre-New 52 run. Simone balances action with character perfectly, and her glimmers of humor always please. She has a sense of the absurd but never descends into camp or kitsch. Thoroughly entertaining.
Jun 28, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
I loved Gail Simone's Birds of Prey, but this was the first volume of her Wonder Woman I picked up. This is how Wonder Woman should be written. Diana is no sidekick or brainless fluff piece, but the princess of a warrior tribe. Genocide is amazingly crafted as a remorseless foil to a Wonder Woman's nobility. I have got to read the rest of this run.
Apr 13, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
Genocide attacks the world, Wonder Woman and even defeats the JLA. Where has this monster come from and how will Wonder Woman defeat it? Oh, and the Olympian gods have returned, and Zeus has a problem. Diana actually gets hurt during this book, and the plot is a page turner. The concept of genocide is scary, and impacts all of Dianas friends. A very good read.
Aug 23, 2013 CKE387 rated it really liked it
I loved the artwork by artists Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Bernard Chang and colorists Brad Anderson and Alex Sinclair. The writing by Gail Simone did give everyone, even minor characters, their own personalities. I really liked the argument between Diana and Donna - the expression on Donna's face really fitted the character and her mood in that moment. I loved the scene between Genocide (main enemy in this story) and Etta Candy-Trevor - after seeing Wonder Woman defeated by this abomination, and ...more
Jerry Daniels
Rise of the Olympian seems disjointed as a couple of stories are told and woven to shape the future of Wonder Woman, her Amazonian family, friends, and colleagues at the Department of Metahuman Affairs.

It introduces characters, based on those in Greek mythology, as they discover their land vandalized. Next, it cuts agent Diana Prince and a group of subordinates about to embark on a mission that gets interrupted - twice. The second interruption leads to the introduction of "Wonder Woman's " new
Jan 08, 2015 J rated it liked it
Storyline was fine. However, I might be spoiled. George Perez's artwork makes everything else just okay. Artwork was okay.
Emmett Spain
Apr 30, 2016 Emmett Spain rated it really liked it
Wonder Woman faces a ferocious foe in Genocide, an unimaginatively named but deeply formidable villain. There's a lot of guff around Olympians and Zeus and rivals and male amazon guys that I frankly wasn't that into, but I enjoyed watching Diana take on a foe that really took her to the edge, by overpowering her physically and wreaking havoc on all aspects of her life. The art is great, the colours vibrant, and it ends beautifully, reinforcing the strength and idealism of Diana, and setting an i ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Joe rated it liked it
Good action, fun story.
That Zeus, what a guy. Never a dull moment. [not he one I'd pick to follow]
Over to soon.
Guess I need more Wonder Woman.
Ben Mariner
Oct 17, 2013 Ben Mariner rated it it was amazing
This right here is why everyone should read and LOVE Wonder Woman. Everyone writes her off as some stupid woman superhero that's lame and no fun. So WRONG! The story here was amazing. Genocide is one of the most terrifying villains ever. Genetically/magically enhanced to just kill everything without a single second of remorse. This book just dove head first into Wonder Woman's limitations and boundaries. If you can read this and not see Diana, Princess of the Amazons in a different light, you're ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
A little disjointed, Wonder Woman: Rise of the Olympian is about two stories.

The first is a powerful new enemy created by the Society of Supervillains, a monstrous being called Genocide that is the complete opposite of Diana in every way, but equally powerful.

The second is Zeus attempting to get back Diana's favour by talking to Kane Milohai, but everything does not go as planned.

Both stories are intertwined into a powerful and intense climax, and the aftermath paves the way for the next install
Jun 17, 2014 Epeeblade rated it really liked it
I thought this was pretty dark.
Jul 29, 2015 Phil rated it liked it
Shelves: bought, comics
It was okay.
Oct 23, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Personally, I felt like Rise of the Olympian had a bit of a slow start. I wasn't feeling the stakes at first, but the drama did build up and ended in some epic, awe-inspiring moments. Hippolyta has some shining moments along with Diana. The story gets really interesting with the twist about Genocide and the involvement of the Amazons. Achilles is a nice addition too. As usual for this series, the art is beautiful throughout.
Apparently I have read this before, and now that I think about it I feel like the story seemed kind of familiar. A number of frequent Wonder Woman villains team up inspired by Ares to create Genocide, an evil God. At the same time the Greek Gods return to Earth and Zues makes a promise to Aphrodite to take care of the Amazons. Zues thinks this means replacing them so they can rest. He raises former famous male warriors from the grave and creates a male from the heart of a Hawiian god.

Apr 16, 2012 Pturingan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero
Very nice superhero story with a suitably epic feel to it. I only have two minor complaints:

1) Genocide's costume was just ridiculous. Almost had a 90s Image Comics feel to it. I also did not like the Greek Gods outfits.
2) Although the title of the volume is Rise of the Olympian, I felt that the character (the Olympian) did not get as much time in the spotlight as he deserved.

Nevertheless, I found this to be a very satisfying story and look forward to the next volumes.
Not as strong as the first two of Simone's volumes, yet still a great book. It contains appropriate levels of subversion, metaphor and awareness tied into it's mythology and an amazing amount of kicking arse added in to it. However the story is a lot more disjointed I think it really needed to be and as a result doesn't quite build up as it otherwise should.

Definitely worth checking out but prehaps not a great starting point.
Mar 27, 2012 Iain rated it it was ok
After two solid volumes of solid superhero comics, this was a bit of a disappointment. It actually starts to suffer from some of the more typical weaknesses of modern comics: underdeveloped antagonists, reliance on previous knowledge, disjointed storytelling, skimpy plotting, action at the expense of character, and an unwarranted and ultimately hollow sense of the story's weight and import. It was hard to care, basically.
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Gail Simone is a comic book writer well-known for her work on Birds of Prey (DC), Wonder Woman (DC), and Deadpool (Marvel), among others, and has also written humorous and critical commentary on comics and the comics industry such as the original "Women in Refrigerators" website and a regular column called "You'll All Be Sorry".
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