Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Cliff Chang Colorist: Mathew Wilson Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Not only am I a somewhat new DC reader (an occasional reader of certain runs and mini's), but I'm a very new Wonder Woman reader. I was however already an Azzarello fan and hearing this book was going to take Wonder Woman in a different direction I was interested.
I guess for me Wonder Woman always seemed like a secondary superman type character with much less interesting villains, but from the get-go this book gives you a different experience than most capes and tights comics. Azzarello takes Wonder Woman in a different direction with monsters and gods lining up as her new villains instead of some guy with mommy-issues that was in some sort of chemical accident and threw on some tights. It could also be my love of fantasy that helped this angle win me over, but whatever the reason it worked. It's a nice change of pace after reading through all the other super-hero comics to have this one waiting for me. And a side though on this was that when you look at the Justice League, having Diana be this sort of warrior goddess, monster-hunter brings something different to the table than any of the other heroes.
I've heard a few complaints about the art, but it seems a perfect fit for the book. Something about it gives a slightly gritty feel of a sword and sorcery book, but fits Wonder Woman into it perfectly. And the little touches like showing her amazon height and making use of her various fighting abilities are all handled beautifully.
This was one of my favorite books from the New DC relaunch and definitely the one that surprised me most. I worry what will happen to the book when Azzarello leaves, but I'm definitely enjoying the ride for now.