Publisher: DC Comics
Released: February 28th 2017
I’ve put off reading Wonder Woman for far too long. It’s time to read this series and see what all the buzz has been about.
I loved the artwork, both on the cover and on the inside. It’s pretty much the quality I’ve come to expect from DC Comics, but with a slightly softer edge to it. I think that’s courtesy of the color palette, lots of blues and greens in the backgrounds. Though I’ll confess I liked the earlier artwork more than the later issues.
I couldn’t say for certain what I was expecting when I started reading Wonder Woman: The Lies, but it certainly wasn’t the acknowledgement of all the other rebirths that Wonder Woman has gone through. I haven’t seen that in any of the other Rebirth series; and I’ve got to say it’s both bold and brilliant.
Essentially the series starts out with Wonder Woman remembering all her past comic book histories, but knowing that they can’t all be true. That leads her to the realization that she’s being tricked and lied to. A pretty courageous twist, if I may say so. In her desperation to find out the truth of what is going on, Diana decides to return home, only to find out that she can’t.
In true comic book fashion, Wonder Woman then turns to an old friend/enemy to help her find the way. She travels far into the jungle to find Cheetah and beg for her help. Things escalate pretty quickly and instead she finds herself coming to Cheetah’s aid instead. I may be in the minority here, but I actually liked Cheetah’s character and backstory. I found myself actually hoping for her to find her way out of this mess and be better for it.
Steve Trever is back, Dian’s human on-again off-again lover (I’m sure this had at least something to do with the success of the Wonder Woman movie). He looks exactly like what I’d expect a military man capable of getting Wonder Woman’s attention to look like. He’s still fighting the good fight, and seems to have gotten over the bitterness of losing Diana (which likely helped to motivate her to come back).
Wonder Woman is unsurprisingly a bit of a feel good, women are awesome sort of story. The biggest villain in this volume (whom I’ll let you read to find out) is without a doubt a woman hater to the extreme. Despite this, they don’t sink to his level and return the hate. It’s all very well balanced and focuses more on the feel-good part of it than on the negative. A fact which I appreciate.
I can’t wait to see what volume two (Year One) has in store. The good part about being behind in a series? I don’t have to wait to start reading the next one!