New Comic Wednesday: January 18, 2012
“Wonder Woman #5” was written by Brian Azzarello, with art by Tony Akins and cover by Cliff Chiang.
January 18th, 2012
01:47 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: January 18, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

The Amazon Princess spins her golden lasso around me in DC Comics "Wonder Woman #5"!

I want so much for there to be a good "Wonder Woman" comic, but her storyline has often left me wanting. This week’s pick, DC Comics "Wonder Woman #5," by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, comes the closest so far to changing that perspective.

Talking about "Wonder Woman" with Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, led me to the question: Why is this title so hard to pull off?

Dean said, “Wonder Woman is a tough nut to crack for both writers and readers despite her iconic nature and fond memories of her title in years past. Actually, scratch that: She's difficult because of those reasons.”

Wonder Woman has become a bit of a mishmash: Anybody who truly cares about her seems to want a very specific vision of the Amazon Princess, and I've never met two people whose visions completely overlap.

“I certainly have an ideal Wonder Woman in mind, but nobody has ever quite nailed it for me,” Dean said.

Perhaps it's an obsession with fixing "Wonder Woman" - rather than writing and art teams focused on producing awesome comics - that caused her story to remain persistently unreadable. Azzarello and Chiang succeed here because they are doing something different with Wonder Woman - read: not better - and it's rare that a gamble works for this title.

“I was a big fan of Azzarello and Chiang's series starring Doctor Thirteen from a few years ago, but I wasn't expecting that same romp from this title," Dean said. "If anything, the story so far reminds me a bit of Azzarello's ‘100 Bullets,’ in the sense that it's easy to get caught up in the changes in Diana's life or the difficulties she has to overcome and miss the fact that all of her problems flow from the clandestine power struggles and bitter family squabbles of the Greek gods.”

The "Wonder Woman" narrative, post-relaunch (courtesy of The New 52) features distracting plot twists such as gods on the run, a pregnant Wonder Woman, a significant origin story change, fighting, clubbing, decapitation, mutilation, background machinations, a little innuendo and "USA Up All Night"- level nudity.

This is not a "Wonder Woman" comic for all ages, though I really wish DC were putting a companion title out that was. Nor is it a "Wonder Woman" comic to fit everyone's tastes. But if you can ditch a few preconceptions about what "Wonder Woman" should be, you might find it's an awesome comic. For mature readers.

So, until next week: Go forth and read, my people, and the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves Wednesday. Your local retailer will probably have these and others. Make sure to check with them for more details.

DC COMICS

BATMAN #5, $2.99
BATMAN #5 COMBO PACK, $3.99
BATMAN ODYSSEY VOL 2, #4 (OF 7), $3.99
BIRDS OF PREY #5, $2.99
BLUE BEETLE #5, $2.99
CAPTAIN ATOM #5, $2.99
CATWOMAN #5, $2.99
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #5, $2.99
DIABLO #2 (OF 5), $2.99
END OF NATIONS #3 (OF 4) (RES), $2.99
FABLES #113 (MR), $2.99
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #5, $2.99
HELLBLAZER #287 (MR), $2.99
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #5, $2.99
NIGHTWING #5, $2.99
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #5, $2.99
SECRET SIX THE DARKEST HOUSE TP, $16.99
SUPERGIRL #5, $2.99
SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN TP, $14.99
THUNDER AGENTS VOL 2, #3 (OF 6), $2.99
TINY TITANS #48, $2.99
WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS AFTERMATH HC, $22.99
WONDER WOMAN #5, $2.99
YOUNG JUSTICE #12, $2.99

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678, $3.99
AVENGERS #21, $3.99
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #3 WITH FREE DIGITAL CODE, $3.99
DAKEN X-23 COLLISION TP, $19.99
DAREDEVIL #8, $2.99
DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 06, $29.99
DEADPOOL MAX 2 #4 (MR), $3.99
DEFENDERS TOURNAMENT OF HEROES #1, $5.99
ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 05, NEW ED, $19.99
ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 08, NEW ED, $19.99
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #7 (OF 12), $2.99
FEAR ITSELF JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY PREM HC, $19.99
FEAR ITSELF THUNDERBOLTS PREM HC, $19.99
GENERATION HOPE #15 XREGB, $2.99
GHOST RIDER #8, $2.99
HALO FALL OF REACH INVASION #1 (OF 4), $3.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #512 $3.99
JOHN CARTER A PRINCESS OF MARS #5 (OF 5), $2.99
JOHN CARTER OF MARS WORLD OF MARS #4 (OF 4), $3.99
LEGION OF MONSTERS #4 (OF 4), $3.99
MARVEL FIRSTS 1970S TP VOL 01, $29.99
MARVEL POINT ONE II TP, $24.99
MMW ATLAS ERA TALES TO ASTONISH HC VOL 04, $64.99
MMW ATLAS ERA TALES TO ASTONISH HC VOL 04, DM VAR ED 174, $64.99
MOON KNIGHT #9, $3.99
NEW DEFENDERS TP VOL 01 $29.99
NEW MUTANTS #36 XREGB, $2.99
SIX GUNS #4 (OF 5), $2.99
SPIDER-MAN DAREDEVIL BY LEE BERMAJO POSTER, $8.99
SUPERIOR #7 (OF 7) (MR), $4.99
THUNDERBOLTS #169, $2.99
TWELVE TP VOL 01, $16.99
ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE BY HICKMAN, PREM HC, $19.99
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #6 WITH DIGITAL CODE (RES), $3.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE #20 XREGG, $3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #2 2ND PTG PACHECO VAR XREGB (PP #1001), $3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #5, $3.99
VENOM #12, $2.99
WINTER SOLDIER POSTER, $8.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2 2ND PTG BACHALO VAR XREGG (PP #1001), $3.99
WOLVERINE PUNISHER GHOST RIDER OFF INDEX MU #6 (OF 8), $3.99
X-23 PREM HC VOL 02 CHAOS THEORY, $19.99
X-FACTOR TP VOL 12 SCAR TISSUE, $19.99
X-MEN BY CLAREMONT AND LEE OMNIBUS HC VOL 02, DM VAR ED, $125.00

IDW PUBLISHING

CLASSIC JURASSIC PARK TP VOL 04, RETURN JURASSIC PK, $17.99
COBRA ONGOING #9, $3.99
DANGER GIRL DANGER SIZED TREASURY ED, $9.99
DANGER GIRL REVOLVER #1 (OF 4), $3.99
DANGER GIRL REVOLVER #1 (OF 4) NEWCOMIX.COM B&W ED, $3.99
DANGER GIRL REVOLVER #1 (OF 4) NEWCOMIX.COM COLOR ED, $3.99
GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING #5, $3.99
MEMORIAL #2 (OF 6), $3.99
STAR TREK ONGOING #5, $3.99
STEVE CANYON HC VOL 01 1947-1948, $49.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #1, GLOBAL CONQUEST ED, $3.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #2, GLOBAL CONQUEST ED, $3.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #3, GLOBAL CONQUEST ED, $3.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #4, GLOBAL CONQUEST ED, $3.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #5, GLOBAL CONQUEST ED, $3.99
TMNT MICRO SERIES #1 RAPHAEL, GLOBAL CONQUEST ED (PP #999), $3.99

DARK HORSE COMICS

CONAN HC VOL 11 ROAD OF KINGS PT 1, $24.99
CONAN ROAD OF KINGS #12, $3.50
MASS EFFECT INVASION #4 (OF 4), CARNEVALE CVR, $3.50

IMAGE COMICS

BOMB QUEEN VII QUEENS WORLD #2 (OF 4) (MR), $3.50
CHEW #23, $2.99
ELEPHANTMEN HC VOL 00 (MR), $34.99
HACK SLASH #12 CVR A SEELEY & ENGLERT (MR), $3.50
HACK SLASH #12 CVR B SANTOS (MR), $3.50
MORNING GLORIES #15 (MR), $2.99
NEAR DEATH #5, $2.99
PROPHET #21, CHURCHLAND CVR, $2.99
PROPHET #21, LIEFELD VAR CVR, $2.99
XENOHOLICS #4 (MR), $3.50

Dynamite Entertainment

GREEN HORNET #21, $3.99
KIRBY GENESIS DRAGONSBANE #1, $3.99
LORD OF THE JUNGLE #1 (MR), $1.00
PATRICIA BRIGGS ALPHA & OMEGA CRY WOLF VOL 01 #4, $3.99
PATRICIA BRIGGS MERCY THOMPSON MOON CALLED TP VOL 02, $16.99
RED SONJA #62, $3.99
RED SONJA RAVEN, $4.99
ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #19, $3.99
VOLTRON #2, $3.99

BOOM! Studios

HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES #6 (MR), $3.99
PLANET OF THE APES #10, $3.99
STEED AND MRS PEEL #1 (OF 6), $3.99
WORDGIRL GN VOL 03 WORD UP, $7.99

Archie Comics

ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #12, $3.99
JUGHEAD #211, $2.99
JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #177, $3.99

List is via Previews World

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. bobcat

    I want a movie now

    January 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  2. ElectricLion

    Here's a radical thought: What if some super-heroes, such as Wonder Woman are so out-dated that they just cannot fit modern society unless you throw out the entire character and start over from scratch? WW was created to be eye candy battling for the Allies against the threat of the Nazis. Well, we beat the Nazis a long time ago, and we expect more from our women than to just stand there and be beautiful - and they want more for themselves as well. Yet, that was all WW was supposed to be. It would be entirely appropriate to the origins of the character to get someone like Jessica Simpson to play her in a movie. Keep the outfit skimpy, the plot weak and the dialog to a minimum. In fact, get Andy Sidaris to make the WW movie, and it'll be true to the character. Remember the origin of WW. The women of Paradise Island hold a contest to see who is the most fit to accompany Steve back to civilization. Fit was defined as strong, fast, and beautiful. Intelligence and wisdom were not tested.

    I'm sorry, but trying to make WW relevant for the 21st century would be like trying to make a super Little Black Sambo relevant for the 21st century. It's time to move on. Retire her gracefully or with a bang (or with a graceful bang...)

    January 20, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • David in SLC

      Nope, completely disagree. Every other major comic character has evolved with the times and has seen success. There is no reason that Wonder Woman can't do the same.

      Perfect example – Spider-man. In his original incarnation, Peter Parker was a super-geek, totally shunned by his peers. Since the early 90's he's not only been a dating/marrying machine but he's a competent photographer/teacher and is now super-duper smart. What has remained in his humor and sense of empathy to protect the public from villains, tho I would argue that in the last several years Marvel has abandoned that latter quality.

      January 20, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Maty

      Thousands of comics fans (including many female fans, like me) disagree with your BS, pseudo-intellectual, second wave feminist 'opinion'.

      January 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
      • Steven

        Well said Maty!

        January 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  3. Badonkadonk!

    I would much rather see a p0rnographic version of Wonder Woman

    January 20, 2012 at 6:12 am |
  4. Comic mom

    Here's a cool Wonder Woman letter I found: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87884476/custom-superhero-alphabet-letters-a-z

    January 20, 2012 at 12:21 am |
  5. kim

    Why is wonder woman preggers, but Superman never got anyone pregnant?

    January 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  6. Paul Mounts

    Except Wonder Woman 5 wasn't drawn by Cliff Chiang, it was the great Tony Akins!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  7. Cheeky

    Tim, Simone is a terrible writer and was terrible on WW. You have to go back to Greg Rucka before there was a WW story as good as it is now.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  8. BlueBeetle

    OF course, they changed things so that she's neither wonderful or a woman, but you have to please everyone these days.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Steven

      Gimme a break!

      January 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  9. Steven

    Azzarello and Chiang have done a wonderful job with Wonder Woman. Very good thus far. I'd also recommend Batwoman. The art is gorgeous and the writer is excellent!

    January 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Frost

      I second that recommendation. The artwork in Batwoman is fantastic, and the writing is first rate as well. I may check out WW, though I've never had much interest in her before.

      January 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  10. schmakt

    Suggestions: Jeff Smith's RASL is one of the absolute best comics coming out right now. Riley Rossmo and Alex Grecian's Proof is one of the best comics to have come out in the 2000's.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  11. Alli

    I'm new to comics, but have started several series of the new 52. I absolutely LOVE this Wonder Woman comic and it is by far the favorite that I read. That being said, I never watched the show, read any other versions or really cared much for her in the past, so my experience has been that of writing on an essentially clean slate. Even though the story lines are fantastical, the writers do seem to make her "real" and not kitschy and I totally get her. If you are interested in female comic figures and don't feel like you have a lot of WW baggage to overcome- check them out and you may be surprised.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  12. Tim

    Sorry, but WW was perfect when Gail Simone penned her stories. That was long before this incarnation, and before DC decided to- once again- "reinvent" her under the awful, misguided devices of J. Michael Straczynski. No offense to the new creative team, but they've got some big shoes to fill, and a lot of mistakes from their predecessor to fix.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Maty

      I thought Rucka was better, still.

      January 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm |