Wonder Woman 1-17

Wonder_Woman_Vol_5_1Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #1
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

This was one of the books I was most excited to read when Rebirth was announced because I have extremely fond memories of Rucka’s original Wonder Woman run from the early 2000s. I wonder if he will bring back Ferdinand the cook?! I sure hope so. First of all, the art in this first issue is downright breathtaking. In this issue, it seems that Wonder Woman is having trouble remembering her past with all the changes in history and all that and seeks out Cheetah to help her find her way back to Themyscara. Etta Candy is now African-American which I am not sure…maybe that is the new 52 change. I like it. And I like that Steve Trevor is now younger even though I am not a big fan of his character. I look forward to seeing where this is going. I trust Rucka to come up with a new back story for Wonder Woman that respects her entire history and her status as a feminist icon.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #2
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott

This issue begins the new Wonder Woman: Year One story – her true origin story I assume. Hippolyta is back to her dark hair – I had heard she was blonde during the new 52 – I always liked the idea that Hippolyta went back in time to be the golden age Wonder Woman and I hope that this is restored to continuity so this makes me happy. The issue is also beautifully drawn by the ever talented Nicola Scott. We see Diana’s life before Steve crashes on the island (Although her birth and childhood is not touched upon) and the issue ends with the crash. I never saw Steve’s crash quite as tragic as he loses a friend who he is the Godfather of his baby in the crash. This is a good start.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #3
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

As much as I love Scott’s art, Liam Sharp may be beating Nicola in the mythic story department. Every pane in this comic is drawn with breathtaking detail and a dark jungle ambiance. Much like Batman, Wonder Woman works as a character because she can exist in all kinds of stories. Dark jungle, superhero, science fiction…whatever you throw at her. In this comic, we learn that Cheetah and Wonder Woman had a previous friendship and somehow Cheetah blames Wonder Woman for how she is now. I wonder why Cheetah is not being featured in the upcoming Wonder Woman film…I think of her as Wonder Woman’s archenemy outside of Ares. Although there is Dr. Psycho, Giganta, etc I think Cheetah stands out as Diana’s big bad. This version of Cheetah seems much more sympathetic than I remember her being.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #4
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott

The Amazons going through the items that the US army brought to their shores was quite interesting especially as they talk about the mythological symbols the US has in its emblems. It is amazing how Rucka tells a story that has been told so many times yet still manages to make every page an interesting read as Diana enters the contest and prepares to leave for man’s world. Who didn’t get happy when Steve Trevor’s plane is turned into the invisible jet and he doesn’t even understand why? And the first panel in her Wonder Woman outfit made me cheer! I hope that the movie is like this!

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #5
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

In this issue, Etta Candy says she has known Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor for ten years…it seems that the 5-year-timeline is going back to its normal ten to 15 year timeline! I was so happy to see Sasha Bordeaux return…this is a character Rucka has been writing in every corner of the DCU since I was a kid. I am not sure who she is working for here. Wasn’t she at one point infected by Brother Eye? That can’t be it. There is one page where Wonder Woman comes out the darkness to kick major ass that is just incredibly drawn and perfect and then a page later she is smiling and saying hello. It really shows the warrior of peace that the character represents.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #6
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott

Year One continues here as the military studies Wonder Woman. It is interesting that they cannot understand her language which makes perfect sense. In a shout out to the great George Perez on Wonder Woman, a Doctor who was an expert on Ancient Greece comes to study her named Dr. Perez and looks just like him! I like how her language is quite different than Ancient Greece but familiar in a way to her. In the end, the Gods visit Diana in her cell and give her gifts. I had thought that all Amazons had these powers but I guess not…how does that explain Artemis then over in the Red Hood book? Are they all strong but just not as strong as Diana?

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #7
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

As it turns out the God who had enslaved Dr. Minerva all these years as Cheetah had been lying about his past…apparently it is women who have controlled him and not the other way around. When Wonder Woman figures this out he is defeated in an epic final scene. I wonder what this means for Cheetah’s future?

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #8
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Bilquis Evely

In this interlude, we look at the backstory of Cheetah as she is an archeologist with a particular interest in the Amazons, believing them to be real and not myth. Interesting, the cave she finds in this comic talks about the 12th queen of the Amazons when in a previous issue Diana says her mother is the 10th queen…this can’t be a coincidence. Anyways, Barbara searches the world for the Amazons and seems to fin Themyscara in the Black Sea…is that where it is? And comes across the same tree that had the snake that bit young Diana in issue 2 I believe. I am very intrigued as to where this is heading! Greg Rucka is the best!

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #9
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

I should have guessed Sasha was working for Veronica Cale! Veronica Cale is a villain who I believe was created by Rucka – I am not sure – that has a lasting impact in the DCU pre-New 52. It is good to see her coming back. I always liked her as Wonder Woman’s rich Lex Luthor-type nemesis. Anyways, Steve and Diana rekindle their romance in this which is interesting to me because it is something that pretty much did not exist in the Wonder Woman comics I grew up with after the Crisis wiped away their relationship and made him an older man. At the end of this issue, Diana goes to find Themyscara and it is the New 52 Hippolyta, not the Hippolyta from the Year One issues. Something interesting is going on!

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #10
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott

Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor, Etta, and Barbara go to the mall for the first time in this Year One tale that sees her make her public debut to the world stopping a terrorist attack… a violent mass shooting no less…in San Diego. It was really done well anjd it wasn’t exploitative of tragedy like it could have been. And man.. Nicola Scott can draw some attractive men.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #11
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

Diana and Steve spend time in what must be the darker “New 52” version of Themyscara and the blonde Hippolyta and Diana slowly realizes that this isn’t her home and that all these years she had though she was home and she was not. It is quite fascinating. IS this the result of the events of Rebirth and the Watchmen characters or is it Veronica Cale? We shall see. The final page is quite heartbreaking and I can’t even imagine how scared Diana must feel.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #12
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott

The Sear Group is investigated as Year One continues. I love how Barbara describes terrorists in this issue and how what they all have in common is hate. Wonder Woman represents the antithesis of hate. Greg Rucka understands this character better than any other modern writer.  Please DC do not let him ever leave this book! The final page of this comics, Ares appears and it seems he is the one who is leading the Sear Group. This marks Ares and Diana’s first battle!

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #13
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Renato Guedes

After discovering her whole life is a lie, Wonder Woman has a psychotic break and must be saved by Steve Trevor from Dr. Poison and the strange island. In the end, Steve has to put her in a hospital sadly. This was another great issue although I missed Liam Sharp’s art.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #14
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott

One of the best things about this series is that, if I am not mistaken, Steve Trevor has been shirtless in part of every issue haha. Year One ends here as Diana beats Ares and saves the world from the Maru gas (While carrying around shirtless Steve Trevor no less!) and even stops a school shooting in a dramatic scene. In the end, the press dubs her Wonder woman and as the say…the rest is history.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #15
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

OMG Yes! The one character I hoped Rucka would bring back most from his run appears in the final page of this comic! Ferdinand, Diana’s minotaur cook! I can’t believe he did it in a surprise ending. I loved this character when I was a kid. He was awesome. I can’t wait to see where this goes. Was Diana’s time at the Themyscarian embassy returning to continuity or is it part of Dr. Manhattan’s “lost ten years.” How is Cheetah involved with Godwatch? This is one of DC’s best books up there with Detective Comics in my mind – not as good because well Cassandra Cain is in Detetive. But this comic is just incredible.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #16
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Bilquis Evely

In another incredible issue of Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman we look back at what can said to be both Dr. Cyber’s and Veronica Cale’s origins. It is heartbreaking and action-packed. Rucka is truly creating a Wonder Woman Rebirth in the vain of Geoff Johns by respecting the long history of Wonder Woman and her supporting cast and at the same time putting them back into shape and where they belong. I hope that this continues. DC DO NOT LET RUCKA GO THIS TIME! He is the only writer in a long time who truly gets the character.

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Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #17
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Liam Sharp

Etta and Steve take Ferdinand (So happy he is back!) to give Diana back her costume after they are attacked by Dr. Poison and her goons. Meanwhile, Veronica Cale tricks Dr. Minerva into becoming the Cheetah again. Will it stick this time? And who is the snake Diana keeps talking to? We shall see I guess. This is one of the best comics on the stands!

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