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Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: The Circle

(Wonder Woman (2006) #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,162 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Gail Simone, acclaimed writer of BIRD OF PREY, SECRET SIX and more, unveils her own unique vision for Wonder Woman in this hard-hitting graphic novel. This title includes Simone's first tales of the Amazon Princess. Along the way, readers will learn what deadly secret the mysterious Circle holds about Diana's birth. Plus, the reformed Secret Society of Super Villains invad ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by DC Comics (first published September 23rd 2008)
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Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gail Simone makes Wonder Woman look cool. Finally. Even the dorky much-lampooned Lasso Of Truth is a wicked weapon in her hands. Simone, you're my hero. ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

On paper, having writer Gail Simone (even this book's back-flap mini bio gushes "known for her much-beloved run on 'Birds of Prey'" - no argument there!) pen a Wonder Woman volume sounds like a guaranteed home run for DC. Unfortunately, The Circle was sort of detached and cold, and it often did not generate more than mild interest for me. The four-part title story had a few good moments - WW taking on modern-day Nazis invading her birthplace? Bring the popcorn! - but at times it felt un
May 11, 2022 rated it liked it
Umm yeah an okay read I guess.

We get a story about how this group called the circle, Hippolytas protector were made and then when Diana was born what they did and why they did it and that led to their fall and when Nazis attack Themysciria, Diana must fight against them and also against the circle, led by Alykone. Its an alright story but does introduce some fun new elements into the myth and I also love the way they explore Diana and Nemesis new relationship and its the start of some new love s
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
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Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
I've heard very good things about Gail Simone's run on Wonder Woman, so I went in with high expectations. Luckily, I wasn't disappointed. Yay! This particular volume feels very exposition-y, and it bears remembering that this is right after the highly ill-advised Amazons Attack! storyline (which I am boycotting). In other words, it's a lot of foundation. It felt like a solid foundation to me, and it opened up a storyline that I wasn't expecting, relating to Diana's birth. More will come of this, ...more
James DeSantis
I just can't seem to really connect to a wonder woman comic. I enjoyed most of Gail's stuff, and this story isn't bad, and art is solid, but just...did almost nothing for me on personal level. ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not being that familiar with other Wonder Woman stories, i really enjoyed the depth of character put into this book. I felt like it was really clear how heroic a character Wonder Woman is from the writing, i enjoyed the art as well. Just very honest and grounded, which is hard to do in the format.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
To quote from the Mercedes Lackey preface, "Here is the warrior who knows that the goal of fighting is to end conflict, who understands strategy and uses every advantage, who knows that negotiation and compromise are tools fit for a warrior, who never loses compassion even for her enemies. Here is Wonder Woman, coherent. Here at last is Wonder Woman as Goddess." ...more
Artemis Crescent
Been sighted as one of the best 'Wonder Woman' comic books in the last decade, as penned by Gail Simone. Sure I was hyped up - even the packaging was immaculate and handled with extreme care when it was posted to my door. But experience has taught me to always keep my expectations low on anything.

In the end I couldn't help it - the book and its cover make it look like a Greek mythology treasure trove!

Nonetheless, I enjoyed 'Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: The Circle'.

The plotting is solid - nothing and no
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Wonder Woman: The Circle. It conveys all the best qualities of Wonder Woman. She sees all the details of a situation without losing sight of the big picture: a great strategic and diplomatic mind, strong, fierce and compassionate.

Mercedes Lackey wrote a great introduction for this volume, but I would hold off reading it until after you've read the book so you can form your own opinions unbiased. However, if you need to be sold on reading it, then by all means, read the introduc
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This wasn't my favorite but it was good and Wonder Woman is quickly becoming one of my favourite DC characters. I loved the artwork, and liked the story.
Michael Wilson
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I think that Mercedes Lackey said it best (by quoting Gail Simone) about Gail Simone's vision of Wonder Woman in the introduction: "When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you call in Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman." And the stories contained within illustrate why GS's vision is so powerful... and show why many times the knock-down-drag-out fights are not always necessary, and that you can be unafraid to fight, while li ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great soft reboot of Wonder Woman. Gail Simone writes a powerful and compelling heroine and manages to create a coherent backstory that resolves some of the inconsistencies in Wonder Woman's history. I didn't dig the Nazi fighting and the forced romance at the end knocked off a full star from my rating, but overall I really enjoyed this volume. ...more
B. P. Rinehart
This book is written by the third of the three great writers of Wonder Woman in my opinion. After George Pérez and Greg Rucka, Gail Simone may have been by 2008 the most natural choice to write Wonder Woman in comic book history. She represents for women comic book writers what Dwayne McDuffie represents for black comic book writers. And we now have her writing THE superheroine of comic books. The crazy thing is that Simone seems to have been brought on at the last minute because of how terrible ...more
Kristen Schrader (Wenke)
I love Wonder Woman, but I just can't wrap my brain about what's happening in this one thematically. The artwork is great, and the dialogue and action were fine. But I don't even know if it was well-written because I found the odd themes so distracting.
I'm baffled trying to figure out what the author is trying to say here.
You have a society of women who can't have children, so they all go baby-crazy? To the point that they anthropomorphize dolls, and at least one lady has to
I love Wonder Woman and Terry and Rachel Dodson's art is always excellent. The Circle was one of the more easier comic books to sink into especially considering this is book three in the series. However I still felt a bit lost and and the new artist in the last 50 pages wasn't as impressive. ...more
Heather Fryling
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just ok... Based on other reviews, I was expecting depth of character, original plot lines.
Shawna Hunter
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story about Diana's love for her mother...and then some stuff that happens in space.

Oh, Diana is now the Champion of Maoi...because Moana parallels weren't strong enough already.

It was okay, worth a read but nothing to write home about. Nothing like Azzarello and Chiang's 2011 run, which I think is far superior.
“When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you get Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman.”
- Gail Simone.

In her write-up to Wonder Woman: The Circle, acclaimed fantasy writer Mercedes Lackey pegs this quote by Gail (the writer of this book) and gives us such a sense of anticipation that we are completely stoked to delve into this promising read.

Here we acquaint ourselves with the four Amazons of the Royal Guard who were imperfect
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cant tell if its wonder woman or simones writing. I just havent fallen in love with either yet.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Summary: Wonder Woman makes friends with some sentient gorillas, fights to save her homeland from invading Nazi goons and her mother from the former members of the queen's personal guard, and faces off with a member of another DC franchise over the fate of the Khund.

Verdict: Strangely bland.

Yay!: Mercedes Lackey writes a great introduction to this volume. Wonder Woman's core values are shown as she tries to befriend enemies, kicks butt, and extends mercy. The fight scenes are decent, and the bri
I've never read a solo Wonder Woman story and this story was perfect to change that. You learn about her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and the Amazons. Right from the beginning you can tell why Diana has earned her status as the Amazon princess. She can see even the slightest spark of good in everyone while still remaining a fearless warrior who will stop at nothing to protect what is good. She can see the bigger picture. One of the best things was to see her Lasso Of Truth at work— how it enters the ...more
Eli Poteet
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
It was entertaining enough. I liked how Wonder Woman knows all the gods and goddesses and deities of all the pantheons. Really I just want to see the amazon make out with other female lead roles, that would be fantastic, just do away with the blonde doe eyed heterosexual flirtation and I'd rate it a stars! ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Kind of beginning to see why Gail Simone is a thing, even if I felt kinda icky about the whole...babylust jealously thing, but it is a really interesting premise, given WW's background. The exploration of this idea with women has always kind of confused me, but at least the art and writing was solid. ...more
Hannah Givens
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I wish I'd been able to get more emotionally invested, but it's a good solid Wonder Woman book. ...more
Irene Quicksword
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great artwork and a decent story.

Never encountered either villain before and has a classic Wonder Woman vibe to it.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not the best Wonder Woman story. It might not even be memorable Wonder Woman story but I enjoyed it.
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This collection of Wonder Woman tales begins with an introduction by Mercedes Lackey. I’m one of those people who read exordiums, especially when written by writers I like and admire, such as Ms. Lackey herself.

Ms. Lackey confesses that she wasn’t always a fan of the Amazonian princess. This woman has been reading WW comics a lot longer than I have and has cringed at the awful years when Wonder Woman submitted to being a secretary, allowed herself to be kicked out of the Justice League after sh
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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". ...more

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