A great book that covers the history of Wonder Woman from her debut in 1941 through 2010, when the book was published. It covers everything from a spo...moreA great book that covers the history of Wonder Woman from her debut in 1941 through 2010, when the book was published. It covers everything from a spotlight on her creator to hear earliest stories, through various in-universe history changes to her present incarnation.
The book is full of eye candy--they obnoxious boobs-and-butt-filled pinups you expect from comics, but also great character studies, covers, and scenes, rendered in full color.
As a relative newbie to Wonder Woman and the DC universe in general, this book was a great help in giving me an overview of her history so I have references when picking up more recent stories, but it also gave me quite a list of tales to seek out.(less)
I recently learned that Wonder Woman is (or started out, anyway) awesome, and decided to give modern American comics another chance. This sounded like...moreI recently learned that Wonder Woman is (or started out, anyway) awesome, and decided to give modern American comics another chance. This sounded like a good story with little background information needed:
Diana Prince lives in disguise as a human, working in the Department of Metahuman Affairs. It's explained that after a recent incident, she's taking time off to do some "soul-searching," and now divides her time between the government job, and her original mission as Wonder Woman. But now an ancient enemy has returned and raised Diana's Amazon mother from the dead to lead an attack on humanity. Conflict ensues.
I enjoyed Diana as a character. She has to learn human/American societal customs, and her straightforward demeanor is refreshing. Her partner, Nemesis, is an unsurprising a handsome wisecracking flirt--initially annoying, but they have some good dialogue later in the story when things actually start happening. Other superheroes--Superman, Batman, Black Canary--make an appearance when Diana's zombie resurrected mother attacks.
The downside, however, is that the book is short. I got it from the library, but this thin hardback is only 128 pages--for $20 if you bought it new. It's nice and colorful and glossy, but you get very little for what you pay. Apparently, this was only 5 individual comics--what? I can't imagine buying individual comics, since you basically have to start at the beginning of a story, and each chapter is so short. At the very least, though, this collection needed to be longer. It doesn't even have an ending, just a promise that the story continues in the next volume. Yeesh.(less)
A List of Things X-Ray Vision Can Apparently Do *Determine there is poison in soda *Melt the metal lock of a helmet to fuse it shut, without affecting a...moreA List of Things X-Ray Vision Can Apparently Do *Determine there is poison in soda *Melt the metal lock of a helmet to fuse it shut, without affecting anything (or anyone) else *Set something specific on fire in the next room over, without burning the walls *Melt and vaporize lead bullets mid-air *Turn carbon steel into a rare crystalline form (i.e., fake diamonds) for a short period of time *Crack mirrors *Fuse several pounds' worth of individual diamonds into one large, pristine jewel *See through various false wigs/beard/noses/etc. without setting things on fire *See through people, cars, and other objects so as to make them completely invisible to Superman *"X-rays are electronic by nature! So my x-ray beam into the inner works of [a 1950s answer-giving supercomputer] can set the right electronic tubes and relays working to give Jimmy an 'answer' to the [question Clark is rigging for Superman-reasons]."
Metropolis is a city that seems to be built on the crazy antics of reporters, famous people who visit for no discernible reason, the charity work of Superman, and boatloads of middle-aged male crooks. And it makes you wonder about the rest of the world--I mean, the most powerful, invulnerable being lives in this city, which is frequented by bank robbers (there are freaking classes for them, like the "how to escape underground after a heist" class) and the occasional minor disaster--the rest of the world must be paradise.
When Supes smashes a giant meteor heading for the city, it turns out to be Kryptonite--Superman is fine, but goes to recover in a lead-lined box while the city's streets are strewn with the rock. The obvious solution? Jimmy, who gets kidnapped or otherwise targeted by Metropolis's healthy crook population on a daily basis, uses a helicopter to shout out instructions to the populace: "Attention, all below! Pick up any glowing pieces of kryptonite because they affect Superman! Bring them to the Daily Planet!"
I think my favorite story was one where Lois Lane, doing a special surprise "Jimmy Olson is Awesome" tribute story, unknowingly leads Jimmy to believe she's in love with him. They never go on a date, or talk romance, obviously, but in less than two days Jimmy knows there's only one thing to do:
"You don't have to say it, love! I know...you love me! And I...uh...well...will you marry me?" It was the only gentlemanly thing to do! I couldn't keep poor Lois dangling any longer!
Also, there's a whole lot of lead and radioactive materials floating around for ordinary citizens to play with. That might explain a lot the the storylines, actually.(less)
A mixed bag of sci-fi/futuristic interpretations of various fairy tales and myths, with some single-page poster-style illustrations thrown in.
I wasn'...moreA mixed bag of sci-fi/futuristic interpretations of various fairy tales and myths, with some single-page poster-style illustrations thrown in.
I wasn't familiar with all the original stories covered, but that didn't prevent them from being enjoyable. Almost all were enjoyable, and as with any anthology, the ones that weren't can be chalked up to a difference in taste, rather than an overall lack of quality.
Besides the story interpretation, my favorite part was the difference in art styles. There were dozens of stories with varying lengths, and the art styles, though most distinctly "American comics," varied as much as the stories themselves.(less)