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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