The countdown of YOUR picks for the greatest Wonder Woman stories ever told has hit the top five!
6. Challenge of the Gods (Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #8-14)
The second arc on George Perez’s Wonder Woman run had a lot to work into, as he spent part of it catching up on the rest of the superhero universe (explaining Wonder Woman’s role in Legends, for instance) and then he had to work a crossover with Millennium into the middle of his storyline, which is pretty hilarious, all things considered (that writers had to work Millennium into their plots even if they were in the middle of long story arcs). The main issue is that Wonder Woman learns about the worst nature of Zeus while also learning a lot about her past and the past of Steve Trevor’s mother (and her earlier visit to Paradise Island). Hercules also returns to the series in an intriguing manner.
Perez’s art is outstanding, naturally. Len Wein scripted the story and Bruce Patterson inked Perez.
5. League of One (JLA: League of One OGN)
Christopher Moeller wrote and painted this gorgeous graphic novel that saw Wonder Woman see a prophecy where the Justice League would be killed by a dragon. Therefore, she figures that the only way to save her friends/teammates is the make sure that the only member of the Justice League present at the battle with the dragon is Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman alone. So she has to take out her friends in order to get them out of the way, so she begins to attack them one by one…
It’s an old school, Silver Age style plot, but it works really well.
4. Year One (Wonder Woman Vol. 5 #2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14)
Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott and stunning newcomer, Bilquis Evely, deliver this beautiful re-imagining of Wonder Woman’s first days in Man’s World.
The best part of this storyline is the way that Rucka interconnects it with his present day stories in the same series, so something that happens in Year One directly ties into something that happens in present day. Like, “Why is Character X like that? Oh, here we see it explained in Year One!” It’s a wonderful new origin story for Wonder Woman, with beautiful artwork.
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