Wonder Woman #23.2

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Aco Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 7
8.1Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

The First Born son of Zeus-Wonder Woman's oldest brother-has returned to claim the throne of Olympus! But it's been a long and bloody road to reach his destiny...and you won't believe the horror when you meet the rest of Wonder Woman's extended "family"!

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 28, 2013

    The art kicks it over the top, but Azzarello's script is in top form, abandoning the conventional superhero plot entirely for a special blend of myth and drama. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Oct 6, 2013

    First Born gives us great art that assists in birthing a new Greek legend. It will be great to see just how First Born reacts to finding Apollo as the new king of Olympus, and even greater to see what happens when he finds out that Wonder Woman has been killed. It leaves the reader with an even greater question on their mind, Why is Zeus always making babies? Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 28, 2013

    Brian Azzarello nailed this one. He established the First Born as a great, powerful villain who is sure to shake up the world when Wonder Woman returns. This issue is what I wish most of the Villain's Month issues were...great reads that set up the future of their respective series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 28, 2013

    I would suggest you save the buck and buy the regular cover, but dont pass over the issue entirely. Its a great script and a fun new twist on some classic elements of Greek mythology. Not to mention the fact that it is going to directly impact the future upcoming issues of the main Wonder Woman series. So go ahead and pick this one up if youre a lapsed fan, new fan, or just a person who enjoys good one-shot origin stories. Its well worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 30, 2013

        With strong artwork by Aco and the usual excellent script, it's one of the few "Villain Month" tales (that I've seen) worth tracking down. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Sep 25, 2013

    It may not be the most unique tale ever told, but this is still one helluvan issue and its worth checking out for any fan of Wonder Woman as it seems like this particular fellow is going to be playing a pretty substantial role moving forward. The art is definitely a contributing factor to this recommendation as it captures the epic, mythic, glorious scale of this story of gods and bastards. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 26, 2013

    A great issue for us to look forward to what's coming next in Wonder Woman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Sebastian Mejia Sep 26, 2013

    The icing on the cake of an issue of Wonder Woman is typically Cliff Chiang's art, however he's not on hand for this issue. The artist, Aco, however does a very serviceable job. The art doesn't quite have the same polish as Chiang's, but it does a solid job of emulating Chiang's style. One of the stronger aspects of the art is the body language that Aco gives the First Born. He always brings the character back to the same pose, reaching for the heavens and taunting them with the carnage he's created. It really helps nail home the theme of abandonment throughout the issue in a great way. However, while the majority of the pages look great, the repetitive panel layouts get a bit tiresome as the issue unfolds. Fortunately, Matthew Wilson is on hand to color the book, helping to keep the look of the book in line with previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 26, 2013

    "Wonder Woman" #23.2 is one of the real winners of Villains Month, but that's perhaps because it ultimately ignores a lot of the failings of the initiative. With the issue slotting in quite nicely to the series' regular narrative, "Wonder Woman" fans have a lot to enjoy here. In an ideal world, Azzarello and ACO's attention to craft and detail would have been the norm, not the exception. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 25, 2013

    The art is provided by Aco, and it looks damn fine. This is a gorgeous comic that fits in wonderfully with the look and tone of Wonder Woman. The storytelling is smooth and never overdone. The thick panel borders and fluid movement of the pages are easy on the eyes and let the story flow. It's beautiful stuff. Matthew Wilson's colors are as good as ever, holding the issue together and providing a slick, gory feel. Wonder Woman #23.2: First Born is damn fine looking and worth your bucks while you wait for the best DC book on the stands to start up again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Sep 28, 2013

    I must admit, however, I really enjoyed the 'Cheetah' issue because it broke away from the regular storyline for just a little bit and we got to see a Wonder Woman that was more an integrated part of the DC Universe and that's something I miss. Azzarello clearly have a vision with this book. It's pretty lush and sweeping and I can't fault him for that, but I wish he would be more open to stepping away from his gods and monsters and letting Wonder Woman play with all the toys in the sandbox. (I guess that's not really a valid criticism, just an opinion.) But overall, this was a strong, though not perfect issue that fits well in with all that's gone before it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 28, 2013

    An interesting aside that could have been used as a filler story once this First Born arc gets going in Wonder Woman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Mark Povelaitis Sep 25, 2013

    Brian Azzarello and Aco put out a serviceable, if not very stimulating Villains Month tie-in issue. Next month should be much better, however, so be on the look out forWonder Woman #24 in October! Read Full Review

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