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Wonder Woman #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 21 critic ratings.

After a mysterious Amazonian is accused of mass murder, Congress passes the Amazon Safety Act, barring all Amazons from U.S. soil. To carry out their plans, the government starts a task force, the Amazon Extradition Entity (A.X.E.), to remove those who don’t comply, by any means necessary. Now, in her search for the truth behind the killing, Wonder Woman finds herself an outlaw in the world she once swore to protect!

Writer Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow) and superstar artist in the making Daniel Sampere (Dark Crisis, Action Comics) join forces for this action-packed relaunch and the beginning of what will undoubtedly become a groundbreaking run on the character.

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39 pages
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21 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Wonder Woman #1 is a riveting start to a new storyline, one of the best first issues I’ve read in a long time. It holds up a mirror to America, delivering a politically charged story that puts Wonder Woman on the run and gives her two new formidable enemies. It’s filled with heart-breaking moments as well as blazing action. I look forward to seeing where next issue takes us.
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Wonder Woman #1 is a stunning but sombre start. It features a full team of absolute masters of comic creation, delivering a story that exposes the majesty of the Amazons to the horrors of humanity. It’s thought-provoking and violent, firing shots that were never expected at this level and so early. Diana and her sisters now face a threat that can do real damage to them, and this brazen start shows that none of them are safe.
  • 100

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    King feels right at home with the Washington, DC setting and the Tom Clancy vibes. Sampere’s art is clean and majestic, which fits the character of Wonder Woman perfectly.
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    A brand new era begins with an incredible first issue. King and Sampere have reinvented the title with a rich new story and a dynamic visual style. It might be a sad day for Amazon-US relations but it’s a bold new start for Wonder Woman.
  • 100


    This book is firing on all cylinders. The action, story, and art have been turned up to eleven. King’s name is already a “satisfaction guaranteed” sticker, but this book will put its entire team on your radar (if they weren’t already). Never before have I been this interested in a Wonder Woman comic book, but the next issue can’t come out fast enough. As stated on the cover, a new era (truly) begins!
  • 95


    I can only imagine the political and social commentary going on in this book will annoy some, but it's books like this that move the needle and feel important in our daily discourse. Wonder Woman #1 is an intelligent thriller with a complex story looking at our culture composed for modern comic readers. Along the way, it features Wonder Woman showing off her abilities while trying to navigate a complex situation that only she can resolve. She's the target against an enemy threatening all of America because she may be the only thing to save us.
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This story is a hard read, brutally intense and painful in places as it evokes immigration roundups, police brutality, and kill squads. It’s too early to say how this book will fit in with the rest of the DCU, but it’s easy to see that this will be another King classic.
  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    Mixing in the superhero world with political conspiracies brings forth a grave challenge to Princess Diana of Themyscira. Through King’s superb writing, the visuals from Sampere and Morey paint a fractured and dangerous new world with one character fighting for justice against insurmountable odds. The hype is completely justified on what is happening within these pages.
  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: King is doing something beautifully subversive and intriguing with this new arc for Diana and the Amazons. The story has a deceptively dark tone to it and that tone brilliantly showcases the light that is Wonder Woman. I love that the story is filled with government conspiracies, dark cabals and a villain that feels more grounded and formidable. I’m excited about this story, its connections to Diana and how she’s going to have to go underground to solve its big mystery. The Art: Sampere delivers fantastic art in the issue. I love the visual style of the issue and how big and visually engaging everything looks.
  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    With a mysterious new villain whose reveal not only makes sense but delivers a “why hasn’t this been done before?” vibe, Wonder Woman #1 is an amazing start that adds a massive boost to a series that’s sure to excite some and divide others. It’s not afraid to wear everything on its sleeve with a debut that’s sure to get folks talking and create a hell of a buzz. This is one to not sleep on and miss out!
  • 86
  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Tom King is in his bag with the political and social commentary in Wonder Woman #1. That may not be for everyone, but King clearly has big plans for his run-on Wonder Woman. As long as he can tighten up some of pacing issues with his writing, King has set the stage to tell an epic story. It helps that Daniel Sampere is on this title. Sampere artwork is spectacular throughout Wonder Woman #1, presenting the series as one of DC Comics premium titles.
  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    Wonder Woman looks good and this first issue wasn’t a bad start. It’s more a matter of can King resist his occasional questionable instincts and avoid making this title too much of a dark and despair-inducing slog.
  • 70

    First Comics News

    Wonder Woman gets a new series, only this time it’s written by Tom King. He’s a writer who can set up such great concepts. Then, those same concepts get too convoluted to where the characters and the story itself lose their focus now that he’s back to writing a natural superhero story, I just assumed he would go back to his roots. After reading this- I was wrong! The plot involves Congress passing a law that forbids Amazons on U.S. soil after an Amazonian is accused of murder, making Diana Prince an outlaw, Wonder Woman herself doesn’t even show up for the first half of this issue (Unbelievable, huh!), I find it hard to believe, but it looks as if King’s plans for this series are already falling short, and I feel that some of King’s fans will enjoy this new iteration of W.W,. even if it does come off as sloppy. Let’s hope and pray he picks up the pace.
  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Wonder Woman #1 is peak Tom King. Cursing, bloody murder, and misery, all rolled into a comic that turns a xenophobic, bigoted America against innocent Amazons. Sampere's art is fantastic, and give credit to King for a skillfully written script, but everything about this story is just plain ugly.
  • 50

    Wonder Woman #1 has potential in that it's a departure from what readers have seen across more recent runs on the title. By taking on the sociopolitical climate surrounding immigration, there's an opportunity to explore our shared humanity and values. Unfortunately, even in the first issue some of King's standard weaknesses are present with a top-loaded story that is heavy on narration with plenty of telling-not-showing, the recycling of a previous (and problematic) story, and the distortion of existing characters to fit a theme rather than writing a story that stems from the characters being written. It is all in furtherance of what feels like a too lofty goal that doesn't have a clear path forward. The only saving grace is the artwork, which is outstanding. Wonder Woman #1 is a comic book likely to be of great appeal to King fans but it is already showing signs of falling short of servicing the character whose name is on the cover and remains strangely absent from its pages.
  • 50

    DC Comics News

    The art is so good, one can easily flip through the pages and just admire them regardless of the story being told. Unfortunately, the forthcoming story that is suggested by this issue is pretty boring. Even with the mystery surrounding the identity of Trinity’s father that is wrapped up in all this, Trinity’s first appearance was disappointing enough to bring no added excitement to the beginning of the story in Wonder Woman #1. To enjoy this issue, you may need to forget this is a Wonder Woman comic and tell yourself it’s a dystopian tale of a world you don’t really know. If you go in thinking it’s about Wonder Woman, you will most likely be disappointed. Overall, it’s not a strong start to this run outside of Sampere”s exceptional art. Lastly, was the killer supposed to look like Cassie Sandsmark?
  • 50


    Wonder Woman #1 is a fantastic looking comic, but the story will seem unpleasantly familiar to fans of the character. It is possible that Tom King might put a spin on the idea that will distinguish it from the original Amazons Attack. Unfortunately, this first issue offers little hope that will be the case.
  • 47

    Multiversity Comics

    A new direction for Wonder Woman, certainly, and not a terrible issue but it struggles to justify itself, doing little to endear itself to anyone except hard-core King fans.
  • 40

    Graham Crackers Comics

    10 out of 10 for keeping it real and being politically aware. Minus several thousand points for making me read a comic that gave me anxiety.

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King (born July 15, 1978) is an American author, comic book writer, and ex-CIA officer. He is best known for writing the novel A Once Crowded Sky, The Vision for Marvel Comics, The Sheriff of Babylon for the DC Comics imprint Vertigo, and Batman and Mister Miracle for DC Comics.

Early life

King primarily grew up in Southern California. His mother worked for the film industry which inspired his love of storytelling. He interned at both DC and Marvel Comics during the late 1990s. He studied both philosophy and history at Columbia University, graduating in 2000. He identifies as “half-Jewish, half-midwestern”.


King interned both at DC Comics and Marvel Comics, where he was an assistant to X-Men writer Chris Claremont, before joining the CIA counterterrorism unit after 9/11. King spent seven years as a counterterrorism operations officer for the CIA before quitting to write his debut novel, A Once Crowded Sky, after the birth of his first child.

A Once Crowded Sky, King’s debut superhero novel with comics pages illustrated by Tom Fowler, was published on July 10, 2012 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, to positive reception.

In 2014, King was chosen to co-write Grayson for DC Comics, along with Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin on art. After penning Nightwing #30, King, Seeley, and Janin launched Grayson in May 2014, featuring Dick Grayson leaving behind his Nightwing persona at age 22 to become Agent 37, a Spyral spy. King and Seeley plotted the series together and traded issues to script separately, with King providing additional authenticity through his background with the CIA.

A relaunch of classic DC Comics series The Omega Men was published in June 2015 by King and debut artist Barnaby Bagenda, as part of the publisher’s relaunch DC You. The series follows a group of rebels fighting an oppressive galactic empire, and feature White Lantern Kyle Rayner. The Omega Men, created in 1981, are DC’s cosmic equivalent to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, though significantly more obscure. King’s and Bagenda’s use of the nine-panel grid, popularized by Alan Moore‘s and Dave Gibbons‘ Watchmen, has been praised by reviewers.

In San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Vertigo revealed a new creator-owned project written by King with art by Mitch Gerads titled The Sheriff of Baghdad. The project, a crime series in the vein of Vertigo titles like Preacher and Scalped, was set to launch in late 2015, and was inspired by King’s time in Iraq as part of the CIA. Initially an eight-issue miniseries, it was later re-titled The Sheriff of Babylon and expanded into an ongoing series. The first issue launched in December 2015 to critical acclaim, with reviewers praising its “deeply personal” storytelling and the “intriguing” and “captivating” personalities of its characters. That same year, DC announced “Robin War”, a crossover storyline set for December that would run for five weeks through titles Grayson, Detective Comics, We Are Robin, and Robin: Son of Batman; King was set to orchestrate the crossover’s story-line and pen two one-shots to open and close the series.

As part of Marvel Comics’ All-New, All-Different relaunch, King was announced as the writer of The Vision, a new ongoing following the titular character and his newly created family, with artist Gabriel Hernández Walta, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and covers by Mike del Mundo, launching in November 2015. The Vision has been well received by the public, with reviewers calling the series one of Marvel’s “biggest surprises” and praising the narration, art, and colors.

In September 2015, DC cancelled King’s The Omega Men, along with four other titles, with the series ending with issue seven. After negative fan response to the cancellation, Jim Lee, DC’s co-publisher, announced that they would be bringing back The Omega Men through at least issue 12. Lee described the decision to cancel the series as “a bit hasty,” crediting the book’s critical acclaim and fan social media reactions as the reason the title would go on for the planned 12-issue run.

King penned a Green Lantern one-shot that ties into the “Darkseid War” Justice League storyline, titled “Will You Be My God?”, which James Whitbrook of io9 praised as “one of the best” Green Lantern stories.

King and co-writer Tim Seeley announced they would leave Grayson after issue #18, with King clarifying on Twitter that they were working on something “big and cool” and needed time. King and Seeley officially left the series in February with issue #17, with Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly taking over for its last three issues with issue #18 in March.

DC Comics announced in February 2016 that King had signed an exclusivity deal with the publisher, which would see him writing exclusively for DC and Vertigo. King revealed via his Twitter account that he would stay on The Vision as writer through issue 12, finishing the story arc he had planned from the beginning.

In March 2016, it was announced that King would be writing the main bi-weekly Batman series beginning with a new #1, replacing long-time writer Scott Snyder, as part of DC’s Rebirth relaunch that June. King has stated that his run would be 100 issues total, with the entirety being released twice-monthly, though this was later curtailed to 85 issues and 3 annuals, with a 12 issue followup maxiseries Batman/Catwoman to finish the story.

In August 2017, King and regular collaborator Mitch Gerads launched the first issue of their Mister Miracle series, with a planned total run of twelve issues. In June 2018 DC Comics announced King would be writing Heroes in Crisis, a limited series centering around a concept he introduced in Batman.

In July 2018, he received the Eisner Award for Best Writer, shared with Marjorie Liu.

In May and June 2019, King, DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee, and CW series actresses Nafessa Williams, Candice Patton, and Danielle Panabaker toured five U.S. military bases in Kuwait with the United Service Organizations (USO), where they visited the approximately 12,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in that country as part of DC’s 80th anniversary of Batman celebration.

In September 2020, DC Comics announced that King would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020. From 2021 to 2022, King was the writer on the eight-issue miniseries Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow with artist Bilquis Evely. Susana Polo, for Polygon, wrote that “with the final issue of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow I can definitively say this book slaps front to back. […] The best thing Tom King’s done since Mister Miracle”. David Harth, for CBR, commented that since The Omega Men, “King has mostly stayed away from sci-fi, going for a more psychological take on superheroes instead”. Harth highlighted that Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow “is very much a sci-fi epic” and that the series is “even more imaginative than Omega Men’s sci-fi, as it has King flexing his muscles in different ways”.

Personal life

King lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

[Latest Update: May 23, 2022]