Review: “Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood” by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

Review of "Wonder Woman" by Brian Azzarello and Cliff ChiangA review by Courtney.

Wonder Woman has long been one of my favorite characters and I was extremely excited to read her in comic book form to see if she was as amazing of a character in book form as I had built her up in my head to be. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting the story to be like, but I wasn’t expecting the story I got; it was much darker and grittier than I expected.

This volume starts off with showing us what some of the gods are doing. By gods, I’m talking about Zeus, Hera, Hades etc… One of the gods decides that he needs to take out a girl and another god disagrees and gives her a magical key which sends her to Diana. From there we learn that Diana is actually a daughter of Zeus and Hera is not pleased about it. This conflicts with the original origin story of Wonder woman being created from clay and her mother’s will. Initially no man was involved with her birth which was what made her superior and a hero for women. The book does call this out and goes on to explain Diana’s new origin story. Wonder Woman then has to deal with the consequences of knowing who her father is and her new siblings whom are not pleasant to say the least.

I had a hard time being drawn into Wonder Woman. It was extremely hard to connect with Diana as a character and all of the different gods in the story were confusing. There were a couple of characters that held my interest, but they were minor and I didn’t see a lot of them. I was also unhappy with the way Wonder Woman’s origin story was completely rewritten. I would have liked to have been privy to what she thinking some of the time. She was dealing with a lot of extremely emotional stuff and it felt like I never learned how she really felt about it other than shock and disbelief which are things I would have expected anyways.. Honestly, I wanted more from a character whom I had held on a pedestal for all those years, and this was the volume that made her fall off of it for me, although I don’t think it’s entirely her fault. I am interested in reading more Wonder Woman, although perhaps under a different author.

This volume dark and I would not recommend it for children. I would recommend it for people looking for a different take on Wonder Woman. I would rate it what I did because I have no desire to read more by this author.

My rating: 2.5/5 stars.

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Review: “Paper Girls #1” by Brian K . Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

Paper Girls #1 by Brian K . Vaughan and Cliff Chiang A review by Courtney.

Paper Girls is a brand new title that I was excited to read because Brian K. Vaughan writes one of my current favorite titles, Saga. Within the first few pages of Paper Girls, I realized that I was going to have to apply the first rule of improv, which means that I just mentally say “yes” and go wherever the the writer takes me. At the moment this is less necessary in Paper Girls than it is in Saga, but as this is only the first issue, I don’t want to make any long term predictions.

From the title of this comic I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, and midway through the book it seems to be as the title suggests; that this story is indeed about a group of girls who deliver newspapers in their seemingly normal neighborhood. The girls have grouped together to deliver papers for safety purposes, and they appear to be sort of girls who are regularly challenging gender norms, which I liked a lot. The story progresses and you learn that things are maybe not quite as normal as they seem.

I liked the language that the girls used in Paper Girls, although they do cuss a few times, so I would not recommend it to a younger audience. The art in Paper Girls has a noir feel to it; the darker colors set a muted tone which drew me in as a reader. I appreciated that the artist understood that he was drawing girls aged 12-13 years old, who were trying to keep warm while delivering newspapers. This was a strong first start for Paper Girls; I’m excited to find out where the story goes next.

My rating: 4.5/5 stars.

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