REVIEW: Wonder Woman: 75th Anniversary Special #1

An immense special issue celebrating seventy-five years of the Amazing Amazon, through phenomenal new stories, art, and stand-alone illustrations! Featuring a roster of incredible creators-some who’ve laid down legendary runs with the character, and some who’ve never drawn her before-including Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Renae De Liz, Brenden Fletcher, Adam Hughes, Karl Kerschl, Gail Simone, and many, many more . . .

How fitting the 75th Anniversary issue for this beloved character come in with 75 spectacular pages!  This anthology brings some massive talent to pay homage to a beloved character and they delivered!  You won’t find Wonder Woman’s origins in these pages but you will find gorgeous art and perfect stories, highlighting the powerful central traits of Diana.  I will say not every story was perfection, but even those I felt were slightly weaker, whether in art style or script, left me smiling.  If you are not a Wonder Woman fan, I cannot definitively say you will be transformed; but if you are a fan, you must add this book.  It is well worth the $7.99 for half of the beauty it contains.

The issue begins with a few darker tone stories but they never lose sight of Diana’s hope and optimism.  I particularly enjoyed the “Predators” by Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl for its animated feel and the M. Scott/ R. Rossmo “One Side Alone” short was awesome as well.  Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp’s “Wonder Woman In Conversation” was perfection and provided on going readers a nice tie in with the “Lies” storyline.  I could drive on and find highlights for each included story, but I would be robbing readers of the joy this issue brings.  I feel the same about the art so I will only include a few pages.  Just go out and buy this book!

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