There Wonder Woman comics are everywhere. An 80-year-old book is a long time to read. There are over 750 issues of the main series and a lot of other books that you can read as well.
The good news is that there are a lot of things we can leave out. Isn’t it interesting that Wonder Woman and Superman were together for a while? Forget that. Suppose it never happened. It’s the same for her secret twin brother Jason, when the Amazons came to America, or any time she wears a leather jacket! Not worth it.
Wonder Woman has a lot of good stories to look into. List: The following will help you learn about some of the most important and interesting parts of the Wonder Woman mythos.
1. ‘For a Thousand Years,’ Action Comics #761 (2000)
I know. Superman: The City of Tomorrow Vol. 1 isn’t a Wonder Woman story in and of itself, but if Wonder Woman isn’t enough to get your heart rate up, I’m worried for you.
Story by Joe Kelly isn’t just about action and setting. It’s also about friendship, how Superman and Wonder Woman have been platonic friends since the beginning of time because of Lois Lane. While Lois gets a little jealous, Diana never does, even though she lived with Clark in Asgard for a thousand years.
It all comes together when the artist, German Garcia, gives the picture an epic feel even though the story is very personal.
2. JLA: A League of One (2002)
Putting together superhero teams can be a lot of fun, but only if the writers know how to do so. Many times one or two characters get a raw deal, but that’s not always the case. That’s been true of Wonder Woman at different points during her time with the Justice League. Christopher Moeller’s one-shot, JLA: A League of One, tries to fix that a little bit in that way.
A prophecy says that the Justice League will be crushed by the claws of an old dragon. To save the League, Diana decides that only one member of the team should be there to face the threat: herself, Wonder Woman.
A lot of what Moeller does deals with sacrifice and duty, and he does it with the kind of fantasy art that made him so popular with the Magic: The Gathering game set. Diana’s selflessness is a big part of who she is, and Moeller makes it the main thing in this story.
3. Wonder Woman: Hiketeia (2003)
This is because Wonder Woman has more abilities than other DC characters, which makes her more of a match for Superman than other DC characters. That’s not all: Greg Rucka and J.G. Jones’s Wonder Woman: Hiketeia looks at her relationship with Batman. It’s just as good, if not better, than the first book.
The Hiketeia is a term for a sacred ritual in which people ask for help and are protected. During her escape from sex traffickers, Danielle killed them in self-defense. She became Wonder Woman’s ward.
Of course, that doesn’t work with Batman’s idea of justice, so he and Diana went on a crash course together. This story is a great look at how morality and justice work together. It’s a must-read for anyone who likes Rucka’s work.
4. ‘Challenge of the Gods,’ Wonder Woman (1987) #8-14
George Perez didn’t want to just change Wonder Woman’s history. He used the second arc of his run with co-writer Len Wein (collected in Wonder Woman) to do that. Vol. 1) was written by George Perez.
Still dealing with the patriarchy, she had to deal with new fame and the introduction of one of the most long-lasting versions of her nemesis, the Cheetah.
Cheetah’s desire for power was very different from Diana’s beliefs. This made Cheetah a great foil and a very strong enemy for Wonder Woman.
Diana’s history was not tied to the Justice League when Perez ran the comics. She could stand alone. She didn’t start out as a person who was defined by the men who were around her. Perez, along with editors Janice Race and Karen Berger, were determined to make that happen again in their book.
Perez and Wein talked about Wonder Woman’s costume, her rivalry with her fellow Amazons, and what happens when you say no to Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. This set a precedent for Wonder Woman’s relationship with the gods for decades to come.
5. ‘The Twelve Labors,’ Wonder Woman (1942) #212-222
Toward the end of the 1960s and into the 1970s, Wonder Woman became a stylish spy thriller like James Bond or another Avengers movie. Another feminist icon, Gloria Steinem told DC to bring Wonder Woman back to her heroic roots and her old costume, so the company did that.
For her to be accepted back into the Justice League again, Wonder Woman had to complete twelve tasks. This story arc was called Wonder Woman: The Twelve Labors (a la the mythological twelve labors of Hercules). Curt Swan, Martin Pasko, and Len Wein are some of the Bronze Age artists who helped DC sell the new idea (who would later team up with George Perez for another reboot of the character).
Many creative teams and editorial directives that wanted to make the book more in line with the TV show were common in the 1970s. This meant that Diana was always in a state of flux. But “The Twelve Labors” is still one of the best stories from that time period. It shows Wonder Woman’s place in the superhero world again.
6. Wonder Woman #14-44
By Gail Simone, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and more
After a long run on Birds of Prey, Gail Simone took over Wonder Woman in 2008. She worked with artists Terry and Rachel Dodson to make the comic book. Their first arc, “The Circle,” is a great story that looks into a dark part of Diana’s past and the history of the Amazons. The book stays strong the whole way through. One of the best runs in comic book history saw Wonder Woman go to space and fight Genocide. She was also visited by the Green Lantern Corps and Power Girl while she was there.
7. Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Volume 2
By Amy Chu, Noelle Stevenson, and more
Each volume of Sensation Comics has a different set of standalone stories from a variety of different artists, and each one is worth reading. This is the best part of the second movie. Big Barda and Lois Lane appear, as well as astronauts, dragons, and more. It’s hard to pick just one: Lauren Beukes and Mike Maihack’s cute Wonder Woman vs. Cheetah story, and James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson’s story about Wonder Woman’s first trip outside of the kingdom.