- Tapa dura: 208 páginas
- Editor: DC Comics; Edición: 01 (6 de noviembre de 2009)
- Colección: Wonder Woman
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1401225403
- ISBN-13: 978-1401225407
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº864.053 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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Mimicking the structure of the first six-issue trade ("The Circle"), this trade consists of one four-issue primary story which lends its title to the collection as a whole, and a two-issue fill-in story by Chang. While "The Circle" was the clear highlight of the trade of the same name, I would say in this case that the final two-parter outshines the preceding four-parter.
The primary story, "Ends of the Earth", dips into DC's collection of 1970s sword-and-sandal adventurer comics and sends Diana on a mythic quest. She is recruited rather forcibly by the Stalker (an extremely obscure character, though created by DC's current president, Paul Levitz, so that probably scored Simone points with the higher-ups) to help him in his quest to finally defeat the devil of his world. Raiding across dimensions for the four blades destined to slay him, they recruit Beowulf (DC's version) and Claw the Unconquered (a ripoff of "Conan the Barbarian"), giving Diana license to wear a range of cool story-specific outfits (my favourite being the first, Norse-inspired one), all the while her soul is slowly blackened by the Stalker's magic in order to make her sufficiently ruthless, and someone on the team is a traitor. For those like me who know little to nothing about these characters you won't receive the nostalgic charge I'm sure some did, but it's still well-done, with fun details such as the transdimensional oracle who always seems to be missing her legs. The internal drama of Diana's struggle for her compassion often strays into the tell-not-show territory, but it has a powerful finale. The villain of the piece feels somewhat perfunctory (again, a lot of telling).
There's a subplot about Nemesis investigating "Diana Prince" and having an enounter with Diana's sister Donna Troy, which is mainly notable for featuring a really well-written Donna, rare enough. Nemesis is tolerable, but still the weak point of the book.
With that story wrapped up, Diana goes to Hollywood (well, for there's some extended interaction between Tom and Hippolyta, of all people, which grates on my nerves more than anything else in the story; I'd much rather have a scene with her and Diana) to deal with a "Wonder Woman" movie that they're planning to make. This is obviously a greater fiction than the talking apes, as Hollywood will never make a Wonder Woman movie, between the WB's inability to make anything other than Batman and Superman (barely, in the latter's case) and the dislike of female leads. Anyway, Simone brings in the Queen of Fables to face Diana one-on-one, which has been long overdue. Simone indulges in some very entertaining parody of what movie hacks would probably make of Wondy's mythos (and have, in the past, with some story elements right out of Bruce Timm's awful take on her mythos in JLU). It ends rather abruptly, but it's a gem nonetheless.
Overall, I would rank "Ends of the Earth" as a 4/5 and the Hollywood arc as a 5/5, which, combined and rounded, works out to a 5.
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.
That said, there is plenty of action in this tale. Most of the story takes place on other worlds and has a Conan type of feel to it. The artwork is inconsistent (different artists equals noticeably different styles) but always good. There is lots of humor, especially when it comes to Diana's love interest, and the ending is surprising (and also quite satisfying).
A second, briefer story is included in this volume. It is also very good, though the villain seems far less powerful than she has in past appearances (she once nearly defeated the entire JLA) and is beaten rather easily. Still, I enjoyed the second story a great deal and wished that it was a bit longer.
I got both "Ends of the Earth" and "The Circle" at the same time and recommend them both. Great stuff!
Diana has anger, she has a few flaws that come out and she is challenged to overcome them to do right. But she comes out of this stuff with some fantastic warrior skill demonstration lovely Bernard Chang art and Aaron Lopresti, the new WW artist gives us pure eye candy in a world of snow and wolves.
Great job everyone!
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'.