REVIEW: Wonder Woman vol. 2: Guts

Alright, so I talked about the first volume of the New 52 Wonder Woman and it is only fair now that I talk about the second volume. I really enjoyed the first volume and was really excited to read the second arc, so I bought both together. This second volume is on Amazon for around $15. Now that I have read it and given it a day to think about, let’s talk about it.

First off, I think that this set of issues, #7-12, did a great job continuing the story that Azzarello was going out to write. The modern day gods coming to our world is a story that everyone loves and it doesn’t change here. I love seeing the different interpretations of the gods and their character designs. I am also a huge fan of Wonder Woman’s “wedding dress” it was just badass and almost made me think I was reading an indie comic with the unique designs. In reality, the whole book makes me feel this way. It distances itself from the rest of the DC world enough that it feels like the focus is on its own story and I really like that. No one is looking for Superman or Batman here and it helps Wonder Woman’s story because it shows that she doesn’t need any help. She’s already a bad ass.

I also like the depiction of Hell. It was really unique and cool for this story and Hephaestus’ forge was a neat place to see. The only place I wish that we saw more of was Mount Olympus, I think it needs to be in more grander scope for the story.

Next, I want to talk about character, I think that Diana is nice and front and center throughout this volume which is nice. I don’t really care for Zola, so it was good to see Wonder Woman take charge of her own book. Hermes was interesting in this story and the ending twist has me wondering what is next for him. Lastly, I love that Diana get’s Eros’ guns. It was just a really cool artifact to have in the story. (Also, the ending scene hinting towards the New Gods was really exciting and I love their introduction in a book that deals with so many gods already).

I am not sure what else I can really talk about with this book, I think that it did a great job continuing the last series of issues from the last volume and has me excited for what is next with Wonder Woman. And of course with more Cliff Chiang art. IN a way, I feel like his art and this new story helps to redesign Wonder Woman which is exactly what the New 52 was looking for and that is awesome! (Seriously, it is really refreshing and fun to look at).

Overall, I would still recommend reading this if you liked the first volume.


Storytelling:     4.5

(How good is the story? Does it stand up to others?)

Art:     5

(Does it tell the story? Does it work well with the character?)

Importance:     4

(Does this story need to be told? Is it helping the Character?)

Character:     4

(Is the character represented well? Does the writer understand the character?)

Total:     17.5 / 20


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