The exiled Amazon Princess returns to Paradise Island (not much of a paradise without anyone on it) in order to fend off a Nazi invasion. I like Simone’s work. There is never anything earth shattering in her writing, but she puts together a good story with action and excitement and a little bit of depth.
You may have noticed that some recent reviews I’ve posted were about comic characters going through some sort of identity crisis. Here, Wonder Woman, recently retired, is poised to do the same soul searching to understand what it means to be the super powered Amazon. But don’t worry, the comic is filled with double D guest stars (heroes and villains) and little else.
What little I knew about Amazo just annoyed me. He's a robot with all the powers of the Justice League's superheroes such as Batman and Superman (sure, I have no problem with the Flash and tapping into the "speed force" so he can travel at impossible speeds, but with robots I draw the line). Yet I thought Milligan's addition of yet another Amazo--his "son", which should have annoyed me even more--was pretty good. He merges the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the struggle to overcome pedestrian notions of good/evil with Kid Amazo coming to terms with his being created as nothing more than a weapon along with the JLA's own trouble with being a cohesive, moral team. There's an added romance element that I don't think work, but overall an enjoyable read.
I like Simone's Birds of Prey work, but this superhero tale wherein those used to fighting earth destroying villains are sucked into political intrigue just didn't work for me. Maybe because nothing really happened with the characters other than Simone not really capturing them.
If anyone should write the story of the two superhero teams from different publishers having it out due to the machinations of cosmically powerful beings it should be the encyclopedic Busiek. Too bad the story was nothing more than smash, crush, "hey is that my favorite villain in the background?" nonsense.
A never gave a damn about Red Tornado. Maybe that's why I was impressed with this story. It wasn't for the little twists and cameos brought up in the plot, but the idea that it took such a nothing character and made me care.
On Shelfari a reader writes that she loved Loved and Murder... No reasons why, no criticism, nothing more to go on.
My response: How could you love this?
The "storyline" of these two books are the same. In synopsis: Circe wreaks havoc by resurrecting Hippolyte and showing her Wonder Woman in US government custody, inciting the Amazon's Queen to declare war on the United States. The results: Washington gets royally messed up; the Amazons are banished from the realm of the gods (or something like this); Pallas Athena turns out to be Granny Goodness, who I guess needed to reduce Earth's defenses for Darksied's impending Final Crisis attack; Wonder Woman is now... I don't know. I have no idea. What is this story setting up other than Final Crisis? Where is Wonder Woman going after this?
I've been reading across the DC universe beginning with One Year Later stories up through Final Crisis yet none of the house ads from this early 2007 period mentioned that it would be a necessity for readers to purchase both Amazons Attack and Wonder Woman 6-10 (really just 8-10 are absolutely necessary as prologue and story chapters).
I read Amazons Attack last night and then the Wonder Woman issues today. Because of the poor judgment to reprint Love and Murder separate from the Amazons Attack mini-series, a reader needs to have both books and needs to be aware that the story jumps back and forth between the two in order to get the most out of the story. Besides, there is a total lack of character development and it's unclear why Wonder Woman's status quo is so different than pre-Infinite Crisis, which I guess was set up in issues 1-5, but there's no real clues for new readers. Is it simply because she killed Max Lord?
This seems to be another case of DC or Marvel throwing a big literary (Jodi Picoult) or Hollywood name onto a book causing fans to think it might be something extraordinary when it's subpar comics storytelling, falling prey more heavily than most contemporary superhero comics to sudden unclear revisions in character history.
The artwork in the Wonder Woman comics was drawn and inked by multiple artists and didn't do much for me. Lots of "sort of flash" that I didn't want to look at it too long, so I don't know if the art helped tell the story as the plotting and dialogue by Picoult and Will Pfiefer were crap to be rushed through. Amazons Attack had nice, consistent art, but this hardly saved the storyline from being crap. Everything I'd heard about Amazons Attack is true: Insignificant and uninteresting.
Wonder Woman has rarely interested me, but I did purchase, read, and enjoy the entire Greg Rucka run. I don't dislike the character and I'm willing to give her book a try and having really liked Messner-Loebs' Challenge of Artemis recently I'd like to read his run and I have read Gail Simone (who is hit or miss with me) has done some good writing on Wonder Woman.
Thanks again to the Comic Book Database for the images.
This seems like filler and sells only on the merits of the goodness that was 52 itself by throwing a giant "52 Aftermath" logo on the cover. The main characters, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman did not feel well-written and I did not care about anyone in this story. It felt disjointed at times and I think even a bit directionless, so even when I enjoyed moments, that enjoyment quickly vanished, as should this story.
I don't know what the later implications were, especially of Dr. Whatshername becoming ruler of Egg Foo's island. Or is it Egg Fu? Does anything that happened in this story matter later on? Some of the Checkmate stuff was cool, such as Snapper Carr now being someone who watches the Wat...I mean JLA, but I haven't faithfully followed Checkmate or Wonder Woman, which is there I'd imagine some of the results of this mini-series are shown.
Normally I enjoy Giffen's writing, but not here. I enjoy VanSciver's art, though I already cannot recall if there was a fill-in artist on some later issues. That's how memorable the overall package is.
It seems like since the four horsemen are supposed to be adapting to Earth, not Apokalips, they might look different than their previous forms. It's been a few years since 52 ended, almost two years to the week, I think, and I'm pretty sure the horsemen looked the same: some still creepy, other aspects are just stupid.
I've already added this book to my Sequential Swap list for trade...
Collects issues 1-6 of the DC Comics mini-series by writer Kieth Giffen and penciler Ethan Van Sciver. Hmmm. $2.99 per issue, times six issues equals $19.99?
Again. Beyonce as Wonder Woman...
What the fuck? If Warner Bros. even considers this...after that disaster known as Catwoman...then the movie deserves to go down the shitter and be made fun of by Aaron McGruder! In fact, Warner Bros. should ask McGruder if this is a good idea or not. Yes. Ask him.
I don't mind small changes made to characters. Shit. If Gwen Stacy had been black, I'd be like, whatever. In the case of Catwoman, I didn't even care (for one, Berry is hottt), except for the fact that the movie just sucked. I thought Sharon Stone was becoming Clayface, but no, therefore no redemption for an awful film that strayed from the character's roots in the Batman mythos.
I proudly voted for Obama, who is biracial, not BLACK, as so many people like to say. I'm talking to you, News Media. And if he was second generation off the boat from the heart of Africa black, I'd have voted for him anyway.
Why not pick a fucking Greek actress to play a Greek character? Even the consideration of Beyonce makes me think that WB is going to stray for the origin so much so that the film version of the character won't be recognizable to the comics fans, and we know what happens then.
This sounds like it'll be as good as the rumors of a Flash movie, in which the character doesn't run fast, and do all the cool high speed things most versions of the comics Flash do, but instead travels in a time machine. What...the...Fuck? Here is a character inspired by the Greek God Hermes, and you're gonna stray from that awesome inspiration. Die, you idiots, die. Damn. Make the Flash black. I don't care. Why don't I care? Because his skin color and ethnicity does not in any way play a major part in the fucking origin of the fucking character.
This is me angry that I even spent $5.00 on the whole series which retails for $13.00 at cover price. Countdown: Arena was crap. A story that never need been told. Shit! Shit! Nice Kubert covers is all. It would have been nice (maybe I missed this,) if there was a guide to the different universes so readers could look up basically which universe was which. What a lame fuck around. Though this universe glossary would not have made the story itself any better. I feel like I need to read Zero Hour again. Right now. If memory serves, that story was just as good...
What is this series about? The Monarch is gathering an army of armies to stop the Monitors, aliens who have made it their job to make sure there are no interuniversal crossings. So The Monarch has taken our favorite heroes in various incarnations from their respective universes (apparently there are 52-Thanks Infinite Crisis). So there are three Superman, three Batmen, three Blue Beetles, etc, and each group of three must battle within the group to show who is the best fighter.
This worked about as well as most of the fights in DC versus Marvel. Originally it seems this was to be an 8-issue series, but it turned into 4-issues, the fourth extra-sized. ...Even with the extra space, I doubt this would have been a good story. It should have been left as minor exposition into how Monarch gathered his army.
Obviously I'm behind on my reading, so I'm off to finish the last 20 issues of Countdown, but only after I finish volumes 3 and 4 of Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus.
My understanding is that Countdown: Arena will soon be available in TPB with some additional content. Hopefully this additional content will be so good that it makes up for the lack in the titular story. You can pre-order the collection here, on Amazon, or through your friendly local comic book shop, which is preferred if you want to keep that place in business.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story written by William Messner-Loebs and drawn by Mike Deodato Jr (or his "studios"). The action never died down and I kept wanting to know who Diana, the former Wonder Woman, would have to face next as there were appearances by Cheetah, Circe, The Joker, Poison Ivy, and more! I also wanted to discover how DIana's Amazonian "sister," Artemis, would fare as the new Wonder Woman as she vanquished one social injustice after the other, from deforestation to the battering of women. This book makes me want to read the previous issues of Messner-Loebs' run, especially the proceeding story, Wonder Woman: The Contest, to see how Artemis becomes Wonder Woman, and then of course there is the Artemis: Requiem, non-collected six-issue series to follow.
While this story is very nineties, there were characters that were so nineties (ginormous guns and ginormouser pecs) that I was glad to discover that there was a very valid point to them being there. Perhaps one of the reasons the story grabbed me, is because this is the decade during which I began to read comics, especially superhero comics and this type of storytelling is what kept me returning to the comic shop. I've never been a huge fan of the Deodato art machine, even now, but for the purposes of the story, the art worked. There is also a fantastic cover gallery at the end featuring a variety of Brian Bolland covers.
Unfortunately this book is long out of print, as is The Contest, and will likely be costly for anyone who cannot access via the public library system or a friend, but the single issues, Wonder Woman 94-100 should be much cheaper now. In the introduction Messner-Loebs comments how, at the time, these were really tough to find in the whole state of California. Check out your local shop's back issues bins today, and if they don't have them then try an online retailer or eBay.
Normally I love anything written by Greg Rucka, but I found this story a little too simplistic for my tastes, and the Batman versus Wonder Woman confrontation did not have the emotional impact I expected. Maybe the cover gives it away, or maybe the fight just wasn't that good. I'd been looking forward to reading this for years-too bad. I've read most of Rucka's Batman stuff, all of the ongoing Wonder Woman comics he wrote, and Hiketeia does not do justice to Rucka's abilities to write these two DC classics. It's not that he doesn't "get" the characters, it's that the story is lacking in complexity I find in his other work. Hiketeia is basic: Batman is unrelenting in standing behind his ideals. Wonder Woman is unrelenting in standing behind her ideals. They clash. It should have been better. Now I think I'll go read Orestes again.