Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals - Comics From The Basement

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Back in the 1980s, DC Comics felt that their continuity was too difficult and complex for new readers to understand... hell... they STILL think... but by the middle of the decade they 'solved' the problem by publishing Crisis on Infinite Earths, which saw another of characters killed off, things reset and rebooted to try and make things more accessible for readers.... so as you can tell by my age, when I became a comic book fan, it was in the post-Crisis era of DC.

However one of the biggest things that resulted from Crisis was that the first Wonder Woman comic book series was ended when the character was killed in the final issue of the Crisis event, but since that was done to erase all of the established continuity, it meant Wonder Woman was going to be reborn, rebooted and re-launched with a clean slate and no baggage. 

Which brings us to this weeks recommendation, Wonder Woman Gods and Mortals, the trade collection (or rather second, but I'll get to that in a bit) that collections the first seven issues of the Wonder Woman series that started being published in 1987.

The creative team includes George Perez (who also was the pencilier), Len Wein and Greg Potter, who probably should get a lot more credit than he does for what went into this. As noted in the introduction, DC wanted a 'new' Wonder Woman, but didn't know what kind of 'new', either a totally new character with just the Wonder Woman name associated with it... or what Potter proposed, keeping the character's origin and back-story similar to the past, 'an Amazon going into a 'Man's World', Amazon's being resurrected  forms of women killed in pre-history and other concepts.

However it is George Perez who got tasked, or rather, he volunteered to work on the getting series started, signing on to do the initial story over six months... but then stayed on the book for 5 years, and to say it was critical and commercial success is an understatement.

So here's the review of the trade collection:  It collects all seven issues of the 'Gods and Mortals' story arc, starting giving a total origin in issue one, the circumstances of Wonder Woman leaving Themsyscria in issue two, and then the build up and showdown with Ares, the god of war. As an introduction series, it works on having the hero go up against an powerful foe where there is doubt on if she'll succeed or survive (obviously she does) and gives momentum into the next story-arc. This has it all. The art work is still great for it's from that pre-90s period so everyone who is supposed to be human looking, actually looks human, and the coloring is just gorgeous through out.

As far as the dimensions of the trade itself, it's a tad taller than a normal comic book, and obvious thicker so it will fit nicely on most bookshelves. Also this particular version comes with the 2009 DC Animiated movie Wonder Woman, (which is based a bit on the Gods and Mortals story arc) is included.... in both blu-ray and DVD formats... though getting the discs out of the pocket sleeves is a bit of a pain in the ass.

So from a comic's stand point, it's certainly a great read to track down, and from a collectors point of view, it's also awesome to have.

At the time of this review, this is one item that can't be found currently at, however you can find it at

Next week, the spotlight of the Basement will be turned back toward independent comics, with two written and drawn by Ryan M. Brady of Camden Comics!

Till next time!

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