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Wonder Woman: Blood Volume 1

Wonder Woman: Blood Volume 1

Book rating: 04 Paperback Wonder Woman (DC Comics Numbered)

By (artist) Cliff Chiang, By (artist) Tony Akins, By (author) Brian Azzarello

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  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 256mm x 12mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 22 January 2013
  • ISBN 10: 140123562X
  • ISBN 13: 9781401235628
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 9,635

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Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life - and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay. The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera - so why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told? Superstar writer Brian Azzarello creates a new direction for one of DC's best-known heroes, with spectacular art by Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins!

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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, LEX LUTHER: MAN OF STEEL, and HELLBLAZER. Brian has been featured in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE and other publications.

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By M. 07 Jun 2014 4

the new wonder woman is kind of love-it-or-hate-it book for wondy fans.
as happens often in comic book reboots, diana a.k.a wonder woman has been re-imagined with new origins, a new personality and a new supporting cast.

she's a not as kind or as open as she's been in past incarnations of the character, the story is a little darker and quite a bit more violent (DC's really just following the trends for sales here). Her very rich previous origins - being clay turned into flesh through the blessings of the god, raised on a utopian island and beloved - have been altered too. She doesn't seem to get along with her fellow amazonians as well, who are much more culturally flawed as a people now. She's also the blood daughter of Zeus, a driving force behind the story. The character is seems to be a lot less about peace and equality, more of an ambitious fighter and protector.

It's a good book though; Chiang comes up with some really cool character designs and the strength of the book comes from the interpretations of Greek mythos and the supporting cast, which are a delight.
However, if you're a fan of the pre-52 Wonder Woman, the ambassador of peace, warrior/writer, "best of us" Diana Prince, the changes in to the character might rub you the wrong way. I'd urge you to give it a try though!

If you haven't read any Wonder Woman before though and are looking for a place to jump onto the Wondy Train, this is it.

By Alexandria 05 Dec 2013 5

I remember to back when the 'New 52' was announced, I detested the idea that DC was going to restart many of its most well loved series. The new Wonder Woman series however; is pretty much the best Wonder Woman series OF ALL TIME!!!!!! (In my opinion), and here's why:

1. They changed the origin story.

- Brian Azzarello took pulls of this very risky move as if it's child's play! Diana is no longer made out of clay but rather conceived under some very interesting and scandalous circumstances.

2. The art.

- Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins provide Wonder Woman with the most beautiful and thoughtful artwork in the New 52 (perhaps rivalled only by the New 52 Batwoman!).

3. Zola.

- Introducing a new character as such an integral part of the story has its risks, but Zola; a human girl that is under the protection of Wonder Woman, has her merits. It's refreshing having a character in a Wonder Woman book that isn't bogged down in mythology, (don't get me wrong; Ares, Hermes Zeus etc.. Are all great!). Zola is down to earth and really contextualises the story as occurring in the present day rather than some mythical battle occurring thousands of years in the past!

4. The writing is amazing.

- The plot is full of twists and turns that I won't spoil for you! Seriously: GET THIS BOOK!

What I didn't like:

1. The costume.

- Where have Wonder Woman's pants gone? In the very popular Odyssey series (which was released before the new 52) WONDER WOMAN HAD JUST GOTTEN PANTS - and now, there are no pants again! :(

Review quote

"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 " "Azzarello is...rebuilding the mythology of Wonder Woman." - "Maxim" "Azzarello is crafting a highly-intelligent, and surprisingly gory, affair that's drenched in Greek mythology and godly mischief. And if that's not enough, artist Cliff Chiang simply kills it on every panel he touches. Put your presumptions aside because this is actually a Wonder Woman book worth reading." - "Complex Magazine" "This series will hopefully elevate Diana back into the limelight with Superman and Batman where she belongs." - "Christian Science Monitor" "Beautifully illustrated and brings a fresh, fascinating and fun take to the Amazon Princess and her world." - "IGN" "It's a different direction for Wonder Woman, but one still steeped in mythology...great things from Azzarello and Chiang." - "The Onion AV Club " "Enthralling." - "UGO " "This book is weird and worth your while." - "io9 " "It's the kind of writing that's made Azzarello such a sought after comic book author." - "CraveOnline" "Brian Azzarello is going for a much more horror-oriented book than previous incarnations, and that works well with Cliff Chiang's art. In fact, they're probably one of the best paired teams for the New 52 so far." - "Comic Book Resources" "Page after page, Azzarello just unfurls more and more smart ideas in what is probably the best hope for the great Wonder Woman story we've all been hoping for. Unsurprisingly, Cliff Chiang delivers some phenomenal visuals, presenting us with a heroine who reads as dynamic, elegant, powerful, and even godly. People, I think they've figured it out." - "iFanboy"" "