06 October 2008

Wonder Woman: The Circle HC (DC, 2008)

How to get me to pick up a Wonder Woman book? Have Gail Simone write it and have her write in a scene where the Amazon goddess fights talking gorillas. Super-intelligent talking gorillas are your go-to guys in comics. It is simply impossible to have a bad comic when it features talking gorillas. Impossible.

And to have Wonder Woman toss one of those apes over a waterfall, screaming like that Imperial officer in Return of the Jedi? Bonus!

Maybe it's my affinity to anything written by Ms. Simone but her debut in WW isn't half bad. I ignored the Allan Heinberg run (which wasn't all that bad I was told) and stayed away from the Jodi Picoult run (this one was all kinds of bad, again I was told) and simply waited for DC to collect Gail Simone's first six issues of Wonder Woman. Story: super powered neo-Nazis have invaded Themyscira for some reason (really, do you need to know their motivation? They're Nazis. They invade. That's what they do) and Diana rushes off to her island home to save her mother and fellow Amazons. Little does she know that four disgraced former bodyguards of her mother who were imprisoned for treason have escaped and are waiting for Diana to arrive and kill her. The reason they betrayed Hippolyta was because she wanted a child and in the minds of these four, that was just wrong.

The other story completing this collection sees Wonder Woman travelling to the Khund homeworld to help save them from an alien threat only to find a Green Lantern protecting the aliens. Nice two issue story which also sees Wonder Woman asking Nemesis if he wanted to go steady. Lucky comic book character bastard.

I like the Dodsons' artistic style. Anyone who doesn't draw Wonder Woman in a thong gets a thumbs up from me. She still looks like she's getting ready to play beach volleyball but at least we don't get to see her crack. Yes, it's a big deal to me. I have a 5yr old girl and I don't want her growing up thinking you have to show your butt cheeks to gain respect. The Dodsons are assisted by Ron Randall and Bernard Chang who also follow the "she-wears-shorts-not-a-thong" rule when drawing WW. Good for them.

With Gail Simone no longer writing Birds of Prey and her other book only just started so it'll probably be late 2009 before it gets collected (Secret Six? Sinister Six?), I think I'll be picking up more Simone-written Wonder Woman collections to satisfy my G.S. fix.

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