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Subj: Re: Is The Azzarello Run Really That Good? Might It Be The Best Run Ever?
Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 at 03:40:38 pm EST (Viewed 8 times)
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    Would it get someone who wants to like Wonder Woman but never really has, to enjoy the book?

I believe it would yes, whether it is the best run on Wonder Woman ever is a subjective view, I would say no, but it differs from all other previous reigns (bar Roy Thomas & Gene Colan's) as it has a unique visual and narrative style to it. A mood if you will.
The series was first debuted presenting a very particular gothic style to it, a tonal piece which owed a small debt to the horror genre and embraced the historical greek myths in a way never seen before in the title... Often a very graphic way, and occasionally not for the kiddies it must be said.
Brian Azzarello does gain a good deal of heavy criticism for some of the decisions he took concerning the Wonder Woman mythos and true nature of the Amazons, and those are justified, but taen as a whole his understanding and characterisation of Diana herself was the most faithful and true of anyone else working on her in this New 52 environment. This is not the extreme version seen in Geoff Johns' early Justice League, nor is it the simple minded barbarian Johns and others peddle, rather Brian Azzarello's interpretation is thoughtful, sincere, and above all hugely compassionate to those around her.
All of these traits he uses in her presentation can be found in virtually every previous era of Wonder Woman - the hero who thinks of others while playing down herself. And a part of the means by which he achieved this is by placing her into a position of being the protector and friend to those in desperate need of her protection, whether that be goddess Hera or the unexceptional everday woman that was Zola.

The paintwork on Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman was new, the underlying character though, with her empath and positivity, was relatively unchanged. And for that we should be extremely grateful...

I didn't like it and stopped collecting/reading it after six issues. I love Wonder Woman; the concept and the character. So if you want to see what the undeserved (my opinion) hype is about, I suggest you get the trades and read it all at once to 'appreciate' what Azz was trying to accomplish.

I felt that Diana was a supporting character in her book. I did not like how most of the pantheon was portrayed. I sure as hell didn't like the way the amazons were portrayed. And I (REAL STRONG WORD HERE) didn't like that Zeus is her father. I DID like the fact that she was smarter in Azz's rendering than she was...everywhere else in Nu52.

I think you would enjoy the Perez run and I think it has held up well. You see the character questioning and searching for identity; but you also see the ANSWER (i.e. THIS IS WHO I AM!).

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