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A daring new direction begins with the arrival of a brand-new villain! But while he may be new to us, he's not new to the world he seeks to tame. And speaking of villains, Donna Troy's quest to destroy Wonder Woman ratchets up another gear (if that's even possible!), while Wonder Woman is learning how to replace Ares as God of War. Join writer Meredith Finch and artist Davi A daring new direction begins with the arrival of a brand-new villain! But while he may be new to us, he's not new to the world he seeks to tame. And speaking of villains, Donna Troy's quest to destroy Wonder Woman ratchets up another gear (if that's even possible!), while Wonder Woman is learning how to replace Ares as God of War. Join writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch on Wonder Woman: beginning a new chapter in the Wonder Woman mythos along with a brand-new costume! Collecting: Wonder Woman 41-47


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A daring new direction begins with the arrival of a brand-new villain! But while he may be new to us, he's not new to the world he seeks to tame. And speaking of villains, Donna Troy's quest to destroy Wonder Woman ratchets up another gear (if that's even possible!), while Wonder Woman is learning how to replace Ares as God of War. Join writer Meredith Finch and artist Davi A daring new direction begins with the arrival of a brand-new villain! But while he may be new to us, he's not new to the world he seeks to tame. And speaking of villains, Donna Troy's quest to destroy Wonder Woman ratchets up another gear (if that's even possible!), while Wonder Woman is learning how to replace Ares as God of War. Join writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch on Wonder Woman: beginning a new chapter in the Wonder Woman mythos along with a brand-new costume! Collecting: Wonder Woman 41-47

30 review for Wonder Woman, Volume 8: A Twist of Fate

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (C+) 66% | Almost Satisfactory Notes: Tedious and maddening, it blunders along tangled in the dregs and chaff of feckless fickleness: all fatuity and hot air.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    2.5 stars I really didn't hate this, but it took me several days to get through it due to being semi-bored with the storyline. Not horrible, just...MEH. The big news with this volume is (of course) the costume change. So, what did I think of it? Again...mostly MEH. It looked kind of clunky, but at least she doesn't have a boob window, right? Overall, I didn't care one way or another. Except. Is that a giant V hanging between her legs?! OhMyGod! IT IS! IT IS! 5 stars! 5 fucking stars for that costume! 2.5 stars I really didn't hate this, but it took me several days to get through it due to being semi-bored with the storyline. Not horrible, just...MEH. The big news with this volume is (of course) the costume change. So, what did I think of it? Again...mostly MEH. It looked kind of clunky, but at least she doesn't have a boob window, right? Overall, I didn't care one way or another. Except. Is that a giant V hanging between her legs?! OhMyGod! IT IS! IT IS! 5 stars! 5 fucking stars for that costume! Ok, ok. I'm done. gigglesnort cough *wipes tear* Anyhoo. I had highish hopes for this volume, so it was a bit of a letdown to have to slog through something I was hoping to enjoy. I realize that not all of the problems were a direct result of Finch's writing. DC needed this New 52 storyline wrapped up in order to move into Rebirth, and there were still quite a few loose threads hanging from Azzarello 's run. But some of it seemed a bit too pandery ( <--totally a word!) to me. I mean, there's even the obligatory Wonder Woman beats up chauvinist who gropes her scene. *rolls eyes* So, yeah. Oh well, it wasn't awful or anything.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This story was ... fine. David Finches art is always fantastic. But that new costume design is terrible. I don't care that he covered WW up, but it looks like she just put long sleeves and leggings under her existing costume because she's not comfortable in her own skin. At least make it armor or something. The story is OK for the first 75% with a new demigod coming after Diana to defeat her and become the God of War. The ending though was just ridiculous. (view spoiler)[A baby just shows up and This story was ... fine. David Finches art is always fantastic. But that new costume design is terrible. I don't care that he covered WW up, but it looks like she just put long sleeves and leggings under her existing costume because she's not comfortable in her own skin. At least make it armor or something. The story is OK for the first 75% with a new demigod coming after Diana to defeat her and become the God of War. The ending though was just ridiculous. (view spoiler)[A baby just shows up and makes everything all better, including negating Azzarello's entire run. (hide spoiler)] That ending just made me mad, but I guess DC wanted to reset everything in preparation for rebirth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    Well, at least, the art was more realistic this time; the first story arc by this team had WW looking more like a manga character than the God of War. As for the story itself, I guess it could have been worse, but it certainly wasn't very interesting nor did the characters act at all like their Azzarello counterparts. Well, at least, the art was more realistic this time; the first story arc by this team had WW looking more like a manga character than the God of War. As for the story itself, I guess it could have been worse, but it certainly wasn't very interesting nor did the characters act at all like their Azzarello counterparts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    So this was awful.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    I'm done! So I think this my last review of the new 52 Wonder Woman! I really just cannot get into Meredith Finch's run. So there a lot going on in this volume; Wonder Woman has a new costume, some random son of Poseidon, green arrow wannabe, is trying to kill Diana, for some convoluted reason. and there's a whole story in the background with Donna Troy the main villain of the previous volume! So first off positives: I really like Wonder Womans new costume, more then her main stream costume; the I'm done! So I think this my last review of the new 52 Wonder Woman! I really just cannot get into Meredith Finch's run. So there a lot going on in this volume; Wonder Woman has a new costume, some random son of Poseidon, green arrow wannabe, is trying to kill Diana, for some convoluted reason. and there's a whole story in the background with Donna Troy the main villain of the previous volume! So first off positives: I really like Wonder Womans new costume, more then her main stream costume; the side story with Donna Troy, was actually quite interesting, on the one hand shes like a reverse flash to Wonder Woman, but on the other hand, she's confused and needs guidance, it really made for a good side story! And finally Strife is in this volume... I don't think I need to say more! So what is wrong with this volume? Well its simple, the main story sucks! I did not care for the Poseidon demigod guy I mentioned earlier, he's bascailly just another boring ass First Born; and the overall direction this is going is not my cup of tea! None the less, I'm honoured to have a read an amazing Wonder Woman series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    It is gotta be 1'5*, tbh. All I loved about this series seems to be gone. Now we have sometimes the presence of the gods and goddesses, but it has lost some of its impact and punch... TBH, what I enjoyed most about this whole volume was the story of Donna Price. It is gotta be 1'5*, tbh. All I loved about this series seems to be gone. Now we have sometimes the presence of the gods and goddesses, but it has lost some of its impact and punch... TBH, what I enjoyed most about this whole volume was the story of Donna Price.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Back to the mythology part of the story. Ugh. I don't care about the costume change it was fine, if unnecessary. Disappointing after the last volume. Back to the mythology part of the story. Ugh. I don't care about the costume change it was fine, if unnecessary. Disappointing after the last volume.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    It's just not the same since the author switched for me.... still interesting, but definitely not the page turner the first half of this series was under Brian Azzarello. It's just not the same since the author switched for me.... still interesting, but definitely not the page turner the first half of this series was under Brian Azzarello.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Once again I find myself scratching my head, because I thought Meredith Finch's run on Wonder Woman was meant to be bad. Like, really, really bad. But this, not so much. Building once more on the foundations that Azzarello and Chiang laid down in their run, the majority of this volume deals once more with Wonder Woman trying to juggle her God of War status, and her responsibilities as Queen of the Amazons. These come into conflict as a new player appears, trying to usurp her Godly powers, backed Once again I find myself scratching my head, because I thought Meredith Finch's run on Wonder Woman was meant to be bad. Like, really, really bad. But this, not so much. Building once more on the foundations that Azzarello and Chiang laid down in their run, the majority of this volume deals once more with Wonder Woman trying to juggle her God of War status, and her responsibilities as Queen of the Amazons. These come into conflict as a new player appears, trying to usurp her Godly powers, backed by one of the Olympians (in a very clever twist, I might add). Plus, Donna Troy grapples with redemption, and there's a one-shot with the Cheetah too. It's all kind of decent. There's nothing outstanding, except maybe the twist of who's behind Aegeus' attempt on Diana's life, but I don't feel like this is detrimental to Diana's character or anything like that. Maybe people were just so in awe of the previous run that this paled in comparison, rather than it being outright bad. I'm also impressed with David Finch's art, which I'm usually not 100% sold on. He manages to draw 5 of the 7 issues here, which is good for a monthly artist these days, and there are very few janky faces or dodgy body proportions; everything else, I've never had to complain about with Finch. Maybe volume 9 is where everything falls apart? I dunno. This isn't perfect, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Wow I am very pleasantly surprised, but man the new costume is FUGLY!!!! The first arc by the Finches had some nice little pieces but with the poor writing and the burden of having to deal with all the pieces that DC and Azarello/Chiang put in place the story collapsed under it's own weight. So, with a fairly bad first arc they can't go anywhere but up right? World: I am still not a fan of Finch's art and this does not change with the new costume. It's ugly. It's not about showing boob or cleavag Wow I am very pleasantly surprised, but man the new costume is FUGLY!!!! The first arc by the Finches had some nice little pieces but with the poor writing and the burden of having to deal with all the pieces that DC and Azarello/Chiang put in place the story collapsed under it's own weight. So, with a fairly bad first arc they can't go anywhere but up right? World: I am still not a fan of Finch's art and this does not change with the new costume. It's ugly. It's not about showing boob or cleavage of the old costume but the essence of the character that was lost. I don't mind resigns, the Batgirl redesign is one of my favorites but this new WW costume is yuckers. The world building this time around is much more fluid and cohesive. The story which I'll talk about below is structurally designed the same way as the last arc, but this time the world building does not feel separate from it but feel part of the tale. It's also great to see the pieces that Azarello/Chiang put in place come up again and used so that the universe is more complete. Additionally, this time the world did not need to deal with the Justice League and the New 52, it was much more isolated like the previous runs and this made the world so much more interesting. Good job turning it around! World building wise this is a 4 star book! Story: Greatly improved in terms of pacing, writing and structure. Much of this arc is designed the same way as the last arc but this time it's much better because of 2 reasons; 1 we did not need to deal with the rest of the DCnU and that made for a much better self contained and imitate story and 2 the parallel stories this time around felt connected and were paced and structured better so the readers did not feel lost like the last arc. The story of Diana dealing with her God of War status was actually quite clever, especially the penultimate issue with the face to face with Peace. The dialog was fast and also deceptively deep and gave readers something to think about and actually debate. The Donna Troy storyline was also competent thought her characterization, and actually characters in general are still a bit lacking in the series and is it's weakest point (more below). The resolution of the War & Peace story I like but I did feel that at the end it was a bit rushed and the impact of the end was a bit lost due to the rush. Much improved. Characters: This is still by far the weakest area of the book. I can see the Finches making an effort to look deeper into the Diana character and letting readers into her psych and it does mostly work, but her internal dialog and also her actions sometimes are a bit all over the place. I think it can be attributed to the fact that her character is being torn left and right due to her duties, but the writign did not actually really put that into focus until near the end when the reader was suppose to feel the emotional impact, but because it was not handled well we did not. I'm really happy to see Hera, Zola, Zeka, Milan and other Azarello/Chiang character show up this arc. Their stories are important to me and I really liked that the Finches are not ignoring them because they are ready made wonderful characters. What I did not like the most this time around in terms of characters are the two new additons Peace and Aegeus. Especially Aegeus, a whiney one not teenager is not a fun character and I just found him annoying and boring. Peace is done a little better, but I would have like a couple of more pages of background about her and Aeres that would have made all the difference in the world. I love Strife she's awesome so there is are no problems there. Much much much improved from the last arc due to it's focus and writing. The costume is horrible and makes MY EYES BLEED, seeing her out of it in the Minerva issue makes me hopeful that they are abandoning it after 6 issues, fingers crossed. Onward to the next book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rituraj Kashyap

    Not as bad as the previous volume, and the art was better this time. But suffers from another weak antagonist.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)

    3.5 stars rounded down I'm fairly new to reading comics, but I absolutely love Wonder Woman as a character. I love what she stands and fights for and the way it makes her different than the typical superhero. I found this volume in the library and thought I'd give it a go. ...then I saw the bad ratings and reviews this has. Well, it wasn't terrible, but there were some things that bothered me. I can't compare it to any other WW comics though. 1. Why did she need a new costume? And why was the costu 3.5 stars rounded down I'm fairly new to reading comics, but I absolutely love Wonder Woman as a character. I love what she stands and fights for and the way it makes her different than the typical superhero. I found this volume in the library and thought I'd give it a go. ...then I saw the bad ratings and reviews this has. Well, it wasn't terrible, but there were some things that bothered me. I can't compare it to any other WW comics though. 1. Why did she need a new costume? And why was the costume so weird? Honestly, even though her typical look is quite sexualized it's what everyone is used to and I like it, so they just should've kept it. (On the other hand, Hera's outfit was way too sexualized. What a beautiful woman, you could've at least given her a real skirt.) 2. Diana felt out of character. In some issues more so than in others, but I don't buy the whole her being the goddess of war storyline. The art varied. Some was amazing, some terrible. Luckily the terrible art was only in one issue and the rest was good in my opinion. The plot was okay I guess, I read this in one sitting and it was entertaining but probably won't stick with me. I liked the storyline with Donna Troy and this street girl Violet. I'm still willing to give some other WW series a try and I will look at the ratings first next time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Okay. I liked this volume of the Wonder Woman series but it still is not as great as the Brian Azzarello run. The things I love about the story were the focus more on the implications of Diana aka Wonder Woman being the God of War. I also loved the story that was told here with Diana having to face the decisions she has made not only as Queen of the Amazons, her duties as a member of the Justice League and her relationship with her dysfunctional family of Greek Gods. Next, David Finch's artwork Okay. I liked this volume of the Wonder Woman series but it still is not as great as the Brian Azzarello run. The things I love about the story were the focus more on the implications of Diana aka Wonder Woman being the God of War. I also loved the story that was told here with Diana having to face the decisions she has made not only as Queen of the Amazons, her duties as a member of the Justice League and her relationship with her dysfunctional family of Greek Gods. Next, David Finch's artwork is amazing. This is quite frankly some of the best comic book art I have seen. Now I want to point out some of the negatives. I am not a fan of Wonder Woman's new costume. I am not sure what idea was for this change of outfit. I am probably not the only one who doesn't love it. Also Wonder Woman doe do some contradictory things here. But I guess that is to be expected when you are a god of War and for some reason you still start fights while your not trying to fight. It is confusing. The book was an okay Wonder Woman tale that felt like it tied up this story arc nicely but I have to admit I was enjoying Diana as the god of War and do not want to see her lose the title yet. Pretty good but could be better.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Saphirablue

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like it but it feels that I should have read some other issues of Wonder Woman before this in order to understand everything. Like, who are Zola and Zeke? *scratches head* Otherwise, I like the story and the art and I'm curious which adventures Diana will have to face in the next part. :) I like it but it feels that I should have read some other issues of Wonder Woman before this in order to understand everything. Like, who are Zola and Zeke? *scratches head* Otherwise, I like the story and the art and I'm curious which adventures Diana will have to face in the next part. :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    There's something about the Finch's style that just doesn't resonate with me when it comes to Wonder Woman. She never seems to be in control here. She never has power, or grace. She's always reacting, musing, or pontificating, but almost never ACTING. It's nice to see some day-to-day life, but the balance is missing, even with throwing in an insane Goddess and further damaging the legacy of Donna Troy. Diana talks a decent game throughout, but she just doesn't feel powerful in this series at all There's something about the Finch's style that just doesn't resonate with me when it comes to Wonder Woman. She never seems to be in control here. She never has power, or grace. She's always reacting, musing, or pontificating, but almost never ACTING. It's nice to see some day-to-day life, but the balance is missing, even with throwing in an insane Goddess and further damaging the legacy of Donna Troy. Diana talks a decent game throughout, but she just doesn't feel powerful in this series at all. She feels like a pawn in other people's games, and it's almost insulting to her intelligence how much she gets pushed around. Also, some of the philosophies about war and violence that are pushed (admittedly by the villain) are really uncomfortable reading, and not because I think they're uncovering deep truths. It would be okay if Diana were able to refute them by word or deed, but she just sort of ignores them and goes on, and everything resolves itself. In point of fact, there's an issue in this collection where literally the whole moral of the story is that if Diana doesn't act, things will take care of themselves. That seems a long way in the wrong direction for the character. On the plus side, the art is good to very good throughout, and Wonder Woman's new outfit is pretty good. But overall, I really didn't enjoy this volume.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zaz

    Oh my. If Wonder Woman was more or less ok in this volume, having to deal with her role as the god of war, the antagonist cast was very chatty and very annoying (so many boring monologues...). There was a (very lengthy) talk about "war is necessary to improve oppressed people" (maybe we could all try to be decent, rather than oppressing?) and there were several moments showing a normal (not a super) woman being beaten. It seems it was also ok that a male character defines marital abuse as "Do yo Oh my. If Wonder Woman was more or less ok in this volume, having to deal with her role as the god of war, the antagonist cast was very chatty and very annoying (so many boring monologues...). There was a (very lengthy) talk about "war is necessary to improve oppressed people" (maybe we could all try to be decent, rather than oppressing?) and there were several moments showing a normal (not a super) woman being beaten. It seems it was also ok that a male character defines marital abuse as "Do you enjoy getting smacked around as much as her? She just kept coming back for more". It was lucky it was a digital copy, it saved the volume from a launch through the window. I'm afraid to finish the run now, maybe I should pass. Regarding WW's new costume, I appreciated that for once she wasn't almost naked, but in another hand, I didn't like the result, so no true improvement there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    In which Wonder Woman is terrible at her job and can't even overcome a whiny teenager on her own, everybody monologues incessantly, Wonder Woman lectures at a trauma victim to just walk it off already, we say hello and then goodbye to a costume design so laughable it doesn't even survive an entire arc, the big bad is once again a woman turned murderous and hysterical by the love of a man, and we still don't get any clear answers as to what the hell Diana being god of war actually entails. And som In which Wonder Woman is terrible at her job and can't even overcome a whiny teenager on her own, everybody monologues incessantly, Wonder Woman lectures at a trauma victim to just walk it off already, we say hello and then goodbye to a costume design so laughable it doesn't even survive an entire arc, the big bad is once again a woman turned murderous and hysterical by the love of a man, and we still don't get any clear answers as to what the hell Diana being god of war actually entails. And somehow this is all exactly as Zeus planned it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Well, take one step forward and two back, apparently. Meredith Finch greatly improved the story and the character in the previous book, only to cram Wonder Woman into a brand new costume which serves no purpose other than to soothe her own personally offended feminist ideals. Wonder Woman is a phenomenal character, which is why she has survived over 70 years! Leave her costume and backstory alone, and focus on writing good stories. I promise you the fans will be there.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This is the first volume in this run that I think I've actually kind of disliked. There was way too much going on for me, and I really didn't like the new characters that were introduced. I hated how much of this was about one whiny man, all for it to come to a twist ending. I like Donna Troy, but I wish her story was less convoluted. I think this would have also been better had this been a longer arc - rather than the second volume of three (especially given that Azzarello had six volumes). This is the first volume in this run that I think I've actually kind of disliked. There was way too much going on for me, and I really didn't like the new characters that were introduced. I hated how much of this was about one whiny man, all for it to come to a twist ending. I like Donna Troy, but I wish her story was less convoluted. I think this would have also been better had this been a longer arc - rather than the second volume of three (especially given that Azzarello had six volumes).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I love her badass full body armor in this one! Looks great I wish she would have kept it on more often instead of switching back and forth between it and her (basically) swimsuit. Good story on its own but I wouldn't recommend as a standalone. Really need the background on Zeke, Donna, and goddess of peace to make this work. I love her badass full body armor in this one! Looks great I wish she would have kept it on more often instead of switching back and forth between it and her (basically) swimsuit. Good story on its own but I wouldn't recommend as a standalone. Really need the background on Zeke, Donna, and goddess of peace to make this work.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I liked this volume a teeny-tiny bit more than the last one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    This book was a disappointment especially after the potential in the previous volume. In that book the Finches had to tie together a lot of loose ends and set the stage for the new direction they wanted to take the Amazon Queen/God of War and they did a commendable job. But now they are on that stage front and center and I feel a little underwhelmed. The new villain we're given is just a boy who had a hard-knock life and seems whiny. Wonder Woman should be able to dispatch this child post haste This book was a disappointment especially after the potential in the previous volume. In that book the Finches had to tie together a lot of loose ends and set the stage for the new direction they wanted to take the Amazon Queen/God of War and they did a commendable job. But now they are on that stage front and center and I feel a little underwhelmed. The new villain we're given is just a boy who had a hard-knock life and seems whiny. Wonder Woman should be able to dispatch this child post haste but instead she takes a beating while trying to reason with the boy. Wonder Woman is unique in her ability to feel empathy even for the most wretched among us but, come on, when a boy needs a whooping, the boy needs a whooping. This character left no impression on me as a reader or on the story. The other problem is in the supporting cast of characters. The Greek gods in all their grotesque glory are left behind but their replacements are not up to snuff. One street urchin straight out of a Dickens novel comes to mind. If the Artful Dodger were a surf-punk with an annoyingly cocky attitude that he would be the street rat in this book. She has some pimp/drug dealer/psycho dad meathead that beats her up in public places for no given reason and has to be rescued by both Wonder Woman and Donna Troy on two separate occasions. And believe me that is all you'll want to know about this character since she has nothing to offer any one. She is neither comic relief nor does she have any affect on the story besides given Donna Troy a new outfit so that I don[t keep mixing her up with W/W. And Donna Troy doesn't fair much better. The rivalry and tension between her and W/W she underplayed here and I never could quite figure her out. The books ends with a new God lecturing the W/W about the strange, fragile relationship between War and Peace that seemed strained. I didn't mind the new outfit so much but it does need some tweaking - the shoulder pads have to go and the boots are too long - but I have seen the Amazon Queen in worse garb and at least their is no question that the character is Wonder Woman. In the end I found this book to be middling. The characterization of Wonder Woman was good but the support cast was forgettable. The new villain didn't work for my adult tastes but the cliff hanger left me wanting to read more and the artwork was run of the mill DC stuff but it was top quality. I'm neither here not there with this book but it certainly wasn't bad enough to stop me reading this series it just wasn't good enough to MAKE me want to keep reading it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    So ... I didn't love this. The first half of the book had a lot of potential, with some top notch art from the always reliable David Finch. But then the villain who held a certain amount of promise ended up having a weak ass backstory, and was a total punk bitch who talked a massive game and ran away begging the second anyone took a swing at him. A weird choice for a WW villain. Then there was a twist! A new villain, with a clever idea underpinning it. Well played! But then the explanation of why So ... I didn't love this. The first half of the book had a lot of potential, with some top notch art from the always reliable David Finch. But then the villain who held a certain amount of promise ended up having a weak ass backstory, and was a total punk bitch who talked a massive game and ran away begging the second anyone took a swing at him. A weird choice for a WW villain. Then there was a twist! A new villain, with a clever idea underpinning it. Well played! But then the explanation of why this villain mattered was a little unconvincing, and exposed the core problem I had with this volume - the writer's command of dialogue is not so great. Then there was another twist! One that made me say "huh?" then "what the...?" then "seriously?" I didn't enjoy it. The twist removed the stakes from the entire New 52 run on Wonder Woman, was poorly explained (or at least, I felt it was poorly explained because I didn't really get it) and everyone just moves on without even a second thought. Perhaps it will be more fully explained down the track. By the time I was done with the perfunctory Cheetah issue (which left me saying: "So ... no one cares that a dozen amazons just got slaughtered?") I felt that 3 stars was generous for this volume. But outside of an issue that was drawn by Ian Churchill, who drew every woman like she has weird squinty lips (seriously, everyone is pursing their lips like they just drank some lemon juice), the art was really strong. As for Wonder Woman's new outfit? I didn't hate it, but it isn't my favourite. It kind of looks like 3 outfits put together (old-fashioned boots, the New 52 bodice, and a black cat suit, all rolled into one, plus with swords coming out of the gauntlets for reasons). Fine for fans, but not the greatest trade of the run. Possibly the worst, actually.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yuri

    Okay, it was rough. Didn’t like the new outfit, Aegus and Donna Troy. The concept of God of War was interesting, though poorly presented. Also didn’t like Cheeta’s chapter nor the twist in the end regarding Ares and Apollo.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    This had a lot of promise and frequently gave hints of where it COULD go. Unfortunately, it just... never did. The story was potentially so interesting, but at almost every turn a cliché or weak device was used to solve a problem or push the story forward. Characterization never fulfilled its potential, and was frequently unoriginal or thin (which is such a shame, because Azzarello's reimagining of the Greek gods and mythology to work around Wonder Woman, not to mention Chang's aesthetic choices This had a lot of promise and frequently gave hints of where it COULD go. Unfortunately, it just... never did. The story was potentially so interesting, but at almost every turn a cliché or weak device was used to solve a problem or push the story forward. Characterization never fulfilled its potential, and was frequently unoriginal or thin (which is such a shame, because Azzarello's reimagining of the Greek gods and mythology to work around Wonder Woman, not to mention Chang's aesthetic choices, we're so interesting). Oddly, though, the end-of-issue/chapter cliffhangers were pretty good. But, like a season of Battlestar Galactica, there was a lot of hurry-up-and-wait, followed by an Exciting Plot Point, then muddled follow-through. Sigh. The artwork was inconsistent - some great, some middling. There were some pretty good full-page panels or smaller frames. A disappointment. The New 52 Wonder Woman series started incredibly strong, and the first collection is probably one of my favourites. It felt like Azzarello's run lost steam, and those who have come afterwards have done an ok job of picking up the pieces. [Really, it's becoming ever-more clear why DC and Marvel re-boot so frequently: there is a limited scope for writing these characters when the authors have their hands tied by the publisher - why spend so much time creating new characters that you have no ownership of? Probably why the most innovative and interesting comics work is being done by creator-owned publishers like Image.]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    I struggle with articulating my likes and dislikes of this run, but I'll try: Likes: the new armor/costume, Greek mythology (generally speaking), Diana's struggle with being the god of war and figuring out how to be true to all of herself (sounds cheesy but I love those story lines/themes), and Donna's story line. Dislikes: gratuitous female nudity or near-nudity, clothes that are painted on Barbie bodies, and characters whose promise and motivations peter out so I'm left feeling disappointed and I struggle with articulating my likes and dislikes of this run, but I'll try: Likes: the new armor/costume, Greek mythology (generally speaking), Diana's struggle with being the god of war and figuring out how to be true to all of herself (sounds cheesy but I love those story lines/themes), and Donna's story line. Dislikes: gratuitous female nudity or near-nudity, clothes that are painted on Barbie bodies, and characters whose promise and motivations peter out so I'm left feeling disappointed and a bit confused. [Spoilers going forward] Also, c'mon Finch, did you really have Diana stop Donna from killing a man who abuses a woman to the point of killing her when he shoved her out of the way to fight Donna and to just have Diana say "it was an accident blah blah blah"?? Just because he didn't mean to push her that hard? I'd support Diana saying something to the effect of understanding Donna's anguish over being unable to save someone but stressing that more death isn't the answer--Amazons protect and fight but don't execute. And then that debate between Donna and Diana is just dropped! Even if it's addressed in the next volume, Wonder Woman/Diana is posed as the one readers should side with, and this is a nuanced situation with large ripples that was given very little time in the comic and yet it's all I can think about right now.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    This is a greater letdown than the Finch's first set of stories. The main story (view spoiler)[(that a great-great-great, etc.-grandson of Poseidon is trying to kill Diana in order to become God of War) (hide spoiler)] isn't that interesting, and the ultimate villain doesn't make any sense. In fact, Diana comments that what the villain is doing doesn't make any sense, but, beyond that recognition, nothing is done to resolve the mystery. Also, Donna's ultimate fate is overly complicated and unbeli This is a greater letdown than the Finch's first set of stories. The main story (view spoiler)[(that a great-great-great, etc.-grandson of Poseidon is trying to kill Diana in order to become God of War) (hide spoiler)] isn't that interesting, and the ultimate villain doesn't make any sense. In fact, Diana comments that what the villain is doing doesn't make any sense, but, beyond that recognition, nothing is done to resolve the mystery. Also, Donna's ultimate fate is overly complicated and unbelievable. (view spoiler)[Basically, on top of Zeus engineering his own death, rebirth, death of his sons, ascension of his demi-goddess daughter to godhood, and defeat of the First Born, he also decided to kill the Fates and make Donna fate herself. It's not clear if baby Zeke murdered the Fates himself or manipulated someone else into doing it, but, either way, it's problematic and overly-plotted. I mean, really, who comes up with this elaborate a plan and expects to pull it off? It's far too dependent on acts by independent third parties. (hide spoiler)] The only reason to finish out the Finch's run is because I've already borrowed the final volume from the library.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Faith Lackey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Eh... I read this in preparation for Rebirth, and can I tell you? It NEEDS Rebirth. I love Wonder Woman - she's an amazing and complicated character, but I am sooooo tired of this story arc. Half of the time, I have no idea what's happening, much less who Wonder Woman IS anymore! Most of the volume is dedicated to WW internally combating her identity as the god of war. So naturally, who becomes her antagonist? Nope, you're wrong - it isn't the villain you would expect. It's Peace. That's right. Pe Eh... I read this in preparation for Rebirth, and can I tell you? It NEEDS Rebirth. I love Wonder Woman - she's an amazing and complicated character, but I am sooooo tired of this story arc. Half of the time, I have no idea what's happening, much less who Wonder Woman IS anymore! Most of the volume is dedicated to WW internally combating her identity as the god of war. So naturally, who becomes her antagonist? Nope, you're wrong - it isn't the villain you would expect. It's Peace. That's right. Peace is her enemy. Seriously???!!!! PEACE?! And as a reader, I am NOT convinced. You know what's worse? I can see what they were trying to accomplish, but it just failed. Aughhhhhh..... If you can't convey such enormous concepts in a convincing way, then you shouldn't be writing them. Now excuse me while I go read Noragami, where the deep characterization of ancient gods is written in a compelling and reasonable manner.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dean Simons

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A lot of the writing is terrible and the dialogue is bizarre. Bad british accents and cliches were the least of it. The story is more of a mess than coherent. And the lack of a proper exploration of repercussions that is endemic to the superhero genre feels hamfistedly reimposed on the series by editorial. The radically different characterisations make no sense - Hera was once aloof but is now just one of the gals... And Donna Troy’s storyline is utterly abysmally handled. She did mass murder and A lot of the writing is terrible and the dialogue is bizarre. Bad british accents and cliches were the least of it. The story is more of a mess than coherent. And the lack of a proper exploration of repercussions that is endemic to the superhero genre feels hamfistedly reimposed on the series by editorial. The radically different characterisations make no sense - Hera was once aloof but is now just one of the gals... And Donna Troy’s storyline is utterly abysmally handled. She did mass murder and it feels like it is barely even a thing. The ending was an enormous mess and I realised that I don’t care anymore to try and figure it out. It’s just worthless. I’ve gone from being fascinated with this series to utterly hating it.

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