You voted and now we’ve finished our countdown of the greatest Wonder Woman stories ever told! Here are the top 3 picks!
3. The Hiketeia (Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia OGN)
Before he took over as the writer on Wonder Woman, Greg Rucka delivered this outstanding graphic novel with gorgeous artwork by J.G. Jones and Wade von Grawbadger. In it, a young woman shows up at Wonder Woman’s embassy invoking an ancient ritual where Wonder Woman basically is obligated to give her shelter. She finds out WHY the woman is running when Batman shows up to arrest her for murder. However, Wonder Woman is obliged to protect her charge. What Rucka nails here is that Batman is JUST as obligated to his sense of justice, so he can’t stop and she can’t stop, so, well…
It’s a haunting examination of both Wonder Woman and Batman (what Batman does right after that scene above is truly fascinating – he is willing to completely subjugate himself if that’s what it takes to see justice done). The question is also whether what Batman wants really IS justice in this particular situation. It was clear from his deep understanding of the character that Rucka was a great choice to take over the main Wonder Woman series.
2. Eyes of the Gorgon (Wonder Woman Vol.2 #206-213)
Few comic book stories best got across the sheer horror at humans being around gods as Greg Rucka’s “Eyes of the Gorgon” (the main story was “Stoned,” but complete with the aftermath of “Stoned” makes the whole thing “Eyes of the Gorgon”), where Wonder Woman runs afoul of Medusa, who has been resurrected and sent after Wonder Woman, but not before she kills a bunch of humans along the way (turning them into stone), including a young boy. Wonder Woman knows that the whole thing is part of a larger battle between the gods, so even though Wonder Woman is Athena’s champion, she can’t help but be distraught at the cost of human life involved in this battle of the gods.
This storyline is most famously known for Wonder Woman’s epic battle with Medusa where Wonder Woman takes extreme methods to avoid looking into Medusa’s eyes (Medusa has the ability to compel you to look at her if your eyes are uncovered. Wonder Woman originally fought her blindfolded, but during their battle, the blindfold came loose). Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder drew this bit, but this arc had a few different artists involved in it…
So badass. Wonder Woman then uses Medusa’s head to force her way into the battle of the gods and end it all, once and for all. This was a major game-changer and Rucka’s use of suspense was very powerful. This was an impressive mix of action and heartfelt drama.
1. Gods and Mortals (Wonder Woman Vol.2 #1-7)
Wonder Woman had been around for decades, but it really took the George Perez and Greg Potter reboot after Crisis on Infinite Earths to make her get her place as one of the most respected books in the DC Universe. Perez and Potter (along with inker Bruce Patterson) delivered a new origin for Wonder Woman, an origin where now it was Steve Trevor’s MOM who was the connecting point to the Amazons, but Steve Trevor (now an older man so that he could not be a realistic love interest for Diana, as Perez had no desire to go down well-trodden paths again) quickly got involved in the book, as well, as Wonder Woman came to man’s world…
Perez’s run is most famous for how much work he put into the GODS in the series, as they play such a big part of the overall series (something that they continued into Rucka’s run years later, as well as Phil Jimenez and Gail Simone). His revamp of Ares as someone trying to manipulate the world into war was an inspired choice, something that the Wonder Woman movie seemed clearly influenced by. This led to an epic moment where Wonder Woman’s lasso (a Lasso of Truth for the first time in this series) forced Ares to see the truth behind his actions…
Never underestimate the cachet of having a star artist at the peak of his powers come in and revamp a character. Perez’s Wonder Woman was a game-changing moment for the character. There is a good reason why this list mostly contains stories after this point, because that’s when the character made her big leap to being taken seriously by her writers and we’re all the better for it.
Well, that’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let us know! I’ll probably put up a Master List tomorrow so you can see all the choices in one post.
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