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Cliff Chiang , Tony Akins , Brian Azzarello
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14 Oct 2014 Wonder Woman
Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's critically acclaimed Wonder Woman reintroduces The New Gods! Wonder Woman's world is shocked to its core when her eldest brother, the First Born, is freed from his slumber. Now, with her family in ruins and her friends scattered, she must turn to Orion and the New Gods of New Genesis to save herself and Zola's newborn from the First Born's wrath! Collects Wonder Woman #19-23.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (14 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140124954X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401249540
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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"

About the Author

Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of JONNY DOUBLE, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. The "New York Times" best-selling author's other work for DC includes the titles HELLBLAZER and LOVELESS (both with Marcelo Frusin), SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW (with Jim Lee), JOKER and LUTHOR (both with Lee Bermejo), SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE (with Joe Kubert), FILTHY RICH (with Victor Santos), and most recently the all-new ongoing series WONDER WOMAN (with Cliff Chiang). He also wrote the Richard Corben-illustrated graphic novels "Cage" and "Banner" for Marvel Comics. Azzarello lives in Chicago with his wife, artist Jill Thompson, and twitters only when he has something to say.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point 13 April 2014
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
The story running through issues #19-23 of the New 52's Wonder Woman is collected as Wonder Woman Volume 4: War HC (The New 52) (Wonder Woman (DC Comics Numbered)). This is the climax of the previous three volumes and especially of Issue #0 (collected in volume 3) - though not the end of the story by any means - as we see the death of an Olympian and the ascension of a replacement. This is a fairly straightforward storyline, as the Eldest makes a deal with Poseidon and Hades, we get to see the other face of Orion, Wonder Woman and her `family' get a trip to New Genesis, and the baby gets a name at last. However, the Eldest now raises his army, and Wonder Woman has to remove her armbands to release her true power in order to face him in a final battle in Westminster Abbey.

I have only given this volume 4-stars, as for some reason, it didn't feel as spectacular as the previous two. It is still an excellent story with high-quality art and scripting, and several excellent touches of character development. This is still, alongside Aquaman and Earth 2, one of the best of the New 52 relaunches, as it has kept almost everything of what has gone before and yet managed to re-energize the character and her world. Yes, you're right, it may not be the best volume in this series, but it is till head and shoulders above much of the rest; you've talked me into giving it 5 stars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Wonder 28 Mar 2014
By Marc Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of the most jarring problems with any form of ongoing series is consistency. Sooner or later, it seems logical that the writer will temporarily lose momentum at some point in the narrative. Brian Azzarello, however, does not follow suit. Wonder Woman Volume 4 maintains the bullet train pace of its predecessors, yet achieves something far greater. Diana's hardships go beyond monster killing or dealing with an extremely volatile extended family, but instead extend to her own emotional troubles as she must make impossible decisions. For this reason, Wonder Woman Volume 4 towers over the previous three volumes because of its profound ability to create an emotional hook with the reader. Without providing spoilers, Diana faces a situation that every individual experiences, yet Azzarello handles her reaction in a beautifully written, true-to-form manner. Her honesty and clear sense of vulnerability hit hard, allowing the reader to sympathize with Wonder Woman on a personal level. Azzarello reminds the audience that, despite her status as a demi-goddess, Diana Prince is just as human as the rest of us.

Chiang's art allows Diana and her comrades to come alive across the pages. He draws Diana in such a gorgeous manner, but one that does not feel unnecessarily sexual or exaggerated, Instead, Chiang strikes a balance between power and beauty, giving the character personality rather than making her just another piece of comic eye candy. His stylized art allows for vast amounts of details, yet does not result in crowded pages or distracting background imagery. Environments leap off the page, but the overhauled designs of the New Gods will certainly catch readers' eyes. Action scenes do not abuse the "splash page" technique and instead occur over numerous panels, leading the many battles to progress along with the story rather than simply showing off the artist's talent on one pretty page. Chiang's characters react to situations instead of simply striking pose after pose.

Wonder Woman, without a doubt, exists as the best comic DC puts on the shelf. Every issue advances the story and fleshes out the characters, ensuring that no time is spent meandering with unnecessary filler or distracting sub-plots. Azzarello writes with a machine gun pace, hitting the reader with plot twist after plot twist in between jaw dropping moments of genius. Spoiling any part of this masterfully told modern epic would be an absolute disservice to the reader. Every event over the past three books has been building to this moment, a moment that utterly redefines the character and solidifies this series' place as one of the best runs in comic history. Believe the hype.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent WW Story 3 May 2014
By W. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Wonder Woman Volume 4: War is my first foray into the world of the New 52, and I have to say this graphic novel left me with mixed feelings: some good and some bad.

The story itself revolves around Wonder Woman protecting a baby from a group of characters who are desperately seeking it. Helping her in this endeavor is Orion and the New Gods of New Genesis. Naturally, there are lots of action sequences, especially in the climax portion of the story, but also some humorous frames and emotional scenes. The Wonder Woman portrayed here is much stronger and assertive than previous renditions, and generally more believable as a strong super heroine of the modern world. However, in my opinion, Orion steals the show, providing both the small amount of humor as well as the most dramatic moments of the book as a whole.

The artwork in this graphic novel is top notch, not spectacular perhaps but far more than just serviceable, and it is very appealing to the eye. The layout of each page was easy to follow. Each panel told its story through facial expressions and character placement. And the new look Wonder Woman was great, combining an athletic and deadly appearance with feminine beautiful. Even Orion, who turns from normal man to his more bestial visage at various times in the tale, was penned admirably. So on this front, Wonder Woman Volume 4: War did not disappoint.

The same cannot be said for the story however. While I was able to immediately grasp the storyline involving a baby being in danger and needing protection, I never really understood why - other than general morality - it was so important to keep the child safe nor who was trying to take the infant. That coupled with the fact that the whole story revolved around said baby being moved from Point A to Point B with smaller fight scenes leading up to a final climatic fight scene left me somewhat unimpressed and uninterested. Indeed, when I closed the book, I really had no burning desire to know what happened next to the baby or Wonder Woman.

In summation, this graphic novel was okay: good art work not so good story. If you are a current reader and fan then you might disagree with my assessment, which is fine. If I had been following this story arc for a while, this graphic novel might have been much more enjoyable to read. However, for those of you - like me - who are new to this “New 52" Wonder Woman, I can’t really encourage you to start your reading experience with this book; I really believe you will not appreciate this story very much. However, I do like this New 52 Wonder Woman and will be picking up some back issues in the near future.

This ARC was provided to me for free in return for an honest review. The review above was not paid for or influenced in any way by any person, entity or organization, but is my own personal opinions.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God(s) of War 18 Mar 2014
By Anarchy in the US - Published on Amazon.com
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Four volumes in, and yet, I’m still in love with this Shakespearean/twisted family plot writer Brian Azzarello has cooked up for Wonder Woman from the get-go in the New 52. Self contained from the rest of the DC Universe, zero editorial interference, makes no apologies of being different from past Wonder Woman interpretations, and is one of (or only?) comics out there where none of the characters, even our main heroine, have inner thoughts and convey their thoughts and feelings through words, expressions, and hidden agendas. Yes, Brian Azzarello’s WW is something of a series I’ve loved from the beginning and with volume 4, where things setup from the start, begin to making big payoffs that will change the current WW for the next volumes to come.

WONDER WOMAN VOL.4: WAR collects issues #19 - #23. After the happy ending in volume 3 with Zeke, the baby of prophecy, finally being returned to his mother Zola, the dysfunctional family under Wonder Woman have finally come together. But now that sides have been taken between Apollo as ruler of New Olympus and Wonder Woman, Apollo is getting desperate to destroy Zeke. But the inner workings of the Gods continue their own agendas, where they now wager the wildcard factor to change the whole demographics between Apollo and Wonder Woman: The First Born. The First Born wants to destroy everything and rule Olympus as his birthright and no can stand before his might, and see’s Zeke as another stepping stone to his ascension. Now Wonder Woman and her family must take down the First Born, even if it means going to Orion’s home world of New Genesis to plan and prepare for battle.

Whereas volume 3 was slow in plot but heavy on character building (well technically the whole series has been about character building), volume 4 picks up the pace with the First Born finally coming into the main plot that stands in the way of our heroes. This makes it where there is more action than any previous volume before it. And when someone as powerful as the First Born takes on Wonder Woman and her family, you know the stakes are going to shoot up through the roof and something is going to give.

This makes volume a perfect balance of action and character/world building. Apollo’s desperation to destroy Zeke allow for a Moon/Wonder Woman fight (round 2!), First Born taking on Wonder Woman, Orion, and Lennox in London (they tear that city up), to even having one final battle in issue 23 with First Born with his entire army against our heroes in a shocking and actual status quo changing effect from here on out. So while action has been the more secondary commodity in Azzarello’s WW series, volume 4 has half the book dedicated to action and I do not think it disappoints.

And while the action has been beefed up in this volume, this volume still has it’s share of character and world building as this series has been known for. We get to see the odd family ties Wonder Woman has made like Orion, Hera, Ares, and Zola actually getting along with one another. We get to see Wonder Woman get back at Orion for his little butt slap in volume 3 (I’m sure many people wanted to see her knock him one and you fans will finally get your fan service). We get more deep family agendas from Poseidon and Hades now. And the biggest selling point is Orion and his home world New Genesis.

Orion hasn’t done much in terms of his character or inclusion, but now we see more about him and New Genesis. Azzarello maintains many of Jack Kirby’s influences and origins for Orion in his secret power – his pre-52 origin fans knew him as the son of Darkseid, where it never actual answers that here -. But plenty of great aspects that we only get a glimpse of New Genesis, I hope we’ll see more of in the future.

As for art, series regular Cliff Chiang does most of these issues and his art is perfect. Since the New 52, Chiang has done 3 or 4 issues then Goran Sudzuka took over for a few fill-in issues and then Chiang again. Sudzuka does issues #19 and some of #20’, and while his art is good and only gotten better, but he doesn’t have that same level as Chiang. Thankfully, Chiang does some of #20 and does 21-23 and to gorgeous results. His art style for BOOM tubes, to the techno/organic world of New Genesis, Chiang hits all cylinders for his art and nails it on the game changing issue 23.

Now I have no real faults with this series, because I love it, even with the little flaws. Yet there are still a few that might be different from readers’ perspective. The concept of the series going after the baby, Zeke, has gone on a little too far. Issues 19 and 20 still have it where the characters have concentrated on attacking and protecting Zeke still, so some readers might feel burnt out on this plotline. Thankfully though, the whole demographics change with New Genesis and the big finale issue 23.

Secondly, the final payoff in issue 23 might make readers feel like Azzarello took too long to get to. Once you read that last issue, you’ll see this was really what Azzarello had in mind since the get-go, and you have to wonder why it took this long or was required to do so. It taking 23 issues to tell Azzarello’s point, you might wonder if taking four volumes was really necessary. I know this series is about the deep family conflict, but I know plenty of people who feel this series is slow and I can see their reasons.

And thirdly, and I do not consider this a flaw by any stretch of the means, but I am curious why $23 for only 5 issues. Most DC hardcovers at $22.99 books are at least 6 issues, where this is not the case. There is no additional pages per the issues and I wonder why DC couldn’t have lowered the price to an even $19.99 or given fans the VILLAINS MONTH issue #23.2, the origin issue of First Born to make up for the price of the book. I notice DC and Marvel are subtlety increasing the cover price of their trades and this might have something to do with it. But again, not a real flaw but an observation.

WONDER WOMAN VOL.4: WAR continues and concludes another chapter in Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang’s Odyssey-like adventures. This volumes continues on the heavy family politics, the world building, more big action than ever before, and the game changing issue 23 that you’ll eat up. But the idea that Azzarello is still sort of stuck on chasing Zeke (for a bit) and that it took 23 issues to get to the real heart of the series is questionable. But I still love the hell out of this series and gladly give it 5 stars.

As someone who is reading the singles and double dipping into the trades (I love it that much), things will become more focused on Diana on her new role to come. And, I am saddened (or happy for those who despise this series) to say for fans of this creative team, that both Azzarello and Chiang will leave this series sometime this year of 2014. It hasn’t been posted which issue thus far, but judging by the number of issues completed, I think it will get up volume 6 or volume 7.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books in the New 52 30 Jun 2014
By Rajit D Hazarika - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This has been one of my favorite books in the entirety of DC;s Relaunch. It is the most consistent and actually follows the same story thread throughout (vs other titles like Superman or... most other titles) in that you can read each issue and follow the story from issue #1 to issue #23 (where this book ends). IT DOES NOT REQUIRE one to read 7 other titles just to follow the story,a dn back to Superman, you aren't lost when going from Metropolis to all of a sudden being in Russia, or going from Doomsday Superman to some random dude from another universe (completely dropping Superman turning into Doomsday in 5 different titles). Further this gives the best characterization of Wonder Woman in any other title or universe, the strong warrior and vs the manipulative wench. This book ends one major segment, but the next set take place right after. MUST READ.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder Woman new 52 is great so far 9 Jun 2014
By Lindsey Shultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great volume I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for volume 5 to come out in a few months from now.
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