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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (30 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235635
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is clear storytelling at its best....It's an intriguing concept and easy to grasp. The reader doesn't need to know that much about Wonder Woman because she is, well, Wonder Woman." - "The New York Times
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"Azzarello is...rebuilding the mythology of Wonder Woman." - "Maxim"

"Azzarello is crafting a highly-intelligent, and surprisingly gory, affair that's drenched in Greek mythology and godly mischief. And if that's not enough, artist Cliff Chiang simply kills it on every panel he touches. Put your presumptions aside because this is actually a Wonder Woman book worth reading." - "Complex Magazine"

"This series will hopefully elevate Diana back into the limelight with Superman and Batman where she belongs." - "Christian Science Monitor"

"Beautifully illustrated and brings a fresh, fascinating and fun take to the Amazon Princess and her world." - "IGN"

"It's a different direction for Wonder Woman, but one still steeped in mythology...great things from Azzarello and Chiang." - "The Onion AV Club
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"Enthralling." - "UGO
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"This book is weird and worth your while." - "io9
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"It's the kind of writing that's made Azzarello such a sought after comic book author." - "CraveOnline"

"Brian Azzarello is going for a much more horror-oriented book than previous incarnations, and that works well with Cliff Chiang's art. In fact, they're probably one of the best paired teams for the New 52 so far." - "Comic Book Resources"

"Page after page, Azzarello just unfurls more and more smart ideas in what is probably the best hope for the great Wonder Woman story we've all been hoping for. Unsurprisingly, Cliff Chiang delivers some phenomenal visuals, presenting us with a heroine who reads as dynamic, elegant, powerful, and even godly. People, I think they've figured it out." - "iFanboy""
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About the Author

Brian Azzarello is the writer and co-creator of the award-winning Vertigo series "100 Bullets." Azzarello's other writing credits for DC Comics include the graphic novel "Joker," as well as "Batman: Broken City," "Lex Luther: Man Of Steel," and "Hellblazer." Brian has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Chicago Tribune and other publications.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 365 Graphic Novels on 9 Jun 2012
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This is what they call a turn up for the books. A mature and sophisticated story without any spandex.

Although it features Wonder Woman, and she is our primary guide through the narrative, a single lassoing and bracer parry doesn't make it feel like she is indispensible. It is more about the machinations of the Greek gods - whom it turns out Diana has more of a relationship with than you thought - and notably Zeus' rampant promiscuity. Poseidon, Hades, and all your favourites from Clash of the Titans are here but you don't need a major in the classics to eventually work out who is who.

The whole thing feels, and also looks, very Sandman; from its immortal characters and literary references to its particular art style. The Greeks certainly knew how to spin a good yarn and using established myths to craft a tale with modern resonance all about family is sheer genius. There aren't many laughs but they appear where appropriate. Drama is king here.

There isn't too much characterisation or lengthy exposition. You begin in medias res and the whirlwind of people you meet usually appear cryptic or reserved. This gives a great feeling of `trust no one' as there is both a child's life and the throne of heaven at stake. There is a human character for us to latch on to who, despite being the maguffin that drives the plot along, is a genuinely likeable, witty person that we can easily take a shine to.

This being an origin story and part of a reboot we do have bases to cover so there is skipping between heaven, earth and the secret Amazon homeland along with dramatic revelations and re-revelations about back-story. The Wonder Woman here feels nothing like the Diana of JLA and there is certainly no mention of Captain Trevor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Sep 2014
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This storyline runs through the first six issues of the new ‘New 52’ Wonder Woman series, collected as Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood TP (Wonder Woman (DC Comics Numbered)). This begins with the absence of Zeus, the discovery of yet another child of his fathered on a human, and Hera looking for a termination with extreme prejudice, until Wonder Woman steps in to protect the mother. We also see a lot of plotting by the children of Zeus to take his empty throne, something Hera has her own eye on, and we discover yet another secret origin of Wonder Woman, this time one of the best we’ve been offered (though I haven’t seen all of the previous ones); a new relative (or two) of hers turns up, while an old one leaves. There is action aplenty, as well as characterisation, intrigue and prophesy, as Wonder Woman and friends must make their own plans for the coming struggle of the gods.

THE SPOILER ZONE
For a detailed breakdown of the issues collected in this volume, see Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood TP (Wonder Woman (DC Comics Numbered)).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 365 Graphic Novels on 9 Jun 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is what they call a turn up for the books. A mature and sophisticated story without any spandex.

Although it features Wonder Woman, and she is our primary guide through the narrative, a single lassoing and bracer parry doesn't make it feel like she is indispensible. It is more about the machinations of the Greek gods - whom it turns out Diana has more of a relationship with than you thought - and notably Zeus' rampant promiscuity. Poseidon, Hades, and all your favourites from Clash of the Titans are here but you don't need a major in the classics to eventually work out who is who.

The whole thing feels, and also looks, very Sandman; from its immortal characters and literary references to its particular art style. The Greeks certainly knew how to spin a good yarn and using established myths to craft a tale with modern resonance all about family is sheer genius. There aren't many laughs but they appear where appropriate. Drama is king here.

There isn't too much characterisation or lengthy exposition. You begin in medias res and the whirlwind of people you meet usually appear cryptic or reserved. This gives a great feeling of `trust no one' as there is both a child's life and the throne of heaven at stake. There is a human character for us to latch on to who, despite being the maguffin that drives the plot along, is a genuinely likeable, witty person that we can easily take a shine to.

This being an origin story and part of a reboot we do have bases to cover so there is skipping between heaven, earth and the secret Amazon homeland along with dramatic revelations and re-revelations about back-story. The Wonder Woman here feels nothing like the Diana of JLA and there is certainly no mention of Captain Trevor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Jun 2013
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This volume reprints the first six issues of the new `New 52' Wonder Woman series. This begins with the absence of Zeus, the discovery of yet another child of his fathered on a human, and Hera looking for a termination with extreme prejudice, until Wonder Woman steps in to protect the mother. We also see a lot of plotting by the children of Zeus to take his empty throne, something Hera has her own eye on, and we discover yet another secret origin of Wonder Woman, this time one of the best we've been offered (though I haven't seen all of the previous ones); a new relative (or two) of hers turns up, while an old one leaves. There is action aplenty, as well as characterisation, intrigue and prophesy, as Wonder Woman and friends must make their own plans for the coming struggle of the gods.

THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE

Issue #1 opens on a penthouse in Singapore as Apollo (for it is he - "I'm the sun of a king"; "My job calls for me to be on top of the world") is chatting up three girls whom he is preparing for a dangerous job... The we are in Virginia, where a woman in a cloak (we assume) of peacock feathers - you know, the feathers covered in eyes - slaughters two horses, from the bodies of which figures begin to emerge... while a man with strange eyes, a WW1-style steel helmet, and chicken feet with little wings on his ankles is trying to get the young woman in the farmhouse to leave urgently; she has a shotgun and other ideas, but before she can use it, two centaurs - the figures from the slaughtered horses - attack; the man with the hat and feet throws the girl - "Zola!
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