Wonder Woman: Evolution #1

Writer: Stephanie Phillips Artist: Mike Hawthorne Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 17, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 20
7.2Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Whisked away from Earth by a distant cosmic entity, Wonder Woman is forced to navigate a series of perilous challenges that push her to the brink both mentally and physically. At stake is the fate of all humanity, with the alien entities casting Diana as Earth’s proxy for a trial judging humankind’s worthiness to exist in the universe. Can Diana stand trial to save humanity without losing her own? Harley Quinn’s Stephanie Phillips teams with acclaimed artist Mike Hawthorne (Daredevil, Deadpool) for his first major DC project, an epic Wonder Woman tale unlike any other!

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 16, 2021

    Opening with essentially a full-length prologue issue before Diana's big challenge begins is a big risk, but this issue sets up a very strong central character. This Diana feels unique, different from the other heroes with a different moral code. I'm excited to see it get tested in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - friendlynbhdbi Nov 16, 2021

    I absolutely adore stories that test our greatest heroes' limits. I love seeing characters that we believe are "perfect" find their gray areas. Wonder Woman: Evolution is no exception to that! This is the next great Wonder Woman story - you do NOT want to miss out on it! Be sure to pick it up at your LCS TODAY! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 16, 2021

    Hawthorne delivers some great art in the issue. The story is very character oriented and the art does a great job of showcasing character emotion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Nov 16, 2021

    Wonder Woman: Evolution #1 is a slow, but solid start to a story tailored around the principles the Amazing Amazon stands for. The general concept is definitely a hell of a hook for a Wonder Woman story, and I hope future issues make the most of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Nov 17, 2021

    The first of eight issues establishes the theme and hauls its title character off into the conflict, which will dominate the remainder of the series. Phillips is establishing a very thoughtful series that has great potential to be a bit heavier than the average superhero series. Lofty themes that seem to be hinting themselves into existence in this issue do run the risk of failing a bit bigger than a series of more limited scope. Still, it will be interesting to see where Phillips and company take the story throughout the first half of 2022.  Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Comic Watch - Clint Theron Nov 16, 2021

    Because this issue is largely a setup issue, I'm hesitant to comment too deeply on Stephanie Phillips' writing. But while Mike Hawthorne is a critically-acclaimed artist, I found his art style for Diana to be too rough, too jagged, and not nearly as wonderful as the superheroine is meant to be. Hawthorne's art worked with the rest of the story, but Wonder Woman is the titular hero so I cannot recommend this story to longtime Wonder Woman fans. I do have a feeling this story, like Brian Azzarello's and Cliff Chiang's, could be popular outside of the Wonder Woman fandom and hopefully bring in new fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Nov 19, 2021

    Between being almost entirely prologue to extremely strange artwork on the protagonist, "Wonder Woman: Evolution" #1 is sadly a story that can be easily missed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Nov 17, 2021

    Wonder Woman: Evolution #1 sees Diana put to the test when she's chosen as a representative in a cosmic trial for the fate of humanity. But while that's an engaging premise, in the execution what we get for this first issue is a lot less dynamic and a bit slower to unfold and while setting the stage for the larger story to come is critical in a first issue, so is setting the expectation, which this issue sets at a fairly low bar. Read Full Review

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