DC Comics’ Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons # 1 is a stunning piece of visual art that transcends her superhero roots and transports readers to a world of myth.
Batman has First year and Year zero. Superman has Man of steel, birthright, and Secret origins. These iconic DC heroes have been given multiple origin stories through comics and other media. However, the origin story of Wonder Woman has never received so much attention in DC Comics. In the DC Black Label series Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Phil Jimenez give the character the ambitious origin she deserves.
Described by DC as “the entire story of the Amazons” until Steve Trevor’s arrival on Themyscira, this first issue delves into the Greek goddesses and their righteous anger. Unable to tolerate the cruelty of men any longer, the goddesses implement a plan that gives birth to a new people: the warrior women whom they call the Amazons. This oversized problem stretches from the realm of otherworldly myth to the all-too-human concerns of Hippolyta, the future Queen of the Amazons. Simply calling it an origin story for Wonder Woman is short.
Wonder woman historia is a story of the Amazons, their mythology, and the complex and unfair treatment of women throughout history. It is both a feminist rallying cry and a power fantasy embracing femininity while condemning the historic abuse of power by men. Hosted by one of the industry’s most famous writers and an openly gay man, the issue reads like a counter-cultural statement. It is an amazing work of visual narrative art, lovingly rendered by Phil Jimenez.
Like a story that spans the generations, Story is a spectacle. Jimenez uses richly and finely illustrated double pages. There are moments of breathtaking beauty that exist only to invite the reader to sit in the grand scope of the story. The story begins with a single black page with white text, explaining that this story is the narrative of the Amazons, their myth to counter the point of view of men who have long controlled the narrative. After its minimal opening, there is a two-page spread of six goddesses drawn like brightly colored marble pillars.
DeConnnick’s words are powerful and lyrical. Her handwriting is retained just enough to let the illustrations for the issue steal the show. But the story wouldn’t work without the clarity of vision that allows each page to focus on the themes at its center. DeConnick challenges his collaborators to step outside the traditional boundaries of superhero comic book storytelling as women step outside of their patriarchal persecution.
The colors of Hi-Fi, Arif Prianto and Romulo Fajardo Jr give the book an otherworldly beauty. Vivid neon colors swirl in nebulae and feather gradations that place the Greek pantheon beyond humanity. When the book shifts to its character-centric part with Hippolyta, its colors draw on earth tones to ground its story. Throughout the issue, the color red serves as a visual motif depicting violence and persecution. Red follows Hippolyta and serves to punctuate his grief and anger.
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons The story of # 1 is the kind of grand mythology that befits the character, his world, and his pop culture heritage. Epic in scope and beautiful to see, Wonder woman historia is a question not to be missed.
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