Wonder Woman Ends Of The Earth TP (Wonder Woman (DC Comics Paperback)) Paperback – 2 Apr 2010
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"[Simone] dials up the... series with humor and sass." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Gail Simone is the fan-favourite writer of Villains United, Superman: Action Comics, Rose & Thorn, Deadpool, The Simpsons, Gen 13, The All-New Atom and Welcome to Tranquility. Aaron Lopresti is a fan-favourite penciller whose work includes Amazing Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Excalibur, Generation X, Ms. Marvel, Mystic, New X-Men, Sludge, Sword of Red Sonja, Sojourn, Takion and X-Men. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Don't misunderstand me, I think Simone is one of DC Comics best writers and this is a good version of Wonder Woman. Certainly there's no-one else I'd rather write the character. But, unlike her Birds of Prey run and her Secret Six ongoing saga, it doesn't catch fire in the way I was hoping.
It's perfectly serviceable and entertaining. The main storyline involves Diana teaming up with three of DCs barbarian characters -Beowulf, Claw, and Stalker- to take on Stalker's nemesis. The subplot concerns Agent Tresser (aka Nemesis) being ordered to investigate fellow agent Diana Prince whom their boss suspects of being an Amazon spy. Tresser's girlfriend, in case you don't know, happens to be Wonder Woman. And there's a lovely scene where he has to meet his girlfriend's mother, Hippolyta. Plus there's Diana getting involved with Wonder Woman the Movie.
It's fine, it deserves three and a half stars, but I wish I wanted to give it more.
Last week I got my wife's Christmas presents sorted out earlier than I expected so went into a well known bookshop where I found a copy of this TPB Ends of the Earth by Gail Simone. I picked it up, found a comfy seat in a coffee shop and got stuck in.
I really, really enjoyed this story. It made me realise why WW is such a feminist icon, the way Simone writes her with a distinctly feminine strength. Yes, she can kick ass with the best of them but her quintessentially female temperance and reverence for all life made her character finally make sense to me. She was written not just as Superman with breasts but I got an insight into her ideology and how her Amazonian upbringing makes it unique. As a fan (but by no means an expert) of ancient mythologies it was nice to see the cultural references within the roots of the character. I was also relieved to see that the writing staff didn't empower the female characters by emasculating the males. Tom Tresser (Nemesis) makes a good foil and love interest for Diana as his strength lies in guile and cunning rather than trying to match her in physical strength. I also like her secret identity as an agent for the department of metahuman affairs (I didn't even know WW had a secret identity).
A good example of what makes this character special comes in the opening pages when WW is attacked by a trio of wolves. She attempts to placate them but they just keep coming at her with ravenous bloodlust.Read more ›
I highly recommend the other books in the series also.
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Mimicking the structure of the first six-issue trade ("The Circle"), this trade consists of one four-issue primary story which lends its title to the collection as a whole, and a two-issue fill-in story by Chang. While "The Circle" was the clear highlight of the trade of the same name, I would say in this case that the final two-parter outshines the preceding four-parter.
The primary story, "Ends of the Earth", dips into DC's collection of 1970s sword-and-sandal adventurer comics and sends Diana on a mythic quest. She is recruited rather forcibly by the Stalker (an extremely obscure character, though created by DC's current president, Paul Levitz, so that probably scored Simone points with the higher-ups) to help him in his quest to finally defeat the devil of his world. Raiding across dimensions for the four blades destined to slay him, they recruit Beowulf (DC's version) and Claw the Unconquered (a ripoff of "Conan the Barbarian"), giving Diana license to wear a range of cool story-specific outfits (my favourite being the first, Norse-inspired one), all the while her soul is slowly blackened by the Stalker's magic in order to make her sufficiently ruthless, and someone on the team is a traitor. For those like me who know little to nothing about these characters you won't receive the nostalgic charge I'm sure some did, but it's still well-done, with fun details such as the transdimensional oracle who always seems to be missing her legs. The internal drama of Diana's struggle for her compassion often strays into the tell-not-show territory, but it has a powerful finale. The villain of the piece feels somewhat perfunctory (again, a lot of telling).
There's a subplot about Nemesis investigating "Diana Prince" and having an enounter with Diana's sister Donna Troy, which is mainly notable for featuring a really well-written Donna, rare enough. Nemesis is tolerable, but still the weak point of the book.
With that story wrapped up, Diana goes to Hollywood (well, for there's some extended interaction between Tom and Hippolyta, of all people, which grates on my nerves more than anything else in the story; I'd much rather have a scene with her and Diana) to deal with a "Wonder Woman" movie that they're planning to make. This is obviously a greater fiction than the talking apes, as Hollywood will never make a Wonder Woman movie, between the WB's inability to make anything other than Batman and Superman (barely, in the latter's case) and the dislike of female leads. Anyway, Simone brings in the Queen of Fables to face Diana one-on-one, which has been long overdue. Simone indulges in some very entertaining parody of what movie hacks would probably make of Wondy's mythos (and have, in the past, with some story elements right out of Bruce Timm's awful take on her mythos in JLU). It ends rather abruptly, but it's a gem nonetheless.
Overall, I would rank "Ends of the Earth" as a 4/5 and the Hollywood arc as a 5/5, which, combined and rounded, works out to a 5.
That said, there is plenty of action in this tale. Most of the story takes place on other worlds and has a Conan type of feel to it. The artwork is inconsistent (different artists equals noticeably different styles) but always good. There is lots of humor, especially when it comes to Diana's love interest, and the ending is surprising (and also quite satisfying).
A second, briefer story is included in this volume. It is also very good, though the villain seems far less powerful than she has in past appearances (she once nearly defeated the entire JLA) and is beaten rather easily. Still, I enjoyed the second story a great deal and wished that it was a bit longer.
I got both "Ends of the Earth" and "The Circle" at the same time and recommend them both. Great stuff!
Diana has anger, she has a few flaws that come out and she is challenged to overcome them to do right. But she comes out of this stuff with some fantastic warrior skill demonstration lovely Bernard Chang art and Aaron Lopresti, the new WW artist gives us pure eye candy in a world of snow and wolves.
Great job everyone!
A great read, worth buying!