On the second page, it was immediately obvious why Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons took more than three years to make. The long wait title from DC’s Black Label publisher is a dwindling goblet, a series of pages as wide as the BWOMMM of Hans Zimmer’s score, a masochistic commitment to decorum that has turned into decadence on paper.
But is it all? too much?
(Spoiler: No. Or maybe it is, but it doesn’t matter. Or maybe it’s the most important thing.)
Who is making Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons?
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 was written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by Phil Jimenez. Both are synonymous with portraying feminist power.
Jimenez’s work is characterized by clean lines, impeccable anatomy, stunning detail, and mesmerizing composition – he also has a long and beloved history with Wonder Woman. For DeConnick, the writer behind Bitch Planet and Captain Marvel, it’s shocking to say that this is her first entry in DC’s Amazons world.
The book was colored by Hi-Fi, Arif Prianto and Romulo Fajardo Jr. The next two issues of the series will be drawn by Gene Ha and Nicola Scott.
What is Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 about?
This first issue retells and adapts DC’s creation of Amazons, borrowing heavily from 1987 George Pérez Wonder Woman trembling, in which some Greek goddesses created a new race of female warriors from the souls of women who had died violently at the hands of men. NS raison d’etre of the book’s enigmatic narrator is to tell a version of history of the Amazons themselves, as opposed to the stories others have told about them.
Of course, at the end of the matter, the whole historia it’s not complete.
Why is Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons happening now?
Wonder Woman History was one of the first titles announced by DC when it revealed the scope and theme of Black Label Imprint in spring 2018. The idea behind Black Label was to create a new venue for the biggest creators in comics to create optional DC Comics stories with high production value – and even even one (literally) bigger page – a role the company’s Vertigo imprint has struggled to fill for the modern market.
There is no corner of the American comic book industry that has not been delayed since the spring of 2020, whether due to Diamond shutdown, paper supply chains, or simple market uncertainty. But Jimenez’s usual process and the larger size of the Black Label books are certainly unique factors here. Wonder Woman History two inches wider (an additional five inches for double page spread) and half an inch taller than standard US stapled floppy disks.
More than 64 pages? That’s a lot of art.
Is there a read request?
Nothing. After all, the whole point of Wonder Woman History is to start from scratch. Wonder Woman fans will find plenty here to check out the gaga, but fans of Hades, or Neil Gaiman, or Greek mythology in general. Anyone will love a story about gods and mortals illustrated within an inch of its life.
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 any good?
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 looks like Jimenez was worried this would be the last thing he ever drew, and so he had to make it most what he used to draw. The book overflowed.
DeConnick has always combined top-notch lyric writing with a knack for bringing out the best in the artists she works with. Here, she sits back so that Jimenez can summon the entire symphony from his pencil, and with a bit of her conductor’s baton head includes lines like: “First piece [Amazon] was born by the Goddess of Harvest. For it is Demeter who ensures that man reaps what he sows. ”
Jimenez’s only one inch in the book isn’t as versatile, even though it packs about a dozen panels into each page, paints a few worthwhile animals, 30 distinct character designs based on deep Greek legends about Amazonian alone, solid writing pits, a double spread, dresses made from hundreds of individually depicted birds, panel hems decorated with rococo flair, or the way Zeus is serious random so you can’t miss the bulge of his rapist’s crotch.
Is it too much? I wish the team had kept some digital textures in the color. Jimenez’s art is complex, his lines are black and four-color clarity, it clashes with overly mechanical gradations, lights and patterns. But I also think “too much” is exactly how DeConnick and Jimenez got it advertised the book – I think exactly too much. Once History coming from Olympus, it can be said, details decrease, colors cool down. It was as if gods and creatures were divinely inspired. suppose It’s hard to keep it all in your mind all at once. I have the largest iPad on the market and I still feel like I can’t get the pages here. This is the book that I need to hold in my hand.
A panel pops out
DeConnick and Jimenez treat us to a collection of 10 Grecian vases depicting patriarchy crimes against those deemed inferior to men. Then you turn the page…
Causes your breathing to be out of tune.
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