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Review: Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2

For years, Diana of Paradise Island yearned to leave the only home she knew behind for adventures that laid beyond its shores. Now, after a fateful meeting with Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the Amazon Warrior finds herself in Man’s World. And she is ready for anything that it may throw at her.

But is the world ready for Wonder Woman? An American government, fraught with dissension and conflicts foreign to Diana, has deemed her a danger to society. How will Wonder Woman carry out her mission of peace and love in a world that can’t get out of its own way? That is, unless there are more insidious forces at play…

It’s been quite a while since I read the first volume of Grant Morrison‘s Wonder Woman: Earth One but it sticks out as interesting but nothing special. This second volume though absolutely stands out from the pack in the best way possible.

Morrison, who is generally a hit or miss writer for me, delivers a graphic novel that’s relevant for today. Wonder Woman is out front on the world stage but the question stands as to how the world would react. Morrison gives us what feels like what would be close to reality in that there’s those that fear her, those that want to follow her, and those that want her to rise up and smash the patriarchy. Instead of the Goddess of War as we’ve seen elsewhere, this Wonder Woman, and the Amazonians, are warriors who battle through heart and peace. They’re are less likely to punch you than hug you. It’s an interesting dynamic and one that has her outlook on the world clashing with reality creating much of the tension in this volume.

Wonder Woman’s nemesis is one for the time being a pick up artist who uses techniques to try to control Wonder Woman and have her do his bidding. Between that and lots of talk about feminism and the patriarchy this is a graphic novel that uses today’s socio-political setting as a basis of the story. It reflects our reality in many ways and shows us a hero dealing with the real problems we face. Also present is a Nazi villain that mixes in a bit of white supremacy into the mix. While the plot has some elements that feel like too much of a stretch and not explained well enough, overall it uses our reality as an excellent driver.

Morrison also gives nods to the history of Wonder Woman with references to her bondage and BDSM roots and never crossing over the line into titillation. There’s winks and nods throughout as to what has come before and that includes the art by Yanick Paquette.

Paquette is joined by Nathan Fairborn on colors and Todd Klein on lettering. The art is vibrant with pages that weave together Wonder Woman’s lasso and iconic stars into the page layout an panels. The art is beautiful to look at and has an energy about it that’s reflected in the story and character. There’s an excitement about it all and as far as page design, this is some of the best of the year. It feels innovative and something I hope to see more of.

The overall package is great and small story issues are easily overlooked. Morrison and the team have put together a graphic novel that’s relevant to today. It uses what’s going on the real world to drive the story but never lets it get overwhelmed by it. Instead, the graphic novel delivers a lot of what we want and it being an Earth One story, we get to see new directions we never expected. This is a the Wonder Woman of love and heart that has no problem punching someone. In today’s world, that feels like something fresh and new.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Yanick Paquette Color: Nathan Fairborn Lettering: Todd Klein
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Asgardians of the Galaxy #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun as it brought together an interesting mix of characters together as a team and delivered a nice reveal at the end. Where does it go from there? We’re excited to find out.

Batman/The Maxx #1 (IDW Publising) – Two classic characters are brought together and we’re expecting awesome.

Blackbird #1 (Image Comics) – A secret cabal of magic users exists in Los Angeles and the fact Sam Humphries is writing this new series is a bonus to an awesome idea.

Border Town #2 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The first issue was a nice mix of Scooby-Doo and the Goonies with a Latinx twist to it all. We’re all in.

Dead Rabbit #1 (Image Comics) – A former stick-up man is back out of retirement. This is the type of noir/crime concept that has us excited to check it out.

Death of the Inhumans #4 (Marvel) – This event has been shaking up the Inhumans and we have no idea where it’s all going.

Death Orb #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A new apocalyptic series from Ryan Ferrier featuring a character carving a bloody path as he attempts to save his wife and child.

Errand Boys #1 (Image Comics) – An intriguing series about a future where you run errands, possibly illegal, to make a living. A concept we’ve seen in some different ways recently, but this one’s style stands out.

Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #1 (Marvel) – The classic character is back.

The Long Ranger Vol. 3 #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Mark Russell writing the Lone Ranger. We’re all in for that.

Me the People (Image Comics) – A collection of Pia Guerrera’s recent political cartoons.

Poser #2 (Waxwork Comics) – The first issue was solid horror with a music spin to it all. Just a solid slasher type story perfect for Halloween.

Rainbow Brite #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The classic character is back in comics with Jeremy Whitley writing. Yeah, we’re sold on it.

Secret Coders Vol. 6 Monsters & Modules (First Second) – The series that mixes entertainment with education has a new volume and this is one we’ll always recommend.

Shatterstar #1 (Marvel) – The character is in the spotlight and we want to see where it goes. With a string of solid X character focused miniseries, we’re hoping this one is just as good.

Sparrowhawk #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Teen Victorian fairy fight club! Nuff said.

Superior Octopus #1 (Marvel) – We loved Doc Ock as Spider-Man so we want more!

Typhoid Fever: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – With the character of Typhoid Mary getting the spotlight in Iron Fist, we want to see where this miniseries takes her.

Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – We love the original series and are so happy this cooky comic about a dysfunctional family with superpowers is back.

The Walking Dead #184 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – The series has been having a resurgence with the introduction of a new community and we’re excited as to where it’s all going.

What If? Spider-Man #1/What If? X-Men #1 (Marvel) – We always loved this alternate history of Marvel comics. Now, to bring back What The!? too.

Wonder Woman/Justice League Dark: Witching Hour #1 (DC Comics) – It feels early for an event but so far DC’s horror focused series has been top notch.

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2 (DC Comics) – It’s been a while since we’ve had a standalone graphic novel in this series so each feels like an event and a must to check out.

X-Men: Black – Magneto #1 (Marvel) – Magneto back to being a villain? We can hope!

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all think? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – RIP Norm Breyfogle – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

iO9 – Who Are the Eternals, the Cosmic Superheroes Who Could Be the Future of the MCU? – For those that want some history.

Kotaku – Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season Has Been Removed From Several Digital Gaming Storefronts – Interesting.

IGN – Hellboy Reboot Release Date Postponed – Good sign or bad?

 

Reviews

ICv2 – DC SuperHero Girls: Search for Atlantis

The Outhousers – Heroes in Crisis #1

Newsarama – Heroes in Crisis #1

Comics Bulletin – Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2

New York Comic Con 2017: Bill Morrison Named New Executive Editor of MAD Magazine

During New York Comic Con, DC Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee used their “Meet the Publishers” panel to kick of the Con and give a “State of the Union” overview of what comic fans can expect next from the home of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.

At this year’s panel bestselling writer Grant Morrison made a surprise appearance. Morrison didn’t come empty handed either; lucky fans got a chance to see the newest art from longtime collaborator Yanick Paquette from their upcoming original graphic novel, Wonder Woman Earth One Vol. 2. Grant talked with Dan and Jim about his vision for this next chapter of Diana’s journey through Man’s world and what surprises readers can expect along the way.

The publishers had a little more “Morrison” in store for fans when they introduced Eisner award-winning artist and National Cartoonists Society president Bill Morrison as the new Executive Editor of MAD Magazine. Bill chatted with Dan and Jim about the legacy of MAD, the transition from New York to Burbank and his vision for continuing MAD Magazine’s role as America’s #1 home for humor and satire (in a field of one).

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PowerRangers_003_A_MainYesterday was new comic book day! What’d everyone get? What did you read and enjoy? What did you read and not enjoy? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Blastr – Meet the Valkyries: A Community of Women Working in Comic Book Stores around the World – They can make or break a comic and leading the way when it comes to expanding the comic market.

Kotaku – Disney Infinity Died Just As It Was Getting Good – A shame really.

The Washington Post – As Puerto Rican superhero makes debut, her writer brings ‘the power of our people’ to comics – So amazing to see this.

 

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Comic Vine – Action Comics #52

Comic Vine – Batman #52

Talking Comics – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3

Comic Vine – The Vision #7

CGM – Wonder Woman: Earth One

Review: Wonder Woman: Earth One

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So, here it is — several years (necessitated by several twists and turns in the development stages) after it was initially announced, Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette‘s Wonder Woman: Earth One hardcover graphic novel is finally in our hands (or mine, at any rate — and maybe yours, too, but frankly I have no idea about that), and I guess the question on everyone’s minds is a pretty simple one : was it worth the wait?

Having just read the book yesterday you’d think I’d be able to provide a definitive answer to that, but the truth is I can’t (hey! What sort of a critic am I, anyway?) simply because, well — I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, apart from harboring a vague sense that it marks something of a wasted opportunity .

Uncertainty isn’t an entirely atypical reaction for any Morrison-scripted work, to be sure, but usually for reasons other than those I’m about to offer here. With previous projects like The InvisiblesThe FilthThe Multiversity and Animal Man (to name just a handful), it often took several reads to get a solid “handle” on the full breadth and scope of everything our favorite shaven-headed Scotsman was throwing at us from the admittedly deep well of his imagination, but what’s perhaps most disarming about this particular book is how absolutely straightforward it all is.

Really. Everything’s right there on the surface. Which isn’t to say that many well-nigh-legendary Morrison works such as All-Star SupermanWE3, or his runs on Batman and Action Comics  haven’t essentially been fairly easy to get a full grasp on the first time you read them, either, but they all at least betrayed some level of ambition in terms of either telling a very traditional type of story in a new way, or getting us to look at familiar characters from a hitherto-unconsidered point of view. By contrast, Wonder Woman : Earth One seems perfectly pleased to simply tell an adequate story that tinkers with the Princess of the Amazons’ formative years around the margins a bit, and to leave it at that.

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Of course, the entire enterprise may have seemed considerably more ambitious back when Morrison’s proposal was first accepted (at the expense of an earlier one from Greg Rucka that had been “green-lit” by DC editorial, helping to precipitate Rucka’s departure from the company — except now he’s back, and writing Diana again, so I guess it’s all good), but honestly — Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang already did the whole “she’s not really made of clay!” thing that serves as this graphic novel’s purportedly “major” departure from what has gone before, and they also pretty much hinted that the warrior-women of Paradise Island were all — well, exactly what you’d expect them to be in a society without men, the only difference here being that Morrison comes right out (no pun intended) and says it.

Oh, and the Steve Trevor of Earth One is black, if that counts as a “change” for you.

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Other than that, shit — I’m not sure what to tell you. Morrison and Paquette don’t give Diana the same father that Azzarello and Chiang did (although, hey, it’s close enough), and certainly there are a few laughs to be had here as the script openly pokes fun at the S&M fetishism inherent not just in Wonder Woman’s costume but her entire backstory and gives her a plus-sized sorority sister as a “comic relief” sidekick, but on the whole it’s a fairly breezy and insubstantial read and doesn’t seem any more ambitious than the previous books in the Earth One series, which all seem quite content to give their characters’ origins a few cosmetic changes and call it a day. Maybe that’s all their editorial remit really allows for, anyway, but when the promotional blurbs for this one come complete with a quote from the author himself saying that working on it “changed everything I’m thinking about the future,” well — I can be forgiven for expecting something a bit more Earth (One)-shaking, can’t I?

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Certainly Paquette’s art here is gorgeous throughout and his lush, organic style — coupled with the vibrant tones of colorist Nathan Fairbairn — gives the book a sleek, elegant, and graceful look that goes well with the quasi-lyrical, almost free-flowing nature of the script. And I enjoyed the classically-tinged dialogue that Morrison employs throughout. But I can’t help feeling that, on a purely conceptual level, a lot was left “on the table” here, as the saying goes. Wonder Woman is a character rife with deliciously intriguing contradictions (a feminist icon consistently portrayed from a “male gaze” perspective is bound to be, I suppose) and rich in philosophical and thematic possibilities — yet most of that is barely even hinted at here, much less actually explored. I suppose the inevitable sequels will do some of that, but at $22.99 (okay, I only paid about half that, but still) per volume, the next one’s going to have to get busy doing just that real quick.

Story: Grant Morrison Artist: Yanick Paquette Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Story: 4 Art: 8 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

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Moon_Knight_1_CoverIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike?

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – The truth about that “$10,000 VIP room” at a comic con is actually pretty shocking – Yes, $10k makes it grand larceny. It’s common to inflate numbers and go for a bigger conviction.

CBR – “Luke Cage” Will Be “The Wire” of Marvel Television, Says EP Cheo Hodari Coker – Interesting.

 

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MoviePilot – Batman Vol. 8

Comic Vine – Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

The Outhousers – Grizzly Shark

Newsarama – Harley Quinn and the Gang of Harleys #1

The Outhousers – House of Penance #1

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #1

Comics Alliance – Moon Knight #1

Newsarama – Star Wars Special – C-3PO

Kotaku – Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

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ww-earth-one-11f4eSo who’s watching the Rogue One trailer this morning? While you watch it for the 20th time, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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ICv2 – Warner Bros. Shifts, Adds to DC Movie Slate – So if they’re adding films, can’t be all bad…

The Beat – The Boys is coming to Cinemax headed up by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – A good one to adapt.

Rutgers – Rutgers Graduate and Comic Book Artist Helps Camden Children Develop Their Superpowers – Very nice and awesome to see.

 

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Comic Attack – Black Panther #1

Comic Vine – Bloodlines #1

Comic Vine – Justice League: Darkseid War Special

Comic Attack – Think Tank: Creative Destruction #1

DC Women Kicking Ass – Wonder Woman: Earth One

Newsarama – Wonder Woman: Earth One

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