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25 July 2012 Wonder Woman (DC Comics Paperback)
DIANA must track down the truth behind what's happened to her timeline and learn who destroyed PARADISE ISLAND! Collects WONDER WOMAN #600-606.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (25 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230784
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 17 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI is a writer and television producer who has worked in a variety of media, including comics, novels, TV, film, and radio dramas. He is perhaps most known as the creator and showrunner of the Babylon 5 TV series, and its spin-off Crusade. He was also the creator of Jeremiah for Showtime. Straczynski has written numerous film scripts, including Changeling starring Angelina Jolie, which was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay. His comics work includes Rising Stars for Top Cow/Image, The Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power, and Thor for Marvel, and SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN for DC Comics. He is also the author of the SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE graphic novel.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly a great Wonder Woman read! 9 July 2012
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When I first heard that they were re-booting Wonder Woman, I was doubtful. Wonder Woman has been a brilliant read in my eyes, so when I first caught sight of this, I thought that I would give it a try. And I did. Odyssey is such a brilliant read and the art is simply beautiful. This is way much better than the current DCnU Wonder Woman and the story is simple but very catching. After this I bought the second volume and was saddened that it was all that was going to be of this arc but from the two volumes, I couldn't put it down!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comic 5 Aug 2013
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This was in great condition and is a good read. I am very please with this product and hope to see more in the future.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new costume, epic adventure, a 'Wonderful' story line. The past is woven into this new future for Diana, and it's AMAZING. A+! 7 Jun 2011
By R. A. McDowell - Published on Amazon.com
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Alright, so the question should really just be narrowed down to one thing: If we NEVER knew of Wonder Woman's old costume, would this one be a good one? And the answer is simply, YES! It is gorgeously designed, and done by top tier talent. The colors combine well together, and are 'worn' on one of the finest female frames in comics. But they do NOT simply throw out all the old history of the Wonder Woman we love. It is all HERE, woven into the fabric of the story. It is clear pretty quickly that we've got a mystery on our hands. We know something has changed, and we, as the loyal WW readers and fans, know just what that is... But our Amazing Amazon does not know the depth of the changes. Only that something at the foundation of her fabric (clothing pun intended LOL), has indeed changed.

So we've got a HUGE mystery slowly being told, woven not over, but INTO the existing fabric of the Wonder Woman mythos. And the story is good enough to draw you in. Believe me, avid Wonder Woman fans, I was LIVID when I read about these changes, especially to the costume. But the story is just there, and it's THAT good. J. Michael Straczynski may be known in some circles as the Destroyer of Beloved Continuity (having made some MAJOR changes to Spidey over at Marvel), but WOW the man can spin a good yarn. I was very skeptical, and waited months before I broke down and bought the first few comics, which I had to do either here or on eBay since I waited so long... But once I did... I was hooked. And that led me to adding this graphic novel to my 'Absolutely Must Buy For My Collection' list. LOL

It is obvious that the Diana I've loved since I was a kid is not gone. She's embroiled in a time altering mystery. Her past and future will combine, and I really believe that on the other side, there will be a new and stronger Wonder Woman to last for the next few decades, until it's time to shake things up for whatever the styles and fashions of THAT time are. LOL

If you've been holding back because you don't like changes to your comics, then I urge you to give this a try. The people they brought in are some of the best in the field. And they didn't just cast aside all that we loved. They set out to handle it with the utmost respect and care that it deserved. They did the ONLY thing they could have done to make this work, and that was to make the past a PART of the new future they are trying to build. I give this graphic novel an easy 5 star review, and that was as a Wonder Woman fan who just could NOT accept the thought of change. But the Diane I know and love is not gone. She's just wearing a different outfit and dealing with different challenges. Now let's just hope the same can be said for the new continuity in the post Flashpoint era. LOL

Thanks so much for your time folks.
Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was skeptical 9 Jun 2011
By Dat Hong - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a long time comic book fan, and was skeptical of DC changing Wonder Woman's costume. When I first saw the design, I wasn't too thrilled. I thought she looked more like a "Spider-Girl" than a "Wonder Woman".

However, after reading through this graphic novel, and seeing the art in action, I am no longer skeptical. The costume blends in perfectly, and fits the Wonder Woman motif.

The story is written by JMS, one of the best comic writers ever. You might be a bit confused when reading, but that is the entire point of this "Odyssey". Even Diana does not know who she is. The tale isn't so much a retcon of the Wonder Woman motif, but more of a mystery as to what happened to the Wonder Woman we all know and love.

Throughout the book, you get glimpses of this new Diana's past, and how she came to be. You also get some references to who she was. I won't post any spoilers, as that is the main fun of this mystery.

If you are new to comics, you can still pick this up and enjoy it. There is nothing you need to know about the previous incarnation of Wonder Woman to enjoy this tale. Die Hard fans can enjoy this even more because this IS Wonder Woman, and besides a different look, she has all the Wonder Woman qualities.

The tale doesn't stop at the end of this graphic novel. I can't wait till Vol 2. Check out some of the covers for the latest issues of this series at DC's website. Some amazing work on those covers, worthy of being posters.

5 Stars all the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very different Wonder Woman 3 Aug 2013
By RobertM525 - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't read a *ton* of Wonder Woman stuff, but I definitely know this one is different. From her origin to her personality, there's quite a lot that's changed.

First, the costume. Absolutely love it. Wonder Woman's patriotic bathing suit is dated and ridiculous. While this one isn't *perfect* (I would probably drop the tiara and maybe go with somewhat simpler bracers), I do like it a lot. (Which is disappointing because they ended up dropping it in favor of another 1-piece bathing suit in the New 52 version of Wonder Woman--see Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood.)

Second, unlike in, say, Infinite Crisis, this story has a much more media-traditional view on violence. By that, I mean Wonder Woman kills her enemies in battle much like the protagonist of an action TV show or movie would. Given DC's typical (frankly, rather weird) aversion to lethal combat, it's a little jarring. But, really, given that she's supposed to be an Amazon warrior, the idea that she would find a way to non-lethally stop *every* one of her opponents always struck me as rather silly (*cough* Maxwell Lord *cough*). I don't expect her to be brutally executing people, but all of her enemies being conveniently "knocked out" is rather much, IMO.

The story itself is pretty interesting. If I have one big complaint, though, is that's Straczynski goes a little nuts with the exposition. If he wants to explain stuff to the readers, that's fine--do it in "narrator boxes," not by having the characters stop what they're doing and explain everything to each other. There's one particularly egregious version of this in, I believe, the fourth issue, where a villain is confronting Wonder Woman and dismissively tells her his life story. If that doesn't make any sense to you, it didn't make any sense to me, either. He can't simultaneously be acting like talking to her is beneath him and also acting like he's pulling up a couch at his therapist's. (And then, not long after that, this villain we've just been introduced to--who has a rather interesting story, however weirdly conveyed it is--disappears from the rest of the book.)

I can't judge the entirety of the story well, though, because this is only part of it. It ends on a cliffhanger, and I'm not entirely sure why they don't have a larger collected edition that has the whole story arc. Yes, it'd be 14 issues long, but that's not completely absurd for a trade paperback--each volume of 52 (e.g., 52, Vol. 1) is 13 issues long, so this wouldn't be too far off from that.

Anyway, it's a good read, and if you're interested in a very different version of the character, it's worth checking out.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME 4 Oct 2011
By strwbrychpstx - Published on Amazon.com
I have every issue of the new Wonder Woman series and I love them all very much. I grew up watching the TV series with Linda Carter and have a few of the really old comics from the early 80's. I am also a huge nerd of the 90's TV series Babylon 5; which Straczynski wrote and produced, so I was absolutely giddy when I found out he would have a huge hand in the new Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman in this series is a younger and angrier version of the classic do-gooder I grew up with. Where she still stands for justice and truth, she is definitely a deeper character than she was back in the day. One of the most notable differences that I think should be mentioned is the new series doesn't have that sense of overbearing feminism the original had. The Amazons don't carry that "girls are better than boys are" attitude they used to, as Straczynski has reconciled their way with man's world and deleted the need for women to prove themselves as equals or superior. I really connected with Dianna this time around in a way I couldn't when I was little. When I was a kid I loved her for being idealistic - everything I was raised to believe about people and the world should be. Now that I'm grown I get to love her again for being realistic -the way I see people and the world really are.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She won me over... 1 Jan 2014
By Jem - Published on Amazon.com
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It’s no small feat to redesign an icon, both story-wise and visually. When I heard and saw the new Wonder Woman costume I was highly skeptical – this isn't Wonder Woman! Sacrilege! But in the end, Straczyinski won me over with smart choices and a fierce but relatable Warrior Princess. Just as Millar's “Dark Knight” reinvigorated Batman, I feel the same is happening with Odyssey.

This isn't just a reboot, another slightly altered origin story. Straczynski provides a logical and compelling reason for this Diana to exist. The timeline has been upset by someone powerful. Diana did not grow up on Themyscira, discovered by the world of men as an adult. Instead, the Amazon are attacked and slaughtered by a great force and the infant Diana is smuggled out with some survivors. But, this isn't how things should necessarily be and Diana has dreams to that effect; she actually sees herself in the original costume. This was a brilliant way to bring Diana into the modern world while also keeping true to her Amazon roots. The plot also gives her a concrete purpose beyond just fighting America’s enemies or villains of the week. She must find the one who set this timeline in motion while also protecting her Amazon sisters from those hunting them. There are a lot of excellent action sequences, and Diana does not escape every encounter unscathed. The fighting has more realism.

Usually, I don't comment on the art unless it has a significant impact on the story (because it’s subjective really). However, since Diana has been drastically redesigned, in this instance it is significant. The new costume is more realistic for fighting, which I can appreciate, though I would have preferred that her iconic symbolism not be downplayed so much. The artwork is bold, with a lot of detail and an incredible use of light and shadows, which complements the story well. Even without stars and stripes, Wonder Woman stands instantly recognizable to the reader.

Overall, I like this Wonder Woman very much and can't wait to read volume 2. Highly recommended!
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