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Wonder Woman Ends Of The Earth TP (Wonder Woman (DC Comics Paperback)) Paperback – 2 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401221378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401221379
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 882,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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... but not great Gail Simone.

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.
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For a while now, I've been attempting to get into Wonder Woman. I enjoyed the animated movie as well as books like Kingdom Come, Identity Crisis, JLA Earth 2 etc. but I never knew where to start in terms of exploring Diana's solo adventures.

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.
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No Spoilers. I know all about Wonder Woman from her roles in Justice League, Superman and Batman Comics but this is the first time I’ve read a stand alone comic of hers and it’s fantastic. So, Wonder Woman gets tricked into absorbing this ultimate evil power that could give her the strength to fulfil all her goals but will corrupt her soul and goes on a epic quest to destroy The Devil with the help of Beowulf. The actual plot of the comic isn’t particularly interesting as it’s quite straightforward and the twists don’t work too well but that doesn’t matter, because in this instance it’s not what the story is but how it is told that is great. The dialogue, her reasoning, her feelings, her emotions, her relationships, her self doubt but unlimited strength and compassion make the character deeply engaging and enjoyable to read. Two single issue comics come with this book. The first is Wonder Woman bringing her boyfriend to her home on the exclusively Amazon women populated island of Themyscira to meet her mum. It’s fun, you learn a lot about her culture and the divides and relationship between human and Amazon, Wonder Woman’s relationship with her mum and you get a real feeling about her life whilst also being really funny. The final story included is Wonder Woman being given a tour of the Hollywood set of a movie that’s being based on her when a baddie turns up and it all goes to hell. There are a lot of meta jokes about the difficulty of making a Wonder Woman movie and some nice stuff about how everyday human women see the character, “I don’t want my daughter looking up to a woman who wears the American Flag as a Thong!” and it’s a cute but surprisingly touching story. I Highly Recommend this book as it gave me a much deeper understanding of the character and I really engaged with her. It’s very first timer friendly and you won’t be disappointed.
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A must for anyone who reads graphic novels.
I highly recommend the other books in the series also.
Great purchase.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94fcf780) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950c33fc) out of 5 stars Simone's run gains speed. 21 Mar. 2009
By Sean Curley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The resurrection of Wonder Woman from the dire depths of 2006 and 2007 continues in this, the second collection of Gail Simone's run on the title. While it is still flawed in terms of the status quo that the title has been saddled with, the two stories here (issues 20-25) are both fine Wonder Woman stories that mostly avoid the things to do with the status quo that are so irritating. Simone is joined for this arc by new regular artist Aaron Lopresti (#20-23) and returning fill-in artist Bernard Chang (#24-25).

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x960a30cc) out of 5 stars Magnificent! 23 Aug. 2010
By Steven J. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another magnificent story from Gail Simone. After some pretty stinky releases from other writers (i.e., Mission's End and Amazons Attack) in which the entire Wonder Woman lore is basically tossed out the window and rewritten, it is wonderful that the Wonder Woman series is now in the hands of a writer that really seems to understand the characters- not just Princess Diana bit also the supporting cast. In Simone's capable hands, Wonder Woman is once again a compassionate but powerful warrior, loving but brave, and a sometimes vulnerable heroine that is able to find solutions to problems that do not always involve her beating the snot out of someone.

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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952832d0) out of 5 stars Solid well paced wonder adventure 19 Oct. 2009
By M - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great read. Gail is really hitting her peak on Wonder Woman. This arc takes us into a world where Wonder Woman confronts a piece of her shadow self. We see the princess of power deal with characterlogical stresses and not necessarily in the holier than thou way these things tend to be spun for our top lady.

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!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950c712c) out of 5 stars Wonderful! 14 Dec. 2009
By Xyz726 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great tale that has Wonder Woman traveling through different eras, all ending in a big battle with the devil. There is also a really charming story about a possible Wonder Woman movie.

A great read, worth buying!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950c7570) out of 5 stars so happy 21 Nov. 2013
By DAVON - Published on Amazon.com
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good continuation of the story, great seller as well :) i love this writer and the art work is still looking good thankful for those two things.
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