RandoMonday: Wonder Woman #2

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Wonder Woman (2011) #2 by Brian Azzarello (writer), Cliff Chiang (artist and cover), Matthew Wilson (colorist), Jared K. Fletcher (letters), Chris Conroy (asst. editor), and Matt Idelson (editor)

The New 52 relaunch of Wonder Woman continued with this issue, and it contains a doozy of a reveal at the end. But first, Diana returns to Paradise Island with an injured Hermes and impregnated-by-Zeus Zola, whom Diana is protecting. The first reveal of the issue is that Diana’s mother, Hyppolyta, is blond in this new reality (which always struck me as odd for some reason). Zola asks about Diana, and Hermes tells the legend of her birth. Then Strife arrives on the Island, causing the Amazons to attack each other until Diana figures it out. Strife then refers to wanting to embrace her little sister and–dun dun dun!–it turns out to be Diana to whom she is referring! Tune in to #3 for the reaction to that.

Wow, the furor over that reveal was a sight to behold. Purists were outraged at this change in Diana’s origin story, even though it made a lot more sense to me and opened up the story opportunity for Diana to eventually become the God of War, though that aspect seems to have not been as capitalized on as much as I thought it would have been. Personally, I would have been more outraged when we found out what the Amazons did to keep their species alive for all those centuries. Now that’s a revision that doesn’t ring true.

The story for this issue, however, really notched up the plot, characterization (for a lot of folks save Diana), and intrigue. Cliff Chiang’s and Matthew Wilson’s art was phenomenal. This was truly one of the best, if not THE best, New 52 series at the time.

 

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