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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wonder Woman: Amazon, Hero, Icon Book Review

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Wonder Woman: Amazon, Hero, Icon Book Review

About the Book: Wonder Woman is a comprehensive look at the first and most important female super hero of DC Comics, from the Golden Age to the present day. Wonder Woman is the most popular female super hero of all time and a cultural icon. During her existence, she has served in the army, renounced her powers at the height of the feminist movement, and helped launch Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine. She has been—and continues to be—a trailblazing role model to girls and women and an integral part of the cultural zeitgeist. Loosely chronological, Wonder Woman explores idiosyncratic creator William Moulton Marston’s interest in ideas of a "new woman" for the twentieth century; costume and character story changes over the decades; the influence on all other female comic book characters since her inception; and how Wonder Woman is still powerful and relevant in today’s comic book renaissance. The book contains more than 250 Wonder Woman illustrations, including covers, interior comic art, and sketch treatments, beginning with her inception in the early 1940s to present-day treatments of the character. Celebrated artists include Alex Ross, Jim Lee, George Perez, and Brian Bolland, to name only a few. The book will also feature rare covers and pin-up posters created for past special-edition comic books. Wonder Woman is certain to appeal to fanboys and fangirls, collectors, and newcomers to the comic book genre alike.

Our Take: Robert Greenberger is famous in comic book circles for his great writing.  These days he produces some great books, like the recent Batman Encyclopedia.  This time he's tackling another famous DC Comics character....Wonder Woman. 

This hardcover book features a dust jacket with the nowadays obligatory Alex Ross artwork, which is fantastic as always.   The book is packed with full-color images from the past 70 years of Wonder Woman's history, including full comic book pages.  The book is definately more centric on images rather than information.   There is only so much information to go around about Wonder Woman, her character hasn't varied that much over the decades.   We get a great look at how she has changed since the 1940s, a number of sketches for comics and merchandise and some great comic book covers.   

Overall, the book is attractive and dynamic.  Its a great addition to any comic book fan's book collection and has some great information and history on this iconic amazonian character.   We definately recommend this title for anyone that is an existing fan or interested in Wonder Woman.

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