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From the writer Shea Fontana, who brought you the hit series DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, comes a new journey for the legendary Amazon Warrior, Wonder Woman, in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5! Celebrated author Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS) writes an exciting story arc for our favorite Amazon Warrior, Wonder Woman, in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5! New danger and enemies are closer than she knows. From the writer Shea Fontana, who brought you the hit series DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, comes a new journey for the legendary Amazon Warrior, Wonder Woman, in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5! Celebrated author Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS) writes an exciting story arc for our favorite Amazon Warrior, Wonder Woman, in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5! New danger and enemies are closer than she knows. Can the Lasso of Truth bring light to the dark for Wonder Woman? Coming off the highly anticipated WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE movies and with the success of DC Super Hero Girls, the Amazon Warrior’s profile is higher than ever! Collects WONDER WOMAN #26-30, WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1, WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1.


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From the writer Shea Fontana, who brought you the hit series DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, comes a new journey for the legendary Amazon Warrior, Wonder Woman, in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5! Celebrated author Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS) writes an exciting story arc for our favorite Amazon Warrior, Wonder Woman, in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5! New danger and enemies are closer than she knows. From the writer Shea Fontana, who brought you the hit series DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, comes a new journey for the legendary Amazon Warrior, Wonder Woman, in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5! Celebrated author Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS) writes an exciting story arc for our favorite Amazon Warrior, Wonder Woman, in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5! New danger and enemies are closer than she knows. Can the Lasso of Truth bring light to the dark for Wonder Woman? Coming off the highly anticipated WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE movies and with the success of DC Super Hero Girls, the Amazon Warrior’s profile is higher than ever! Collects WONDER WOMAN #26-30, WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1, WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1.

30 review for Wonder Woman, Volume 5: Heart of the Amazon (Wonder Woman (2016) #5)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    With Heart of the Amazon, you can tell Fontana doesn't have the children's comics she has typically written out of her system. All of the characterization is very shallow. The story feels like a 10 page story from the back of an annual drawn out for 5 issues. Mirka Andolfo's art did not click with this story at all. It was heavily anime influenced and cutesy while Fontana is trying to tell a story about the government stealing Wonder Woman's blood to make super soldiers (which wouldn't work anyw With Heart of the Amazon, you can tell Fontana doesn't have the children's comics she has typically written out of her system. All of the characterization is very shallow. The story feels like a 10 page story from the back of an annual drawn out for 5 issues. Mirka Andolfo's art did not click with this story at all. It was heavily anime influenced and cutesy while Fontana is trying to tell a story about the government stealing Wonder Woman's blood to make super soldiers (which wouldn't work anyway since her powers are based on magic!) There's also a bunch of shorter stories from the Annual and a Steve Trevor one-shot. One thing that was clear across all these multiple artists is that like Amanda Waller, DC's artists don't know how to consistently draw a full-figured woman. Her weight would fluctuate by 50 pounds from panel to panel. Hopefully we'll go back to seeing some more modern storytelling soon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    With Greg Rucka's exit, Wonder Woman essentially becomes unreadable for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: Diana gets back her lasso and finds her purpose on Earth. This Wonder Woman is in a crisis of conscience. Who should she work for? What is she willing to sacrifice in order to save people? Who can she even trust? The answers are understandably complex. The story was well told, though. The art was sometimes inconsistent, but overall good. It was the storytelling, though that made me give it 5 stars. It really tugged at my heartstrings, which is always worth a higher rating in my book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] Coming off of a long run from a prolific writer like Greg Rucka, there's always going to be a transition period before a new longterm writer is found. That's what this volume of Wonder Woman is, as Shea Fontana steps in for a few issues before Volume 6. The Heart Of The Amazon story is a good idea at it's core - Wonder Woman's ability to help people is tested by a doctor who thinks her Amazonian physiology can be used to save the world from disease. Of course, it's not quit [Read as single issues] Coming off of a long run from a prolific writer like Greg Rucka, there's always going to be a transition period before a new longterm writer is found. That's what this volume of Wonder Woman is, as Shea Fontana steps in for a few issues before Volume 6. The Heart Of The Amazon story is a good idea at it's core - Wonder Woman's ability to help people is tested by a doctor who thinks her Amazonian physiology can be used to save the world from disease. Of course, it's not quite that simple. Unfortunately the story gets a bit bogged down with superhero battles etc., and the ultimate villain of the plot comes across as kind of redundant by the end. The heart, pardon the pun, is there, but it takes a bit of digging to get into. Fontana clearly gets Wonder Woman as a character, that much is clear however. The art's fairly solid; David Messina takes a few issues, while my personal favourite Mirko Andolfo tackles a few too. Also included are the remaining stories from Wonder Woman Annual #1 that haven't been reprinted yet, as well as a Steve Trevor one-shot from a while back that I will admit I haven't read; I'm glad these things are being reprinted, but they're filler - just like the rest of this book. Good filler, but filler nonetheless.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    3.5! Big big shoes to fill and kinda somewhat filled... World: The art is fine, the tone of this first arc is different from Rucka's and the style of art fits it more. The quiet moments of child Diana and with Etta's niece are perfect examples where this art excels. The world building here is also solid, following with what was built by Rucka this book expands on the family aspect and the unit of Diana's circle and that's a smart thing, a smaller more compact look at the world. Story: The story is 3.5! Big big shoes to fill and kinda somewhat filled... World: The art is fine, the tone of this first arc is different from Rucka's and the style of art fits it more. The quiet moments of child Diana and with Etta's niece are perfect examples where this art excels. The world building here is also solid, following with what was built by Rucka this book expands on the family aspect and the unit of Diana's circle and that's a smart thing, a smaller more compact look at the world. Story: The story is good, the premise is sound however the pacing, writing and execution is a bit janky. The idea conveyed in this story is good, it's interesting and the idea of Diana's blood and what it can do is a good idea for a story. I also liked that the story for the most part was small and focused on Diana instead of being a big huge explosion of a story following Rucka, that would have been so hard to follow. Here we have an intimate tale about Diana and her choice and how she sees the world and how she can help it, to do or not to do, it's good. The writing on the other hand is what let's this story down. The characters are a bit one dimensional (the new ones) making their motivations and their introductions sudden and jarring. The pacing of the story is also choppy as big pieces of the story just suddenly appear (like the 2nd villain and that entire section of the story) which makes for as I said a choppy read. It's still not a bad story and it could have been a lot worse but the slight issues of the writing hurt the impact this story was suppose to have. I also didn't see the payoff that was locking up the doll for little Diana cause the writing didn't swing back to that and give us a big emotional punch (more on that below in the character section). Characters: Diana is good, she's consistent with DC's current take on the character, making her more the loving peacekeeper over the amazon warrior (which is still part of her). The balancing act has been done well so far and it continues here. Her struggle with her blood and her choice is a good idea and one worth discussing but the choppy character nature of the story made her lose the impact of the story. Little Diana locking up the doll and giving up her love and childlike nature to become a warrior is a bit lost in the story and that part did not pay off, I think it could have worked wonderfully if Fontana fully explored that area and gave readers what the doll fully represented and the choices she made. Cause honestly in the end it is a struggle for her to be a warrior and also one who chooses to love, which she still does, but fighting and helping are sometimes the same side of the coin and things are not as black and white as it is and that little Diana story would have done wonderfully to give us a glimpse of a child torn with that. I love that Diana has a wonderful cast of friends in this book and it's her team Wonder Woman. I love the new take on Etta that was established by Rucka and I love love love that Batman's bodyguard and Black Queen Sasha Bordeaux is here. The villain this arc was an issue, not their mission but rather how they were written and presented, Crawford was tacked on and her arc felt too fast and choppy to mean anything, if we had more time with her and Diana and bonding then the arc would have more impact. Same with the villain reveal whose' arc was also stunted due to poor pacing and writing. Overall, I think this was an okay arc following Rucka, it was going to be hard and writers will need to find their way to put their take on Diana. Good in concept but needs a little bit of work and I see the seeds of good stuff for Diana's future. Onward to the next book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jordanne ~ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog ~

    I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Minor spoilers, just to do with character appearances but if you read the list of creators, it kind of spoils them anyway? Disclaimers I haven't read the first four volumes of this series or any Wonder Woman in general, but I've been wanting to ever since I saw the movie. This perhaps might be a good thing as, to my knowledge, this volume is the first one of Fontana's run on Wonder Woman following what is said to be a pretty fant I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Minor spoilers, just to do with character appearances but if you read the list of creators, it kind of spoils them anyway? Disclaimers I haven't read the first four volumes of this series or any Wonder Woman in general, but I've been wanting to ever since I saw the movie. This perhaps might be a good thing as, to my knowledge, this volume is the first one of Fontana's run on Wonder Woman following what is said to be a pretty fantastic run from returning writer Greg Rucka. As I have not read his run, I can't really compare the two in my head. It's also worth mentioning that due to my limited previous reading in this genre if you think I'm being too harsh or too generous with my assessment of writing or art, it's probably due to my limited frame of reference and there isn't a lot I can do about that. Writing Quality - 5/10 The main arc of the volume is a pretty interesting concept, though I wasn't quite as interested in reality. I don't know if it's me or the writing itself, but I didn't really feel the stakes of the story. There are also a couple of short adventures at the end of the book written and drawn by different creators that were fun short reads even if they didn't add anything. Image/Illustration Quality - 7/10 I quite liked the art in this but found it felt a bit inconsistent at times? Just certain shots and angles just seemed ... off to me. Overall it was quite good, but most of my rating is down to the last few stories which I found much more visually appealing, the styles just spoke to me more.   Character Development - 5/10 I don't really feel like I got to experience a lot of this, though in the vein of 'characters' I did really appreciate that the book incorporated the characters in the movie adaption. I'm not sure if these same characters had already been introduced before the movie and the incorporated or (like often happens) they were created in the movie and were so popular they were incorporated into the books to draw in readers. Either way, the Oddfellows side adventure was fun (if a little weird). Favourite Moments Diana got Etta a Friends box set (one of my all-time favourite shows!) - they even referenced one of my favourite jokes, loved it! There's a quote of Steve's I really liked: "I'm the guy who found paradise ... and brought a piece of it back." and I thought that had a nice ring to it. The Oddfellows The Last Kaiju artwork by David Lafuente Some interesting female opponents The fact that the crative team was predominantly female : "A female creative team is something of a rarity for Wonder Woman comics. The character was originally created by William Moulton Marston, and many of her most famous storylines were penned by male authors like Rucka and George Perez." (CHRISTIAN HOLUB, Entertainment Weekly) Issues  The varying depictions of Diana - being ripped and muscley is fine, as is being more wiry and slender (and still presumably very strong), but please just pick one and stick to it I guess. I would have liked to see some more interaction between Steve and Diana but I guess constantly being interrupted by saving the world is kinda their thing? The gang they fight towards the end broke into STAR labs for a drug 'they believed to make women subservient'. Now, I like it when comic books are topical but i personally, like to look for the underlying meaning myself - or you know, at least have it not so blatantly rammed down my throat, to me this scene just said "Wonder Woman vs. sexists" and my reaction was "well, duh". Overall - 6/10 So overall, it was bad but I wasn't wowed and more than anything, reading this made me want to go back and read Rucka's run before possibly returning to Fontana's. Creator's Thoughts “Having worked on DC Super Hero Girls for the last few years, I have a great sense of Wondy, a teenage Wonder Woman in a high school setting, and it's an honor and an adrenaline rush to be writing her now 'all grown up,'” explains Fontana. “Many of her core characteristics continue to remain routed in peace, justice and equality, but as an adult she’s seen a lot more war and tragedy, and is dealing with her world from a wiser, more experienced point of view.” Shea Fontana, DC

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Why is it so hard to get a good team on Wonder Woman? Heart of the Amazon is all surface level storytelling, with the narrative depth of a single issue story dragged out across five. Etta and Steve are props and the villain is never seen or hinted at until being revealed at the end. Every beat of this story has been done before, and better. The main problem is that the creative team is a writer who's only worked on kids comics and an artist whose work ranges from saucy to full on erotica. No judg Why is it so hard to get a good team on Wonder Woman? Heart of the Amazon is all surface level storytelling, with the narrative depth of a single issue story dragged out across five. Etta and Steve are props and the villain is never seen or hinted at until being revealed at the end. Every beat of this story has been done before, and better. The main problem is that the creative team is a writer who's only worked on kids comics and an artist whose work ranges from saucy to full on erotica. No judgement for either of those genres, but how were these two styles ever meant to successfully mesh, let alone on a mainstream superhero book? DC took fish out of two very different oceans, threw them in a hamster ball, and then asked them to perform a double act juggling eggs.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Wonder Woman, Volume 5: Heart of the Amazon' brings in Shea Fontana. Anyone following Greg Rucka is going to have big shoes to fill. Bad things happen at a wedding for Etta Candy's big brother. Wonder Woman finds out she was the target. When she finds out why, she agrees to what they are ultimately looking for: her DNA. She realizes that what she has could help countless multitudes. Unfortunately, the ends are not as altruistic as Diana thinks. This leads to Wonder Woman being hunted by a whole 'Wonder Woman, Volume 5: Heart of the Amazon' brings in Shea Fontana. Anyone following Greg Rucka is going to have big shoes to fill. Bad things happen at a wedding for Etta Candy's big brother. Wonder Woman finds out she was the target. When she finds out why, she agrees to what they are ultimately looking for: her DNA. She realizes that what she has could help countless multitudes. Unfortunately, the ends are not as altruistic as Diana thinks. This leads to Wonder Woman being hunted by a whole pack of people who want her for her genetics. All this, and a Tim Seeley story about Steve Trevor and the Oddfellows, Charlie, Sameer, and "Chief" who I last saw in the Wonder Woman movie. It's good to see these characters in action again. The stories are about average. Not great, but not terrible. The art varies, but the quality is good overall. It will be interesting to see where this character goes next. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maythavee

    This story arc had a lot of potential but Fontana didn't have enough time to explore them all. From example, I wish the flashback to baby Diana and the Amazons' conversation about 'dolls are not suitable for warriors since it is a sign of weakness' was explored further because Wonder Woman proved that she CAN be a powerful warrior without having to sacrifice her femininity. This subplot could've been great. Another thing that bothered me was the way Diana and Etta's fight was easily resolved. As This story arc had a lot of potential but Fontana didn't have enough time to explore them all. From example, I wish the flashback to baby Diana and the Amazons' conversation about 'dolls are not suitable for warriors since it is a sign of weakness' was explored further because Wonder Woman proved that she CAN be a powerful warrior without having to sacrifice her femininity. This subplot could've been great. Another thing that bothered me was the way Diana and Etta's fight was easily resolved. As much as I hated seeing Diana and Etta fight, it would've been a great story if their tense relationship from the previous arc continued. I did enjoy how Fontana tackled body shaming though. That was neat.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I loved this story (which is a complete standalone - I'd never read any Wonder Woman comics before this) so, so much. It's a really wonderful, compassionate look at power and responsibility and the question of where even the most generous and compassionate superheroine has to set boundaries to protect herself. I really, REALLY wish Shea Fontana were writing more of these! (I picked these comics up in the first place, before they were ever gathered into this single collection, because my kids love I loved this story (which is a complete standalone - I'd never read any Wonder Woman comics before this) so, so much. It's a really wonderful, compassionate look at power and responsibility and the question of where even the most generous and compassionate superheroine has to set boundaries to protect herself. I really, REALLY wish Shea Fontana were writing more of these! (I picked these comics up in the first place, before they were ever gathered into this single collection, because my kids love her work in DC Super Hero Girls, and my 9-year-old adores all the graphic novels she's doing for that series - but personally, I selfishly want her to do more of THIS, too! ;) )

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Woods

    Wonder Woman Vol.5: Heart of the Amazon is everything I love about Wonder Woman in bright visual form. I devoured this book in one setting. The book would have had to been pried out of my hands until I turned that last page. The innate goodness of Wonder Woman is brought to life as she deals with the loss of those that cannot be saved and those who wish to use her to do harm. The "Heart of an Amazon" is a grand thing as she protects those she loves and those she swore to protect in an excellentl Wonder Woman Vol.5: Heart of the Amazon is everything I love about Wonder Woman in bright visual form. I devoured this book in one setting. The book would have had to been pried out of my hands until I turned that last page. The innate goodness of Wonder Woman is brought to life as she deals with the loss of those that cannot be saved and those who wish to use her to do harm. The "Heart of an Amazon" is a grand thing as she protects those she loves and those she swore to protect in an excellently written story. Diana's origin story blends into the story line seamlessly to give the reader the beginnings of the great warrior in a sweet glimpse of Wonder Woman as a child. The art changes up a little from issue to issue but is superb just the same- bright, colorful, and splendidly drawn- for a must read for Wonder Woman fans. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Horribly inconsistent artwork obscures equally horrible storytelling. Referring to the "Lasso of Truth" as "The Perfect" is annoying enough, but giving it genetic healing powers to boot? No thank you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Malum

    Pretty entertaining Wonder Woman book. I didn't care for the art on the main story, though--everyone looked so young and clean. The old general looked like a young woman with a wig and fake mustache. Also, some of the panels looked odd, like the people had dead eyes or were at odd angles. The real gem of this volume is the annual, which is a collection of short pieces from various artists and writers. All of the stories were really great, and they all did a great job showing off Wonder Woman's i Pretty entertaining Wonder Woman book. I didn't care for the art on the main story, though--everyone looked so young and clean. The old general looked like a young woman with a wig and fake mustache. Also, some of the panels looked odd, like the people had dead eyes or were at odd angles. The real gem of this volume is the annual, which is a collection of short pieces from various artists and writers. All of the stories were really great, and they all did a great job showing off Wonder Woman's inner peace and kindness.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Max Van Dyke

    I actually really liked this. I know some people had mixed views, but I thought after Rucka's amazing run, this was just a really fun lighthearted Wonder Woman story. The art was noticeably different but I think we got kind of spoiled with Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp. But the art here was nice too. Fontana's writing of the dynamic between Diana and Etta was really good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    3 1/2 Stars I received a copy of Wonder Woman Vol. 5 from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’ve been pretty excited to get my hands on the latest volume of Wonder Woman. While the series has its ups and downs, on the whole I’ve been really enjoying the latest reboot of this fantastic character. I’m also excited because I managed to finally get caught up with the single issues, so now I can read ahead of the volumes. Wonder Woman volume five consists of a collection of differen 3 1/2 Stars I received a copy of Wonder Woman Vol. 5 from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’ve been pretty excited to get my hands on the latest volume of Wonder Woman. While the series has its ups and downs, on the whole I’ve been really enjoying the latest reboot of this fantastic character. I’m also excited because I managed to finally get caught up with the single issues, so now I can read ahead of the volumes. Wonder Woman volume five consists of a collection of different issues. If you’re reading them as single issues, you’re going to want to read them in this order: Wonder Woman 26-30, Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor 1, and Wonder Woman Annual 1. (view spoiler)[ Heart of the Amazon read more like a collection of stories than anything else to me. The first five issues of this volume are all one story, but it splits into segments and could easily read as multiple stories if you were feeling determined. Then there’s the two single issues at the end, the Steve Trevor one and the Annual. While some annuals fit in with the main story, this one opted not to. So it stands to reason that the volume is named after the major plot point here, which makes this one an easier one to title than normal. Seriously, the first five issues of this volume are all Heart of the Amazon parts one through five. I like longer running stories, so I was really open to this idea. However, while I found the plot interesting I didn’t love it. And I certainly didn’t love it enough to want to see it stretch out for five issues. There were parts I really enjoyed, for the record. I like the way it started out, and I also enjoyed parts of the second issue. It was when it started becoming more involved and convoluted that I found myself losing a bit of interest in it. Which is a shame, because it actually had a decent core concept, it was the follow through that was flawed. The Steve Trevor issue was…interesting. I’m never sure how to feel when the Wonder Woman series switches perspective. On the one hand, it’s a refreshing change. On the other hand, I feel like since the series is about Wonder Woman, maybe we should stick with her perspective? (though there have been times where the perspective shift has been fun, so I’m not going to complain too much here). I actually had a little bit of trouble following this one at first, though it does become more clear as you read it. The Wonder Woman annual is a collection of stories, and I think that’s the main reason this volume felt like it had so many short stories in it. In this issue there’s In Defense of Truth and Justice, The Curse and the Honor, and finally, The Last Kaiju. Out of the three The Curse and the Honor was undoubtedly my favorite. The plot was interesting and surprisingly heart wrenching, and the artwork was absolutely striking. I actually kind of want to find a print or two from that story, that’s how much I enjoyed it. I did like parts of In Defense of Truth and Justice and it really did feel like a Wonder Woman story. Meanwhile I really couldn’t get into The Last Kaiju – I didn’t really like the story or the artwork. I’m disappointed I didn’t love this volume as much as previous ones, but on the whole I’m happy I read it. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any long term ramifications for the Heart of the Amazon plot, or if everything has been neatly wrapped up. I’d love to see more short stories like the Curse and the Honor, and in general I’m usually pretty happy with a short story here and there anyway, so I hope they continue to experiment like that. (hide spoiler)] For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lizz

    3.5 stars! I didn’t love it as much as previous volumes but I did still really enjoy it. Highlights include a focus on bodily autonomy and agency, Diana realizing and accepting that she can trust no one but herself... and Steve and Etta, Etta in general, and we even got modern versions of Charlie, Sameer, and Chief in one story! I liked seeing some of the WW Annual stories at the end, too; the one with the kaiju was my favorite. I was excited for this volume because the main story was written by 3.5 stars! I didn’t love it as much as previous volumes but I did still really enjoy it. Highlights include a focus on bodily autonomy and agency, Diana realizing and accepting that she can trust no one but herself... and Steve and Etta, Etta in general, and we even got modern versions of Charlie, Sameer, and Chief in one story! I liked seeing some of the WW Annual stories at the end, too; the one with the kaiju was my favorite. I was excited for this volume because the main story was written by Shea Fontana - who does the DCSHG books - and I was not disappointed. “I am a truth-seeker and protector of peace. Even when I want to meet their injustice with the full power of my unbridled wrath, I master my desire.” YESSSS my girl. And ugh, that part where she tells Etta she doesn’t want her to die ever, that she knows one day she will be unable to stop Etta and Steve from dying, and she just wants peace, respite? Oh man. (Tangential sidenote: where the heck is my bff Supes and Wondy comic where they talk about this kind of stuff? I want one, please.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    After four books of nothingness and piffle, it would really be the death of the character for Wonder Woman to have an even worse book on the racks. This isn't great, but it's an immense improvement. The baddie in the title story is finally seen (well, token colour-blind lesbianism has to get in the way for no reason first) and proves to be actually effective in making Diana consider her own nature. It would have helped if the artists involved had considered what she was supposed to look like whe After four books of nothingness and piffle, it would really be the death of the character for Wonder Woman to have an even worse book on the racks. This isn't great, but it's an immense improvement. The baddie in the title story is finally seen (well, token colour-blind lesbianism has to get in the way for no reason first) and proves to be actually effective in making Diana consider her own nature. It would have helped if the artists involved had considered what she was supposed to look like when she was at it, of course, but keeping her style the same from one scene to the next seems beyond them. The story isn't a brilliant balance of the soapy, the subtle and the dramatic either, but it beats the filler we also get – a one-off that hammers feminism as a subject, and some mediocre shorts from an annual. Three stars is almost too much in the end, but heck, I'm mostly just grateful it's actually a book I could get through to the end without hating it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    M.C. Chronister

    ***I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** I was thrilled when I was approved for this because I have been a long time love of graphic novels and comics. Loving all things Marvel and DC I quickly sent in a request for this title when I saw it on NetGalley. Unfortunately, I wasn't so thrilled reading it. The main story did not really flow well and seemed like it wasn't thought out thoroughly before they put it into action. I realize that I had very large expec ***I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** I was thrilled when I was approved for this because I have been a long time love of graphic novels and comics. Loving all things Marvel and DC I quickly sent in a request for this title when I saw it on NetGalley. Unfortunately, I wasn't so thrilled reading it. The main story did not really flow well and seemed like it wasn't thought out thoroughly before they put it into action. I realize that I had very large expectations going into this and I shouldn't hold it up to other Wonder Woman things that have come out in the past year, but it was kind of hard not to. The illustration was pretty decent in this graphic novel and I was completely let down by it. I really wanted to give it more than 3 stars and wish I could have.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emilio

    This review has been completed as a thank you to netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this volume of Wonder Woman before it was released. I completed the volume on hoopla, and have completed it today. The volume was filled with struggle, courage, and heart. The story moved forward and its continuity never faltered. The heart of the amazon was explored in many ways and I am glad I read this complete volume. I am pleased to see how the story is moving along and am excited to see more This review has been completed as a thank you to netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this volume of Wonder Woman before it was released. I completed the volume on hoopla, and have completed it today. The volume was filled with struggle, courage, and heart. The story moved forward and its continuity never faltered. The heart of the amazon was explored in many ways and I am glad I read this complete volume. I am pleased to see how the story is moving along and am excited to see more of Wonder Woman's journey.This volume as the others featured the work of Shea Fontana, Tim Seeley, Vita Ayala, Michael Moreci, Collin Kelly, Christian Duce, Claire Roe, and Mirka Andolfo.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel Darkish

    Well, this was disappointing. I usually enjoy when a new writer takes the reigns on Wonder Woman-- it often means that we'll get some fun, fresh material. That wasn't the case here. This was a tired story that has been done in one way or another in pretty much every super hero series at one point or another. The art was awful to boot-- the cover art was ugly, the internal art looked amateurish and heavily influenced by shojo manga, which made everybody just look silly and cutesy instead of being Well, this was disappointing. I usually enjoy when a new writer takes the reigns on Wonder Woman-- it often means that we'll get some fun, fresh material. That wasn't the case here. This was a tired story that has been done in one way or another in pretty much every super hero series at one point or another. The art was awful to boot-- the cover art was ugly, the internal art looked amateurish and heavily influenced by shojo manga, which made everybody just look silly and cutesy instead of being the powerful, interesting characters they normally are. It was just bad. All the bonus stories were dumb, too.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Shea Fontana starts off pretty bad. In her 1st comic she changes Etta’s personality, returns the lasso w/o explanation and it just feels like those filler issues between longer better written arches. I will say she definitely improved as she went. She returns Etta’s personality back (to what it has been since rebirth). While there is quite a bit that feels off, the one think I do feel Fontana did well was WW inner monologue about her duty/relationship to her patrons. The last several stories I a Shea Fontana starts off pretty bad. In her 1st comic she changes Etta’s personality, returns the lasso w/o explanation and it just feels like those filler issues between longer better written arches. I will say she definitely improved as she went. She returns Etta’s personality back (to what it has been since rebirth). While there is quite a bit that feels off, the one think I do feel Fontana did well was WW inner monologue about her duty/relationship to her patrons. The last several stories I assume were from an Annual. Some good, some not. PLEASE NEVER EVER LET TIM SEELEY WRITE ANOTHER WW STORY. It oozes male perspective of feminism that just doesn’t fucking get it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mainon

    I love Wonder Woman in all her incarnations. This Rebirth Diana is a little more human, a little more stereotypically female, a little more emotional than some of the other portrayals. In some ways, that's lovely: it makes her softer and more of a complete character. On the other hand, it also makes her a little less "other"/outsider, which is part of the WW tradition. But I'm enjoying the arc of Diana working as part of a secret government team operating in the Middle East, and I'm enjoying Ett I love Wonder Woman in all her incarnations. This Rebirth Diana is a little more human, a little more stereotypically female, a little more emotional than some of the other portrayals. In some ways, that's lovely: it makes her softer and more of a complete character. On the other hand, it also makes her a little less "other"/outsider, which is part of the WW tradition. But I'm enjoying the arc of Diana working as part of a secret government team operating in the Middle East, and I'm enjoying Etta Candy as a not-stereotypically-feminine woman of color. Full disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the ebook from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    This story wanted to be subtle and thoughtful, to be character driven, but it just...wasn't. The concept is fine--people (i.e. a clandestine group of dirty government operatives) want to use Wonder Woman's DNA to create supersoldiers and sell their premise dishonestly by saying they believe they can create cures for tons of diseases--but the execution is lacking. What could be introspective and driven primarily by Diana's character reflection just ends up being squeezed and hence shallow, lackin This story wanted to be subtle and thoughtful, to be character driven, but it just...wasn't. The concept is fine--people (i.e. a clandestine group of dirty government operatives) want to use Wonder Woman's DNA to create supersoldiers and sell their premise dishonestly by saying they believe they can create cures for tons of diseases--but the execution is lacking. What could be introspective and driven primarily by Diana's character reflection just ends up being squeezed and hence shallow, lacking the depth that such a story would need to slowly develop and bring itself to fruition.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trey

    A shadowy group wants control over Wonder Woman's body. Her blood has the potential to be used to cure diseases or create super-powered soldiers, but it's her choice how her flesh is used, right? ... And yes, the allegory is as thin as it sounds. A little fighting, a little character development, and a whole lotta metaphor for the treatment of women in today's society. Using comics as a morality play is fine, but I would rather see a better story as a lesson delivery mechanism. I received a prev A shadowy group wants control over Wonder Woman's body. Her blood has the potential to be used to cure diseases or create super-powered soldiers, but it's her choice how her flesh is used, right? ... And yes, the allegory is as thin as it sounds. A little fighting, a little character development, and a whole lotta metaphor for the treatment of women in today's society. Using comics as a morality play is fine, but I would rather see a better story as a lesson delivery mechanism. I received a preview copy of this book from NetGalley.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    This volume is a collection of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor tales. Wonder Woman has a bounty on her head due to possible cures existing in her blood. Steve Trevor gets dragged into aiding former coworkers known as The Oddfellows and finds another paradise. The volume finishes up with a couple of quick Wonder Woman tales of defending the different and seeking to resolve issues without violence. Most of the plot lines were good, but the art for some of the tales varied wildly from good to TV cart This volume is a collection of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor tales. Wonder Woman has a bounty on her head due to possible cures existing in her blood. Steve Trevor gets dragged into aiding former coworkers known as The Oddfellows and finds another paradise. The volume finishes up with a couple of quick Wonder Woman tales of defending the different and seeking to resolve issues without violence. Most of the plot lines were good, but the art for some of the tales varied wildly from good to TV cartoonish.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Ross

    Wonder Woman continues to be a good read. I like how her usual villains and side characters are reinvigorated. The same in some ways, but freshly different in others. I wasn't sure I would like how "naive" (for lack of a better word) Diana has become, but it's working. She's still fierce and smart and full of heart. In new 52 she was harder, more warrior and amazon than a messenger of justice, love, and peace. I still really, really like the new 52 run, but this is a solid follow-up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is one main story with a few additional sub stories involving WW fighting for peace. I like the main story where Diana's blood is taken to produce a super army, but the side stories are brief and not consistent with the main story. However they may be a precursor to the next volume. Who knows? The illustrations are excellent and consistent with the previous volumes. Thank you Edelweiss for allowing me to review this advance copy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    2.5 — adequate story, but the art doesn't work at all. Mostly concerns a plan to use Wonder Woman's blood for sinister ends, which makes an adequate story but maybe not four issues' worth. And some subplots, such as Wonder Tot deciding she's too old to play with dolls, just get dropped with no payoff. The Steve Trevor story is okay. I did like the one shots from the annual, mostly for emphasizing Diana resolving things without violence.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    2.5 stars for the main story, which is well-intentioned but poorly written and not particularly coherent. 4 stars for Wonder Woman Annual #1, which should more properly be collected in Volume 4 as it was published as a part of Greg Rucka's run. It features a lovely Rucka story about Diana's first encounter with Clark and Bruce, a delightful kaiju tale from Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, and stunning artwork from Nicola Scott, Stephanie Hans and Claire Roe.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leah Michelle (daydreamingnightreading)

    *I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* My Rating is 3.5/5 stars. Let's start with the things I loved... the art work was beautiful and my favorite parts were the flash backs to when Diana was young and The Curse and the Honor. While I did enjoy this graphic novel there were parts I didn't love as much. I feel like the plot fell a little flat and the story didn't flow quite right. But as a whole it was pretty good and I'm looking forward to vol.6!

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