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Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Vol. 1

(Wonder Woman: Odyssey #1)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,355 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Due to mysterious circumstances, Diana must track down the truth behind what’s happened to her timeline and face the biggest stunner of all: Who destroyed Paradise Island?If you think you knew who Wonder Woman was – think again! All bets are off in this all-new direction for the long-running series that’s perfect for new readers as Wonder Woman embarks on an odyssey to fin ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by DC Comics (first published May 1st 2011)
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ellis not sure about this particular series, but in the originals she was named for the roman goddess diana, who is about the same as artemis. in the 1980s…morenot sure about this particular series, but in the originals she was named for the roman goddess diana, who is about the same as artemis. in the 1980s series she was named after diana trevor.
also in the originals, she got her last name, prince, from a nurse she traded identities with. they shared the first name diana already. the last name seems to have stuck despite that identity switching not being canon in most series.(less)

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Stephen
I'm smitten with new Wonder Woman and this retool is certainly pleasing progress...with qualifications.

Princess Diana gets a much needed infusion of kickassery to complete the 21st century makeover that has seen her transformed from 40's, non-inspiring Betty Crocker meets Betty Boop clad in frilly skirt and high heals...yes, I said high heals:
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…('ooh...I must hurry and stop the bad guys because I’ve got a pot roast in the oven.')

...to modern, awe-inspiring Sydney Bristow meets Ellen Riply clad
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Anne
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Well, it was a little confusing at first. I thought I was reading a What-If story for a while, but everything gets clearer as the story goes on. Just make sure you also read volume two.

Let's face it, Wonder Woman needed a reboot. Even with Gail Simone's wonderful take on her, there were quite a few things that could have benefited from a well done update. While some people were sad or angry to see her old costume go, I thought it was high time to get rid of it. I actually loved her new
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Nicole
This is the first Wonder Woman book I’ve ever read. I didn’t read many comic books as a kid, and—honestly—as an adult, I’ve found the idea of reading WW a bit embarrassing. I hate the original comic book star-spangled cheerleader costume and don’t like the TV version star-spangled swimsuit (a version of which, I think, has been used ever since). My knowledge of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince as a character comes mostly from watching the Lynda Carter series as a kid; and thus my idea of her is of some ...more
Sesana
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
For the most part, Odyssey reads like an Elseworlds story. Instead of growing up on Paradise Island, Diana and a handful of Amazons flee when she was a child, escaping from an overwhelming invasion. So her mission becomes one of vengeance instead of peace. The resulting Diana feels younger, more unsettled, and more reckless by far than the one we knew. You know what? I'm cool with this. Comic books should get a nice shake up every ten or twenty years or so, and Diana was due. And this setup was ...more
Ozan
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is about a new incarnation of Wonder Woman who's homeland the Paradise Island was destoryed and her mother The Queen Hippolyta was killed by invedars (when Wonder Woman was a child) for some reason cause Amazon's lost Aphrodite's favor for some reason... I was like i think this book will be medicore halfway through but some interesting things happend as the story goes on... this new incarnation of Wonder Woman kind of robbed a antique store. She went there with a piece which she totall ...more
Diana
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
I don't know what I was expecting, but I couldn't get into this one. I felt like I didn't get where she was, why, or that it made sense. Maybe that was the idea, so we could find ourselves at the same time she did, but after 50ish pages of nothing making sense to me and the lecture failing to catch my eye, I decided to stop. There was a lot of jumping between places and moments, and being in a multiverse story this can get fuzzy if not properly grounded... maybe that was what throw me off.

Maybe
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Chris
I might be in the minority, but this is my favorite WW costume, just saying.

It's an interesting idea, and I like the Amazons in here as well as the references to various myths. Diana is well done here, even if sometimes her boobs are too big.
Jacob
Jul 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I never purchased this book because unfortunately the talent on the title did not meet my expectations. For all the flack JMS took for his alleged sedate Superman story (which I've yet to read) this book is a complete bore-fest that I assume had fewer eyes looking upon it so it fell through the cracks. I didn't mind the controversial costume change since I am sure it won't be too long before WW reverts back to her traditional look and colors, but reading about an amnesiac-like heroine wit ...more
Aimee
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Better than I was expecting. I loved the illustrations and Diana's new outfit. I wish my library had the next one though.
Matthew
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Sort of a reboot of Wonder Woman, this was not amazing but still a lot stronger than I expected it to be. I felt like there was an opening chapter that was missing, but essentially Diana somehow "remembers" her heritage and gets pulled into defending the few remaining Amazons from a group of mercenaries who are hell-bent on destroying them. I've always had trouble connecting to Diana's millitant attitude and overpowering sense of justification in everything she does, but the story in this part w ...more
Kirsten Rodning
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'll be honest -- I never really followed Wonder Woman. She just never really appealed to me. I read this book because I noticed that my library had just gotten it, and decided to give it a try. Regardless of (or perhaps because of) the fact that they have completely rebooted Wonder Woman, I really liked this graphic novel. The artwork is fantastic, and the coloring is beautiful. There were several pages that I would have liked to have printed out in copies to hang on my wall. I also liked the s ...more
M
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it
J. Michael Straczynski does the impossible - successfully rebooting Wonder Woman. The first volume of the Odyssey introduces us to a familiar yet different Diana. Having grown up away from the destroyed Paradise Island, this tougher, streetwise Wonder Woman finds herself targeted by a group of war dieties. Intent on eliminating all traces of the Amazonian culture, Diana must unravel the secrets of her past and battle for her future. Straczynski is able to craft memorable - if fleeting - threats ...more
Eli
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
Interesting 21st century version of Wonder Woman while she is a young woman.
Crystal Starr Light
Excellent story, great characters, good art, though not a fan of all the male gaze fan service. At one point, Diana has melons for breasts that are easily the size of her head.

Now I need Vol. 2!!
Tim
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Not exactly digging the revenge-oriented story framework for a heroic goddess of compassion. I realize this is its own version of her story, born from serious trauma and with a younger, more impulsive Diana, I'm just not confident it's well-enough written to pull it off.

On the upside, I love the costume change they did here, it's fantastic. And I do like the presence of other Amazons by her side at times (and not just used as cannon fodder). In any case I'm reserving final judgment and giving th
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Brent
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators and DC superhero comics
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Shelves: fiction, comics, superhero
I like Straczynski's brief run, mostly because of his take on the Amazons as a persecuted minority. Both this and his parallel run on Superman were completed together with additional scripting help. In this case, the talented Philip Hester comes in on the last script in this collection. Wonder Woman is an effective paramilitary combatant with a more effective costume, i.e., pants! Art duties led by Don Kramer are pleasing enough. A lot of these themes recur in a more sustained way during the Azz ...more
Kit
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am having a very hard time swallowing this recent retooling of Wonder Woman.

I am not sure why it is so hard for people to understand that writing Strong Female Characters is different than strong female characters. The all-caps type, as evidenced here, seems to be all about taking a female character and making her talk, act, and resolve matters like a stereotypical lovechild of Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, and Stallone in a manner I could only imagine as a sweatier, angrier Three Men and a Bab
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Blindzider
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This actually didn't feel like a Stracynski book. I'm not sure why but it didn't have that contemplative, self-examining read I normally get from his work.

I don't quite understand exactly what brought about this "new" Diana. This isn't a completely new origin but sort of takes place slightly in the future (and this is pre New52 IIRC.)

Something terrible has happened at Paradise Island and WW is hellbent on getting revenge. She's pretty angry and rightly so, but that's almost all of what we see of
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Jenna
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.75? Nearly 3? It was an interesting reboot and I do appreciate the costume change, but the character design otherwise was almost groan-worthy with all the fanservice posing and proportions. It's a wonder how she gets any fighting done, let alone that awesome fight versus the Huntsman, with a chest that big. She does seem to leap chest-first at all of her enemies (and there are quite a few). And there's another particular scene where she dives off an airplane (in flight) and lands. But she's so ...more
Julia
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
In this book, Wonder Woman does not know who she is, or where she’s from. She, by tagging along with the military, finds a community of Amazons in Turkey. This was not satisfying. I borrowed this from interlibrary loan.
Suman
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: old-books
A brilliantly crafted masterpiece from Straczynski and Hester. The artwork was absolutely mesmerizing. The story, except a few cheesy lines and erratic moments is undoubtedly fascinating. A cliched yet pristine concept of wonder woman, lost by DC in recent years, mostly due to reincarnations and multitudes of Diana Prince, resurfaced in this novel again.
I would say, it's obviously nowhere near the original Diana Prince, but yet she is superior in her own way.
Definitely recommend this odyssey of
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The Sapphic Nerd
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
While I love the redesigned costume and appreciate the intent to freshen up Diana's personality, the writing doesn't hit for me. Some things feel a little too out of character, and my overall feeling is Straczinsky doesn't know his own version of Diana well enough, or isn't conveying it adequately. A forgettable read.
Michael
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Very fun read. Fast paced, and loads of Amazonian battle scenes. The only con i see with this series so far is that it was very, VERy, clearly drawn by men. Other than that, I would highly recommend.
Anchorpete
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is a small group of people who have a specific opinion on J. Michael Stracznski, that is the thousands of people in the world who are his comic book fans.

There is an even smaller group of people who actually read Wonder Woman comics.

Many people can say they are Wonder Woman fans, but not all of them actually read her books. She is like Thor, she works better as part of the Big team, than she does in her own solo book. That is strange, considering she has this super involved Mythology, like
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Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
I've always admired Wonder Woman as one of the few superheroines, but I never really read any of her stories because I was intimidated by the sheer vollume of them. When I started watching the Justice League with my husband, I really enjoyed the way her character was depicted. She was funny, smart, strong, flirty, and a real person. I wanted to start reading her comic line, but I never knew where to start.

When I saw they were rebooting the WW franchise, I decided to pick up this volume based on
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Marla Haasz
4.5/5

Side note: I really do like WW's costume change but I felt that giving her pants and a jacket was an excuse to show as much cleavage as possible.

"Then you come down here and do it! You come down here and choose who lives and who dies! Get down here in the dirt with the rest of us! Climb down out of Olympus or wherever the hell you're hiding and do something!"

I don't think you guys realise, Diana just accused the holy gods of hiding and simply spitting out orders because well...that's so muc
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Ruth
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
J. Michael Straczynski reinvents Wonder Woman with a new costume and a parallel universe story line that maintains some of the Wonder Woman that we have grown up with but introduces new concepts and villains. Diana struggles with herself as she tries to avenge the destruction of Paradise Island.

I was pretty psyched when I saw this at the library and checked it out right away. Wonder Woman has always been an hero of mine. I looked up to her because she carried the triple B threat: beauty, brawn,
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Lance Holland
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
As good as Odyssey is, it doesn't touch Azzarello's New 52 masterpiece. I miss the pants as they look better in a modern setting and make her a more believable superhero, but there are scenes in this comic that really contrast against golden age Wonder Woman we all know and love. Particularly, the small scene where she gets angry and smashes an innocent retailers tiller because he is haggling low prices over an antique. Wonder Woman would not do that...it felt so wrong. Despite all this, it's a ...more
William J.
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
The most unnecessary and tangential reboot I have ever come across. With Thor (and to a lesser extent Superman Earth One), JMS modernized the character, but never in an over-the-top way. The Wonder Woman seems to be 'intense' foe intense-nesses' sake. I wanted to like this, but I felt no connection to the heroine or her mother, or her homeland. It is all so vaguely presented to the reader, that I am not sure if it is more confusing the less you know about the history of Wonder Woman, or the more ...more
Margarida
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
It was still pretty good
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne ...more

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