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Wonder Woman #12 Review

By Andy Frisk
August 20, 2012 - 21:47

The final showdown between Wonder Woman, Artemis, and Apollo occurs. Hera gets hers, and Zola has her baby. Not all ends up being right with the world though as a traitor (with a possible positive motivation) emerges in the midst of Diana/Wonder Woman's allies. The future looks bright, or at least interesting though as Diana discovers she's more powerful than she ever imagined, and something new lurks on the horizon as far as the gods are concerned...

Next to Scott Snyder's Batman, Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang is easily the best plotted and pencilled new series out of all The New 52 books. Azzarello has crafted a sweeping saga starring the best interpretations of the Greek gods in fiction that we've seen in ages. DC Comics must have been reading when I suggested that they make use of Wonder Woman's position as a Neo-Classical god in a Neo-Classical world. Well, maybe that's a little egotistical of me... Regardless, Azzarello and Chiang's Wonder Woman is a contemporary Neo-Classical masterpiece for our age. Azzarello doesn't stop there though. He reintroduces a classic cast of characters and beings that we've heard hardly anything about thus far...I cannot wait to see what he (please tell us that Azzarello will be writing these characters) and Chiang (please tell us that Chiang will be drawing these characters) does with them.

Cliff Chiang should get an Eisner for his work on Wonder Woman, not just because his artwork is simply that good (and it is), but because he has brought Azzarello's interpretation of the classic Greek gods to life in the most imaginative and unique way they've been presented since Neil Gaiman re-imagined them almost two decades ago in Sandman. Anytime I read one of Shakespeare's plays that star Greek gods, or any of the classical Greek playwrights', Homer's, or Vergil's works starring them, I'll imagine them as they are depicted here. They are that strongly developed visually.

Much of The New 52 has disappointed me, especially the travesty they are making of my favorite superhero, but Wonder Woman is one of the few DC Comics superhero titles that remains at the top of my reading pile every month. I can't wait to see where this brilliant creative team takes Diana and company next.

Rating: 10 /10

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