It is perhaps here where I must place the disclaimer that I love Wonder Woman. I know of her story and I have read other of her comics, but when I heard about DC’s project, “The New 52,” I knew that I would invest in the Wonder Woman series (and my wallet has been crying ever since).
We begin with the Sun God, Apollo, hosting a rooftop party attended by three women (do not fret dear reader, the number of women in attendance does not demonstrate his popularity). A woman questions how Apollo got such an amazing room to which he fantastically replies with, “I guess you could say I’m the sun of a king”(Get it? He is Apollo, the son of Zeus, but also the sun?). Apollo turns these three women into oracles (this is why only three were in attendance) in an attempt to determine where Zeus is.
Anyway, we soon see that the the author really meant “Blood” when he inscribed it onto the volume’s title. A horse becomes decapitated by a caped figure only for a body to climb out. Later, it is revealed that these horses became centaurs (pretty gruesomely creative). These centaurs attack a chick named Zola, but Hermes intervenes. He gives Zola a key that transports her to London.
This is where Zola meets Wonder Woman. Yet for some reason, Zola cannot determine that Diana is Wonder Woman until she puts her costume on (because it is a superhero comic after all).
So why did the centaurs attack Zola? Turns out that Zola is impregnated by Zeus. His wife, Hera, has serious jealously issues. Rather than confront Zeus about his promiscuity, Hera attacks the woman that Zeus impregnates and thus kills the unborn child. I should note that Zeus transforms into desirable images to seduce women, so most of them do not even realize that it is him, but that does not stop Hera.
Diana, Hermes, and Zola arrive to Paradise Island, Diana’s home. Here, Hermes informs Zola of Diana’s origin: Hippolyta desperately wanted a child so she fashioned Diana out of clay and prayed to the gods for the clay to come to life. The next morning, Diana was born. Strife, working for Hera, invades the island and creates havoc, both through killing Amazons and by telling Diana that she is (gasp) Zeus’ daughter.
Hippolyta lied. Her and Zeus had a steamy romance that resulted in the birth of Diana. Hippolyta and other Amazons kept this a secret to protect Diana from the vengeful Hera. Diana, upset returns to London. Once she is gone, Hera (who for some reason was unaware of this even though Strife knew, perhaps she was too busy attacking other women) invades Paradise Island. Here we see that Hera is the caped woman who sent the centaurs after Zola (if one could not piece this together given the details of Hera’s character). She confronts Hippolyta, who asks for forgiveness. Instead, Hera turns her into clay (how ironic!)
Meanwhile, Apollo attempts to get War to side with him to destroy Zeus. War refuses.
We meet Lennox (not sure if this was meant to remind us of Lenox, a company that makes fine china, probably not), a man made of stone who also claims to be a son of Zeus.
Poseidon attempts to take over the heavens in Zeus’ absence yet Lennox and Diana work together to devise a plan. While Diana is left with Poseidon, Lennox ventures to the Underworld to make a deal with Hades. All of this ends up being a diversion to lure Hera and eventually trap her to protect Zola.
Poseidon laughs this off, but Hades is (naturally) angry about this and kidnaps Zola. I am not sure what Diana and Lennox expected from deceiving Hades, the same character that asked to be called Hell. He offers only to release her if the deal between him, Diana, and Lennox is honored.
As a huge Wonder Woman fan and mythology lover, my review is most likely a little biased. However, I loved the drawing style and was especially fond of the different images of the gods. The mythological aspect of the comic was greatly done. Often when mythology is incorporated in a text, the god-like characters are one dimensional and seem unoriginal. Yet through their character design and the story’s arc, the team managed to make the seemingly overused appear fresh. One thing that did grow tiresome was the constant latching onto the motif of “blood.”Blood in images, blood to represent familial ties, blood as being a part of you. Like we got it, the title is Blood. Here is an example:
The term is in bold, to serve as a reminder that the word is highly important. You know, in case you forget the name of the title, even though they do not allow you to ever forget it. I do think that there is something smart going on with all of the titles (a point to be addressed later), but it felt a bit overplayed at times.
Definitely a good start for a series as it possessed interesting characters (and character images) that still need to be fleshed out, a promising plot, a successful (and not strenuous) origin and it provided just enough information for the reader to have questions.