WONDER WOMAN #0
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Art by Cliff Chiang
Cover by Cliff Chiang
Variant Cover by Cliff Chiang
Size: 32 pages
So, this is my last pulled issue of Wonder Woman. It’s not that I haven’t been enjoying the title as a whole, but an issue here and there has been so-so, and it’s not one of those books I find myself counting down to it release or not being able to wait the read it first.
This title has been the most creative use of the #0 issue format of all the #0s of read thus far. The story takes place during Diana’s teen years, and we’re told that this is a story from “All-Girl Adventure Tales for Men #41.” With the Zero month upon us, exactly how DC’s new continuity works and the NLF replacement refs are probably the two most discussed topics of the month. Still, we’re told in the back page Diana’s first appearance is Wonder Woman #1 (2011), which is just stupid, but how does that jibe with AGATFM #41? It really seems as DC never had a complete plan for the New 52 continuity, and I’m not 100% convinced that the end of Flashpoint was originally intended to end with the rewriting of DC history.
Anyway, Brian Azzerallo gives us a totally enjoyable tale of Diana’s formative years, with some nice throwbacks such as thought balloons and self aware editor notes. We see where Diana learns her fighting skills and see her chose compassion over “victory.” Some of the dialogue is purposefully clunky, which is a nice change from some the inadvertent clunky dialogue in other issues.
Cliff Chiang’s art is always nice to see and this issue is not different. Simple and dynamic, with great figure work and facial expressions. Definitely one of the superstars in the industry.
Not a bad way for me to say good-by to Diana…at least for the time being.
Art: 4 - Very Good