SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Wonder Woman, in theaters now.
You basked in the beauty of Themiscyra. You fell in love with the adorable (in real life too!) Steve Trevor. You learned of new and hidden powers. You saw the history. You experienced wonder.
Wonder Woman may well be one of the best superhero films ever made, and after leaving the theater there’s one question on everyone’s mind (aside from, did Steve really die?!): What comes next?
Well, the obvious answer is Justice League film being released later this year, and an already confirmed sequel to Wonder Woman set in the present day. (Second question: does that mean Etta Candy won’t be there? Nooo!!!!) But what about those who can’t wait that long? What about those who immediately went home and listened to the theme music while practice fighting like Li’l Diana? What should we do… after we see the movie three more times?
Turn to the comics, of course. If you’re daunted, don’t worry, we’re here to help you out with some basic, but awesome, books that will provide you with a good introduce to the world of DC Comics’ most interesting and powerful hero.
(For those wondering, Infinite Crisis and Countdown to Infinite Crisis are not on here, but yes, we all remember Maxwell Lord. If you don’t, check out info about him and other people Diana has killed, here.)
Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman (Written and Drawn by Various)
Sensation Comics might be a bit confusing if you Google it, so let’s just get it out of the way; Wonder Woman debuted in i942, headlining the first issue of a series called Sensation Comics. Now, if you’d like to go back and read her original stories, more power to you. Some of them are great, some of them aren’t, but what they definitely are is different. She’s not quite the same warrior she is in the film, and her costume is, well, a lot less warrior-esque.
The Sensation Comics we’re talking about here debuted in 2014 as a weekly series of digital first comics. It has a bunch of tiny arcs that show Wonder Woman in just about every role you can imagine her — leader, friend, celebrity, hero, savior, warrior. It’s an amazing series with lots of splendid stories.
So which one should you read? Well, all of them. Each storyline is only two issues long, so you can grab the first two by noted Wonder Woman writer Gail Simone (more on her, later) to see if it’s to your taste, and then read through the rest, glancing at the stories you’d like. Some other recommendations are issues #26 and 27, about Lois Lane interviewing Wonder Woman, and twenty and twenty-one, about Wonder Woman in space! But still being her awesome self and reaffirming that love is the most powerful thing in the world.
But if you can only buy two, grab issues #22 and 23, the ones by James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson. This story details a young Diana sneaking away from Themyscira to see what the outside world is like, only to happen upon a young girl crying underneath a boardwalk. The two become fast friends, Diana helps her deal with jerks and, perhaps most importantly, finds out that she herself absolutely adores ice cream.
Wonder Woman: Blood (Written by Brian Azzarello, Drawn by Cliff Chiang)
I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend one of the most interesting takes on Diana: the Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang incarnation which helped usher in DC Comics’ New 52 era. (Don’t worry if you’re 100% new to comics — none of those words need to make sense to you.) What you need to know is this series is about Diana fighting against the gods to save a half-human child from their wrath. It deals with her parentage and is dipped in more darkness than some of her other tales. If you want to see the Amazons’ gods in all their messed up form, if you want to see Diana fight giant monsters and fight for humans, and if you want to see Diana take her place among the pantheon of the gods in a classic role (no spoilers for which one), then you need to check out this book, and all the ones that come after it.
Wonder Woman: Contagion (Written by Gail Simone, Drawn by Nicola Scott)
Gail Simone is one of the best comic book writers there is when it comes to kick butt women, and it so happens she wrote a phenomenal run on Wonder Woman, collected in tons of volumes. We’re focusing on just one of them for now, however: “Contagion.” If you liked the film’s friendship, fights and Themiscyra, this is the book for you. Heck, if you liked any part of the movie, you’ll dig this.
Now, some might find this a bit odd of a choice for beginners, because it’s actually the culmination of Simone’s whole run, but the truth is, it’s such a powerful story (and Nicola Scott’s art is so fantastic) that to begin with it actually makes sense. Then, if you love it (which you will), you can always go back and read the other ones that came before it. After all, that’s what just happened with the character’s DCEU debut — we saw Diana’s awesome appearance fighting Doomsday, and then rewound to find out how she ended up there in the first place.
DC’s Superhero Girls (Written by Shea Fontana, Drawn by Yancey Labat)
All right, you might think this one is a little ridiculous — and it sort of is, but bear with me. This comic, telling the tales of a bunch of superheroes and villains, all girls, in high school, is one of the better series out there. Wonder Woman is one of the main stars, but that’s not all. Shea Fontana, the soon-to-be writer of DC’s main Wonder Woman series, also scripts this children friendly version.
If you want to see more of Diana but aren’t all that worried about her being, you know, an adult — then this book is great. It’s especially great if, like a ton of adults, you brought your younger kids to the film — those who weren’t as interested in the war aspect and mostly interested in, “Oh, my God – it’s Wonder Woman!!” If you have kids like that, this is the book for them.
Wonder Woman: Year One (Written by Greg Rucka, Drawn by Nicola Scott)
DC’s Rebirth began a new chapter for Wonder Woman. Which isn’t saying much as she has had so many conflicting origin stories and backgrounds that even for hardcore, longterm comic fans, it’s near impossible to get a good grip on them. When DC’s Rebirth started, the Wonder Woman series branched off into two separate, but related storylines — Year One and The Lies. The Lies dealt with the various things that had and hadn’t happened to Diana during the New 52 era, with her slowly discovering that someone was manipulating her memories, while Year One showed what actually happened in her past.
And it’s all amazing. Wonder Woman has fantastic villains, and this series reimagines them (including Doctor Poison), even having some of them appearing before their villainous fall. Plus, it features Etta Candy and Steve Trevor, a fish out of water Diana and, not to get too spoiler-y for you, Wonder Woman fighting the God of War. That’s right, Ares is in this series too, and he’s as villainous as is in the film. If there was one series we could recommend to you, and one series alone, it would be this one.
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