Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Guts (The New 52) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/9/17
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Wonder Woman goes to hell! After playing Poseidon, Hades, and Hera against each other, Hades strikes back by kidnapping Zola and trapping her in the Underworld. It's up to Wonder Woman--with a little help from the God of Love and the God of Smiths--to break Zola out. But what is Hades' real game, and once you get into the land of the dead, how exactly do you get out?
Collecting WONDER WOMAN #7-12.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Expect a lot more Wonder Woman fans after a few issues of this book."—USA Today
"This is clear storytelling at its best....It's an intriguing concept and easy to grasp. The reader doesn't need to know that much about Wonder Woman because she is, well, Wonder Woman."—The New York Times
"It's a different direction for Wonder Woman, but one still steeped in mythology, and I think this is the start of great things from Azzarello and Chiang."—The Onion AV Club
"There's actually a lovely balance between being just wordy enough and going mute to let the art do the heavy lifting. And let me tell you, Cliff Chiang's art does said heavy lifting with nary a grunt. He handles suspense, gore, and action all with aplomb. His line-work is loose enough to avoid being static, and yet maintains a confident line."—Ain't It Cool News
Cliff Chiang - Art 7, 8, 11, 12
Tony Akins - Pencils 9, 10
7 Wonder Woman pays a visit to Hephaestus and learns where new Amazons come from. It's not pretty.
8-10 Armed with the guns of Eros, Diana heads to Hades (the place) to rescue pregnant Zola from Hades (the god), led there by Hermes. Zola is rescued, but Hades insists that Diana marries him.
11-12 Apollo takes Zeus' vacant throne and banishes Hera from Olympus. Apollo isn't very nice. Most of the gods we've seen so far aren't, really. They're very selfish and indulge their slightest whims.
In the previous volume, Azzarello annoyed Wonder Woman traditionalists by making her the daughter of Zeus. In this book we learn that in order to replace their numbers, Amazons seduce sailors, get themselves impregnated by them, kill the men, keep the baby girls and give the baby boys to Hephaestus in exchange for weapons. There's really nothing particularly admirable about Azzarello's Amazons at all. If you can accept that, you can still enjoy this series. The question is, how was someone as good as Diana raised by _these_ Amazons? Many traditional Wonder Woman fans dropped the book at this point.
Azzarello and Chiang maintain the high quality of story and art set in the previous volume. (Tony Akins, well...) If you read this run, start with that one Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52)
I also have to give a lot of credit to Cliff Chiang who has just been killing it in terms of art and paneling. He's been one of my favorite artists since his days on Human Target and he was an inspired choice for this character. I also highly recommend his earlier work like Greendale and his run on Green Arrow/Black Canary.
This adventure has WW making her way to the depths of Hades and it's a thrilling adventure filled with subterfuge and femme fatale covert affairs. The other gods within the Greek Pantheon such as Aphrodite, Hermes, Apollo, Artemis and Hephaestus and they're a great addition to the WW Universe. I really missed her interactions with these Gods and was getting sick of how overused others like Zeus and Ares were.
Please pick this up and reward some great creators for some sterling work.
It's a fantastic book, albeit cartoonish art but it doesn't take away from the story at all. It actually sets up it's own vibe. Definitely a unique comic, and a unique take on Wonder Woman. I need Volume Three for sure now!