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Wonder Woman #9

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Based on 13 critic ratings.

The ultimate test! As Sovereign’s grip on Wonder Woman’s psyche tightens, she retreats into the arms of Steve Trevor. Will their love for the ages prove victorious over the web of Amazon lies weaved in Man’s World? Plus, Trinity lets the dogs out!

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0D2M8VCJM

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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicsOnline

    There are some great parallels between Wonder Woman #9 and the previous issue. Tom King is the man to beat when it comes to writing Wonder Woman, and I don’t envy the competition. With as much fantastic action as there has been found within the pages of these 9 issues, there are fantastic examples of how to tell a compelling story and really explore a character. In particular, I really enjoyed the effect that time had on the conversations between Diana and Steve. The longer that passes, and the more despondent that Diana becomes, the more that mental Steve pushes back against his own presence in her mind. The additional Trinity story that accompanies this (and every) issue, is a delightful break from the heavy subject matter of the main story. I, for one, would welcome a monthly title featuring Damian and Jonathan as Corgis. DC may be on to something here.

    Could Sampere and Morey just draw/color everything I read? There is no shortage of talented artists at DC, or any comic company for that matter, but these two consistently deliver quality on par with the writing that King has provided. Shadows, lighting, and all the detail you could ask for. If there is a standard to judge other titles this month (or year) by, this is it. So many of the panels within this issue would look great on a wall (or in a museum). Simply amazing.

    Wonder Woman is a title that all fans should be reading, and Wonder Woman #9 is a fantastic example of why.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    There are a few lines here that fall a little flat—Diana has been beaten and even died, but I’m not surprised no one remembers those old stories—but it’s another stunning done-in-one issue that pushes King’s intense narrative to its next chapter.

    And them, after that ordeal, we’re rewarded with a Trinity story that somehow manages to be the lightest yet. Damian and Jon have fought alongside Trinity against Circe—and they’re alive, they’re just Corgis. Jon still has his superpowers, too, and Zatanna isn’t sure when the spell will wear off. So it’s up to Lizzie to wrangle Super-Corgi and Bat-Corgi, to train them to be heroes in their new forms (with very mixed results) and to experience a little bit of role reversal. This is hilarious, and Ortega’s art on the World’s Fuzziest is perfect.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Wonder Woman #9 continues to show the incredible resolve of Wonder Woman as she fights against the threat of losing her mind. The creators continue to show Diana’s strength in ways we haven’t even imagined. Plus, there’s another super cute backup story!

  • 83

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 80

    Henchman-4-Hire

    The overall story feels a little stuck in place — which is probably the point — but it’s still a strongly written and gorgeously drawn issue.

  • 80

    Razorfine

    Really strong stuff here for an issue that shows a glimpse of the inner world of Diana, and the backup story featuring Trinity dealing with Damian and Jon turned into Corgis by Circe isn’t too shabby either.

  • 70

    The Super Powered Fancast

    I continue to be intrigued with the story King is developing in this series, but the concept of this issue confused me at times. I like the interpersonal moments between Diana and the aspect of Steve in her mind, but the story seems so distant from Diana and her resolve that I found it hard to believe that she would allow the circumstances of her captivity to continue under the Sovereign’s terms.

    Sampere delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. The visuals are fantastic and brilliantly detailed throughout.

  • 70

    But Why Tho?

    Wonder Woman #9 is a cerebral climb through an incredible mind. To try to portray the length of time that Diana is kept in total isolation, King finds a way to display her fraying mind. And for much of that, the comic is brilliant. It’s gorgeous and filled with small gags and tiny details that display how Wonder Woman is breaking down.

    King’s experience whilst working with the CIA possibly granted him a deeper insight into the effects of such a situation. Drawing it out across the comic makes that length of time seem unbearable. But the Wonder Woman #9 plot moves at a snail’s pace. Spending the whole issue under this concept limits the forward momentum, and very little has been achieved by the end of the chapter.

  • 70

    First Comics News

    No review.

  • 53

    Major Spoilers

    The thing about Wonder Woman #9 that is most distressing, especially as someone who has enjoyed King’s writing, is the blunt-force application of the writer’s pet theme of trauma and its aftermath, making for page after page of beautiful comics that beats the metaphorical dead horse of Wonder Woman’s imprisonment in the broadest, most obvious, and talkiest manner possible. I’d really love to have some context for what’s happening, because right now it just feels like a story of Wonder Woman getting hurt, but knowing that it’s all gonna be okay, because she has a boyfriend waiting somewhere, which… doesn’t feel very Wonder Woman to me.

  • 50

    Comic Book Revolution

    Wonder Woman #9 is all style and zero substance. By far this is one of the best looking comic books you will see right now. The work done by Daniel Sampere is purely amazing. This makes it even more unfortunate that for as incredible as this comic book looks, the writing does nothing to match that quality. All of the problems with the narrative just leaves you hoping this wraps up as fast as possible and we move far away from the Sovereign story.

  • 40

    ComicBook.com

    Wonder Woman continues to miss the mark with Wonder Woman #9. The issue sees another tactic to try to break Diana, this time isolation, but while the tactic the Sovereign takes is different, the issue is really no different than those before it. We are continuously rehashing the same concept over and over without pushing forward a narrative and without really giving the villain—Sovereign—any real gravity or credibility. The net result is a meandering through Wonder Woman’s psyche that is visually positioned to appear deep and intricate (something that it visually achieves beautifully thanks to the art) but is really rambling and superficial. The issue also continues to neglect the major catalyst for the story to begin with – that being the US turning on the Amazons in the first place. The result is the most muddled issue to date that is merely wrapped in very pretty packaging.

  • 30

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Wonder Woman #9 forces the reader to stand by and watch as Wonder Woman holds on to her sanity while enduring months of mental torture. Daniel Sampere’s art is a joy to behold, but Tom King’s script dips into torture porn territory of the misogynistic variety.

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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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