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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (14 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401250971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401250973
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.5 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Expect a lot more Wonder Woman fans after a few issues of this book."--"USA Today" "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 ""It's a different direction for Wonder Woman, but one still steeped in mythology, and I think this is the start of great things from Azzarello and Chiang."--"The Onion/A.V. Club""There's actually a lovely balance between being just wordy enough and going mute to let the art do the heavy lifting. And let me tell you, Cliff Chiang's art does said heavy lifting with nary a grunt. He handles suspense, gore, and action all with aplomb. His line-work is loose enough to avoid being static, and yet maintains a confident line."--"Ain't It Cool News"

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Brian Azzarello is the writer and co-creator of the award-winning Vertigo series 100 BULLETS. Azzarellos's other writing credits for DC Comics include the graphic novel JOKER, as well as BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, LUTHOR, BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH and COMEDIAN, and JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER. Brian has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Chicago Tribune and other publications.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2014
Format: Hardcover
The story running through issues #24-29 of the New 52’s Wonder Woman is collected, along with issue #23.2, as Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Flesh (the New 52). This is another superb episode in the current (and possibly best ever) series of Wonder Woman. I had trouble relating to the artwork in the first volume, but it has grown on me, and this is now one of my favourite, if not the favourite, New 52 title. The creators have given us yet another new origin for Wonder Woman, by going back to the original and saying “yes, but what they didn’t tell you was…” and simply joining the dots to the original Greek myths. And now that new origin story has led to all sorts of complications, which are now all ironed out in this volume, which will lead us into the next and (apparently) final volume of this series.

Mars, the god of war is dead (in the previous volume) at the hands of Wonder Woman, who he named as his successor. She doesn’t want the job, of course, but this volume sees the First Born and his followers finally storming Olympus and defeating the gods, so Wonder Woman must raise an army to recapture it – and she has to decide just who she is going to be when she leads that army… and the decision is not made until the very last panel. In the meantime, yet another god dies, and yet another new goddess rises to replace him, and the remaining gods are being hunted by the First Born’s followers on Earth. We also get to see the First Born’s back-story in this volume, as well as plenty of character-development and interaction in the episodes between the big action sequences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I love this reboot of Wonder Woman 1 Nov 2014
By Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this reboot of Wonder Woman, It's absolutely perfect from Vol 1 all the way to Vol 5. What people have to understand is, it's hard for a female lead alone to garner attention from males just as much as females. It's not that Wonder Woman plays second fiddle in her own comic, it's just that they are introducing WW's world to us so we can understand her new back story. So that we the readers can better understand her world and all the complex emotions and relationships with in it. As we fall in love with the other characters in WW's world, we better understand WW's motivation and deep desire to protect those that she loves. Her stories are so relatable because this is how we all are with our friends and family. Sometimes people we love make us mad, do unforgivable things and move in and out of our lives. This is especially true with family, these series of graphic novels have made me view WW no longer as a DC fictional power house, but as a big sister who watches over me from afar. I love WW and all that she is, it's stories like this that will bound me to DC forever.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
And the heavens will tremble. 9 Oct 2014
By Luquillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The new king of Olympus, Apollo, captured his brother The First Born whom had just suffered a humbling defeat to Wonder Woman. Soon Apollo learns of a coming war and this leads him to gather the other gods in his family and welcomes Wonder Woman into the ranks as the new God of War. In the mean time, one of their members is very unhappy with Wonder Woman's recent decision and plots revenge against her. -summary

Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman run had been pretty shaky across its first three volumes to me, and I think it was on Volume 4: War, when Azzie finally found his footing as he brought the previous story arc involving Zeus' newest child to a close. The previous volume was good, really good, and the greatness definitely carried over into this story arc dealing with the aftermath of the last event, as it plunges full throttle into a new storyline that feels so promising. I want to give this new story arc a read so bad that I'm thisclose to following this series by the issue again. Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Flesh contains issues 24-29 and #23.2: First Born.

Azzie introduces a very complex plot as he juggles several sub plots that all lead to a confrontation fated to take place on Mount Olympus, where Apollo's holding the First Born prisoner and torturing him in some of the most twisted ways. Meanwhile, his sister Cassandra is searching for him frantically, and she's using whatever dirty tricks necessary to get what she wants. In addition, Wonder Woman and crew begin searching for one of their family members whom were kidnapped. I seriously expected some type of a cool down moment after the previous event which was rather long, but Azzarello comes out with guns blazing as he begins to craft what seems to be his most ambitious work in some time.

While the story does pretty well in suspense regarding its multiple plots and continued character development for already established characters such as Hera, whom has suddenly become a very likeable character as she now deals with her mortality. Along with Strife showing a different side to her personality as well, when all she came off as was a sexy little she-devil. It's the backstory concerning the First Born that really steals the show. If it wasn't due to him being such a ruthless monster one could actually feel sorry for him. Azzarello dabbles heavily into Greek mythology as well as combining it with horror elements, to develop and explain the First Born's tragic upbringing and sinister personality. He even uses this to delve into the arrogance of Zeus whom comes off looking like a monster as well.

Although his upbringing feels too cliché, Azzarello makes up for this and many other things with quality, detailed writing using various themes and subtle character development. It's very possible some people will only see The First Born battle against a dragon and other species but others will see something more, due to the dialog adding a great deal of depth to these segments, as it even tosses out their bestiality that occurred solely through anger. The writing is a lot stronger than some people would have you believe, even going so far to touch on forgiveness amongst family members no matter how bad they may have wronged you.

This chapter is nowhere near as action packed as the previous volume, however there is something here to arouse interest. Many of the battles exist mainly to move the plot and not really resolve anything. If they do accomplish something then they establish the First Born as a serious threat which is really cool. Wonder Woman doesn't only get a character with a lot of depth, but also a total bad dude whom is capable of killing a god with brute strength alone.

Goran Sudzuka's art may be slightly better than the issues Cliff Chiang draws but the punch is about the same. The panels provide a scene by scene feel and are easy enough to follow. I'm definitely guilty of taking Chiang's artwork lightly and I will admit that I'm still not a fan of his, but his and Sudzuka's work complements the flow of Azzarello's narrative perfectly which makes the story so easy to coast through. Matthew Wilson's sharp coloring brings everything into focus, and the night time segments are every bit as pretty as day time. I especially loved the hellish backgrounds and scenery that took place during the First Born's flashback. On top of this, at least one of the battles felt very intense, and it left me wanting a little bit more.

Despite ending on a cliffhanger and developing newer story elements that were introduced in the last minute, as well as not being too heavy on action. This is a very solid volume that keeps Wonder Woman moving in a positive direction. This is the best I seen the artwork complement the narrative at this point. Now as for new readers, this volume wouldn't be that bad of a starting point because there are traces of a fresh beginning; still, I highly advise to track down the first 4 volumes to get the full benefit of this title. In any case, I'm looking forward to the next volume.

Pros: Strong cohesion between narrative and artwork

Cons: Not very action packed and may be too dialog heavy for some
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Only complain is the name is silly. Otherwise its a good read. 9 Oct 2014
By Travis Starnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This volume includes issues 24-29 of the Wonder Woman ongoing series and also 23.2 which introduces the apparently new villain ‘First born’ although he has a few other names as the book progresses. For a middle chapter of an ongoing book which I have never previously read, this is remarkably easy to pick up. That might not be as simple as it sounds because my reviews recently I have included a few other DC books that introduced characters such as Apollo, but also I am a massive mythology buff so in a way none of the characters are truly new to me. Either way for fans old or new there is nothing preventing you from picking this book up in the middle, unlike a lot of other ongoing series I have been dumped into.

Like a lot of DC collected volumes this does rather much leave the story in the middle, but it is much more of an ending than I have been exposed to recently. Whereas books like Injustice ended right in the middle of a fight and Batgirl Wanted concluded without the final issue of the eponymous arc, this at least stops on a dramatic rise in much the same way as the Empire Strikes Back closes on a dramatic low point. This is probably the last time I can use this phrase as it will stop having much meaning soon, but the biggest praise I can give this book is that it continues to change my option about a company I have actively disliked for so long. I will not enter into the whole ‘New 52’ debate, but for me it is probably a positive. It gives me a point I can go back to and learn more about these characters. I cannot say that I expect to be a huge fan of Batman any time soon, but Wonder Woman is definitely looking like a good place to start.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
this series keeps getting better! Brian Azzarello has crafted a complex story about ... 16 Oct 2014
By S. Ritchie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
this series keeps getting better! Brian Azzarello has crafted a complex story about WW and the side stories are also compelling. Never a dull moment. The series also gets... gorier, so be prepared.

Cliff Chang's vision for Wonder Woman is stunning.
Bravo!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not One of my Favorite Incarnations 24 Oct 2014
By Charl A. Harper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've always loved Wonder Woman. When I was a kid she showed me that women could be superheroes too. And being a mythology geek, her ties to the Greek Pantheon were a big plus. This is probably why the George Perez run of the title was my favorite.

And this brings me to the New 52 version of WonderWoman as found in the graphic novel "Wonder Woman Vol .5: Flesh." I want to like this version, but I really, really don't. There are some things I found appealing. Diania's origin story has been tweaked to make her a demi-goddess, an idea full of intriguing possibilities. And the representation of modern clad gods motivated by greed and power as well as a subplot devoted to a special child in danger remind me of the Vertigo titles.

But for me, the storyline hasn't lived up to its potential. Diana seems colorless and indecisive, almost a supporting character in her own title. And speaking of which, with the exception of the delightful Hermes and the amusingly sinister Apollo, I was disappointed by her supporting cast. Zola is the worst; a whining hanger on who can be relied on to make the worst decision possible. Her son, Zeke, is currently a plot point, but he has potential. The big villian, the First Born, comes across as little more than a thug, sort of Diana's version of Superman's Apocalypse.

The New 52 has revitalized a number of titles, but unfortunately, Wonder Woman isn't one of them. Perhaps by the end of this story arc, I will have found what so many others love about this title.
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