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Wonder Woman #3

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Based on 17 critic ratings.

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.

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CLLCCQ12

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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicsOnline

    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

    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

    AIPT

    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

    Henchman-4-Hire

    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

    First Comics News

  • 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

    COMICON

    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.

  • 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

    Razorfine

    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

    ComicBook.com

    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 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.

[Latest Update: April 24, 2024]