Posted September 23, 2012 by Earl Maghirang in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Wonder Woman # 0

Comic book review for Wonder Woman # 0 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang.

Wonder Woman’s creative team of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang does it again with the release of the Amazon’s zero issue. It focuses on a younger Diana and shows a secret history of the Amazon princess that hasn’t been tackled as of yet; her relationship with her brother Ares.

The art is really good for the book was awesome. I daresay that Chiang out did himself with this issue. There’s also a good amount of facial expression as well as dynamism in the way the titular character moves in the book. The panelling was cool and the character design for Greek mythology baddies was cool.

I must admit that I miss the ongoing story which deals with betrayal by one of Diana’s earliest ally in the new volume. But the alternative story for this issue is one gives great detail that shows just how WW became the sharpest warrior in the DCU (not to mention one of the most powerful).

There’s also a bit of exposition about the Amazons that we fail to see in the ongoing mostly because well, the Amazons are already dead in the present.

The zero issue also shows what makes the character tick. She’s tough as hell but is as compassionate as a Nobel Peace Prize winner. There’s a duality in Wonder Woman # 0 that has always been neglected. Her goal of bringing peace and love through war and battle. It’s not pretty obvious or blatant in this issue but it’s there. There’s a bit of glimmer of that ideology here that will drive Diana towards her destiny of becoming a founding member of the Justice League.

No complaints with Azzarello’s writing here. He really just wows readers with the depth and his knowledge of Greek Mythology. A year later and I still can’t fathom how crime noir writer Azzarello gets to hit all the sweet spots on a book like Wonder Woman but I guess that’s the real magic there.

VERDICT: 10/10

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Earl Maghirang