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Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2 Hardcover – Illustrated, October 9, 2018
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"Morrison offers a fiercer, stranger, more epic, more textured, and, incidentally, more diverse interpretation." --Booklist
"Yanick Paquette's art celebrates the clear confidence of Diana and the Amazons, their posture immaculately proud and natural." --Paste Magazine
About the Author
He is the co-creator of the 2017 hit SYFY television series HAPPY! based on his comic book, with season two shooting this summer in New York. Concurrently he is co-creator on a TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD, in development for SYFY/USA.
In his secret identity, Morrison is a "counterculture" spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.
- ASIN : 1401281176
- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated edition (October 9, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781401281175
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401281175
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.83 x 0.44 x 10.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #107,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One thing people need to remember is that this story is not in DC canon. If you don’t like this take on Wonder Woman that’s ok because this is an alternate universe. The story opens similar to the 2017 movie where Themyscira is being invaded by the Nazi’s except in the story they are led by a super powerful aryan female called Uberfraulein. The Nazi’s are defeated, and the Venus Girdle is placed on the German female causing her Nazi ideals to slip away while literally dropping her into a submissive position. She is then sent to Improvement Island to engage in a lesbian relationship. This pretty much sets the tone for the story and I imagine this one being at least as polarizing as the first volume.
I really wish more comic book writers would do what Grant Morrison is doing with this Earth One series. Morrison deconstructs the very concept of the Amazons but more than that he injects actual relevant and controversial topics into the story. A story about Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor duking it out is fun but it has no social relevance. Wonder Woman being asked whether trans women have a place in her utopia or a pink haired feminist telling Wonder Woman that the Amazons could bring the patriarchy to its knees is socially relevant. Putting aside ones views on the transgendered or modern feminism, Morrison is addressing ideas of the real world. I can understand people not liking this story. The ideas can be uncomfortable, and many people read comics for escapism. I get that. However, if you want pure escapism the comic market is loaded with that and no one is forced to read this book. Also, I think it would be a mistake to think that Morrison is actually advocating some radical view of feminism even if it’s coming out of the mouth of Wonder Woman. Morrison has a character expose some of the flaws in WW’s plan for cheerful male submission.
I don’t want to overstate some of the more controversial points of the book. The main story concerns longtime adversary Dr. Psycho and his attempt to manipulate Wonder Woman. There is also an appearance by Max Lord although he really doesn’t do much. The plot was intriguing, and Dr. Psycho felt like a credible threat even though he possesses no super powers. I was really getting into it but the ending felt very abrupt as if it dawned on Morrison that he needed to wrap things up ASAP. Having said that, there isn’t a true ending and it’s clear that the story is intended to continue. Given the infrequency of the Earth One releases there’s never a guarantee that there will be another.
I expect more from the Earth One books because they are released so infrequently. Only two came out this year and there are none currently scheduled in the future. Having read the first volume of Wonder Woman Rebirth I would say that Earth One Wonder Woman is a higher level of quality. The art by Yanick Paquette is gorgeous even if you don’t like the story. I found this story more compelling than the first volume of WW Rebirth and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a third volume if Morrison writes it.
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To be honest I really do not understand what the point of this story was. I have to say it is probably the most boring Wonder Woman books I have read. The main bad guy seems to set out to prove that for all of her strength and power Wonder Woman is still "just a woman", and the worst part is he manages to break her.
Then just as the story starts to show some promise it ends. I hate leaving stories unfinished but I definitely have to consider if I want send any money on the next book. In both volumes this incarnation of Wonder Woman acts more like a free love hippy guru then a champion of justice. I definitely would not recommend this book.
Can Wonder Woman convince them that she is not a threat?. Who is the real enemy attempting to destroy her reputation as an ambassador of peace?. All will be revealed as you read through this book.
The writing by Grant Morrison is still pretty good and, the artwork in the panels by Yannick Paquette, looks as beautiful as ever. I can't wait for Volume 3.