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Wonder Woman #1

68
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 28 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.

Publication Date
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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
39 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CG6QQ1NY

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28 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 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

    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

    ComicsOnline

    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!

  • 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

    COMICON

    ‘Wonder Woman’ #1 is a hard-hitting, breathtaking and highly emotive first issue from Tom King and Daniel Sampere. The Amazons are persona non gratis in America and rounded up and shipped out, something a certain Princess of the Amazons does not agree with. When she becomes the inevitable target, this lady is definitely not for turning. Superman may be the Man of Steel, but Diana is the Iron Lady.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    King’s pacing hits the page with clever direction. An early showdown between a powerful Wonder Woman and a comparatively weak Steel features some very smart foreshadowing. Wonder Woman has been around for long enough that she KNOWS she’s going to face this guy again many, many times. She tells him as much…which is such a brilliantly self-aware line for Wonder Woman to utter as she defeats the guy. If King can manage more of this kind of cleverness, his run with Diana should be a lot of fun.

  • 95

    AIPT

    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.

  • 95

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 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!

  • 90

    Henchman-4-Hire

    A master of his craft delivers the exact issue he wants, nailing the tone, the narration, the storytelling, the use of characters and more. As strong a first issue as you’re ever likely to read.

  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    Wonder Woman #1 gets a lot of credit from me for being willing to at least broach the topics it does. But, it loses a decent amount of that credit for introducing an element that threatens to do away with all of that commentary. But, even with that narrative misstep, it’s a well-paced and good-looking issue.

  • 86

    Comic Watch

  • 83

    Zona Negativa

  • 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.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 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.

  • 70

    Razorfine

    We don’t get to see much of Wonder Woman in the issue that kicks off her new arc, but we know she’s not leaving without putting up a fight and getting to the truth of what’s happened and what’s behind America’s disproportionate response to that single incident (which seems to tie back to some secret patriarchal cabal?). There are some interesting ideas at play, but it’s not exactly a fun read for DC’s “bright new era.” That said, I’m curious how Diana’s status as a criminal will affect her larger role across the DCU.

  • 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

    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

    ComicBook.com

    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

    SuperHeroHype

    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 has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on Batman to the introspective Mister Miracle, King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

Before becoming a household name in comics, Tom King embarked on a path far removed from the world of capes and villains. As a former CIA officer, King’s experiences have infused his storytelling with a palpable sense of realism and gravity, setting his work apart in a crowded field. His transition from espionage to comics might seem unexpected, but it’s this very background that enriches his narrative voice, allowing him to craft stories of heroism and sacrifice with authenticity.

King’s ascent in the comic book industry began with The Vision, a series that turned the Marvel android into a tragic figure struggling with the concept of family and humanity. This work, characterized by its melancholic exploration of identity, laid the foundation for King’s reputation as a storyteller capable of blending superhero action with deep, literary themes. His ability to humanize iconic characters, making their struggles and triumphs resonate on a personal level, has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

However, it is perhaps his work on DC Comics’ Batman that has most profoundly impacted the comic book landscape. King’s Batman is a figure shaped by vulnerability and introspection, a departure from the invincible hero trope. Through arcs like “City of Bane” and the poignant Batman Annual #2, King explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, offering a fresh perspective on the Dark Knight’s mythos.

In addition to his superhero narratives, Tom King has ventured into the realm of creator-owned projects, such as Strange Adventures and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. These works further showcase his versatility, delving into science fiction and cosmic drama while maintaining his signature emotional depth and complex character studies.

Beyond the pages of his comics, King’s presence in the industry as a thought leader and advocate for the medium is undeniable. His candid discussions about the challenges of mental health, the creative process, and the importance of storytelling in contemporary culture have made him a respected figure among peers and fans.

Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

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