The Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus (1986/2015) by George Perez
More than four decades after making her debut in ALL STAR COMICS #8, the World’s Greatest Heroine was comprehensively reimagined in 1986 by legendary comics creator George Pérez — and this new incarnation of DC Comics’ fabled Amazon Princess quickly rose to unprecedented levels of popular and critical acclaim. In collaboration with co-writer Len Wein and inker Bruce Patterson, Pérez sent on to craft Wonder Woman’s adventures for years, and his masterful stories ranged from heart-stopping battles with the Titans of myth to heart-warming interludes with Diana’s trusted network of friends. Now, for the first time ever, these treasured tales from the 1980s are available in a single hardcover volume, featuring over 600 pages of Pérez’s unmatchable artwork and showcasing some of the most exciting moments of DC’s Modern Age!
Was it what I expected?
Yes, but better! I expected beautiful art. I also got dense, well-plotted stories combining Greek mythology with hefty modern concerns. Perez created a Wonder Woman that makes sense. I’ve never been able to fully reconcile the idea of a warrior race sending an emissary of peace to the world, but here it makes sense, because the Amazons aren’t all one thing. They have war in their heritage, but they seek peace, and want to help the rest of the world along with them. They celebrate equality, and they actually believe it, even when they disagree. And when Diana arrives in Man’s World, preaching peace turns out to be a much longer haul than she anticipated. Plus the gods are amazing — they have a majesty and are capable of nobility, but they’re also unpredictable, selfish, less than all-powerful, and sometimes super rapey. How do you devote yourself to gods like those, especially when you believe in peace and equality and self-determination? These aren’t latent themes, they’re what the whole book is about. That and feminist stuff… So much of it that it’s getting its own post later this week, in another “Is This Feminist?” post!
Did I like it?
I loved it. I just need to track down some Justice League comics from the same era — it makes perfect sense on its own and, but there are occasional times when Diana goes off to do a Justice League thing right quick, and those aren’t included here. I think it’d be distracting if they were, but I’d still like to find them and read them!
Is it worth reading?
Heck yes. Obviously if you like Wonder Woman you should check it out, but it’s also worth reading if you like Greek myths, comic history in general, superheroines, or comic art. The second omnibus comes out in a week!