Sunday, April 7, 2013

Review: Wonder Woman, Vol.4: The Circle, Intro. by Mercedes Lackey

Wonder Woman, Vol. 4: The CircleWonder Woman, Vol. 4: The Circle by Gail Simone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When it comes to comics and me, I have to admit that I tend to lean more toward the deep artsy stuff like Stitches, Fun Home, or Persepolis; or even the dark yet more episodic Vertigo comics like Human Target(interestingly, I just found out that Human Target is actually a DC Comic under the Vertigo imprint--publishing is such fun.) Anyway, you get the point: The Justice League is not usually what I grab first when I'm in the mood for graphic novels or comics. However, I know Temperance Brennan from Bones loves Wonder Woman, and I've been hearing a lot about this Amazon in other circles lately, so I decided to give her a try. I combed the web for information about the best Wonder Woman comics out there and Wonder Woman, Vol. 4: The Circle was the right balance of being highly rated and available.

Like Superman's alter ego Clark Kent, Wonder Woman has an alter ego, Diana Prince, but Diana is more than just a safe front for Wonder Woman in the "real world." The Circle focuses on Wonder Woman's origin story than on her present life, so we don't see much of Diana, but we do get some satisfying action with Nazis having their asses handed to them.

I can't say that this is my absolute favorite read in comics, but I think Wonder Woman may grow on me over time. If you want to get to know her better, this is a good place to start. Also, fantasy fans will probably appreciate Mercedes Lackey's introduction.

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