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Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia (Wonder Woman)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,879 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Book by Rucka, Greg
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by DC Comics (first published 2002)
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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
Crystal Starr Light
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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.
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
Mar 25, 2010 Sophie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
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.
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
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!
John Yelverton
Take Wonder Woman and crank her up to 11 in an effort to make her more relevant. It succeeds and fails on both levels.
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
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
Erica Monroe
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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
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
I really liked the premise and the characterization of Wonder Woman here, but the ending felt very rushed. After setting up a really interesting story and initiating a competition between Wonder Woman and Batman's ideas of justice, the book comes screeching to a halt with what feels like a hasty, cop out ending. The fight between Wonder Woman and Batman was a lot of fun, but there are so many ideas that could have been explored in more depth here-- including the story of Danielle's poor sister, ...more
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.
Guitar Chick
I'm a huge fan of Gail Simone's take on Wonder Woman, so it's surprising that this one became one of my favorite arcs for the character almost immediately.
There is of course the Batman/Wonder Woman showdown to be dealt with, but there's a lot of great character work going on, as well as allusions to Greek mythology. That's a great combination for a book like this.
ANd of course, there's Diana's characterization, near-perfect here for once. Wonder Woman is a very heard character to write because s
Nice story - it's got action, drama, and interesting characters. The story centers around an Ancient Greek ritual called "hiketeia" which sounds like a BDSM relationship without the sex. Basically, one person gains protection while serving the other until the servant releases the protector. In this case, a woman fleeing Batman for her crimes in Gotham obligates herself to Wonder Woman - who then has the tricky job of protecting her against all threats, including Batman. It's sort of like a new r ...more
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.
a powerful story of service and responsibility in the face of competing social and moral obligations.
Violet Sunlight
This was an interesting story. I love the character of Wonder Woman. Mainly the TV Series with Lynda Carter. I usually don't like reading Wonder Woman comics. They hardly ever do her justice. But since I watched Man of Steel, by the way LOVED that movie, and know Wonder Woman is coming to theatres soon for the first time after being around for over 70 years, I figure I should read at least the most popular runs. Greg Rucka is one of the most popular runs, to say the least. Love his writing style ...more
The Hiketeia is (at least according to this book) an ancient Greek ritual where someone would seek sanctuary with someone more powerful, completely abasing themselves and receiving absolute protection in return. This is the story of a time when someone that Batman is pursuing seeks that sanctuary with Wonder Woman. It's more than just the conflict between two normally-allied superheroes -- this is a reflection on protection, fate, justice, duty, and a lovely character study of Wonder Woman in a ...more
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Wonder Woman is a difficult subject (well, at least for most male comic book writers, but that’s a story for another day). Whether or not they don’t know what she stands for or how she should be portrayed (feminism is not her backstory nor the only part of her!) she just
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Yagiz Gulseven
I've picked up this book because of DC's new take on wonder woman basically. Before that I considered wonder woman as a girl with a baywatch type of body wearing a patriotic swimsuit, who punches mythological creatures to death, and brags about being an amazon. If you think that way as well, this book can change your mind.

I'm not going to give any major spoilers since you got the idea from cover anyways. Hiketeia is basically asking someone sanctuary in a form of ritual. At first I thought it wa
Jeff Raymond
I had somehow missed this when I was going into the Wonder Woman run, which I started with Rucka's arc in Volume 2. Reading this now makes me appreciate it a lot more than I would have if I had started in with The Hiketeia, which bases its entire story on the concept of Wonder Woman's relationship with the traditions of her home and how they correspond with the needs and realities of the world she now lives in.

It's incredibly well done - it's subtle as well as direct, and, as an added bonus, Bat
This being the first Wonder Woman story I've ever read, I can only judge it on its own. The writing is fantastic! I love WW's character, and Rucka really gets ancient Greek culture: the obligations towards a suppliant, the essence of tragedy, the inevitability of fate. However, to me it felt like the art didn't match the writing. The Erinyes in particular were a letdown: just three pretty girls with snakes for hair. Not nearly horrifying enough. On the whole, still a great book.
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This is a small but powerful story. Wonder Woman is above humanity. She is the best because she is other.

This is a Greek tragedy moved into the modern world. There is no happy ending here but the book doesn't suffer.

Jones has a way that doesn't amaze me but absolutely leaves me satisfied.
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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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