Wonder Woman Annual #1

Wonder Woman Annual #1

Writer: Greg Rucka, Vita Ayala, Michael Moreci, Jackson Lanzing Artist: Claire Roe, Stephanie Hans, Collin Kelly, David Lafuente Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 31, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 13
8.4Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 will feature four tales by a variety of artists and writers including the team behind "Year One"!

First, in the days after "Year One," Diana comes face to face with Superman and Batman for the first time in a story by writer Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott.

Then, Wonder Woman has to go to the nation of Markovia and stop King Shark from being executed for a crime he did not commit in a story by writer Vita Ayala and artist Claire Roe.

In the third story, an old ally of Steve Trevor's has summoned Wonder Woman to his village to save it from his cursed monster form. This story is written by more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin October Jun 6, 2017

    Closing out the issue is a tale called "The Last Kaiju". Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. With art done by David Lafuente, the team creates all the giant monster explosive action you could want. With Wonder Woman thrown in the middle. But the story has a more meaningful message as once again we are reminded that Wonder Woman is, yes a total badass but it's her compassion and love for life that truly wins the day and not the edge of her sword. That's what makes Wonder Woman Annual so great. It has all the goodies of action and well drawn colored panels but we get to see the most important thing about Wonder Woman. Her always caring heart. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 31, 2017

    That's the theme for the entire annual. Typically, they're not worth the effort to track down, but DC smartly made sure to put forth a high quality effort to capitalize on the Wonder Woman film release week. And this really has something for every Wonder Woman fan. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine May 31, 2017

    Just in time for the film, this is a celebration of Wonder Woman. It's fun, creative and features a variety of talent both in the writing and in the art. I like how the different styles compliment each other as well as how they contrast. I highly recommend reading this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Ashley Gibbs May 31, 2017

    Reading Wonder Woman Annual #1 was a great experience, especially before going to see the movie. I was reminded of what makes her such an endearing character and even found tears in my eyes while reading the third story about a warrior's honor and duty to protect their people that was beautifully paired with haunting artwork. Each of the four tales are well written and perfect for some casual adventures with Wonder Woman. I highly recommend this book to fans of the character and especially as a way for newer fans to enjoy her. While there is some violence that may not sit right with some younger readers, I do feel the messages conveyed here are important especially for young girls. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 2, 2017

    It's fun, warm, and manages to stray from the expected tropes of stories like this. Wonder Woman Annual #1 comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke May 31, 2017

    These four stories zero-in on the true essence of Diana Prince, making for a comic that is quintessential 'Wonder Woman.' Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jun 1, 2017

    This quartet all have a very specific goal, from Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott's depiction of when Diana first met Batman and Superman to Michael Moreci and Stephanie Hans' picturesque tale of a sparring match in Japan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Alyssa Jackson May 31, 2017

    I think this is a great issue overall and you absolutely get your $4.99 worth. My one nitpick is that while three of the four artists on the stories were women, not a single writer is a woman, which seems like an oversight for a Wonder Woman book in 2017. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws May 31, 2017

    With four great stories that celebrate Wonder Woman, this is a great primer for new readers and existing fans alike. There have been a lot of really good Wonder Woman comics released in the past year, and this is just another in the bunch. The creative teams gathered are top-notch, with the explorations of different aspects of Diana's personality making for some intriguing reading. Read it to prep for the movie, and once you've seen it, read it again. It's just that good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori May 31, 2017

    And these are yet only four glimpses of this complex weaving of truth with violence and peace, culpability and innocence, that seem to pepper the most honest stories about Diana. Wonder Woman Annual #1 doesnt posit four points of view, but rather images out the true robustness of the Amazon Princesss character. We may not want to accept that a fictional heroine can be so many things, have such a verisimilitude of philosophies that drive her character. Its difficult to be sure. But thats part of what makes Wonder Woman so rewarding, and so enduring, 75 years later. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Got This Covered - Christian Bone May 31, 2017

    Wonder Woman Annual #1 features a strong collection of short stories which each highlight a different element of what makes Diana such an amazing hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 1, 2017

    As a celebration of an iconic character just before she makes her solo film debut, this issue delivers the goods. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico May 31, 2017

    That said, it is nice that the issue ends with a somewhat sillier story: Wonder Woman fighting and then teaming up with a kaiju. That's not meant as an insult to writers Colin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. "The Last Kaiju" is not only a highlight of the issue, it helps demonstrate just how versatile the Wonder Woman character is. In fact, that's precisely what makes Wonder Woman Annual #1 worth buying. For the character's longtime fans, it's a reminder of what makes Diana so great. For newcomers or novices, it's a sampling of everything she can do. What better way to prepare to see Diana finally get her very own movie later this week? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Noah O'Toole May 31, 2017

    Wonder Woman Annual is fun collection of 4 short stories. The only one that directly fits into the current story arc is the first one, and it gives us some backstory on when Diana met the rest of the Trinity. Nichola Scott returning to the art, even if just for one story, was refreshing and reminded me of the fun Greg Rucka captured in some of Wonder Woman's earlier issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon May 31, 2017

    Wonder Woman Annual #1 is a nice keepsake for this fresh start in the Rebirth era DC Comics has ushered in. It's a great collective of different perspectives for your womans and dem Diana Prince that's being offered. With strong art and a rolodex of stories to map through in one issue, if you got the scratch you should check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 3, 2017

    Capping off Greg Rucka's new Wonder Woman, this Annual issue is a lovely showcase of the character across a fun variety of short stories. Each one has a special creativity that really emphasizes Wonder Woman as a unique character, with strong art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 3, 2017

    Wonder Woman: Rebirth Annual #1 was exactly what I wanted from the issue. Each creative team used their allotted time to deliver a Wonder Woman story that can stand on their own. The way they all maximized their time made the entire issue a great way to jump into the series for fans, especially those looking for a comic to buy following the release of the Wonder Woman movie. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller May 31, 2017

    It brings this lovely journey full circle, putting some of Wonder Woman's most endearing traits on the pedestal they belong. You don't need to buy this, but if you're a Wonder Woman fan in any shape or form, you're going to want to. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti May 31, 2017

    Annuals are hard to sell, but I recommend this one. The first story alone might be worth the price of admission itself since the art is so good. The art in the rest of the book has some highs and lows, but doesn't stand up to the quality of the first story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez May 31, 2017

    I don't expect much from these annual anthologies, but this one was really fun. Each story was different from the last, and I thought two of the four were excellent. A nice introduction to Wonder Woman for any new readers that want to pick something up after watching her upcoming movie. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick May 31, 2017

    While Wonder Woman Annual #1 features some enjoyable moments that speak to the heart of the character, it's also unavoidable that it winds up being a mixed bag; pleasant overall, but hardly essential. The issue offers a fairly innocuous and charming quartet of stories that fans of the character can enjoy, even if none of them ever rise that high above serviceable (with the possible exception of the second story). If DC was hoping this would act as a doorway for new readers, I think the anthology approach is the wrong one to take. None of the stories here try to do too much to define the character beyond exemplifying some basic attributes. If you're looking to show a curious newbie why you love Diana, Wonder Woman Annual #1 isn't the one I'd pick, though it remains a fun and diverting, though hardly memorable, collection of stories. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 1, 2017

    Though 'Then There Were Three"' and 'The Curse and The Honor' are good stories, they're unfortunately not quite enough to elevate the whole issue thanks to the other two stories. It's a shame Wonder Woman Annual #1 didn't devote itself entirely to Rucka and Scott's story, or even have anything from Sharp. It makes it an uneven annual, but still not a wholly bad issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 31, 2017

    While I'm happy as hell that we got Nicola Scott back on art for the first story of this anthology type Annual, the rest was just meaningless drivel that didn't do anything for the character or for me.  At the very least, we did get something that tied into our current Wonder Woman story with the first installment of this Annual, but it raised for questions about what the current timeline of the DCU looks like and not knowing is driving me nuts.  All in all, there isn't much here, but if you like short little one-shots that don't mean much, then you'll probably be into this. Read Full Review

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