Wonder Woman Earth One
I’m not sure if I’m going against popular opinion here, but I really wasn’t all that impressed with this.
Grant Morrison’s stated aim was to take Diana back to her Golden Age roots, and to an extent he succeeds, not by setting the story in WW2, but by emphasising the “ideals” of William Moulton Marston. There’s an awful lot of tying people up in this story. There are interesting ideas such as Diana’s highly believable reactions to people in Man’s World (i.e. the realistic disgust you would expect from somebody who was raised on an island of physically perfect women), and Steve Trevor’s speech at the end. The “modernised-retro” Etta Candy and the Holliday Girls are pretty insufferable, though. The main problem is, although a lot of the ideas are good, it too often feels too contrived, like it’s all there to make a clever commentary rather than tell an interesting story. After reading that an Amazon is doing something with “loving kindness” for the fifteenth time, you sort of just wish she’d punch somebody instead.
No complaints at all about the art by Yanick Paquette, though. Every page is a marvel of beautiful detail and inventive layout. He’s one of the best stylists in mainstream comics today, and probably the best artists DC currently have (actually do they currently have him? I haven’t seen any monthly work from him since Swamp Thing, and that’s four years ago now).
Would I recommend this? Mmm-maybe. I’m glad I read it, but I don’t think it’s an essential volume, even for Wonder Woman fans, and I don’t think it’s anywhere near Morrison’s best work.