Wonder Woman #0

Wonder Woman #0

Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Cliff Chiang Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 19, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 11
8.5Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

A facet of the past is revealed and a foe is introduced! How did Wonder Woman become a star pupil of Ares?

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Sep 23, 2012

    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. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Jimmy Sep 24, 2012

    DC's grand experiment with the Zero Month has had some great hits and some serious misses, and Wonder Woman stands with the former. Azzarello and Chiang simultaneously make this issue feel 100% as if it's "Before the New 52″ (well before) and add to Diana's history, while also adding something that advances the overall story. While this is certainly a done in one issue, we'll be seeing the ramifications of it in the Wonder Woman ongoing from here on out, I'm sure. Wonder Woman #0 does everything a zero issue should, and did it with flying colors, earning a full five out of five stars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Sep 20, 2012

    One last note…it's always fun to see the credits at the beginning of comics take a comical approach at the opening. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Sep 21, 2012

    Past and present mash together for a great read in an already great series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 21, 2012

    Chiang's art is quite good here. He captures the feel of classic Wonder Woman stories within his own distinct style, which throughout this run has had a sense of lyricism that's hard to pin down. His action doesn't have much visceral impact, but it unfolds at a similar lyrical pace as the rest of his storytelling. This is for the best, as the unfolding of the series has revealed a story about clashing ideals of the Self, and the combat must do its part to convey those ideas. What we lack in widescreen superheroics is recompensed by a clear-eyed thematic focus on the part of the artist, a success in a run full of them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 20, 2012

    Unlike some of the other #0 issues, this one doesn't really offer major revelations or clear hints of what's to come, but it does provide some insights that may prove more valuable in the long run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Brad Wiegele Sep 19, 2012

    DC has had much variety in the goals that each Zero issue has strived towards. Some have been basic origin stories, while others have offered up hidden details previously unknown about their characters. Wonder Womans offers a look at her past and some of the moments that help define who she is as a person. We get to see where her values come from and how she developed her moral barometer. While there are no Earth shattering revelations to be found, Azzarello and Chiang give us a solid story that teaches both the reader and Diana many lessons. If anything, we have learned that the Gods of Olympus are much more complex than just sticking to the themes that they are named after. Can a God that is breed of violence show compassion? Maybe the Gods of old are changing. Perhaps this is the first step into ushering in the new gods. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Sep 19, 2012

    While I can see how this could be a contentious issue, the more I think about it, the more I find I like the idea. By establishing War as a father figure to Diana she is being developed into a more well-rounded character. Not only did she gain a father-figure to teach her, but she also gained a more well rounded warrior skill-set. Having said that, is this something that couldn't be achieved with just women? Does Wonder Woman need a man to be a whole character? I think that this issue left me with more questions than answers about the identity of Wonder Woman's character and it will be interesting to see how they alter her persona in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Sep 19, 2012

    Wonder Woman #0 is a fun read that emulates an old-fashioned style of storytelling while maintaining some minor connections to the ongoing narrative. But I can't help but wish I was reading Wonder Woman #13 instead of this issue, with that said this release still more than earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Sep 20, 2012

    "Wonder Woman" #0 is exactly what a character origin one-shot should be. This isn't a wiki page set to panels, this is a tale that delves into the establishing psyche of a character we know today. This issue is a hell of a lot of fun and exquisitely crafted. You can love this issue on multiple levels, reread it many times, and give it to fans and new readers of any age or gender. This comic is one of the New 52's strongest assets yet to lure in new readers and demonstrate the strength of comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Bowles Sep 20, 2012

    This series in general is pretty dark. This issue was very whimsical and light. It was a welcome change of pace. It explores Diana's seemingly contradictory nature, a least in some readers' eyes– preaching love, while serving as the ultimate warrior. And the artwork, as usual, is excellent! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 19, 2012

    Chiang doesn't alter his style too much to fit the throwback feel of the book, which is both good and weird. It's good, because he's Cliff Chiang and his art is a-freaking-mazing. It's weird because it makes the retro vibe of the book appear to be slightly half-assed. It would have been interesting if the art had colors and inks to match the era the book is supposedly parodying. Of course, when the art looks as good as it does, it's hard to complain. You won't ever find me saying I don't want an issue filled with Cliff Chiang art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Sep 20, 2012

    The issue, as far as writing goes, is obviously very different from the usual fare. Typically, this series runs under the idea that less is more as far as text and dialogue goes, but being that this is supposed to channel the golden age, we have tons of words on every page making this a much more dense read than the series usually is. It makes for a fun novelty, but some readers might be turned off by it, especially when waiting for the follow up to come from last issue's huge cliffhanger ending. We'll just have to wait another month to see how that plays out. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outer Realm Comics - Kate Fatale Sep 22, 2012

    Meh. I know that DC had Chiang redo the cover once they'd decided to make all the #0 issues have the same motif, but I wish he'd been able to use his original once. Here, dynamics were sacrificed for consistency. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Sep 20, 2012

    Wonder Woman #0 is a nostalgic and endearing glimpse into the youth of Diana of Themyscira. I enjoyed it. Read Full Review

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