Four Color Comments: Recommended Wonder Woman Reading

With the Wonder Woman movie opening on Friday, here are some recommendations to compliment the film. Now this list isn’t a definite list. These are some of my personal favorite […]

With the Wonder Woman movie opening on Friday, here are some recommendations to compliment the film.

Now this list isn’t a definite list. These are some of my personal favorite of Wonder Woman. Ones that I feel really capture what she is all about. 

I’m keeping the number to just eight books as not to overwhelm anyone. 

So here we go:

Golden Age Wonder Woman Omnibus

I consider myself a comic book historian, so I firmly believe if you’re going to start with any character, you should start from the beginning. I know it’s not popular with a lot of readers, but I feel you should respect the history. Some of the stories don’t stand up to the test of time, but it’s great to see where it all began. Especially to see Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, bondage fetish.

Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 Years

This one is kind of a cheat. It’s a compilation of Wonder Woman stories through the years. Personally, I felt there were a lot of better stories that were omitted from this book, but for the beginner, it’s a great starting point. Hopefully will peak your interest and then you can continue from there.

Wonder Woman George Perez Omnibus

When George Perez took over writing on Wonder Woman, she was recently erased from the DC Universe in Crisis On Infinite Earths. So George was working with a complete blank slate. What he did was ground Wonder Woman deeper into Greek Mythology and made her a stranger in a strange land when she first appeared in America. This was a game changer and still, holds up today.

Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka

Greg Rucka took on Wonder Woman, he really took her to the next level. He really helped define the entire warrior princess concept. He made her such a bad ass, that she was pretty much a one woman Justice League. In one of the stories, she had to take on a mind-controlled Superman, and the only way to stop him was to kill the puppetmaster. Some powerful stuff.

Legend of Wonder Woman

Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon do an amazing job with this all-ages Wonder Woman series. And it’s extremely accessible to just about everyone. You don’t need to know all of Wonder Woman’s history to enjoy this great read.  Very much a coming of age story.

Wonder Woman – New 52

When DC Comics redesigned the entire DC Universe with what was known as the New 52, it was hit or miss among a lot of the titles. One of the definite hits was Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s take on Wonder Woman. Totally shattered all the myths about Wonder Woman, and yet still telling a very compelling story. 

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman

This is a great anthology book. I always find it interesting when writers and artists can just go nuts with a character. Totally breaking all the rules. Some of the stories are in continuity, while other are not. If you’re looking for how Wonder Woman speaks to different people, this is the book for you.

Wonder Woman – DC Rebirth

DC Comics realized that their New 52 initiative didn’t work as well as they hoped. This gave way to DC Rebirth, which was a way to go back to pre-New 52 universe, while still keeping some of the New 52 elements as well. Greg Rucka returned to Wonder Woman to once more shake her world up. Liam Sharp’s art just totally compliments this storyline. 

So there are eight books on Wonder Woman I recommend.

Before I sign off, I want to recommend one to avoid at all costs:

Wonder Woman – Earth One

It’s written by Grant Morrison and it’s downright horrible. Morrison is trying to pay homage to Marston, but he takes it way too far. The pacing is dull and boring, and Wonder Woman is really seen as a slave more than a symbol. Artist Yanick Paquette’s art is horrible. There very little flow of action, and poses the women in very sexual poses all the time. DON’T EVEN BOTHER!

I hope you take the time and check out some of the books I recommended. I know there are others that I might be missing, but these are the ones that stick out the most.

Enjoy!

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon’s Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don’t forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife’s chagrin.