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To march on Hell itself, you’re going to need some sensational weapons – and Wonder Woman intends to call in a few family favors to get them!

Armor of Hephaestus? Check.

The pistols of Eros? Check!

But will any of it be enough to wrest an innocent soul from the grasp of Hades? And what does Hermes know that Diana doesn’t…yet?

Written by Brian Azzarello
Pencilled by Cliff Chiang
Inked by Cliff Chiang
Lettered by Jared K Fletcher
Colored by Matthew Wilson
Cover by Cliff Chiang

Price: $2.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 5.1%


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  1. I could not care less about the internet “controversy” surrounding all the Amazon ret-cons this book is freaking great

    • what controversy?

    • wow. great article for bringing awareness to the grotesque injustices that women have suffered since the beginning.
      HOWEVER, it seems like a travesty to mention WW along with rape and murder as tools for disempowering women. seems like the wrong platform.
      but, whatever. WW and the amazons are awesome and as powerful as ever in my mind.
      thanks for the link.

    • Who knew?
      The woman who wrote this seems like a really intelligent and thoughtful comic book fan… Too bad she is actually a “feminazi” who wrote a completely retarded article about why this really good comic book is actually misogynistic propaganda aimed at disenchanting women as a whole and eradicating the ability to even conceive of a positive, powerful, female role-model. WTFuck?!?!

    • Yeah I didn’t agree with that article at all, but I guess if you truly do view Wonder Woman as a paragon of feminism I GUESS I could understand the outrage on her part

      I just view it as a good story that explained the origin of Amazons, I mean how else would an island of women have children?

    • Interesting article, to say the least. Thanks for the link.
      That said, I think she missed a point (or 2).
      First, as she herself said, the story is as yet unfinished, so you can’t yet tell if this is the intended point, or even true to begin with. On that point, we’ll just have to wait & see.
      Secondly, she said that Diana had to know the truth, or be either ignorant or stupid. I disagree, as how many times have we seen serial rapists & killers lead otherwise normal lives, with their own families completely in the dark.
      Third, she (the writer of the article) stated that the whole race (Amazons) were monsters, and ruined the current storyline. Who said anything about the WHOLE race being like wat was depicted in the storyline? Why can’t there be differing factions of Amazons, just as there are in any reasonably large culture? This parallels my 1st point, and would be really interesting as a long term storyline, I would think (OK, maybe that’s just me).

    • Fascinating article. I absolutely understand the perspective of the writer. At least, I believe that I do.

      It does, however, bring up an issue that I see very frequently when critiquing a work of fiction for it’s representation of (insert group of humans here): The concept that every representation of said group must be positive, lest it be detrimental to the group as a whole. “If a black character in a story is stupid, then the author must think that ALL black people are stupid!” That kind of thing.

      The author of this article, I think, avoids that very deftly. She expresses clearly that this is a personal relationship that she has with the DC Comics concept of the Amazons, citing the change in their representation as a loss of a powerful feminist touchstone for many people. I’m inclined to agree.

      I also believe, however, that this is in service to the journey that Diana is on currently, and serves to make the world surrounding her more rich and her plight more nuanced. This is, after all, not a story about the Amazons, but rather a story about Wonder Woman. The story point is that her people are not what she thought, not that women are cruel and evil. (The article’s author does not present the issue as the latter. I’m just illustrating my point.)

      It’s funny, but it brings up a similar thought that I had when the New 52 was, in fact, new. I felt like Barbara Gordon, as Oracle, was more valuable to the DC Universe and the readership at large than Babs as Batgirl. The power for inspiration and identification that a character like Oracle represented seemed more important to me than the nostalgic thrill of seeing a redheaded Batgirl. But, like in the case of the Amazons, I must concede that that is based on my personal relationship to the character and the concept that she represents.

      tl;dr – I think this book is great.

    • Jesus Christ. What a stupid fucking article. “So what is the purpose of this?” Duh, the purpose of making the Amazons evil or quasi evil is obvious, it’s too make Wonder Woman special. If she’s not special, why is the book called Wonder Woman and not Amazons, the Island of Woman Who Are All Superheroes. Besides, this isn’t new. Wonder Woman has always been a feminist but a pragmatic feminist as opposed to the militant separatists of Paradise Island, that’s why she left to live in the outside world.

  2. Do those guns shoot sapphire bullets of pure love?

    • i like how the gun’s discharge flames make little hearts.

    • @DrippbyBits – Ha! I’ll need to listen to that song as I read this issue. “Sapphire bullets…bullets of pure love.”

    • I wonder if that was intentional, or if they realised it too late afterwards (if that was the case, I would ahve LOVED to have been a fly on THAT wall when it hit home!)?

    • I just reread the description of the issue at the top of the page, and it DOES say they are “pistols of Eros”. Eros is Aphrodities’s son, and the origin of the word erotic. So I guess the heart shaped blasts would only be natural, right?

  3. Due to budgetary restrictions, the next issue will be my last.

    Hopefully that will make a nice jumping-off point.

    Guess I’ll be reading the public library’s copy of the rest of this series.

  4. This has been fantastic never would have thought if be reading and really enjoying a wonder woman comic

    • I agree. I think I own one other WW comic besides this run, but this is easily one of my top 5 pulls every month. Maybe 6 now that Saga is out…

  5. I love that cover! Look at that face. Is she smiling? I think so!

  6. I’m a long time Wonder Woman fan, but I gotta admit, this is the coolest WW has been in maybe my lifetime. I’m really digging this book, and it has everything to do with the tone Azz sets with the story, and the way Chaing draws Diana.

  7. I would like to see WW succeed in a big way!! Last two issues have really started to bore me with all of the gods and stuff; yes I realize that is part of the WW chcarcter. I just don’t really care for that aspect as much as others do, I would like to see her move on to some other heroic things. Maybe fight some new villians or some old ones that have been rebooted and maybe even a little more about her personal life. I know this story arc with these gods is probably what is helping her succeed, it’s just not for me and I may be the minority on this one but; I am willing to go out there on the ledge and say it.
    The gods really I do not mind so much in small dosses or even a short arc but following her around on this quest; lossing me.


    • Yes… it’s starting to drag it’s gone on too long. It’s great but the arc needs to end. It doesn’t feel like it’s going to anytime soon though,

  8. this zola stuff has to end soon. started of really good but i’m getting pretty bored with it now.

  9. i couldn’t be happier with this title. easily in the top 5 best comics being produced at this time.

    • As we (my son & I) only collect 5 titles (due to finances), I guess I would have to say it really is in my top 5! lol
      But seriously, I really do like this title, especially the take on greek/roman mythology that is being used.

    • i said it in the GL thread, but i think it’s awesome that comics are helping your son. it’s so cool.
      and the greek mythology angle (in my opinion) is the key to this series. it’s what sets it apart from other comics. i would love to see a shazam appearance in this comic, once he’s been brought to life in JL, of course. and again, LOVE YOUR FUCKIN’ AVATAR. so cool.
      P.S. i would really love to see shazam get his own series soon. written by johns, azz, or maybe even morrison.

    • p.s. jeff lemire might be awesome for shazam as well.

    • He (my son) is also into greek mythology, so that helps a lot! As long as they help keep his interest in reading up, I will keep supporting it (doesn’t hurt that I love the books as well! lol).
      I agree with both the mythology angle, as well as the shazam appearance. It would be even better if he had his own series, cause then there would be multiple angles for them to keep popping up in each others books as both friend and foe. The possibilities are interesting & many!

      I got the pic for my avatar at:

      (hope I can post that here without any problems)

    • awesome, awesome, awesome link. thanks a lot. so much funny stuff.

    • Yeah, it’s a fantastic site! I have a whole file of stuff I have saved from it, and cruise the archive on a periodic basis.
      Glad you like it!
      I have a few more sites of funny stuff if you’re interested.

      On a side note, it would be interesting to see how the version of the gods in WW would react to Shazam.

  10. Golden guns!? I bet her ass plays as Oddjob too!

  11. I always favored a more armored WW and in this issue Chiang’s design has got to be one of the best to date. This is currently a top 5 book for me.

  12. 5 Star issue. Amazon rape or not (it wasn’t) this book is awesome.

  13. This was the scariest issue by far. Loving this title and not caring how long the arch is.

  14. Surprised there isn’t more discussion/outrage about Wonder Woman apparently being in love with Zola. If any character is bisexual (if you have to label it) it would be a woman raised only with women, so I’m sure relationships aren’t viewed the same.

    • Interesting interpretation. I didn’t read the last line that way, more like a twisted nutjob about to kidnap a bride. Could be, though.

    • Wonder Woman is in love with Zola? Where are you getting that from? Are you referring to the ending, after she gets shot? She’s supposed to be in love with Hades now. He wants to marry her (a daughter of Zeus) to strengthen his claim to Zeus’ throne.

    • hades was sarcastically referring to how WW feels about him, cuz he’s gonna claim her as his corpse bride.

    • I was taking Hades line as a double meaning, there was a line earlier in the issue that first got my mind headed that way but I will need to reread it later to see what it was.

    • Was it the part when he said “Hey WW, you are bisexual and in love with Zola”?

    • While fighting the skinless guys, WW says, “Hades? You stole someone I love.”

  15. This is a good book but damn that ending was telegraphed from a mile away.

  16. This was another great issue. Hades depicted as a child with his candlestick head is such a cool design. I also dig WW’s new gear, the armor is badass. I don’t know how the WW books were before the new52, but I love the direction Azz and Chiang have taken.

  17. I must say this has brought this back to a 4 star rating or better. The ending was I guess a little easy to guess what was going to happen but, I really enjoyed the way it was drawn. The expression on ww face was very realistic and made me go oh shit.


  18. Keeping my spoiler off the front page, or trying to anyway

    My only complaint was that taking the guns was a little forced just so she could be shot by them.

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