Hera lounges on an extravagant sofa with her peacock.

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1

Written by: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Art by: Phil Jimenez

Coloring by: Hi-Fi, Arif Prianto, Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Art by: Clayton Cowles

I don’t feel like I’ve read a comic book, so much as I’ve read a Greek legend. I’m not gonna pretend like I’m some great literary analyzer who can dive headfirst into everything being said and shown in this book. Even if I was, I don’t have the life experience to properly understand what it’s trying to convey. I can only say that Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons is something so beautiful that I’m going to read again and again just to grasp a fraction of it.

The beauty at work in both the art and the script grabs hold and pulls you in. You’re surrounded by a sea of emotion and feeling, and there’s nowhere to escape. Depending on who you are, you may or may not want to. This book is trying to convey the long-standing pain women have suffered since the start of civilization, but also a pain strictly of today. I can’t say whether or not it succeeds, I have no idea and little right to say. I can only say that I can’t stop thinking about the question after my third read-through.

Hippolyta rides on a horse with a skull around its head.
There’s the future Queen.

It’s pretty easy to understand now why Wonder Woman Historia took three years to come out after its announcement. It’s something made by truly creative people, full of heart and love for what they’re doing.

The story isn’t over, but Wonder Woman Historia is already my favorite origin for the Amazons. It’s an achievement that’s so difficult to describe, but I can only tell you that you have to read it. If you read only one issue, one book, this whole year, read this one.

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