This is a tough read as a fan of Morrison and a fan of Wonder Woman since I think I understand what he was trying to reach for here in Earth One, butThis is a tough read as a fan of Morrison and a fan of Wonder Woman since I think I understand what he was trying to reach for here in Earth One, but failed on nearly every level for me. Basically Morrison creates a fusion of WW's creator William Moulton Marston's vision of the character along with updated futurist designs, a dollop of pacing weirdness, and more upfront sexuality.
What really sunk the book for me was Morrison and Paquette undermining the thematic cornerstones of the character, namely female empowerment, and Diana's role as an ambassador for peace. Instead we get a lot of body shaming (a point amplified by Paquette's generic beautiful amazon designs), a strange and violently xenophobic Hippolyta & Paradise Island population (the freaking GORGON attack!?), and the return of over the top bondage focus which I am not sure many fans were clamoring for. That and the gross implication that Diana's thirst to explore and interact with the outside world comes from her father, which just robs her of agency and identity. A point which I found infuriating.
This book skates by with 2 stars mainly due to Paquette's lush art, which despite the design quibbles I had, is really beautiful. I especially love the design of Paradise Island and the technology the amazons use. The armored kangaroos are great too!
I have found most of the Earth One books a disappointment, and this one is no exception. Do yourself a favor and read Jill Lepore's excellent The Secret History of Wonder Woman to get a sense of the classic era of the character and the background of Diana's creation. I hate that Wonder Woman continues to get such an uneven treatment from DC Comics....more
A really nice collection representative of important milestones for all 4 Flashes, and by far the best of these 75th Anniversary collections I have reA really nice collection representative of important milestones for all 4 Flashes, and by far the best of these 75th Anniversary collections I have read so far. That said, I far prefer the older collection of The Greatest Flash Stories every told (the one from 1991) as a representation of the best Flash tales around, particularly for the Jay Garrick & Barry Allen eras. Along with that volume, the 75th collection will give the reader a really nice overview of one of DC's best legacy characters. There are stories here that have been reprint ad-nauseam like Flash of Two Worlds! and Jay & Barry's origin stories, but I was happy to see a few more unusual tales pop up like Stupendous Triumph of the Six Super-Villains!, Death of an Immortal!, Deadly Secret of the Flash!, and The Last Dance! Bronze age DC books are often not collected these days, so it is a treat to see some some very important Flash lore reprinted!
So why 3 stars? The collection does a terrible job representing arguably the best Flash, Wally West, with a measly 3 tales, which are mixed at best. Flash #1 is a really weird pick for representing early Wally, especially since there are so many great stories by William Messner-Loebs & Mark Waid in this period (I do really like the inclusion of The Unforgiving Minute for Wally in this collection) that could have been easily been included instead of say, Crisis #8 or other Barry Allen stories. This plus the really poor Bart Allen installment take this collection down a peg. Overall, mild recommendation for casual readers, but fans of the character should take it for a spin!...more
At this point Superman's origin has been retold so many times, reading another version usually says more about the writer than the character himself.At this point Superman's origin has been retold so many times, reading another version usually says more about the writer than the character himself. Johns makes some very interesting choices. I like how he sidesteps Krypton's destruction and focuses on Clark's Smallville years, and even manages to crowbar in Legion of Superheroes which I'm not sure has ever been included in a retelling of Superman's origin before.
Johns' other great idea is that Metropolis is absolute dump when Clark shows up, with the population suffering under Luthor's control. This is really brilliant since one of Superman's key strengths is as an inspirational figure, and by the end of the series, you see the city turning itself around which is neat! I also need to mention that Gary Frank's art is pretty good too, using the Christopher's Reeves model for his inspiration (which I have mixed feelings about).
Overall, this is just a solid effort that doesn't really replace any of the myriad of other versions of the story, especially the version I grew up with, John Byrne's Man of Steel. That is fine, I am sure younger readers will discover and enjoy this book, but older readers might have more mixed mileage....more
This is a actually a 3.5; in many ways, this is the newest Bat-title (along with Grayson, and the relaunched Batgirl) that has the potential do somethThis is a actually a 3.5; in many ways, this is the newest Bat-title (along with Grayson, and the relaunched Batgirl) that has the potential do something very interesting and unique in the current line of DC comics. First of all, it is actually written for a YA audience, which is great, and fully embraces the culture and drama of high school. At this point in the series, there are almost too many characters and ideas that are exploding out of this book, so I suspect that this will get better as the mysteries deepen and the characters grow. Very fun for Batman fans, but really accessible and enjoyable if you don't know anything about this world....more