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Collecting WONDER WOMAN #1-7, featuring the young Amazon's origin and her introduction to "Man's World." Before she has a chance to fully assimilate into her new home, Wonder Woman must battle the chaos of the Greek god Ares, as he plans to bring upon World War III! This collection, the first in a 4-volume series reprinting the first two years of George Pérez's run on WONDCollecting WONDER WOMAN #1-7, featuring the young Amazon's origin and her introduction to "Man's World." Before she has a chance to fully assimilate into her new home, Wonder Woman must battle the chaos of the Greek god Ares, as he plans to bring upon World War III! This collection, the first in a 4-volume series reprinting the first two years of George Pérez's run on WONDER WOMAN, also features an introduction, rare art, and a new cover by Pérez....

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Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals Reviews

  • Gianfranco Mancini
    2019-03-15 10:55

    Storyline: 3+++Artworks: 5+++I hated very much the "Man of Steel", "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad" Warner/Legendary movies, but it seems the Wonder Woman one is going to be good.So, when I found two days ago the whole George Pérez run of the character at a comic convention here in Rome (destiny, fate or who knows?), it seemed to me it was almost time to read some Diana Prince graphic novel.Maybe storyline and dialogues aged as not much well as Frank Miller's and John Byrne's Batman: Year One/Man of Steel post-Crisis on Infinite Earths previous relaunchs/reboots of other two DC comics "Trinity" characters, but I really enjoyed all the Greek Mythology parts/references in this volume (great fan of it since I was a kid).And Pérez artworks are just over the top.Shame on me for discovering just now this classic gem.

  • Jemir
    2019-03-03 06:00

    Very few comic book stories or story arcs delved into the character of Diana in the way George Perez had. A sort of "Year One" reboot following the events of Crises On Infinite Earths this volume introduces us a warrior culture called the Amazons from the hidden (though its more like "rarely-visible-to-mortal-means-of-perception) island of Themyscira and their complex history amongst mortals and the (Predominately Greek) Gods of myth.Born into this, as a gift from the gods, from clay to be raised as the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and trained in the ancient warrior ways of her culture is Diana. The story is a slow burn that tells of how she earns the chance to represent themyscira in "Patriarch's world" (the "world of mankind" so to speak) and stop The God of war Ares from unleashing his plan. Having no idea what the upcoming Wonder Woman movies will draw from or look like I can't envision this story line - or aspects of it- not playing a role in the final output. I think that most that read it may see why.

  • Artemy
    2019-02-20 06:01

    George Pérez's Wonder Woman is a fascinating read from a historical perspective, but this is a mid-80's comic, and today it feels very dated. It's exposition-heavy, extremely wordy at times, and full of clunky, cringe-inducing dialogue. However, it doesn't seem fair to criticise the comic for all of those things, because this is just the way comics were written back then, and it's still quite readable compared to a lot of other stuff from that period. And to give Pérez some credit, he is doing some remarkable job establishing the mythology of Wonder Woman, it's very thorough and well thought out. The artwork is pretty remarkable, too, full of detail and character. In the end, it's not a very exciting read, but it is interesting educational material.

  • Stephen
    2019-02-21 08:07

    2.5 stars. Decent reboot of Wonder Woman character after the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earth mini-series. This appears to be a really difficult character to make into a compelling series but Perez does a pretty good job with this reboot.

  • Jerry
    2019-02-24 06:02

    Some good stuff here, but rather creepy at times.

  • Sesana
    2019-03-19 13:10

    Crisis on Infinite Earths wiped Wonder Woman from existence in the mainline DCU. This was her (literal, in fact) rebirth. This particular trade (issues 1-7 of the rebooted Wonder Woman) is exposition heavy in the extreme, but it really has to be. George Perez laid down a fairly comprehensive mythology that would stick with Wonder Woman pretty much right up to the reboot. That much is fantastically plotted, and from what I've seen so far, he seemed to be doing a pretty good job writing Wonder Woman, apparently a challenging character. It is, however, somewhat dated. This shows up especially in the panel layouts, but the dialog, art style, and some of the tone are showing the book's age. It's good quality work of the era (mid 80s), besides giving pretty essential background to the character.

  • Alayne
    2019-03-14 13:12

    De cómo se crearon las Amazonas, cómo luego fueron expulsadas a la Isla Paraíso, donde nació Diana, y cómo luchó contra Ares en su primera misión en el Mundo de los Hombres y sus primeros pasos como super heroína. Genial.

  • John Yelverton
    2019-02-27 09:56

    George Perez takes the Wonder Woman mythos and makes it better than it ever was.

  • Ghofran
    2019-03-19 10:47

    SPOILERS The word rape culture comes to mind. The amazons are brutally raped and the author is like "well, revenge is not the answer and it's your own damn faults you dumb chicks because you failed blablabla". If you pretend that never happens the rest is good. What else? Oh yeah because you ladies took revenge on your rapists and want to go after the monster responsible for it you forget how pure you used to be because lol you were raped and got upset about it lol you bitches failed. Good god. I'm mostly enraged because I KNOW what's coming later on and I'm not ready to throw my computer across the room for that "lesson" about forgiving your rapist. However I was told it was cut out from the trades? I hope so. If you ignore that, which is just the first issues, then the rest is fine. It's engaging, interesting, and dare I say addictive. But it's still very wordy and slightly dated, especially when it comes to the gods.

  • Jean
    2019-03-02 06:09

    Wow. Just stunning and unexpected, and a great remedy for the bad taste that Wondie's been leaving in my mouth since the New 52 reboot. Rich and complex, with beautiful artwork. Instead of rejecting or trying to change the character or her origin, Perez fully embraces it, proving you can make Diana compelling in her own environment and, fancy that, can even include the goddesses and other female characters! A joy and a welcome palate cleanser.

  • Tamsin
    2019-03-18 07:51

    This combined two of my most favourite things - Wonder Woman and Greek mythology - and was involving to read from beginning to end. The art work was fantastic, story arcs engaging and was an all round joy.

  • Artemis
    2019-02-19 11:11

    Bloody expensive purchase well spent.It was only a matter of time before I took a look at George Pérez's rewriting of Wonder Woman's origin story after the 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' event, which was made to reboot and retool the DC Universe in 1985. My collection of the superheroine's comics is growing more and more, and though I feel I already know her inside and out and as intimately as any fangirl can dream of, without worrying about not being considered a "true" fan or some such bollocks - still, essential reading is essential. And after seeing the pleasant surprise that is the 'Wonder Woman' summer blockbuster this year - finally made seventy-five-plus years after her creation - I was pumped to get back into the stories of this phenomenal, original and wondrous superwoman.'Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals' turns out to be really interesting.Wonder Woman's Amazonian heritage, and the complex history of her fellow sisterhood before arriving on Themyscria and Diana's blessed birth from clay, remains the same as it was originally in the 40s. Only this time the mythos is given more depth and detail. Feminism - or the eighties second-wave feminism - is presented with pride, and issues such as male entitlement, toxic masculinity, and the archaic patriarchal society lingering on as an excuse to hate and fear women, are explored. Ignorance and hatred are clearly shown as bad things, like with the Amazons originally being made by the female Greek gods (idea and leadership by my dear Artemis!) from the souls of women who were killed by men. Misogyny takes on many forms. This social sickness has always been around and it continues even more insidiously in our "enlightened" times, and it cannot be allowed to thrive further and win, for everybody's sake.Greek mythology is also front and center in this comic; every deity has a purpose and a personality. The characters -the Amazons, the mortals and the gods, even, as it turns out thanks to Diana, the obviously evil Ares - struggle and deal with so much suffering. The reader really gets a feel for them as people, more so than Wondy herself.I think the only weakness in 'Gods and Mortals' that matters is Diana's characterization. She's kind, caring, thoughtful, and a badass as always, however I feel that she isn't given quite enough of a presence in her own comic, leaving less of an impact and impression compared to the other, stronger characters. I like that she is mostly in the dark about what is going on in her journey - as is common for a supposed protagonist whom the reader follows - as she leaves her home island to stop Ares from destroying the world via manipulating men and women to launch nuclear weapons. She is learning from each of her experiences (including speaking better English in man's world), being guided by gods and humans alike. But her naivete wears thin after a while. What I found to be most interesting about the warrior princess, aside from how she uses her Lasso of Truth in battles, is her fear of guns, after barely deflecting bullets in her final trial at the Amazon tournament on Themyscira. Maybe this - an inkling of Diana's stance against/fear of war and violence? - gets explored further in the later issues. But it is a hero's journey Wonder Woman takes, with MacGuffins and everything. She does fly - there is no need for an invisible jet! She will not resort to brute force to defeat her enemy, and save the world from nuclear war. Wonder Woman is the name the American press gives her (Superman is mentioned in this!) after she defeats a monster of decay that terrorized the city she is staying in. They already admire and respect her enough to give her her own unique identity, in the public eye, without making her a female version of Superman, an established male superhero. She is love, decency and hope. She is truth.Steve Trevor is probably at his blandest here. I barely remember what he did; we don't even see Diana take him into hospital for his burning-plane-above-Themyscira injuries once she is teleported by Hermes to man's world. That is how little Pérez seems to care about him. Steve fights and is framed for murder in his own army base, but that's all that stands out about him. No romance is present in this volume, not properly. Thank Hera. Though I am confused as to how Steve's fate, his destiny, is said to be tied with Diana's - according to prophecy - when they barely talk to each other! It comes out of nowhere and it makes Steve appear even more superfluous in the story. It's not like the other soldiers are useless. I love Etta Candy in this version of Wondy's origin. She's a brave, motherly lieutenant and a foil to Diana's view of feminine beauty standards; no wonder, since all her life she has only been around women whose fitness ideal equals tall and skinny. Etta is an equal to the men in her field, is unpretentious, and a Mama Bear: she will do anything to protect her loved ones. Professor Julia Kapatelis, a reluctant mortal guide to Diana, is an actual mother, and a smart and fantastically capable woman - a middle-aged woman at that. Her daughter Vanessa gets infected by the decay monster and is on the brink of death, so the stakes are more personal for her to help Diana on her mission. Julia is another credit to feminism, whom Diana calls a sister.The artwork is typical eighties comic books, nothing special. Let's conclude this.'Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Gods and Monsters' is a fun and soulful superhero origin story. The mythology, the wide array of truly strong female characters, the political intrigue, and the action are all well-integrated and balanced in their places in the comic. The layering of the divided worlds of the Greek gods and modern day mortals - and Wonder Woman as the savior of both - is written excellently, and so is the pacing. While it is not the strongest starting point to getting to know Wonder Woman as a character, nor for new readers to understand why she is so popular, there is enough here about her and her iconography and values that nothing important is missing. I'm super glad I read it. History is important. The past a vital learning curve and experience.Final Score: 4/5

  • Brian Rogers
    2019-03-10 06:51

    This is so very much a creature of its age - mid to late 80's with the cold war still on and the threat of quick annihilation still in the air - that it's difficult to judge it beyond that. Perez artwork is at it amost detailed, which is just bordering into too much, but it is still beautiful and distinctive and iconic of the age. He was probable the best artist they could have put on this reboot to make comics reads sit up and take notice. He's not a great plotter, so there's a little more tell than show, and Len Wein's work with the scripting was doubtless helpful for Perez's first stab as being the plotting lead, is a bit old school and over wordy at times, especially considering the other books coming out in the DC post crises reboots. Still, these are modest concerns - it's a nice, respectful, well realized and creatively re-imagined Wonder Woman that deserves plenty of kudos.

  • John
    2019-02-23 08:57

    Back in the late 1980s, I mostly read indie and underground comics, but one the few mainstream titles I picked up was The George Perez run on "Wonder Woman." At the time, it was mostly for the astonishing artwork, but now, revisiting it thirty years later I can really appreciate the wonderful storytelling here as well. A rebooting of the WW legend, this is an exciting, if verbose by today's standards, story full of action and old-school goodness. If you are looking for some comics to read before seeing the new movie, this is a marvelous place to start!

  • Chaitra
    2019-03-03 06:49

    I shouldn't have started this, because as far as I know my library carries none of the other George Perez Wonder Woman volumes. But then again, it is a wonderful introduction. There is none of the wish fulfillment crap I've come to associate with WW, and it's a coherent origin story. Ares is her main villain in this volume, and even though he comes to his senses too late according to me, he does come to his senses. All in all, a great origin story.

  • Ken Moten
    2019-03-09 12:55

    This was a book I read as being highly recommended as one of the better story-arcs of Wonder Woman after Crisis on Infinite Earths. I had no real exposure to Wonder Woman outside of the DCAU, so I was very impressed with what I read and how she was very well written by Perez. This book is the first volume and of the most acclaimed (and I can safely say) best interpretations of Wonder Woman ever. George Pérez does his best to modernize William M. Marston's original origin with a more pragmatic, more classical Greek, but still concerned with the rights of women. One important distinction is that this book is written in the aftermath of the modern woman's rights movement and not before it as Marston's was. That fact and the greater emphasis on staying faithful Greek mythology enriches this portrayal and most modern interpretations of Wonder Woman's story 'till this current day (e.g. The Legend of Wonder Woman (2015-) #1 & Wonder Woman (2016-) #2). I highly recommend this for anyone wondering the right way to write one of the most unique and complex of the "golden age" comic book heroes.

  • Paul
    2019-03-04 08:55

    This is the definitive Wonder Woman story. With a Wonder Woman movie coming out, I would recommend that everyone who wants to see the movie read this graphic novel. This reintroduction of Wonder Woman by George Perez, Greg Potter and Len Weiner is like the blossoming of the seed planted in popular culture by William Moulton Marston and Harry Peter back in 1941. The weaving of Greek mythology into this story is phenomenal. It brings the primordial aspects deeper into modern times and leaves readers with ideas to ponder. The art of George Perez is brilliant. It is a true tour de force of a master of visual storytelling. It also embellishes the story as a whole. The plot and script are more energized with this visual setting. This is one of the most important graphic novels written. Granted it is a superhero owned by a corporation, but the creator's of this work show what can happen within that environment when the focus is on the creative work, not the commercial abilities of that work. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Claire
    2019-02-27 06:14

    Took me a while to get into but once I did, I read the remaining 4 or 5 chapters in one sitting.I get why they made Wonder Woman able to fly, but it still seems strange to me since I grew up watching Lynda Carter pilot her invisible plane. Also, there's no alter ego Diana Prince here. Maybe she'll be created in a later volume.Gods and Mortals is a pretty thorough (and somewhat disturbing) origin story that sets Diana's involvement with "Man's world" in the 1980s during the Cold War. I like Steve Trevor in this book better than I ever did on the TV show.What's sad is that the Ares-inspired speeches that urge people to violence in the name of country in the story seem so plausible/familiar to real life now. Using fear coupled with patriotism as a motivator has been around a long time.Here's to honest, strong, brave Princess Diana of the Amazons.

  • Lindsey Stock
    2019-02-21 07:46

    I am so happy to finally read this series in a TPB! As much as I love classic Wonder Woman, George Perez's relaunch of the character is what made me fall in love with her. These early story arcs are definitely the best and I highly recommend that Wonder Woman fans read the pre-Infinite Crisis Wonder Woman comics (that is when the story truly went downhill in an almost irreversible death spiral. "Agent Diana Prince"? Really?). The only downside is that these four trade paperbacks do not collect George Perez's entire Wonder Woman run. The next collected edition after the fourth one takes place many issues later, and much of the story lines are not collected. Get on that DC. We want ALL of the story collected into trade paperbacks, or maybe an omnibus collection.

  • Alexander
    2019-03-08 11:45

    In the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths many of the DC heroes received major revamps. Byrne did Superman and Miller reimagined Batman. Here we have George Pérez' incredible take on Wonder Woman, making her the Amazon warrior she was meant to be. Even the recent relaunch of WW in the New 52 is simply expanding on this origin of WW. Enjoy.

  • Chelsey
    2019-03-07 06:05

    After seeing Batman vs Superman I felt the need to go back and read my favorite Wonder Woman books. This is just as good as I remember!

  • David Rodolfo Areyzaga Santana
    2019-03-02 11:06

    A movie is coming, and you know what that means.I know Wonder Woman indirectly. Unlike Batman—and the amazing set of characters that live within his almost self-contained universe within DC that pretty much stands on its own—, whom I met by reading every single comic book I could grab, to only consume other adaptations later, my experience with Wonder Woman has been through her appearances in Infinite Crisis and Crisis on Infinite Earths (I know, it's complicated), the occasional Justice League comic, and of course her animated version from the Justice League series from the 90s (plus her Injustice story). More recently, I met her in the shape of Gal Gadot in Batman v. Superman, and I'm looking forward to watching her stand-alone movie in a couple of months.From what I've read about Wonder Woman, her story has S&M roots, and I've perceived her sometimes tricky relationship with feminism, depictions of women in media, and so on and so forth. A female character in a medium that was first addressed towards men, and now has more and more female readers (on the one hand, it's great, because I'm tired of the male-gaze on female characters, but on the other hand, it's problematic because it's what has also led to a sense of hatred towards male characters, leading to modifications that serve no purpose whatsoever), is obviously going to be complicated.What I like about this volume, included in a selection of some of her best stories for the 75th anniversary, is that it provides an understandable, and quite engaging reboot to a character after she was killed in Crisis on Infinite Earths. The best part is that here the overall theme of equality between men and women doesn't seem biased or intangible. There's a striking balance between the male and female sidekicks of Wonder Woman on Earth. Plus, characters from her homeland tackle very real problems regarding the desire for power in an interesting way. However, the reason why I like this volume the most is because of the way George Pérez designed Mount Olympus. That's straight up amazing!This volume is probably one of the main sources that Patty Jenkins used for the movie (I assume, given the villains and sidekicks found here), but I know the movie takes place on a different setting, so I'm excited to be surprised again by the upcoming movie... as long as it isn't a travesty like Suicide Squad, but that's another topic altogether.

  • Vicenç Sanz
    2019-02-20 05:00

    Puedo afirmar sin miedo a equivocarme que es el mejor comic con Wonder Woman en la cabecera que he leído hasta el momento (algo no demasiado complicado cuando generalmente no me han gustado). Un reinicio para dar forma a un personaje más moderno y que ayuda mucho a entender su figura, sus mitos y a los personajes que la rodean.Eso sí, es un comic un poco durillo de leer a día de hoy, y no porque tenga una mala trama o esté mal desarrollado. Es durillo de leer por el exceso de texto que tiene, cuando hoy prima más la narración visual que la escrita: decenas de bocadillos de texto en cada página que te hacen ir poquito a poquito, teniendo que degustarlas lentamente y sin poder pegarte un atracón.El otro elemento que se siente duro al principio es el apartado visual, y esoq ue cuando te acostumbras pasas a disfrutarlo mucho. Pero el primer impacto es el de haber cogido un comic viejo, tanto por narración como por dibujo; y luego te das cuenta de que no es así, de que está un poco a caballo entre dos épocas.Como arranque de la heroína funciona perfectamente, con presentación e incluso una trama para evitar la tercera guerra mundial. Y considero que pasa a ser de los comics básicos para entender al personaje, de esos que cualquiera interesado en el mismo debería leerse.No sé si me haré con el resto de la etapa de Perez, pero si mantiene ésta línea puede ser una lectura muy interesante, una que conjuga estupendamente lo que uno espera de un comic de superhéroes con la mitología griega tan presente en la obra de Wonder Woman.Lo recomiendo? Si os interesa el personaje podéis lanzaros de cabeza. En caso contrario se puede hacer duro de leer.

  • Natalie Cannon
    2019-02-24 12:12

    When friends noticed that I was reading Wonder Woman, they steered my rudderless ship to George Pérez, and I have been blessed by both my choice in friends and in reading this volume. This comic lives in a feminist space, though it's lack of characters of color fail to make it fully intersectional. Pérez returns to not only Wonder Woman's origin, but also the origin of the Amazons in this volume. The writing style harkens back to ye olden times, but instead of coming off as corny, Pérez pulls his sentences off effortless wonder and with startling beauty. The art is fantastic and adds echoes upon echoes to the dialog. A lot of pieces I felt belonged in a museum. Once Diana finds herself on earth, the real fun begins, with a fascinating villain in the form of Decay. I rooted and cheered and loved that Diana used teamwork as well as her individual prowess to confront problems.As far as diversity, the sheer number of women and the focus on womanhood was exciting. Etta's body type and Julia Kapatelis' age won points with me, because all body types and all ages can stick it to Ares. Philippus & Colonel Hillary were the lone black characters standing though, and this fact was a deep disappointment since the Amazons were supposed to represent the souls of all wronged women. Maybe there are more characters of color later, or George Pérez meant to have more, but was blocked by a higher up. I was still saddened and dropped a star. Overall, though, this volume was a delight and exactly what I needed to read in these troubled times. Like Diana, I will fight to bring peace and equality and, of course, punch the patriarchy while I'm at it.

  • Dan
    2019-03-16 08:48

    There's a reason this is considered a classic and seminal comic, not only for Wonder Woman and the DC Universe, but also within the comics genre in general. Perez's story and art in re-launching and telling the origin of the race of Amazons on Paradise Island and of Princess Diana are impressive! I read this in anticipation of seeing the new Wonder Woman movie as I had read that it was one of the sources they used for the screenplay. While a few things within the story seem a bit dated (it is from the mid-eighties, after all), over all it holds up well and is an inspiring story of hope over fear and anger. Princess Diana is destined to be the fastest, strongest, wisest, and best of all the amazon warriors and proves herself in the tests of combat where each warrior wears a helmet to hide their identity. She then sets out on a quest to find and confront Ares, the god of war, who is influencing the minds of men to bring about nuclear war. Of course, she succeeds, but not without loss, and in the end she returns to the world of man to continue fighting for justice and spreading her message of hope.

  • Patrice
    2019-02-22 09:50

    This was an excellent reboot of Wonder Woman's origin story. I really enjoyed how it adapted Greek mythology and made use of cold war era tensions, seamlessly embedding the fantastic into the mundane in a believable fashion. The art, very 80s in style was creative, vibrant and beautiful. Olympus seemed to take some inspiration from Escher. Another aspect making the story stand out from its contemporaries was the use of creative and unexpected solutions to the conflicts Diana faces. The themes occasionally lacked subtlety, but I greatly enjoyed this graphic novel and highly recommend it.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-16 04:49

    Most of this was good... some of it was a little implausible, but then again- none of this is in any way plausible so I don't think I can be too mad about it, but there are different kinds of plausability if you know what I mean? Either way, better than most DC stuff I've read and I also recently saw the wonder woman film and that was pretty great too.I think I read an article about the best places to start with reading wonder woman and this was recommended and I agree with that. It shows her origin- or at least AN origin and it also has a decent story.

  • Baker​ St Shelves
    2019-03-16 05:03

    This reboot of the character from the 80's was considered to be the official origin for Wonder Woman up until the New 52 (long story.) George Pérez provides excellent artwork here and overall the story is good. However, comics at the time had plots that were pretty convoluted, extremely wordy, and far too many characters to keep up with. This coming shortly after Crisis on Infinite Earths, (even longer​ story) had many of DCs characters go under a reboot for a new audience. A good story, but I have read more succinct stories with Diana.

  • Greg Trosclair
    2019-03-13 08:55

    George Perez and Wonder Woman were a match made in heaven. He can draw the ladies and even write the ladies. I thought that this was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed Perez's use of Greco-Roman mythology. His Ares I think was scarier than the movie Ares and a straight steal for the villain of the excellent Wonder Woman movie. I loved the fact that they set Wonder Woman up in Boston and not the classic New York too. Everything about this book was special.

  • UnexpectedStorm
    2019-03-04 05:00

    Ha sido increíble introducirme en el mundo de DC Cómics empezando por aquí. La historia de Wonder Woman y la leyenda previa referente a los dioses griegos. Ilustraciones geniales con un contenido muy entretenido y acertado. Al final, además, se añade una historia paralela del nacimiento de Wonder Woman pero con estilo y nombres romanos. Personalmente me gusta más el entorno griego y el desarrollo de la historia así.