A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!
New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman! After suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!
From the ashes of DC Universe: Rebirth, critically acclaimed writer Greg Rucka along with illustrator Liam Sharpunveil a tale that will forever alter the DC icon in Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies!
Collecting: Wonder Woman 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, Rebirth
The Meta Details:
Length: 128 pages
Genre: Graphic Novels, Sequential Art, Comics, Super Heroes
Content Level: 16+
Pearl Clutching Content: Violence, kidnapping, douche husbands
Trigger Warnings: Violence, kidnapping, and mentions of douche husbands.
Featuring: Wonder Woman, Cheetah, the power of female friendship, and boudas, Boudas, BOUDAS! (Boudas are my jam)
Recommended for: Fans of Wonder Woman, DC comics, or anyone with a passing knowledge of DC looking to get into a franchise
Rating: This was highly enjoyable
Ginny Lurcock’s Thoughts: There are times when I wonder if the comic industry actually wants new readers. I know you’re thinking this is a baseless claim, but I can show my work. I know a fair amount about many characters in both the DC and Marvel universes. I’ve been reading comics since I could read, and for awhile I had a troubling comic habit that involved three trips to comic stores a week. And still, I find it hard to just pick up a comic and start reading. Even when the world has just been rebooted and I’m picking up a volume one, somehow it still revolves around panel 7 in some comic dating back a decade where, for some unknown reason, Diana was dating Kal-El.
(I don’t care who ships that, I adamantly disagree with your life choices. They’re wrong together, and risk feeding each other’s darker sides until they take over the world…)
Because of this, I base my ratings of every graphic novel labeled “volume one” with how many times I had to tip the tome sideways and squint to try and make sense of things. (Before I break down and google it…)
Wonder Woman doesn’t handle this concept well- despite two tips- but plays up on it. In the beginning, you deal with Diana not knowing her own backstory and coming to the realization that someone is fucking with her memories.
I choose to view this as an allegory for the consistent rebirth (see what I did there) of the longer running comic book characters and squealed with delight.
And it stayed strong throughout the entire edition.
We’re treated to action, mythology, boudas, female friendship, over the top villains, and an overlying evil plot we can’t see the edges of yet and those were all handled so well.
Hell, there was even a reference to toxic masculinity (which makes me give this a giant gold star, no matter what else happens)
The only real weak point was the romance. This could be because of my EXTENSIVE history reading romance, but it felt a little slapdash. Not because I dislike the pairing (I am so on board with this pairing) but because of her…
Because of her…
I don’t know if this is a spoiler, so I don’t want to type it… but you know that pairing I disapproved of earlier? Because of that. All of that.
Superman ruins everything.
But barring those two pages of scoffing, snorting, and throwing rocks at Kal-El, Wonder Woman Volume One: The Lies (Rebirth) was highly enjoyable and I look forward to reading more in the future.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review via Netgalley.