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Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52) (utgåvan 2013)

av Brian Azzarello (Författare)

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The first six issues of the critically acclaimed new Wonder Woman series are collected here in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1: BLOOD! 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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Titel:Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52)
Författare:Brian Azzarello (Författare)
Info:DC Comics (2013), 160 pages
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I really got suckered in by the first issue and it fell apart pretty much from the beginning of the second.

I feel I monkey's pawed myself enjoying the dark, mythic, brutality of the first issue, the grim summoning of the centaur was pretty awesome, but the interesting quickly became edgelord with shades of how Snyder made Superman grim and gritty, but nothing else, and men writing women.

The narrative is...fine. The dialogue is OK to painful. The art has its moments, but is really dull, particularly with facial expressions, particularly Diana's for some reason. We also need to talk about nu-metal by way of Ali G Hermes...WTActualF?! Admittedly, Hermes' feet and the designs of Hades and Poseidon looked great. No notes.

Wonder Woman is a fascinating character with a rich backstory and mythology to draw upon. She occupies an interesting space in the Trinity, between Superman's wholesome light and Batmans grim darkness. All of this, not to mention her connections to the World Wars, have such wonderful potential for mixing the dark and light, the mythical gods with grounded human problems. She is the eternal fish out of a clay amphora in any sphere of her life. Her narrative potential is endless! But she was done dirty here on what seems like a cheap and easy way for her to be a cis guy's idea of want a strong female protagonist is.

A modern mortal becoming pregnant by Zeus is a story with legs, and one especially apt for a modern and feminist telling. One that eschews casting Hera as the hateful harpy-shrew scorned wife, women turning on and destroying each other over the actions of men (this couldn't be more appropriately portrayed as it is in this. It's almost comical), never ascribing/ Zeus taking no accountability for his actions, a discussion about the utter lack of consent that is his M.O (yes, taking the form of something a person literally "cannot resist" is a consent issue)*, but instead it's paint by numbers meddlsome gods and 'crazy bitches' shtick, which, as played out as it is, can still have legs if it's down well. This just isn't.

It's not awful and there's some interesting enough ideas among what is a surprisingly lazy and uninspired first volume of this incarnation of Wonder Woman.

*I am absolutely a intersectional feminist, Gender malconent, and alphabet imp, but I resent how basic and shitty this writing is to necessitate me sounding like some faux progressive wokescold. ( )
  RatGrrrl | Dec 25, 2023 |
I liked this but I didn't love it. It is a gritty version of Wonder Woman therefore Vol. 1 Blood is an apt title. There are obvious problems with the storyline. In short: Diana, Amazonian Princess aka Wonder Woman, finds herself protecting a young woman impregnated by Zeus from his vengeful wife Hera. But Wonder Woman is about to find out her own dubious parentage, a secret her mother Hippolyta has kept from her for years. So, yes, the Wonder Woman origin story is thrown out the window with this one. So if you're a purist, forget reading this. But, the drama that ensues between the gods and between Diana and Hippolyta is interesting enough to be enjoyable. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
I wish I could give half star ratings because two seems too low and three just felt a bit too high too. ( )
  floppingbunnies | Jun 29, 2023 |
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
Wonder Woman has never been a title that I read on its own. In fact, I can only recall buying one issue in my life, and that was somewhere back in the the mists of my childhood because the cover grabbed me. Like many DC titles, however, I became at least mildly interested after the launch of the New 52, inasmuch as I followed it's flagship title, Justice League. In those pages, I became interested in Wonder Woman as one of the primary three heroes in the DC Universe, now presented not as a character about whom my wife complains ("A Lasso of Truth? Really?") as still being presented as inferior to male characters, but here painted as a strong character worthy of her Amazonian past.

So, I was glad to (finally) make the time to read the collected first volume of her initial story arc in the New 52.

I was impressed, but I'll say up front that this collection didn't absorb me like some of the other New 52 titles. The art I found to be a bit sporadic. While the cover art, being particularly poor, isn't representative of the interior pages, I still found many of the pages displaying clunky characters drawn with heavy-handed lines and confusing movement from panel to panel. That said, there are moments of brilliance, particularly in the facial expressions of Queen Hera.

The writing far outshines the art, with delicate foreshadowing and powerful dialogue between many characters, but especially on the part of our protagonist ("Peace? Your mocking lips spit a word your tongue has never tasted."). The movement of the story is well paced as collected into a graphic novel, though I'm not sure how it would have felt in individual issues. The balance between narrative, dialogue, and action is thoughtfully and intentionally achieved, and the action sequences are violently intense when present.

The first installment of Wonder Woman's origin story is told here, as she realizes that the legend of the childhood in which she has grown up believing is a lie, and as she races to protect a girl pregnant with Zeus' illegitimate child as the wrath of Olympus threatens to kill her where she stands. Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of this story is the way in which the legendary Greek gods and goddesses are portrayed, at times very thought-provoking (Hades with his face obscured by the burning candles on his head, or Ares as a rail-thin African warlord drinking in a bar), and at times with particular humor (Hermes sitting on a sofa with a remote control in hand and his leg in a splint).

I originally rated this story at three stars. Why? Well, first off, stars are so arbitrary, but necessary on Goodreads. Secondly, because this story, while well written, just didn't move me along in it's premise. As a hero story goes, it felt...dry to me, as much as the craft of the writing may have had shining moments. My final decision when writing this, though, is a four-star review, because the character development sinks in after letting the book sit for a day or two. In these pages, we meet Wonder Woman as a hero for today. She is a warrior, one of the most powerful heroes in the DC Universe (watching her lift a car is impressive enough, but the first panel in which she enters with a shield and battle axe will alter your perception of the character forever). I wish that I had read these issues when the New 52 originally launched, as it would have helped me to make more sense of the character in the pages of Justice League. Here, I was about twenty pages in before I truly heard her voice, but then there was no turning back. Because we also see Wonder Woman as a woman, insecure in her heritage, mourning the loss of her mother before she could make amends, strongly drawn to familial connections, and strongly persevering through her losses. If you imagined a flat or two-dimensional character here...if your perception of Wonder Woman as been that of my wife's, a character with unrealized potential left to languish on the fringes of a male-dominated hero universe...then for that reason alone, I would recommend this book. Even if the story leaves you lagging behind a bit as it did me, you'll be glad that you now truly know Diana, the Princess of the Amazons. ( )
  David_Brown | Aug 15, 2022 |
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The first six issues of the critically acclaimed new Wonder Woman series are collected here in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1: BLOOD! 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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