The Wonder Woman movie was not only hailed by critics, it also lit up the box office and gave everyone out there, be they diehard comic book fans or casual moviegoers, a new favorite superhero to connect with and root for. Director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot have managed to bring to the screen a new inspiration for countless fans out there, new and old. After her long history in comics, her live-action 1975 television series starring Lynda Carter, countless appearances in cartoons and animation and her brief role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, people have always been familiar with Diana Prince.
But now, with her successful and breathtaking movie, Wonder Woman is not only just an icon of history, she is now the face of a new generation. The new star of the DCEU. As you walk out of the theater, you might find yourself looking to learn even more about the character. And what better way to do that than to go to your local book store, your favorite comic book shop or simply log onto your favorite handheld device and read some Wonder Woman comics? To make matters easier for you, CBR has made a list of 15 comics you should give a read after seeing the Wonder Woman film.
15. WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH
Whether you want to read your comics as single issues or in a collected trade, you’ll have no problem finding these two storylines from writer Greg Rucka. Under the new Rebirth banner of DC Comics, a recent event that looks to bring a new focus on the characters and their long history, the Wonder Woman title was separated into two storylines, “The Lies,” set in the present, and “Year One,” set in the past.
“Year One,” illustrated by artist Nicola Scott, explores Wonder Woman’s definitive origin in the DC Rebirth continuity — from her time on Themyscira to her first visit to man’s world — and that story informs and runs parallel to “The Lies,” illustrated by Liam Sharp, where Diana searches for answers to her confusing past. After the movie, this is the perfect place to get in on this new DC Universe.
14. WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PÉREZ
Writer and artist Geore Pérez was tasked with bringing new life to Wonder Woman in 1987, back when the version of the character most people were familiar with was either from old cartoons or Lynda Carter. Pérez streamlined the character’s story, plunged her deeper than ever into Greek mythology, introduced new characters like supervillainess Barbara Minerva — a.k.a. Cheetah — and brought a lot more pathos to the woman known as Diana Prince.
He stayed on the title for five years and all of his seminal and character-defining work on Diana Prince has been collected in trade format. If you are looking for an older, more classic version of Wonder Woman, then this is the place to start, considering this reboot by Pérez planted a lot of the seeds for what and who Wonder Woman became in comics today.
13. WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE
The Earth One line of graphic novels explores a different Earth than the one from the main continuity of DC Comics. On this Earth, we are witnessing the arrival and introduction of every superhero, without years of muddled continuity. These are new stories that explore new versions of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman’s origins, taking a few risks and departures along the way.
Written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Yannick Paquette, Wonder Woman: Earth One offers a different take on Diana’s origin, one that very much throws back to the original ideas of how Wonder Woman came to be created by William Moulton Marston. Centered around Diana’s trial held by the Amazons, we see new versions of Etta Candy and Steve Trevor step foot on Themyscira as they testify to protect Wonder Woman.
12. DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS
DC Comics Bombshells may have started out as a series of variant covers, but it soon turned into a very popular line of statues, figures and comics. Whether you choose to read this comic online or in collected form, you don’t need any prior knowledge to start reading DC Comics Bombshells. Set in a reality much different from the one we know, the series puts Wonder Woman front and center.
The story set in this universe takes place during World War II, a battle fought mainly by all of the female superheroes of the DC pantheon. Not only will you get to know this new version of Wonder Woman, you will also meet many more female characters you might be familiar with — and even get introduced to countless more. Bombshells may not be canon, but it is a marvellous read that anyone can jump into.
11. WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON
The True Amazon is an original graphic novel written and fully-painted by Eisner Award winner Jill Thompson. It’s a story unlike any that has come before it, a new take on Wonder Woman’s origin that explores Diana’s struggles as she grows up as a lonely young princess on Themyscira. Spoiled and venerated by all Amazons, we see a much different Diana than we are used to.
This book offers a different spin on Wonder Woman’s formative years, as we see not the usual, respectable and dedicated warrior of peace we know, but a flawed, pompous and reckless young woman who sees not the damage she causes. It’s a much more human story that does not even step a single foot off of Themyscira, a tale filled with tragedy, consequence and growth.
10. FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S.
Wonder Woman may be the character everyone talks about while walking out of the film, but there was also another very important character in the movie, one brilliantly portrayed by Chris Pine: Steve Trevor. Steve is not just a big, equally standout part of the movie, he is also a prominent character in the DCU. And for those who would like to learn more about him, look no further than to Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S.
This series by writer Sterling Gates took place in the middle of the Forever Evil event. Now, you might need a bit of context to understand the fundamentals of this story, which were that the Justice League had disappeared, feared dead, and the Crime Syndicate from Earth-3 had taken over the Earth. In the heroes’ absence, it’s up to A.R.G.U.S., led by Steve Trevor, to protect the Earth. There, now you can go read.
9. ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS
Wonder Woman may be the star of her movie, but some fans out there might find themselves wanting to learn more about the Amazons themselves. For those answers, look no further than to the recently released Odyssey of the Amazons, written by Kevin Grevioux with art by Ryan Benjamin. A six-issue limited series, this is one you can easily find in a comic shop or online.
Odyssey of the Amazons is a story that stars new Amazon characters and no Wonder Woman. Set much before her time, this is simply a history lesson of her people. It highlights their beliefs and their mission, their way of life and their undying bravery. High stakes adventure, epic sword fights and Greek and Norse mythology all create a swashbuckling series that every new fan of the Amazons can’t afford to miss out on.
8. WHO IS WONDER WOMAN?
Who is Wonder Woman?, like its title suggests, is a story about what makes Diana, Diana. It’s a story about discovering one’s self, about friendship and above all, love. Set in DC’s pre-New 52 continuity, this story saw Diana not as a superhero, but as a secret agent of the Department of Metahuman Affairs. This was a new beginning and a new exploration of the woman under the tiara.
It’s no wonder then that this story was written by Allan Heinberg, who went on to pen the script for the Wonder Woman movie. And with gorgeous art by Terry Dodson, this is a great book to pick up if you want to understand exactly what sort of character Wonder Woman truly is. She is a superhero. She is a warrior and a goddess. But she is also human.
7. WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS
This list would absolutely be remiss to even go without mentioning Wonder Woman’s original comic book appearances and series by her original creator William Moulton Marston. Created in 1941, Wonder Woman was a Greek goddess dressed in red, white and blue who fought Nazis and criminals armed only with a sword, a golden lasso and indestructible bracelets, each of them elements that made her instantly iconic.
From her first ever appearance in All Star Comics #8 to her first monthly title, Sensation Comics, and finally her own, self-titled series Wonder Woman, this first volume contains every groundbreaking, seminal page from Marston’s work. This Golden Age collection might be a large one with a price tag to match, but this is the price to pay to witness where history was born and made.
6. JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN
Once you walk out of the theater after watching Wonder Woman, you might find yourself counting down the days until she returns to the screen in Justice League this coming November. What better way to fill that six-month-long void than by reading Justice League: Origin? It’s a new, modern story that tells the tale of how the Justice League formed to fight against Darkseid’s forces in DC’s line-wide relaunch, The New 52.
As the flagship title of DC Comics at the time, legendary writer Geoff Johns and superstar artist Jim Lee crafted a new take on the origin of the Justice League that became an instant classic, an animated movie and even the basis for the Justice League movie itself. Now that you know Wonder Woman, you can familiarize yourself with rest of the team, and see just how they all interact together.
5. WONDER WOMAN: BLOOD
At the onset of the New 52, the Wonder Woman title was relaunched with the creative team of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. It was in this new series that Azzarello changed Diana’s origin from the classic “molded from clay” story, and turned her into a daughter of Zeus (something that was even mentioned in the movie). Such was a revelation that struck deep into Diana’s heart and fueled her quest.
Under this new creative team, Wonder Woman became a much darker title that explored even more Greek mythology. New twists and new approaches to the pantheon of Greek gods like Hera, Poseidon and Hades saw them take on starring roles in the book, and this all led to Wonder Woman taking on the role of the God of War herself–the role of a god you might know as Ares, from the movie.
4. SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: POWER COUPLE
In the New 52 continuity, DC began to explore a relationship between two of its most powerful and recognizable characters: Diana Prince and Clark Kent. Both members of the Justice League, both part of man’s world, but neither exactly belonging inside it. These two were drawn to one another and began a romance that was explored in the pages of the Superman/Wonder Woman series.
The series’ firt volume, “Power Couple,” written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Tony S. Daniel, saw the two superheroes’ burgeoning romance reach new heights as they faced challenges from the world’s media, Diana’s family of gods and villains of the likes of General Zod and Faora. This series is a great read for those looking to see both Superman and Wonder Woman heroically devoted to each other, and to the world they protect.
3. BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY
Written and illustrated by Matt Wagner, Trinity was a limited series, set out of the main DC continuity, that told the first-ever meeting between Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. It’s a timeless series that has no required reading before or after. It’s a brilliant one-and-done read that will give you a satisfying beginning, middle and end.
As Ra’s Al Ghul takes aim at the entire world, it’s up to the world’s biggest heroes to stop him. As the heroes unite, readers will see how these characters react to one another and how they develop their legendary bond of friendship. And for fans of the Wonder Woman movie, know that Themyscira and the Amazons also play a pivotal role in this story. Before seeing Bruce, Clark and Diana meet-up on screen again in Justice League, it might be interesting to revisit their first team-up.
2. SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN
This is the series to pick up if you just want to read some Wonder Woman stories, no matter the continuity. Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman is a platform for any creative team to come on board and tell one amazing Wonder Woman story after another. The writers and artist constantly change, and so do the themes and subject matter.
Free from DC Comics continuity, this series exists solely to give fans of Wonder Woman a joyous book to read about their favorite character. This is one that you can read whether you are a longtime fan of the character, or if you have just walked out of the movie theater. You will see many different art styles, experience various themes and stories, and even see special guest-stars that you might recognize. You don’t need to be a comic book fan to read this. You just need to love Wonder Woman.
1. THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN
A digital-first series by writer/artist Renae De Liz, The Legend of Wonder Woman was later published as a series of single issues and later collected in hardcover format. No matter which way you choose to read this glorious and luscious re-telling of Wonder Woman’s origins, this just might be the most definitive and most accessible one you can find today.
The Legend of Wonder Woman does not abide by the rules of any continuity. It just tells its own story in the best way it knows how. Told over nine issues, this comic book does not skip over any important moment from Diana’s formative years. It’s magical and beautiful, wondrous and inspiring. It’s no wonder that the series was nominated for an Eisner Award. For the casual reader, this is the Wonder Woman origin to read.
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