We continue the countdown of YOUR picks for the greatest Wonder Woman stories ever told! We continue with stories #9-7!
9. Blood (Wonder Woman Vol.4 #1-6)
This was the opening arc of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s run on Wonder Woman, following the New 52 continuity reboot (although Tony Akins draws the last two issues in this first arc). Wonder Woman comes to the aid of a young woman who is being hunted down by the gods themselves. They learn that it is because she is pregnant…with the baby of Zeus! Wonder Woman must then vow to protect her against the other children of Zeus who want her dead before her baby is born. The fight goes to Paradise Island, where the Amazons are turned against each other by Zeus’ daughter, Strife. Wonder Woman stops her, but in the process learns a shocking secret about herself…
Azzarello and Chiang threw Wonder Woman’s whole existence up on end with this series, which was filled by gorgeous art by Chiang.
8. The Circle (Wonder Woman Vol.3 #14-17)
The opening arc of Gail Simone’s run on Wonder Woman deals with an invasion of Paradise Island by a group of Nazi agents, with only Hippoltya left on the island to defend it. However, the Nazis also uncover a shocking secret while they are. It appears that when Diana was born, the Queen’s personal guard decided to try to kill Diana, because no one was ever allowed to have a child on the island and they felt that a child would cause the Queen to turn on her people (in reality, the head of the guard was just jealous). So the Nazis free them to let THEM kill Hippolyta for them. Wonder Woman finds a way back home to save her mom and comes across the guards herself.
That’s all really well done and all, but I am going to spotlight a bit from the first issue in the arc (art by Terry and Rachel Dodson, who start the arc but eventually split duties with Ron Randall) where Wonder Woman fights a Gorilla squad sent by Gorilla Grodd, but she ends up befriending them.
I liked this scene because it shows off the great heart of Simone’s run, as well as the strong humor that was present during the run, as well.
7. Introducing Wonder Woman (All Star Comics Vol.1 #8)
One of the all-time great origin stories was by William Marston and H.G. Peter and it occurred in a short story that appeared in All Star Comics #8, which introduced us to the Amazons of Paradise Island and a woman named Diana, who wanted to go the Man’s World to bring back a pilot who crashed on their island during World War II.
Just such a powerful origin.
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