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Wonder Woman #3

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The Lasso of Lies’ true power is revealed as the Sovereign continues his campaign against Wonder Woman!

Could one unsuspecting soldier be the key to defeating our hero?

Find out as Diana uses her own lasso in search of the truth about the Amazon massacre.

Plus, the return of Trinity!

Wonder Woman’s daughter makes her backup story debut in the first of many awe-inspiring adventures from the future.

Publication Date
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Print Lenght
33 pages
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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Wonder Woman has never been as compelling as it is now with Tom King at the helm. This has been one of the better-written series DC has put out recently, and this issue is no exception. The stakes are obviously very high for all Amazons right now. Wonder Woman would have already had very high investment in the issue, but the surprising twist to this story makes it all the more personal. King’s story-telling brilliance is second-to-none, and this series will most definitely be one that Wonder Woman fans talk about for years to come. If the writing doesn’t sell you on that opinion, then the art definitely will. Wonder Woman and her supporting cast have never looked better than they have under Sampere’s pencil. From the strength Diana exudes calmly forcing her way into Steel’s office, to the tragic smile on the face of the young soldier speaking with the Sovereign, no part of this issue isn’t beautiful to look at. The best panel of the issue easily involves the often-joked-about invisible jet with its multiple light sources, great shadowing, and an overall cool panel. Honestly, if you have never picked up an issue of Wonder Woman, this is truly the best time. This issue, and this series, is amazing. As long as King and Sampere are involved, I’ll be reading Wonder Woman every month.
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Three issues in, we’re barely scratching the surface—which is par for the course for a King book. However, for those who think he’s a one-note writer, check out his hilarious backup focusing on a five-year-old Lizzie and her babysitters—Jon and Damian.
  • 90


    Wonder Woman #3 continues to show this series is one of the best superhero comics on the shelf. It does everything a modern superhero fan wants, from incredible art, to ties to modern-day threats, to an ongoing story that brings something new to the character. Wonder Woman is can’t-miss superhero comics.
  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Wonder Woman #3 elevates every element of the series so far. Both the enriching and mysterious storyline unfolds further, there are so many sides getting involved in the war on the Amazons. Wonder Woman’s resistance gets stronger, as do those conspiring against her, with so many unknowns lurking in the shadows. But other parts of the book are getting even better too. There is more variety in the tone, venturing from funny to fearful, and the action features a new tactic in every issue. With each chapter, King establishes unique qualities in the book. The art has been stunning from the beginning, but there are intricacies within this issue that mean that even the unseen moments carry weight.
  • 90


    Another confident, entertaining issue of this new Wonder Woman series. I’m loving the tone of this comic, the way it’s being told, and the artwork. The whole package.
  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: King is crafting an entertaining and interesting story in this issue. There are so many interesting and compelling layers to the story that are served by the great action and rising suspense. I like the slow burn of the arc a lot and look forward to seeing what it reveals next. The Art: Sampere delivers some beautiful art in the issue. The visuals are beautifully detailed and perfectly capture the tone of the story.
  • 85

    Derby Comics

    Tom King’s take on Wonder Woman continues its strong start, though this issue took the smallest step back from the absolutely perfect first two issues. I still love the uneasy dichotomy King creates with the exposition-rich, third-person narration occurring during the tension-heavy scenes featuring Wonder Woman hunting for info on Emelie’s case and the evil man-behind-the-curtain showcasing the Lasso of Lies full power. Where my slight dislike of the issue came in some of Daniel Sampere’s Wonder Woman designs and reactions. A few of the early panels made the character appear too aloof and sassy for what we’d expect, but Sampere more than made up for it with some of the best non-action, action sequences around. His panel transitions throughout Wonder Woman’s confrontation with the armed forces unit was spectacular. This is a Tom King book through and through and will definitely have its detractors because of it, not too mention how much the toxic comic male culture will have fits with the overtly feminist tone. But for this reader, it’s everything I could ask for! I also loved, loved, loved the backup story with Jon, Damian, and young Lizzie. It was so much fun and did a lot of work setting the stage for how the trio’s relationship will transform over the course of their lives. I can’t wait to see more of these three together! Also, two words: WONDER ROBIN! Adorbs!
  • 84

    Comic Watch

    Tom Kings work has been a very slow burn, but his premise for this story is pretty interesting thus far. Is it an original idea? No, not really. DC kinda did the same thing with the Legends event back in the mid 80s, but with this the attention is solely on Diana. Theres so much room to explore here.
  • 80


    Our hero once again marches into the dragon’s lair as she confronts the jingoistic, outdated Sarge Steel while the Sovereign plots from the shadows in ‘Wonder Woman’ #3 by Tom King and Daniel Sampere.
  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Wonder Woman #3 continues the fascinating storyline, as Diana desperately continues to find a way to mend relations between the USA and Amazons. The villains are too one note but the overall story arc is just interesting and thrilling enough to make up for that.
  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Wonder Woman #3 was a massive step-up from the disappointing second issue of the series. Tom King and Daniel Sampere did a great job presenting Wonder Woman as a badass who gets the job done to progress the story forward. The Sovereign side of things is more of a mixed bag due to the narrative choice King decides on going. Still, when you add in an incredibly fun back-up with Damian Wayne, Jon Kent, and Trinity this was a good recovery by King and company.
  • 70


    The B-story offers a look at the Sovereign and how he uses the the Lasso of Lies to bend another supporter to his will. Let’s just say this takes up more panels of the issue than I’d like.
  • 60

    Lyles Movie Files

    This issue doesn’t change much in terms of the direction and hope for this title. King is trying too hard with a series that would be better off it he just leaned harder into his title character’s superhero nature and less this awkward Bourne Identity style conspiracy.
  • 55

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Wonder Woman #3 has the honored distinction of being both boring and gross. Wonder Woman's characterization makes no sense for a character who has lived in Man's World for years, and her efforts to find Emelie are bizarrely lazy. Further, King uses the topic of PTSD and suicide among soldiers as a cheap thrill for its own sake without treating the topic with any sensitivity or value.
  • 30

    DC Comics News

    Tom King continues to tear down the heroes of the DC Universe one character at a time. He's clearly more interested in showing the terrible aspects of human nature and the world instead of the optimism and hope that heroes are designed to elicit. I don't think King actually likes heroes or believes in heroes. Or, at the very least believes that anyone's heroism can ever be separated from the totality of their nature.
  • 20

    Tom King's Wonder Woman run continues to worsen with each issue and Wonder Woman #3 somehow manages to be a truly unexpected combination of dull, confusing, and outright gross in not only it's cheap and borderline offensive reliance on issues of mental health—particularly PTSD and suicide—among soldiers but also in its mischaracterization of Wonder Woman herself. Wonder Woman comes across as naive and inept, the Sovereign drives a soldier to suicide using the Lasso of Lies and manipulation seemingly just for fun (or, in King's case as the writer here, shock value, which is disgusting) and then there is the thinly veiled misogyny that is supposed to be "story" but feels anything but. Oh, and there's a random pregnancy. For stakes. Even the art here feels weirdly out of proportion, which is not normal for Sampere. Everything here is distorted and off. Everything about this series to date has been uncomfortable but this issue goes beyond that to disrespectful for no real narrative value.

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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]