New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka continues his return to WONDER WOMAN! The team of Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector. Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story!
Though I write about comics, I’ve hardly written anything about one of the characters nearest and dearest to my heart, WONDER WOMAN! Why? Probably because of how deep my feelings run for the hero, symbol, and movement that is Diana, Princess of Themyscira. I’m emotional about Amazons (don’t even set a story in Themyscira without mention of Io or Philippus), I’m picky about how Diana’s origin story is handled, and I’m a stickler for the details (Diana is daughter of Hippolyta and Princess of her people, so she should reflect that in word and deed).
Greg Rucka has delivered a Rebirth of Wonder Woman and Themyscira/Paradise Island that I can get onboard with. His care with depicting Amazonian culture paired with Nicola Scott’s amazing art (especially the classical greek profiles she does) made me giddy throughout reading WONDER WOMAN VOL. 2: YEAR ONE. Queen Hippolyta is the loving and honorable leader of her wise and resourceful people.
The Amazons live in a peaceful and idyllic society, but they train and prepare for war, lest they be subjugated ever again. Diana leaves her home and it is handled with the reverence and weight it deserves. Rucka manages to make the “contest of champions”, bullets & bracelets, and the invisible jet all less cheesy and antiquated and more magical, unique, and majestic.
ONE OF THE FEW ARCS I CAN READ WITHOUT WINCING
This is the way you introduce the lore of Diana of Themyscira to a new group of readers. There have been few arcs that I can read without feeling like Wonder Woman was missing her core concepts, identity, and spirit. Also, I have not loved Etta Candy this much since Renae de Liz’s Legend of Wonder Woman.
Diana and her heritage in its matriarchal form best illustrate “the value of women and of female relationships, unimpeded by male authority,” as Doctor Bifrost put it for the Mary Sue.
A FEW MORE REASONS I LOVE YEAR ONE:
- Diana + Kasia: There had been buzz about whether or not Wonder Woman was bisexual. Greg has long held the position that Diana is bisexual and that it’s no big deal and not debatable.
- Hippolyta + Philippus: Rucka blended confirmation of their romantic relationship into the story in a tasteful way and words cannot express my joy and delight. The few panels they shared served to hint at a marriage with a great amount of trust, affection, and respect.
- Īo: There is a reason my name on twitter is Īo the Blacksmith. Besides Ferdinand, she is one of my favorite Greg Rucka creations as supporting cast for Wonder Woman. I missed her, I missed her, I missed her. I can only hope she has more and more frames to come.
Barbara Minerva: Cheetah is an O.G. , one of William Moulton Marston’s original creations and villain of Wonder Woman. Since she was called Priscilla Rich, she was supposed to serve as a woman who had it in her to be an Amazon, a sister of strong women, a wonder woman; but she was plagued with “split personality” that made her jealous and vengeful of Diana instead. Rucka has taken that concept to new heights by exploring the origin of Barbara that was Diana’s friend and not just some one-dimensional foe.