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Wonder Woman's father, Zeus, has disappeared.Her family - aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, gods and demigods - form a pantheon of the most powerful beings in the universe. Intent on seizing Zeus' throne, they will destroy anyone who can stand in their way - including Zeus' infant son, who might just have the power to ignite the apocalypse. But even as Wonder Woman an Wonder Woman's father, Zeus, has disappeared.Her family - aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, gods and demigods - form a pantheon of the most powerful beings in the universe. Intent on seizing Zeus' throne, they will destroy anyone who can stand in their way - including Zeus' infant son, who might just have the power to ignite the apocalypse. But even as Wonder Woman and her few remaining friends scramble to protect the life of her youngest brother, her eldest has arisen. Known only as the First Born, he has spent an eternity in exile, his might and malice growing by the millennium. Now he will burn Earth and Olympus alike if it means he can be king of the ashes. The final battle is about to begin! The New York Times best-selling team of Brian Azzarello (Joker, 100 Bullets), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow/Black Canary), and Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man) cry havoc. Collecting: Wonder Woman 19-23


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Wonder Woman's father, Zeus, has disappeared.Her family - aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, gods and demigods - form a pantheon of the most powerful beings in the universe. Intent on seizing Zeus' throne, they will destroy anyone who can stand in their way - including Zeus' infant son, who might just have the power to ignite the apocalypse. But even as Wonder Woman an Wonder Woman's father, Zeus, has disappeared.Her family - aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, gods and demigods - form a pantheon of the most powerful beings in the universe. Intent on seizing Zeus' throne, they will destroy anyone who can stand in their way - including Zeus' infant son, who might just have the power to ignite the apocalypse. But even as Wonder Woman and her few remaining friends scramble to protect the life of her youngest brother, her eldest has arisen. Known only as the First Born, he has spent an eternity in exile, his might and malice growing by the millennium. Now he will burn Earth and Olympus alike if it means he can be king of the ashes. The final battle is about to begin! The New York Times best-selling team of Brian Azzarello (Joker, 100 Bullets), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow/Black Canary), and Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man) cry havoc. Collecting: Wonder Woman 19-23

30 review for Wonder Woman, Volume 4: War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: It uses villains as soundboards, distillers of character, against whom heroes quench mettle in waters of peril and fear.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines. You're slowly worming your way into my heart, Azzarello... I'll admit that it's the ending that pushed this one up from three to four stars for me. Not that it's a bad story, it was just more of the same old same old. Wonder Woman (and her surly band of unlikely heroes) fight the gods to save Magic Baby. Second verse, same as the first... Again, it's not bad. I'm just not that into you. I like you, but I don't like you like you. You know? Anyhoo, I finally saw the lig Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines. You're slowly worming your way into my heart, Azzarello... I'll admit that it's the ending that pushed this one up from three to four stars for me. Not that it's a bad story, it was just more of the same old same old. Wonder Woman (and her surly band of unlikely heroes) fight the gods to save Magic Baby. Second verse, same as the first... Again, it's not bad. I'm just not that into you. I like you, but I don't like you like you. You know? Anyhoo, I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel at the conclusion of War. The stabby thing that happens at the end? I wasn't expecting it, and that's always a good thing for a reader. But more than that, it has the potential to bring big changes to Diana's story. Maybe even bleeding over into other parts of the DC universe? If nothing else, I feel justified for hanging in there till volume 4. The rest of the story, as I mentioned, is pretty much standard brawling between friends and enemies. A main character gets killed, a frenemy decides to switch sides, and First Born is back on the rampage. As an added bonus, Hades makes an appearance. Ah, it was good to see the Birthday Cake Head god! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hades' new look, he appears to be about five years old...with a bunch of candles melting on top of his noggin. It doesn't look ridiculous. At. All. That was sarcasm, in case you missed it. Apparently, I'm never going to get onboard with the artistic vision for this title, but I think I can live with that. I don't think this would be a good jumping off place for those of you who having been keeping up with the Amazon princess, but for those of you who dropped the title...you may want to reconsider. I should also mention that my hatred of the art is only my opinion, and there are a lot of readers who are only hanging on to this one because of the art. So there. I received a digital arc from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lono

    Linda Carter. The one and only Wonder Woman. Also responsible for the repeated laundering of my bed sheets in the early 80’s. Couldn’t get through another review without at least one gif of the first woman I ever loved. So how about the book? Diana and her crew have finally come together like one big happy family. At least until she threatens to rip Orion’s nuts off. I’m wondering if the kids can pull it together long enough to face off against the First Born and have them all make it out in on Linda Carter. The one and only Wonder Woman. Also responsible for the repeated laundering of my bed sheets in the early 80’s. Couldn’t get through another review without at least one gif of the first woman I ever loved. So how about the book? Diana and her crew have finally come together like one big happy family. At least until she threatens to rip Orion’s nuts off. I’m wondering if the kids can pull it together long enough to face off against the First Born and have them all make it out in one piece. The gods continue to conspire against one another high atop the Mt. Olympus office building while sunning and sipping wine like a bunch of mob wives. It’s still up in the air as to where any of their loyalties lie. Speaking of the First Born. He’s still goin’ at it with Poseidon after the cliff hanger at the end of the last volume. F.B. still proving to be more of a handful than any of these gods thought. The good guys also take a field trip to New Genesis to pay a visit to the High Father. You can clearly see that Cliff Chiang wanted to pay tribute to Jack Kirby and his creations with his artwork and it's great. Love that he gives the O.G. some respect. I’m still liking Orion too. He isn't the “deepest” guy, but he’s got that “scoundrel with a heart of gold” thing that I’ve loved since the first time I saw Han Solo on screen. Next up on the fight card its War vs. the First Born. Of course, War brought an army. This one proves to be an all-out brawl that isn’t going to end well for somebody. Diana’s role in all of this is about to change and I'm not sure she's ready for what she’s gonna have to do. Looks like I’m gonna to have to wait to see in Vol. 5. Get this review and more at:

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Whoa, I dunno what I'm more shocked about. The fact I am LOVING a Wonder Woman series OR if I love a Azzarello book. Either way, I love both. So Wonder Woman is still protecting Zola and her baby. At this point you'd think you would be bored of this type of storyline. However, The First is now tricked...or more, bought in to helping one of the gods against Wonder Woman and her crew. On top of that another god makes an attack to finish Zola and her baby off. What happens when the first come forw Whoa, I dunno what I'm more shocked about. The fact I am LOVING a Wonder Woman series OR if I love a Azzarello book. Either way, I love both. So Wonder Woman is still protecting Zola and her baby. At this point you'd think you would be bored of this type of storyline. However, The First is now tricked...or more, bought in to helping one of the gods against Wonder Woman and her crew. On top of that another god makes an attack to finish Zola and her baby off. What happens when the first come forward and decides to strike? Can Wonder Woman hold him off? Who is Orion and why is he so powerful? You find out a whole lot in this volume and you can't stop reading. This intense, well plotted, solid dialogue, and great art really takes this series to a new place. While good at the start and building up, this volume takes the word EPIC and splashes it all over every page. From the fights, to the stakes, to the deaths, to the new hope. Everything is well crafted and done so well, I wanted more and more. This is a fantastic volume, one of the best wonder woman stories I've read, and I need more now. A 5 out of 5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Well plotted and scripted! The art is not my favorite style; it is, however, good looking and consistent and clear -- and very supportive of the plot and dialog.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    So much good storytelling momentum. I'm reading this just after slogging through Hickman's Avengers (Prelude To Infinity), and the contrast couldn't be more clear. I tried five times to pick that other one up, and finally ended it. This book, I'm flying through because even when there's no significant developments, it doesn't linger on scenes any longer than it has to. Get in, make your point, and get out. Beautiful. Long scenes don't have to be bad - Bendis mastered the pages-long characters-te So much good storytelling momentum. I'm reading this just after slogging through Hickman's Avengers (Prelude To Infinity), and the contrast couldn't be more clear. I tried five times to pick that other one up, and finally ended it. This book, I'm flying through because even when there's no significant developments, it doesn't linger on scenes any longer than it has to. Get in, make your point, and get out. Beautiful. Long scenes don't have to be bad - Bendis mastered the pages-long characters-telling-stories, and I would drink up every panel. Hickman tries, but somehow never gets the hang of either focused brevity or languorous depth. Azzarello gets brevity to a T, and keeps us hanging on by teasing out the story a few panels at a time. Gorgeous art, and one sequence in particular that I have to remark on. The artist is illustrating the effects of being in a Boom Tube (whose physics I don't understand), and as the tube gets stuck open, it's clear from the visuals that there's a sort of gravitational pull/separation that exists for those trapped inside. The colours separate, like in a poorly-printed four-colour offset comic from the pre-90's - as if there are opposing gravitational forces drawing the visual apart. It's beautiful, it's dead-easy to read, and it doesn't take any thought to understand the characters are under tremendous threat. Inspiring. Be haunted by this review and further diatribes at

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    Finally, we get some resolution to what's dragged on for the first TWO YEARS of this title. I think maybe if Azzarello had condensed the first 3 into 2, that would have flowed better and moved forward at a better pace. Instead, it really seemed like: Yes. A slow mo punch in the face. Luckily, this volume picks up; though I'm still not confident enough to give it 4 stars...3+ then? This is War. Literally. Old Man War is a washed up God, but don't count him out... First Born looks to have defeated h Finally, we get some resolution to what's dragged on for the first TWO YEARS of this title. I think maybe if Azzarello had condensed the first 3 into 2, that would have flowed better and moved forward at a better pace. Instead, it really seemed like: Yes. A slow mo punch in the face. Luckily, this volume picks up; though I'm still not confident enough to give it 4 stars...3+ then? This is War. Literally. Old Man War is a washed up God, but don't count him out... First Born looks to have defeated his uncle Poseidon, and happily marches on his way to take what he thinks is his... Cue throw down between Wonder Woman Posse and First Born's Army...again, Zola, just go away. They're getting their asses handed to them when BOOM...Orion arrived in the nick of time...and takes them away to...a New place...unfortunately, one of the team must sacrifice themselves to stop First Born from following... Diana beats up Artemis again...yawn. War shows up, and though he looks to be over-matched, pulls a VERY cool move that's possibly the best of the book. This is to back up Diana, who ends up going full Demi-God, removing her restraints that keep her power in check... How does it work out? Guess you'll have to read to find out. The ending is pretty solid actually, and sets up a very cool way forward. That being said, there's some issues: 1) If Orion and Wonder Woman are hooking up (sorta) where does that leave Superman??? 2) Why is it some of these crossover events have everyone show up all the time, yet the First Born of Zeus is destroying the world, and Supes/Bats/JL are nowhere to be found? 3) Diana's solution to the problem of First Born is an important distinction made between her and the other 2 members of the Holy Trinity, and I actually like how it's done here. So good work, but the whole story arc to so damn LONG to get to the resolution, I've kind of tired of it, and am worried about investing in the next one. Get this review and more at:

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Lewenda

    I shouldn't be surprised that this was awful. There are so many reasons for it: - bad writing. The pacing is all over the place, and the story arc still hasn't even ended, after 4 volumes. Most every other New 52 title I've read has had a story contained within their 6ish issue frame, so that each volume tells a nice, short story. This has been going on forever, with no end in sight. - Can we stop having men harass Diana? Four times, Orion has said something awful, which makes her at one point thr I shouldn't be surprised that this was awful. There are so many reasons for it: - bad writing. The pacing is all over the place, and the story arc still hasn't even ended, after 4 volumes. Most every other New 52 title I've read has had a story contained within their 6ish issue frame, so that each volume tells a nice, short story. This has been going on forever, with no end in sight. - Can we stop having men harass Diana? Four times, Orion has said something awful, which makes her at one point threaten to crush his balls, but even then, he doesn't take her seriously at all. She's just something pretty to look at. - On that note, can we stop having men finish off her work? Not once in this volume has Diana actually complete a fight without someone intervening and saving the day for every one. I'm not going to even touch upon the butchered Greek gods (calling Hades 'Hell'?, having Hera, the goddess of women and motherhood, hate other women and their children for the last 3 and a half volumes... etc etc etc). Four volumes, and all Azzarello has given us is a strong woman who just isn't strong enough to win without the help of men. Men who are entitled to make comments about her body, and to harass her over and over again, even after she tells them to stop. Wonder Woman should be the kind of person that every woman can relate to, that every woman can use to make herself feel empowered. She is supposed to be, essentially, the every-woman (and that includes women that aren't considered to be women by society). How are we supposed to have that when we have the guy who made Harley a stripper in Joker? I'm so glad that he's finally been kicked off the project; he's tainted her for the last 5 years.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    Wonder Woman volume four ended with something which is both spectacular and very heartfelt. This may very well change the status quo of Wonder Woman being not just an amazon princess, (view spoiler)[but also went full Kratos and becomes the God of War (hide spoiler)] ! The Wonder Woman vs First Born fight, though something to look forward to in this volume, is not the main attraction of this book. Think of the story of as a sort of mid-season finale of Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman run. The Olympu Wonder Woman volume four ended with something which is both spectacular and very heartfelt. This may very well change the status quo of Wonder Woman being not just an amazon princess, (view spoiler)[but also went full Kratos and becomes the God of War (hide spoiler)] ! The Wonder Woman vs First Born fight, though something to look forward to in this volume, is not the main attraction of this book. Think of the story of as a sort of mid-season finale of Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman run. The Olympus storyline has not been resolved yet and we are still at the dark with the "who's going to kill who" in Apollo's prophecy. Although I experienced a bit of downtime in volume 4 (the unexpected sidetrip to New Genesis) my whole reading experience has been amazing with this mindblowing piece of modern mythology. Good job, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    You know, it's not the Wonder Woman I grew up with, and it's not the Wonder Woman that I would like to see stick around for forever, but as an experiment in Wonder Woman-ology, I would say this story-arc has yielded amazing results. Brilliant storytelling with Brian Azzarello at the helm, impeccably paced, steeped in symbols and modern themes, tension, suspense, catharsis... This is the stuff that is becoming rare in comic books today. For me, it is the script that has made this series, and espe You know, it's not the Wonder Woman I grew up with, and it's not the Wonder Woman that I would like to see stick around for forever, but as an experiment in Wonder Woman-ology, I would say this story-arc has yielded amazing results. Brilliant storytelling with Brian Azzarello at the helm, impeccably paced, steeped in symbols and modern themes, tension, suspense, catharsis... This is the stuff that is becoming rare in comic books today. For me, it is the script that has made this series, and especially this collection, so successful. The dialogue, the actual words the characters say.... how nice is it to have comic book characters speaking directly to each other, reacting to what each other is saying instead of talking a heads simply narrating their actions or what they are going to do next? This book reads like theatre because the characters are actually engaged with one another. What a concept!! The artwork plays an important role in this collection as well. In fact, some of the most memorable scenes are the ones in which there are no words on the page at all, only pictures. The way they chose to frame certain scenes, the sequence that they put the images in, it felt very deliberate and well-planned with the entire story in mind. It actually felt more like how a graphic novel might tell its story. It was great to have a New Genesis interlude, to see a different side to Orion, and to take a break from the more heady goings-on atop Olympus. This collection does lean more towards being about the Gods of Olympus; however, when WW is in the spotlight, she is on in full force. Like I said when I started this review.... It's not the same WW I grew up with, but it is still an amazing version of WW and its One that I think will be remembered. 4.5/5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    I noticed that this comic seems to get a lot of good scores. I'm not that sure why. The artwork is, at best, pedestrian. The story? Meh. Ares, the God of War, is now a balding old man who knows kung-fu. *sighs* WTF happened to the gargantuan black armored, red-eyed killer from previous Wonder Woman titles? Who knows? So Zeus has gone off to the Old God's Retirement Facility. Apollo has taken it upon himself to become the Supreme Greek God..oh and he's turned himself into a purplish-black creature I noticed that this comic seems to get a lot of good scores. I'm not that sure why. The artwork is, at best, pedestrian. The story? Meh. Ares, the God of War, is now a balding old man who knows kung-fu. *sighs* WTF happened to the gargantuan black armored, red-eyed killer from previous Wonder Woman titles? Who knows? So Zeus has gone off to the Old God's Retirement Facility. Apollo has taken it upon himself to become the Supreme Greek God..oh and he's turned himself into a purplish-black creature with cornrows. Apollo. The god of sun,music,archery...yeah Boyz in the Hood Apollo isn't doing it for me. Anyways Apollo decides to have a meeting with his siblings and Posideon who has mutated into a walrus-mated with the Gungan king from Phantom Menace-like creature all decide to kill some brat kid because the "First Born" (great name...Zeus is so fucking lazy he didn't even name his son...) is mad nobody recognizes him..oh and he has no name. So Grandpa-Ares, Wonder Woman, Hera all fight the Gungan King, errr sorry, Posideon and Gansta rap Apollo all fight it out. So..umm..yeah. I think I'll pass on Azzarello's vision of Wonder Woman..methinks I've seen enough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    This was my favorite volume so far, primarily because of what was for me a surprise ending I won't spoil for you. Nothing really had surprised me much so far. The build was slow, maybe too complicatedly slow for the proposed scope of the series, but I was still engaged with it. I don't know why saving this particular Last Born Baby from the Last Born was so all fired important, really, but some of the dialogue is good, and surprises are good. Have never been the fan of Chiang's art here as other This was my favorite volume so far, primarily because of what was for me a surprise ending I won't spoil for you. Nothing really had surprised me much so far. The build was slow, maybe too complicatedly slow for the proposed scope of the series, but I was still engaged with it. I don't know why saving this particular Last Born Baby from the Last Born was so all fired important, really, but some of the dialogue is good, and surprises are good. Have never been the fan of Chiang's art here as others have been. I read this because Azzarello is smart and pretty audacious and talented as a writer.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    2'5* There were some parts that I liked and some that I didn't, for instance, I wasn't so keen on the part about Orion's home... I am also getting a little bored with the First Born... But Lenox's and War's stories were great, and so was seeing Diana "struggling" with her power and control over it. Makes you wonder how they are going to wrap everything they are unraveling with this series. 2'5* There were some parts that I liked and some that I didn't, for instance, I wasn't so keen on the part about Orion's home... I am also getting a little bored with the First Born... But Lenox's and War's stories were great, and so was seeing Diana "struggling" with her power and control over it. Makes you wonder how they are going to wrap everything they are unraveling with this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    We get so much in this volume. We get to discover what happened to Cassandra’s neck. It is so much worse than you could think. We find out the name of Zola’s son. It’s not Wonder Woman’s choice of Steve. Wonder Woman and Co go toe to toe with the First Born, who proves just how scummy and dangerous he is. We find out more about Orion, who faces his own struggle of conscience. But honesty, that scene where Diana calls Orion out about his sexist behavior, kisses him, and then grabs him by the bal We get so much in this volume. We get to discover what happened to Cassandra’s neck. It is so much worse than you could think. We find out the name of Zola’s son. It’s not Wonder Woman’s choice of Steve. Wonder Woman and Co go toe to toe with the First Born, who proves just how scummy and dangerous he is. We find out more about Orion, who faces his own struggle of conscience. But honesty, that scene where Diana calls Orion out about his sexist behavior, kisses him, and then grabs him by the balls is just awesome. Seriously awesome. We get more of Hera here to, and it is quite nice. I really do enjoy how this series has dealt with Hera. She is too be pitied but is also bitchy and horrifying. It is worth noting too that while Wonder Woman is wearing hot pants and boob armor, she isn’t sexualized in the same intense way that she has been by other artists. She is a warrior here, not a sex object. It is nice. The highlight of this arc is the closing volume which is a battle between Wonder Woman’s crew and the Firstborn. The army that War brings with him is just stunning and a sharp reminder of what just a god of War is. How Wonder Woman decides to end it and the ramifications of her actions is powerful. Especially in the culminating panels of the fight and the last panels of the issue. This arc is about family, anger, and loss. The use of power, the cost of doing good, and the need to stand for something is here as well. The book focuses on the questions of, not mortality but morality. In many ways, in exploring Wonder Woman’s godhood (she is a daughter of Zeus), we see Wonder Woman at her most human.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    So it's been a while since I read the last album of this series, but I didn't have any trouble getting back on track, thanfully. This volume was actionpacked and a lot of fun. I enjoyed the twist at the end, and the arcs. Can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series So it's been a while since I read the last album of this series, but I didn't have any trouble getting back on track, thanfully. This volume was actionpacked and a lot of fun. I enjoyed the twist at the end, and the arcs. Can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series

  16. 5 out of 5

    'kris Pung

    Well that changes everything!! A very fitting conclusion to the first arc and it opens up a world of new possibilities for Wonder Woman. Although I’m a bit sad seeing two main players killed off but such is life in the comic book world. I really think this is still the best book DC is putting out (although Batman and Swamp Thing are right on its heels) and hope Azzarello and Chiang stay on this a long time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara Jean

    While I'de give this series to date 4-stars, this book was kind of a letdown. At the end I was sort of...meh, about it. http://saraandmikeoncomics.wordpress.... While I'de give this series to date 4-stars, this book was kind of a letdown. At the end I was sort of...meh, about it. http://saraandmikeoncomics.wordpress....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I REALLY DON'T LIKE THAT EVERYONE IS DYING I REALLY DON'T LIKE THAT EVERYONE IS DYING

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia

    3.5 stars So far in the series this was the saddest one. I seriously cried at one point in the story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This is still my favorite WW book. I haven't read this in awhile, so had to look back some. Decided to finish this run though. At times, it reads like something straight from mythology. This is still my favorite WW book. I haven't read this in awhile, so had to look back some. Decided to finish this run though. At times, it reads like something straight from mythology.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rituraj Kashyap

    3.5 stars Stuff happen, characters die. Apart from that, the story is getting pretty repetitive at this point.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jacobi

    Yawn, how many more ways can you say this book is wonderful? I feel like a broken record.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Great installment.... more worlds to explore and thrones in the balance!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paz R.M.

    Took me a few days to write this review, 'cause honestly this was... disappointing. I was about to give this a 2 stars rating but the ending, that ending, was so good and unexpected that I had to give it another star just because it was that epic and actually makes me want to keep reading the series. What happens in this volume? Same as always, I guess. Kinda getting tired of this. Now it was the turn of the First born to try to kill the bloody baby. It continues right where the story ends on volum Took me a few days to write this review, 'cause honestly this was... disappointing. I was about to give this a 2 stars rating but the ending, that ending, was so good and unexpected that I had to give it another star just because it was that epic and actually makes me want to keep reading the series. What happens in this volume? Same as always, I guess. Kinda getting tired of this. Now it was the turn of the First born to try to kill the bloody baby. It continues right where the story ends on volume 3. The First Born confronts Poseidon (I seriously think that Poseidon's design is getting uglier every time I look at him) and that meeting doesn't go as he expects and now, with Cassandra on his side, he's on the hunt for Zola's baby. Of course, to bring death to the doom-of-all-things baby he has to fight against Wonder Woman and her entourage. Cue to Orion and the New Gods to appear. There are a few losses in this book and the ending is spectacular in a volume where things start to get repetitive, Wonder Woman feels at times like a guest character in her own title, Zola is even more useless, some places and people -ahem, New Gods- feel like they don't contribute at all on this arc and the art style once again lacks something. It's a shame seeing Chiang's amazing, beautiful covers and then discover the art inside the story. Now, it's not bad, but it's inconsistent. Now, besides the ending (did I tell you how amazing it was? Yeah I think I did), some of my positives are Diana's relationship with her new family. I've been writing this in my reviews since volume 2. But those dynamics are the ones who makes the story human. They make you care about the characters. Diana's relationship with War for example or with Lennox are so refreshing to read, they change the mood or give you a sense of familiarity. I think that's the biggest strength of this New 52 story. The mythological side and the relationship between these Gods and Goddesses are so well written. This volume is not bad, it will hold your interest, but mainly because of the story that previous volumes have provided. I was invested since volume 2 so even though War was disappointing I still cared. I did notice the fact that there were only 5 issues, though. Either way, I am ''excited'' to continue with the story, because I want to know how Diana is going to perform now with her new role. We got a tiny glimpse of that at the very end of this volume and that only made me more curious.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A finale worth 2 years in the making! I've really enjoyed the new Wonder Woman series from Azzarello and Chiang and though it has had it's ups and downs and Chiang has been missing throughout (my biggest complaint of the series thus far) the finale of this grand 23 issue arc was well worth the wait: World: This time around Chiang is around more and the art shows, Sudzuka is also amazing (just like in Y the last man) so the yeah the art was fine. The framing, the line work the colors and the art de A finale worth 2 years in the making! I've really enjoyed the new Wonder Woman series from Azzarello and Chiang and though it has had it's ups and downs and Chiang has been missing throughout (my biggest complaint of the series thus far) the finale of this grand 23 issue arc was well worth the wait: World: This time around Chiang is around more and the art shows, Sudzuka is also amazing (just like in Y the last man) so the yeah the art was fine. The framing, the line work the colors and the art design all were top notch. The new Wonder Women mythology just looks fantastical, mythological and just plain awesome (I still can't believe how awesome Hades looks). The world building in terms of writing this time around is also great, slowly moving towards a bigger world with the introduction of the New Gods and their first portrayal in the New 52. Good stuff! Story: 2 years in the making! All the moving parts that have been shirting (sometimes jarringly and nonsensically) for 2 years comes to a wonderful conclusion. The pacing this arc was much better as their was a laser focus on getting the final act right. However, I there was some stories that I found to be missing and it intrigued me (Hermes...where did you go?). I think the big pantheon of characters has it's positives and negatives so yeah. All in all the conclusion was awesome, without spoiling anything for you. Just read it. If you've already invested 15+ issues for this story, seeing the end is gonna be worth it. Characters: Diana really holds her own as does the other cast. There are a lot of fun little character moments which made me smile and I like how over the course of 2 years my opinion on some characters have changed drastically. I won't ruin anything for anyone but yeah you will shed a tear and you will smile for the entire tale. I know this is a big departure from the pre New 52 Wonder Women, but at that time she was in my opinion just broken. This new take on her world has has it's bumpy bits but overall it's been one of the best titles to come out of DC in a long while. Onward to the next book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Not my favorite of the series. I really enjoyed the last couple of volumes (iffy artwork aside, especially Hades the person-candle and Poseidon the talking-fish dinner) and have been wondering how they were going to resolve the whole magic, world-destroyer baby plotline. In the last volume they brought in Zeus and Hera's son, the first-born of all the gods' children. He was banished from Olympus and buried beneath the Earth. His sister Cassandra unearthed him and got him started on the path to t Not my favorite of the series. I really enjoyed the last couple of volumes (iffy artwork aside, especially Hades the person-candle and Poseidon the talking-fish dinner) and have been wondering how they were going to resolve the whole magic, world-destroyer baby plotline. In the last volume they brought in Zeus and Hera's son, the first-born of all the gods' children. He was banished from Olympus and buried beneath the Earth. His sister Cassandra unearthed him and got him started on the path to taking his birthright - Olympus. Of course all those idiots up on the Gods' Mountain Resort (that's what it's drawn like anyways) are still focused on the baby. In the last volume War helped Wonder Woman, Zola, Hera and Lennox get the baby back from Demeter and Hermes. In this one it's more of the same band-on-the-run bullshit. Substitute Dawn's name for Zola's and you've got the picture. Some cool moments, such as the boom tube trip with Orion (who also pops back in from the last volume), a character death I wasn't expecting and one that was supposed to surprise me and didn't. Gotta say that ending was anti-climactic for me. I guess I was expecting more of a battle or something to resolve that storyline. The whole thing with Hera at the end was nice. But then again, it's always nice to see that our favorite bitch-queen does have feelings, no matter how much she hides them. All in all this was very mediocre for me story wise and I'm really hoping that the next volume focuses more on Diana's newfound responsibilities and NOT the freaking baby or the power struggle for the Olympian throne!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    3.5 stars but only because the ending made an otherwise boring story into something compelling. At this point, maybe I just need to accept that I just don't like Azzarello's writing. Volume 4 has easily the best writing in the series so far and I'm still not sold on it. Most of the story is immensely forgettable, with only the ending actually making me care and keeping my interest. The vast majority of the volume is filled with Wonder Woman alternately fighting her companions, her fellow gods and 3.5 stars but only because the ending made an otherwise boring story into something compelling. At this point, maybe I just need to accept that I just don't like Azzarello's writing. Volume 4 has easily the best writing in the series so far and I'm still not sold on it. Most of the story is immensely forgettable, with only the ending actually making me care and keeping my interest. The vast majority of the volume is filled with Wonder Woman alternately fighting her companions, her fellow gods and the growing threat of the First Born. It's not terrible but it's not particularly interesting either. Just feels like the same old boring god drama. People died and I just didn't care...until the end. Not gonna lie, that ending was a little rough. Since I don't want to spoil anything, I won't get into details here but it sets up an interesting dynamic for volume 5. I'm very interested to see how Diana will fit into where Azzarello is leading her and how that will affect the relationships with the other characters. And, I'm gonna miss that one. Congrats Azzarello on finally making me care about someone other than Diana. At this point, I'm only still reading this series because I promised a friend I'd do so. The writing still doesn't particularly interest me but as the eternal optimist, I keep hoping the next volume will change that. So...maybe volume 5?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Another Great Volume! So this volume has, Not Kratos, uh I mean The First Born, and his sidekick, woman who talks too much(I can't remember her real name) as the villains, as they are now after Zola's baby because of prophecy, etc... So I almost gave this a four, but it got really good towards the end, so It still gets a 5! My main issue is the villains for this volume, woman who talks too much aside, The First Born is pretty boring, he's pretty much a PG Kratos from God Of War, except he's not Another Great Volume! So this volume has, Not Kratos, uh I mean The First Born, and his sidekick, woman who talks too much(I can't remember her real name) as the villains, as they are now after Zola's baby because of prophecy, etc... So I almost gave this a four, but it got really good towards the end, so It still gets a 5! My main issue is the villains for this volume, woman who talks too much aside, The First Born is pretty boring, he's pretty much a PG Kratos from God Of War, except he's not as cool and doesn't go that extra mile; he has a back story and everything, he's pretty evil, but in the end, he has no personality, no charisma about him! First Born, is pretty much what Zoom was for me in Flash Season 2, evil, powerful, but in the end just their to look cool! Despite that the story, when First Born isn't their is pretty good, and if you have been craving more action in this series, this volume delivers!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Azzarello continues to razzle dazzle me on this title. A lot goes on here, from the machinations (i love that word) of the First Born, to the brief respite on New Genesis, to the big drawn out fight at the end. I was really impressed with this version of Highfather. Like with Orion, we get an updated version that is still a nice reflection on the Kirby original. The end of the book is poignant and very moving. To see the change in War from the Zero issue in the previous volume, to the aged and a Azzarello continues to razzle dazzle me on this title. A lot goes on here, from the machinations (i love that word) of the First Born, to the brief respite on New Genesis, to the big drawn out fight at the end. I was really impressed with this version of Highfather. Like with Orion, we get an updated version that is still a nice reflection on the Kirby original. The end of the book is poignant and very moving. To see the change in War from the Zero issue in the previous volume, to the aged and alcoholic one in this one, is sad and haunting. Unlike the pre-New 52 Ares, who was always a one-note raging bad guy, Azz's War has a depth and a suffering and a resignation that comes with millennia of being the personification of human on human violence. Azz made the kinda love this guy. Continuing in the excellence of the first three volumes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Richard Guion

    Wonder Woman has been an iconic character but never had a classic run before. George Perez came close, at least with his artwork, but I can't remember any of his plots. I will remember this one. Great work and finally something that isn't demeaning to women. Wonder Woman has been an iconic character but never had a classic run before. George Perez came close, at least with his artwork, but I can't remember any of his plots. I will remember this one. Great work and finally something that isn't demeaning to women.

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