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50 Greatest Wonder Woman Stories: #50-46

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50 Greatest Wonder Woman Stories: #50-46

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest Wonder Woman Stories!

Enjoy!

50. Superman vs. Wonder Woman (All-New Collectors’ Edition #C-54)

This beautifully drawn treasury-sized comic book was by Gerry Conway and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Set during World War II, Wonder Woman discovers that the United States is close to using an atomic bomb. She sort of trusts the United States not to use it, but she feels like things would just be safer if she eliminated their ability to use it at all by destroying their capability to MAKE an atomic bomb. Superman, naturally, shows up to stop her…

Their fight then continues throughout the issue in increasingly outlandish settings. The book is really a chance to spotlight Garcia-Lopez’s gorgeous artwork and boy, does it do so! In the end, they end up having to call a truce when a bigger threat comes up.

49. Rise of the Olympian (Wonder Woman Vol. 3 #26-33)

In this story arc by Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan, Zeus decides that the Amazons have had their time and that he would create a NEW group of warriors for peace on Earth, and this time, they would be men. So he created a brand new island, populating it with great warriors of the past that he brought back to life, like Jason of the Argonauts. Meanwhile, he also created a new sort of Wonder Woman for this tribe of warriors, a being known as Achilles (powered by the heart of a Hawaiian god that Zeus murdered).

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman has her hands busy with a new villain, Genocide, who was created by Dr. Minerva and Dr. T.O. Morrow at the behest of Ares. Genocide has a dark connection to Wonder Woman (we won’t tell you here – it’s a cool twist) and she was created using dirt from sites of mass genocide to help power her. Dark stuff, and her conflict with Wonder Woman is shocking…

By the end of the arc, Wonder Woman has to find a way to stop both Genocide and Zeus!

48. Beautiful Dreamer, Death Unto Thee! (Wonder Woman #300)

For the 300th issue of Wonder Woman, DC interrupted the then-current run to bring back Roy Thomas to write an anniversary celebration (along with his co-writer, Dann Thomas) that used a whole bunch of artists from Wonder Woman’s past, plus just a few notable artists o the time period (like Gene Colan, Ross Andru, Dick Giordano, Keith Pollard and Rich Buckler). The concept behind the issue is that Wonder Woman is being tormented in her dreams by her guilt over having been lying to Steve Trevor for so many years about the whole “Diana Prince” thing. So in this issue, she decides to marry Steve as Wonder Woman and “kill off” Diana Prince. She visits Earth-2, where she sees that the Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor of that world have not only gotten married, but they have a daughter named Lyta (the first appearance of the hero who would become Fury).

Wonder Woman’s dreams allow Thomas to tell a bunch of fascinating “What If…?” stories, like What if Superman and Wonder Woman had married?

What if Wonder Woman was a psycho?

And a whole bunch of other scenarios, while the whole thing leads to Steve Trevor realizing that he was in love with Diana Prince the whole time and can’t marry Wonder Woman!

47. Wonder Woman and The Cheetah (Wonder Woman Vol. 1 #6)

One of the longest running supervillains for Wonder Woman is the Cheetah, and her debut in Wonder Woman #6 (by William Marston and H.G. Peter) is a perfect example of the awesomely bonkers early Wonder Woman stories. First off, socialite Priscilla Rich tries to kill off Wonder Woman surreptitiously (in a stunt that involved Wonder Woman being all chained up, because, well, of COURSE it did) and when that didn’t work, she just snaps and has an evil alter ego convince her to dress up as a Cheetah and become a super villain, choosing to torment Wonder Woman instead of just trying to kill her…

They clearly liked her enough that even though she “dies” in the first story, she comes right back in the second story to torment Wonder Woman some more.

46. The Truth (Wonder Woman Vol. 5 #13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, and 25)

Greg Rucka drew his epic return to Wonder Woman to a close with the story of “The Truth,” which revealed that Themyscira was intended as a prison for Ares, and thus, when Wonder Woman left, she had to have the truth obscured to protect her from ever leading anyone back there, at which point he could be freed. So she was given false memories to hide the location of Themyscira from her, which explained for her fake origin. Of course, this being Wonder Woman, you can’t lie to her for long and eventually she figured things out and found her way back to Themyscira and then things got crazy, as this unleashed Ares’ sons on everyone…

Rucka does an amazing job of balancing all the various story elements of his other three storylines in his return to the series and having them all work together while also retconning Wonder Woman’s New 52 origin in a clever and respectful fashion, while also being totally heartbreaking when you see the sacrifices Wonder Woman (and others) have to make to save the day. Liam Sharp was the main artist for this story arc and he did a great job.

Check back tomorrow for #45-41!

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