Wonder Woman, Earth One

Wonder Woman, Earth One

Volume 1

Book - 2016
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"From the masterful minds of Grant Morrison (FINAL CRISIS, THE MULTIVERSITY) and Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) comes the most provocative origin of Wonder Woman you've ever seen--a wholly unique retelling that still honors her origins. For millennia, the Amazons of Paradise Island have created a thriving society away from the blight of man. One resident, however, is not satisfied with this secluded life--Diana, Princess of the Amazons, knows there is more in this world and wants to explore, only to be frustrated by her protective mother, Hippolyta. Diana finds her escape when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the first man she has ever seen, crashes onto their shores. With his life hanging in the balance, Diana ventures into the long forbidden world of men. The Amazons chase after her and bring her back to Paradise Island in chains to face trial for breaking their oldest law--staying separated from the world that wronged them. Thought-provoking yet reverent, thoroughly modern but still timeless, the power and courage of Paradise Island's greatest champion--Wonder Woman--is introduced in this new addition to DC Comics's New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel series"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, DC Comics,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781401229788
1401229786
Call Number: GN MORRISON v.1
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm

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ryankuang
Aug 13, 2017

A tongue and cheek retelling of Wonder Woman's origins that felt disjointed as a collected story. I'm glad that Grant Morrison went a bit meta with the Earth One version of Wonder Woman, but at times it felt more gratuitous than actually having something to say. The storytelling was a bit weak, the back and forth nonlinear layouts definitely did not help. By the end, nothing was really established beside the book trying really hard to be funny. It felt like a joke that forgot its punchline.

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duane767
Mar 27, 2017

This started off in typical Morrison fashion but ended quite conventionally. I'm a fan of Morrison and appreciate his bend on characters and established mythos. I would've liked it if he had kept the pedal to the medal throughout the story to the end.

I've been reading Wonder Woman for about 50 years. During that time she has gone through many transformations and given many great runs by writers such as Gail Simone and J. Michael Straczynski. Grant Morrison's origin story proves thoroughly satisfying. Princess Diana is first depicted as a trickster, still somewhat immature and rebellious but her character development moves quickly and she gains in both maturity and strength. Steve Trevor is given a rather different treatment in this story arc; his male privilege is tempered in such a way that issues of race are introduced to the story. Issues of sexuality are playfully explored in a number of characters and settings. I'm hoping that future volumes will also tackle issues of gender.
Yanick Paquette's artwork is gorgeous, especially his depictions of Paradise Island; it calls to mind both the Pre-Rafaelite painters, such as John Singer Sargent, and Deco artists like Alfonso Mucha. Nathan Fairbairns' colors perfectly complement the art style. And, of course, the Master of comics lettering, Todd Klein, makes it all so very readable.
As a feminist, trans lesbian, it's always an interesting process to reconcile seeming contradictions about Wonder Woman: she is strong and individuated yet she has been physically portrayed as ultra feminine and sexy in ways that please the patriarchy . I really like how Morrison and his artists hold the tension of these sometimes-seeming-opposites to create a Wonder Woman for our times. Personally, I think she should continue to serve as an honorary ambassador to the UN. Her virtues are an excellent model for young girls, young women, and even older women like myself. Go Grrrlll!

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Citizen92116
Sep 26, 2016

This is my first formal entry into Wonder Woman.
The artworks is awesome. The use of panels was innovative.
The story arch was good.
The characters seemed very 2-dimensional to me.
I have the biography on my docket next.

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Michael Emond
Sep 18, 2016

While the art Is nice to look at it fails to accomplish the basics of storytelling - you cannot follow the story through the disjointed art layout. But the real weakness is the story - for a re-imagining of Wonder Woman's origins it lacks any imagination. And beyond the boring story are just inane story choices. Etta Candy is back as WW's friend but why? Why is WW hanging with a sassy sorority girl? Why is WW's mom such a hypocrite? Why should we care about these characters or the story? In the end, I didn't.

AL_JOSHUAS Aug 08, 2016

An interesting blend of classic and new wonder woman styles. Morrison of course doesn't disappoint and the art in this one is gorgeous.

Michael Colford Jul 26, 2016

What to say about this book? There was some parts I enjoyed, and other parts that made me cringe.

Grant Morrison, always one to look at a classic character, reinterpret them and put his own, usually provocative spin on them, does this successfully (whether you like it or not) with Diana. Created by Charles Moulton, Wonder Woman had a bit of a wink/nod fetishistic sexuality wrapped into her earliest stories. Morrison brings that back in spades, eschewing the wink/nod for the straightforward. While this is jarring and slightly disconcerting to this huge fan of Greg Rucka's version of Diana; the dignified, gracious, powerful diplomat -- it is well-handled and kind of fun. The book overall is consistently well-written with humor and emotion. And Yanick Paquette's artwork and Nathan Fairbairn's coloring are pretty gorgeous. But as is often the case, because Morrison is a good writer,

I'm never really certain if I like the twisty-turny revisions he introduces, or if I think they're juvenile and provocative for shock value only. It's pretty interesting to look at the reviews for this book as they seem to be love it or hate it. I come down squarely in the middle.

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2kool4skool
Jul 25, 2016

I have a lot of mixed feelings on this book. As a story on it's own, it's pretty intriguing, and the art is beautifully done. But this story has a lot of feminist and woman-empowerment aspects, and so I have to look at it from a feminist perspective, in which there are flaws. Overall, I'm immediately very weary of any feminist or pseudo-feminist literature that is entirely produced by men (both the author and the illustrator are men), as I feel feminist narratives should be told from the perspective of someone who has experienced misogyny first hand, not just read about it. The illustrations are most definitely sexualized. Not a new thing for comic books, but a little disappointing none the less. And there are most definitely statements that exclude large groups of women, many jokes at the expense of fat women; and many times in which biology and/or appearance is obviously what is taken into consideration for deeming someone a man or a woman(stating that men's actions are biological, or Wonder Woman actually groping someone to tell his gender), and while I'm not sure if it's intentional or will be addressed in later volumes of the series, it for now has very cissexist and transphobic implications.

So basically, good story as a story but a little uncomfortable when you observe it from a feminist perspective, which, considering the series so far appears to have many feminist themes, is important to do.

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Keogh
Jul 18, 2016

The art is fine, and in fact elevates the book to a level better than the writing deserves. Grant Morrison writes as though he's insane, on drugs, or both, and it really comes across here. The storyline jumps back and forth in time in this origin tale of Wonder Woman in the Earth One concept. The artist and the character deserve better.

LeRat Jun 19, 2016

The art is the more engaging part of this work - Paquette brings a new level of stature to Wonder Woman. Unfortunately Morrison's story line is a little heavy handed, and it likely to criticized by many readers for this reason.

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May 16, 2016

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mvkramer May 09, 2016

Sexual Content: Implied light BDSM activity between Amazons.

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