Drawn to Comics: Wonder Woman Special

The new Wonder Woman movie came out this weekend and by now you’ve probably seen it at least once (if not, what are you waiting for?! It’s AMAZING!). And yet you are still craving MORE Wonder Woman adventures! That’s totally natural. From classics to origin story shake-ups, PBCLS has tons of Wonder Woman comics just waiting for you to pick up.

Wonder Woman Her Greatest Battles

Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles
By Various
2017-02 – DC Comics

With the powers of a god and the fighting spirit of an Amazon, Wonder Woman is Earth’s fiercest defender. On Themyscira, Diana was trained from birth to be a warrior. Her skills in battle are unmatched, as are her bullet-stopping bracelets and Lasso of Truth. Now, relive her greatest triumphs.

 

Wonder Woman Blood

Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood
By Azzarello, Brian
Illustrator Chiang, Cliff
Illustrator Akins, Tony
2012-06 – DC Comics

Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life-and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay.

AND MORE!

I absolutely loved the Azzarello run and thoroughly enjoyed his version of Diana’s origin and her connection to Greco-Roman mythos. It is also possibly the closest to the movie version (that’s as “spoilery” as I’ll get, I promise! <3 ).

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Joker

JokerI’m always amused when people say The Joker is their favorite comic book villain.  Really?  Which one?

Since 1940, The Joker has been a merry prankster, a vicious sociopath, and a gangster.  The Joker has been depicted as a chaotic force unleashed on Gotham and a cunning criminal.  He’s killed a Robin, paralyzed Batgirl, and  tried to trademark “Laughing Fish.”

In Brian Azzarello’s Joker, the story is told from Jonny Frost’s perspective.  Frost volunteers to pick up Joker when he’s released from Arkham Asylum.  Frost is showing his respect to  Joker, but getting close to Joker also means living the life Frost thinks he deserves.  In an interesting character moment, Joker immediately sizes Frost up as the type of guy who has a shovel in his trunk.

Outside Arkham, Joker finds his criminal empire  divided among his lackeys.  The majority of the book follows Joker’s reclamation of his empire and the brutal elimination of those who showed him disrespect — with Frost along as gunman and driver.

With his scarred smile, it’s easy to connect Azzarello’s Joker with Heath Ledger’s, but I don’t believe that’s the intent here.  Instead, Azzarello has taken Batman’s rogues gallery and presented a realistic take on how Gotham’s underworld would work.

Drawn (overdrawn?) by Lee Bermejo, Killer Croc is a hulking brute with a skin disorder, not a human/reptile hybrid.  The Riddler sports a tattooed glam look, not the Matthew Lesko suit.  (Note to Mimi, you won’t be happy with this Harley Quinn.)  These aren’t monsters or costumed villains, they’re criminals operating out of dives surrounded by alcohol, drugs, and violence.