- Tapa dura: 208 páginas
- Editor: DC Comics (6 de noviembre de 2009)
- Colección: Wonder Woman
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1401225403
- ISBN-13: 978-1401225407
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº749.298 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Wonder Woman Rise Of The Olympian HC (Inglés) Tapa dura – 6 nov 2009
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Written by Gail Simone Art by Aaron Lopresti, Bernard Chang and Matt Ryan Cover by Aaron Lopresti When the gods change their plans for man's world, it's up to Wonder Woman to protect humanity against an invading army of male warriors and a new adversary called Genocide. An army of Olympians has risen for an all-out assault on war across the globe and only Wonder Woman can stop them in this new title collecting issues #20-27! One particular attack could spell the end of the Department of Metahuman Affairs and end WW's secret identity of Diana Prince. And Wonder Woman's life is changed forever when she faces a monster named Genocide who goes toe-to-toe with her . . . and wins. Retailer note: This title is scheduled to arrive in stores on November 4 in both hardcover and trade paperback editions. Advance-solicited; on sale November 4 - 208 pg, FC HC: $19.99 US; TP: $14.99 US
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Befitting its size, there is quite a lot going on here. Too much, in many ways. For most of the story, there are two separate strands at work that really don't seem to have much in common beyond their occurring at the same time. In one, which occupied Diana's time for most of the story, she confronts the new villain Genocide, a creation of the latest iteration of the Secret Society of Supervillains. This strand features, for the first time in the run, a couple of pre-existing major Wondy villains, the Cheetah (Barbara Minerva) and Dr. Psycho. They are mostly well-used, though what seems like an opportunity to rebuild the Cheetah into the scheming mastermind she was initially characterized as before rot set in is ultimately not to be. The big flaw in this story, and it's a fairly major one, is Genocide herself. Simply, the character doesn't work. She's built up as a Doomsday-level threat, but the story never really conveys this by her actions. Instead, characters talk about how threatened they feel...a lot. It gets extremely annoying, as Simone tells rather than shows.
The second strand, and by far the better of the two, features the return from "Amazons Attack!"-induced idiocy of the Greek Gods and the Amazons, Diana's people. It's perhaps not ideal that Diana herself is not featured in the most interesting plot thread until the very end of the story. The stage here is given over to Zeus, Queen Hippolyta, various other gods, and the newly-created Olympians, led by the demigod Achilles (not the mythical figure, seemingly). More than anyone, this is Zeus's show. Entrusted with ushering in a new era of peace and protecting the Amazons, he quickly ends up on a warpath of good intentions that leads where such things usually do. Diana's pact with Kane Miohai in "The Circle" finally comes home to roost. The titular Olympian (Achilles) and his people really don't do much in this story; mostly, foundation is laid for the future.
The climax, where these two threads merge due to the designs of Ares (showing a bit more planning skill than he has in the past) is a mixed bag. Ares "dies" in a way that is obvious to the reader that he isn't dead, but the characters all accept that he is far too easily, which defies all logic. And the ending status quo, with Diana renouncing the gods and the Amazons, is frankly a bit wearying. After four years of this (since "Infinite Crisis"), the prospect of Diana returning to her proper place being dangled and then jerked away is not at all appealing. On the plus side, Simone finally makes some moves towards sweeping away the worst parts of the Heinberg reboot, such as the annoying Nemesis relationship (in a way rather unflattering to Diana). The art from Aaron Lopresti is lovely throughout (I particularly like his armour designs for Donna and Cassie), though a bit lacking in the brutal edge some parts of this story seem to be hinting at, which probably plays into its diminished effectiveness.
An important story in Diana's life, but a middling one.
There are three main threats in this volume. The Society of Supervillains, the villain Genocide, and Achilles and the Olympians under Zeus. The Society as I mentioned could've stood to have more time on their own, but are primarily there to set up Genocide. They have some mook villains, but it might as well just be Cheetah, Professor TO Morrow, and Felix Faust for most intents and purposes, of whom Cheetah gets the most time and even then it's not a ton. Genocide on the other hand, despite her fairly 2d sounding name, is a truly threatening anti-Diana who is the key point of the story. More gets unveiled as she attacks Diana on both a physical and moral level, and the pay off of both the reveal of her origins and the final fight through Washington DC are more than pay off enough for her storyline.
Finally, there's Achilles, who'll I'll spend the most time on.
The idea of a male character being sent to fill Diana's role is one that's been done before, far too often, but Achilles is different than any of his predecessors in one important way: His deep and abiding respect for Diana. If he had a say in the matter, he'd love to just back Wonder Woman up as long as the job gets done, but Zeus has thrust him into the role. He's an interesting conflicted character who's more compassionate than his creator probably planned. Gail utterly subverted my expectations with him, and I'm glad she did.
Throughout it all, Aaron Lopresti provides beautiful art so your eyes won't get bored for one minute.
If I could give half stars, this'd be a 4.5, all the stories are a bit cluttered, but all-in-all it does enough right to round up to a '5'.
What of this tale?
Well, Diana Prince in this story is a pretty tough woman, giving commands and demands as they prepare for battle. Not exactly a mild-mannered Clark Kent character.
Zeus looks over Wonder Woman's exploits and feels that though she's done some good, that saving the world is a man's job, not a woman's. Ooh, the gods are sexist! What's next?
This new villain Genocide has taken WW's lasso and she gets her a** handed to her -- quite bloody and intense. The art is professionally done, hard to look at at times. Simone weaves a tapestry of honor and battle that's nice to read.
When WW lets the blood lust take her, watch out! The battle scenes with Genocide are intense. The cowardice of the bad guys is sobering. All in all, just what I want in a WW tale!
The story also lets us in on the Olympian gods and their intentions and purposes are really human ones. When they arrive to their home and see how Darkseid has defaced Olympus, it's quite a shock!
Overall, great story. Excuse me now while I go and gather more graphic novels by Simone.
Other Simone Stuff:
Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth (Wonder Woman (Graphic Novels))
Wonder Woman: Circle
Wonder Woman: Warkiller
But this isn't it.
As others have pointed out, this is a good looking book that has a number of intriguing story beats (in particular Diana's relationship with Nemesis and the light that Simone has shone on the debate amongst the Amazons surrounding Diana's birth). But too many others are poorly thought out or just too many (most of the Genocide stuff, including the effect she has on Donna Troy, or whatever the business about future Diana is, the presence of Cheetah and Dr Psycho). I'd like to see a return to the tighter plotting that Simone uses in her other work, and that she showed in "The Circle" to start her Wonder Woman run. I don't find the big, metaphysical mythology stuff to be her strong suit, and would love to see Diana move away from it for a while (it's important to her character, yes, but it's been done and done again lately). Here's hoping that the conclusion of this story is a step towards exactly that for Simone and the character.