blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Wonder Woman 1 (November 2011)

Part of me wants to be positive and say Brian Azzarello is trying. He is, right? There’s a lot of mythology being updated here and a whole thing with Zeus getting busy with a human girl again… I mean, it’s a Terminator knock-off, but there’s foundation for it.

But does trying make up for Azzarello’s writing being really weak? This issue open with some son of Zeus (Ares maybe?) doing bad things for a page or two, then we get to this farmhouse where we keep returning. Azzarello writes some lame narration from the mythological assassins’ points of view (I think) and Wonder Woman’s only in it as, you know, the T-800. Only without a character. It’s like if the Terminator from the first movie were a good guy, but without character development.

Cliff Chiang can’t draw mythological creatures, but he can draw everything else and quite well.


The Visitation; writer, Brian Azzarello; artist, Cliff Chiang; colorist, Matthew Wilson; letterer, Jared K. Fletcher; editors, Chris Conroy and Matt Idelson; publisher, DC Comics.

One response to “Wonder Woman 1 (November 2011)”

  1. Once again, DC has ignored conventional wisdom, an opportunity for good press and public relations by having an all male team on this title. Are there no female comic book creators with a decent pitch for this icon of meta women? For all the rubbish that is the new DC line, it seems they didn’t look hard enough. Azzarello has always had a tough time writing capes for me. Its like Brubaker writing X-men. A serviceable story, but no heart in it, and no affinity for the type of story that’s required. While I’ve certainly liked Chiang’s design work on covers, his human figures are stiff and not very graceful, a prerequisite I would think on a book titled Wonder Woman. I agree the designs on the mythological characters are pretty dull, also. While serviceable, I was hoping for a little something more from one of the “trinity” of DC’s icons.

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