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Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

(Wonder Woman: One-Shots)

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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,555 ratings  ·  311 reviews
WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON is Jill Thompson's storybook style reimagining of the early years of the Amazon Princess Diana, who would grow up to become Wonder Woman. This fully painted graphic novel is unlike any Wonder Woman tale you have ever read, told as only Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Thomspon could. When young Diana has the fawning attention of a nation, sh ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by DC Comics (first published September 8th 2015)
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Jan Philipzig
The Traumatization of Wonder Woman

With its focus on narration rather than dialogue and its fully painted, lush yet neatly structured artwork, Jill Thompson’s Wonder Woman: The True Amazon does not exactly feel like your typical contemporary comic book. In fact, it hardly feels like a comic book at all, more like an illustrated old-school storybook. It’s an effect that works well in the context, as it somewhat removes Wonder Woman from the other heroes of the DC Universe, highlighting the Amazon’
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Sam Quixote
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Jill Thompson’s Wonder Woman: The True Amazon is a retelling of Diana’s classic origin with the slight difference that teenage Diana is a brat. She’s the princess so she does what she wants, bitch! And then she learns the dire consequences of her irresponsibility, grows up and is set on the path towards the hero she will become.

It’s not a bad story but I didn’t love it. It’s written competently by Thompson and she gives Diana a grounded reason to be more caring and mindful of her actions rather
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David Schaafsma
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon is a beautifully painted one volume storybook-style origin story for the Amazon Princess Diana, an Eisner-Award nominee I suspect mainly for the art, which is impressive. The story is basically Wonder Woman as Mean Girl, one who Does a Bad Bad Thing which she (for some reason) needed to go through to make a commitment to Peace and Justice.

Thompson works from the vibe of Greek myth to elevate Wonder Woman to a God-like status. But first she has to grow up. She gains
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Richard
Wonder Woman has always had the reputation of being one of the most stable and well-adjusted of the comic book heroes, as well as having on of the kindest hearts. What I liked about this most recent telling of her origin tale is the new take that Jill Thompson considers on how she became that way. She portrays Diana as growing up as a spoiled brat and ultimately learning through her mistakes how to be the person we know her to be today. I've seen more than a few reviews that seem to be angry at ...more
Artemis
At last, a 'Wonder Woman' graphic novel rated five stars by me, happy and utterly satisfied.

Even with my still-partial reading experience of the seventy-five years of 'Wonder Woman' comics, I can say, in my humble opinion, that 'Wonder Woman: The True Amazon' is the best re-imagining of the character and her origin.

I can finally get the taste of Brian Azzarello's trite, regressive, misogynistic New 52 retcon of the famous superheroine's unique origin (where she's just another of Zeus's bastard c
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Sesana
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
A re-imagining of Diana's origin that only changes one thing, by making her spoiled, selfish, and needing to grow and seek redemption. Beautifully illustrated, with a story that makes sense (Diana is, after all, the cherished only child of hundreds) and grows into something quite good by the end.
Chad
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Jill Thompson takes the Wonder Woman mythos and adds in some Grimm's fairy tales. Obviously geared towards younger readers, the book's lush watercolors give the book the look of a storybook.
Wonder Woman grows up doted on by the Amazons and becomes a spoiled brat. She doesn't learn her lesson until she's done irreparable harm to her sisters. I didn't care for the ending much. There's no real redemption. Diana is just banished without rectifying her mistakes.
Ian
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b-favorites
I've been a fan of Wonder Woman ever since the 1970s TV series...but sadly the character has been mistreated. In the mid-1990s I can remember reading in the Hollywood Reporter that a Wonder Woman movie was in pre-production. It must have been 2002 or 2003 that I heard the project had been canned because "nobody wanted to watch a female super hero". Then a couple of years later the movie was back on before being once again canned. Then there was a very good animated movie, and finally the feature ...more
Jen
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Starting this review off with a disclaimer, I am not a comic buff by any stretch of the imagination. I don't have characters that I know the entire back story of, or know every single story arc they are in. I enjoy comics, I like the perdy pictures and while I don't follow the entire storyline of particular characters, I do have some personal favorites and if I see them in something, I will pick it up.

That being said, if I pick up something with a fav in it and they aren't portrayed in a way I a
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Keith
At this point, I'm amazed the Wonder Woman movie came out as well as it did, because there seems to be a history of poor retellings of her origin story, between this and Legends of Wonder Woman: Origin . If that version was "Wonder Woman as subpar Disney fan-comic", this is "Wonder Woman written by Morgan Rice".

Like Legends, this tries to use Ye Olde Standarde Fantasy Speake in its dialogue and narration, apparently going for a children's fairytale style to go with the colourful watercolour art
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CleverBaggins
Oct 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
It's entirely possible this story just isn't for me. That this Wonder Woman just isn't my Wonder Woman and that's the problem. I don't think it is though.

It's supposed to be a new Wonder Woman origin story. The art isn't my favorite although everyone else is raving, but it's not horrible. The idea with this one is the traditional story, Wonder Woman's mother wishing for a child, how the Amazon's cam to live on their own island without men, etc. Only this time Wonder Woman is a spoiled child who
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Jess
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
oh my god, Jill Thompson, why?

This is... 120-odd pages of utterly gorgeous, magical, expressive watercolour art, wasted on a deeply unpleasant perversion of Wonder Woman's origins. Thompson takes the classic elements of Diana's heroic origin - the contest, the masked girl who emerges as victor, the tiara, the costume, the bracelets and lasso, the journey forth into Man's World - and transform them into sources of shame and disgust, symbols of Diana's revolting self-absorption and failure. It's n
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Shadowdenizen
I love Jill Thompson; have for quite some time.

But this failed to capture the essence of Diana/ Wonder Woman peoperly for me.

3.5 stars.
TheSkepticalReader
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Probably more of a 4-star read but after having to sit through Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman in the ‘Justice League’ film, I just really needed this. I needed to reconnect and remember why I love WW so much. It was perfection for me.

The art probably ranks as some of the best ever in any DC comic books.
Mark Schlatter
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
[Quick note: My low rating of this book is much more indicative of Thompson's vision of Wonder Woman than the quality inherent in the work.]

We are apparently in a Golden Age of Wonder Woman origin reboot stories. Besides Grant Morrison's Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol. 2 and Greg Rucka's "Wonder Woman: Year One" story in the current Rebirth issues, we have a movie coming out soon. So I was interested to see Jill Thompson's take. I have loved her work in the past, gobbling up all the Scary Godmothe
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Miranda
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gn-manga, library
I dunno, y'all. This story rubbed me entirely the wrong way in a lot of places. It feels a little like a slap in the face of the original purpose behind her character and world. Instead of an island of women raising one girl to be a compassionate, wise warrior who only draws her sword when talking doesn't work, they spoil her and make her conceited and mean. Instead of the Goddesses willingly creating Diana from sand, it's more like a happy accident that happens after Poseidon quiets the seas so ...more
Wiccy
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Kenny
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Arguably the best origin WW story ever.
Jill's da man!
Reme
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Me ha parecido un origen de lo más singular y original del personaje, tiene los elementos de siempre, pero con un giro de tuerca. He disfrutado mucho con la forma en la que está narrada la historia, he estado toda la lectura con la sensación de que leía un cuento en lugar de un cómic. Por otra parte, el dibujo y el color me han encantado y la trama me ha parecido maravillosa, ya que no se centra únicamente en Diana, si no también en el origen e historia de todas las amazonas.

He tardado más de l
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Tina
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ashley
Recommended to Tina by: John
I am embarrassed to admit that I never knew much about Princess Diana's birth or training. The finesse and brilliance presented in Jill Thompson's version enthralled me. Thanks to the art and dialogue, my interest in Wonder Woman was reinforced.
Niyura
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3,5
Rod Brown
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This umpteenth retelling of the Wonder Woman origin story treats it more like a fairy tale. It's nicely told and drawn, but I would have preferred to have Thompson's talent applied to anything except the umpteenth retelling of the Wonder Woman origin story. I am tired of having the umpteenth retelling of the Wonder Woman origin story put in front of me. Aren't you tired of having the umpteenth retelling of the Wonder Woman origin story put in front of you?
Aj
Apr 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this retelling, from the artwork to the story itself. It is just ugly. I have a hard time believing that any Amazon tribe would tolerate that type of behavior for very long. The ultimate design of her costume (and hair) I liked with the exception of the star spangled underwear...sigh. I wonder if comic book artists will EVER move from that.
Ανδρέας Μιχαηλίδης
There is no doubt that this is a great comic, especially the gorgeous, painted art. And when you're a Greek, there are a few more levels of wordplay to enjoy. For instance, the woman responsible (in the end) for turning Diana into an honorable warrior from a spoiled brat, is named Alethea, which means "Truth". Among other, deeper and more tragic things, Alethea always tells Diana the truth to her face, without flattery or submission.

The storybook feel is great and Jill Thompson is one of the bes
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Carla Estruch
Me ha gustado muchísimo esta leyenda. Bonita forma de comenzar el año. =)
Carol Tilley
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
The art is pretty in moments but this is not my Wonder Woman.
Laura
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the illustration in this one and reading about her back story.
Maggie Gordon
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am often wary of re-imaginings of Wonder Woman. After all, in the new-52, DC took a group of women known for their powerful, but peaceful and advanced civilization and turned them into rapists and murderers to make Wonder Woman "more relevant". Or the terrible Earth One Woman that decided to objectify the Amazons in such a blatant manner. Very few of these re-imaginings manage to capture the heart of what Wonder Woman is supposed to represent, so I picked up Thompson's book with trepidation. F ...more
Michelle
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a bit of an Elsewhere origin story for Wonder Woman. There is no Steve Trevor and most of the story is on Themyscira. There is no external conflict between "man's world" and Wonder Woman's ideals.

I love the art. Jill Thompson has gorgeous watercolors. Every character has a distinct look, and the care of the backgrounds and the clothes are a real joy to drink in. The story focuses on why and how the Amazons left to their own island, Diana's creation, her upbringing, and how she became Wo
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Annye
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon is a gorgeous and poignant retelling of Diana of Themyscira’s origin story. Because she was so desperately wanted on an island where there are no other children, Diana is raised spoiled, and turns into a selfish woman as she becomes powerful and influential. Ultimately Diana’s egotism causes tragedy.

I loved reading about a superhero who is bad not because they’ve been corrupted or they’re being possessed or whatever – but instead, because they’re actually a bad pers
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Jill Thompson is an American comic book writer and illustrator. Probably best known for her work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman characters and her own Scary Godmother series, she has also worked on The Invisibles, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman and more recently, Beasts of Burden.


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