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Friday, 2 June 2017

Wonder Woman's Five Essential Stories

Wonder Woman is out in theaters today and, if you're like us, you'll be wanting to continue the Amazonian adventures even after the end credits roll. If that's the case, we highly recommend you pick up these five essential Wonder Woman stories centered around the iconic DC Comics heroine...

#5 - Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood - Let's kick things off with one of the books that really set the gold standard for DC's New 52 reboot back in 2011. Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang crafted a story that fundamentally changed Diana's place within the DC Universe and even successfully revamped the heroine's relationship with many of the Greek gods - including Ares. The book takes Diana back to her more mythological roots and is easily one of the very best titles to come out of the New 52 era. We highly recommend reader's pick up all six volumes of Azzarello and Chiang's Wonder Woman run - you aren't going to want to miss a single panel of this exciting odyssey - one that could only be afforded the Amazonian princess thanks to the clean slate offered up by the New 52 reboot.

Why We Love It: Wonder Woman returns to her mythological roots and undergoes an exciting, somewhat painful, odyssey only afforded her thanks to the New 52 reboot.

#4 - Wonder Woman: The Circle - There is no doubt that Diana needed some help finding her footing following the events of Infinite Crisis, but after Gail Simone took over the title, things finally fell back into place. With her first story, The Circle, Simone achieved a near perfect balance by taking the character back to her roots and making full use of her role as an operative for the Department Of Metahuman Affairs. On top of this, the tale also offered up a new look at Diana's relationships within the Amazon community, features a new romance between the heroine and her DMA partner, Tom Tresser, and even features a troop of hyper-intelligent white gorillas that defect from the ranks of Gorilla Grodd's army. In short, Simone gave Wonder Woman her footing back when it was so desperately needed and unleashed one of her best tales to date.

Why We Love It: Diana needed help finding her footing following the events of Infinite Crisis back in 2005 and it was Gail Simone who finally got the job done in a very big way. Plus, the art from Terry Dodson and Bernard Chang is simply outstanding.

#3 - Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies - Oh how we love the Rebirth relaunch. The New 52 had some great books, but overall it needed a change. One of the smartest moves to come as a result of Rebirth was bringing back writer Greg Rucka and setting him loose on Wonder Woman once again. The man was responsible for churning out one of the very best runs on the character back in the early 2000's, so putting him back on the Rebirth Wonder Woman title just seemed like a no-brainer. With The Lies, Rucka offers readers both a brutal and intense tale - made all the more incredible thanks to Liam Sharp's stunning art - that explores Diana's relationship with several key players from throughout her 76 year history including Steve Trevor, Etta Candy and even friend turned foe Barbara Minerva. It's moody, broody and all kinds of fun!

Why We Love It: Rebirth simply can do no wrong it seems and Rucka's newest Wonder Woman tale is a testament to that fact. Brutal and intense, with beautiful art from Liam Sharp, The Lies stands as proof that no one does Wonder Woman quite like Greg Rucka.

#2 - Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia - Like we said above, no one does Wonder Woman quite like Greg Rucka, and nowhere is this more obvious then with his very first book, Hiketeia. The story plays out as a sort of Greek tragedy and sees a young girl by the name of Danielle Wellys seeking out Diana's help. Entering into an ancient and sacred oath, Diana finds herself honour-bound to eternally protect the girl. However, after Danielle kills a group of sex slavers responsible for murdering her sister, her actions end up attracting the attention of The Batman. Locked in a battle with The Dark Knight, Diana soon realizes that this is a situation she can't possibly hope win and must choose between breaking a sacred oath and turning a blind eye to what's right. The tale does an excellent job exploring the nature of justice and morality and was an absolutely killer start to Rucka's work on Wonder Woman.

Why We Love It: Rucka hits the ground running with this incredible tale that explores the nature of both justice and morality - a first step in one of the best runs in Wonder Woman's 76 year history.

#1 - Wonder Woman: Vol. 1 Omnibus - Following the events of 1985's Crisis On Infinite Earths, George Perez was tasked with reinventing Wonder Woman for an entirely new generation of readers. The result was a larger-than-life run that emphasized the character's ties to Greek mythology and gave fans what has been regarded as the definitive account of the origins of Diana Prince. Perez takes fans on a wild and crazy adventure that explores Diana's life on Paradise island, her first foray into the world of man and even features her very first clash with the villainous Ares. Honestly, while there have been a few retellings of Diana's origins over the years, it's near impossible to top Perez's work here! If there is one Wonder Woman book that needs to be in every fan's DC Comics library, it's this omnibus! It won't take long to see why George Perez is considered to be one of the largest influences on the character since her debut back in 1941.

While there have been countless great Wonder Woman books over the years, these are the five we feel stand above the rest. However, if you're looking for even more Amazonian adventures, we highly recommend fansalso pick up the likes of Wonder Woman: Earth One from Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette for a non-traditional retelling of Diana's origin story and Christopher Moeller's Justice League: A League Of One for even more fantastic reading!

Do you agree with our list of the Five Essential Wonder Woman Stories? Did we miss something you felt should have been included on this list? Be sure to let us know what you think!

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis, Wonder Woman  arrives in theaters today!

Will you be checking it out this weekend?

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