This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.
New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is a reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.
We’re delving deep into the mythological aspects prevalent in super-hero comics this week, in a story starring one of the world’s greatest heroes in a globe-trotting adventure that sees her face off against Gods and Monsters alike.
It’s the first Wonder Woman story of the New 52, and the start of a huge switch-up in the life of Diana of Themyscira; Wonder Woman: Blood.
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Cliff Chiang & Tony Akins
Real Name: Diana
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: All-Star Comics #8 (October 1941)
12000 BC – during the time of the Olympians – the Greek Goddesses collected the souls of all women who had died at the hands of men and reincarnated them as a fierce race of warriors. Many years later, on the hidden paradise island of Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta longed for a daughter. Sculpting a baby out of clay and praying to her Goddess, Hippolyta was gifted with a new daughter – Diana – the most powerful of the Amazons. But after a man named Steve Trevor crashed in paradise, Diana took on the role of Wonder Woman to escort Trevor back home and adventure through the world of man. Since then, she has become one of Earth’s most revered heroes and has since discovered her true origins – not those of a mythic baby born from clay, but as the daughter of the all-powerful Zeus, God of the Sky and Lord of Olympus.