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    Default WONDER WOMAN -- Essential Reading?

    So, let's say I want to introduce someone to Wonder Woman...what would people suggest as essential reading (collections, anthologies, graphic novels, etc.)? I want to be sure we cover both really great stories as well as stories important to the history. And I really want to make sure ALL periods are covered, all the way back to the beginning, just to build up a really good collection. What do you think?

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    Wonder Woman Archives, Volumes 1-7 by William Moulton Marston
    Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals by George Perez
    Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Challenge of the Gods by George Perez
    Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Beauty and the Beasts by George Perez
    Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Destiny Calling by George Perez
    JLA (Book 1): New World Order by Grant Morrison
    Wonder Woman: Paradise Lost by Phil Jiminez
    Wonder Woman: Paradise Found by Phil Jiminez
    Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth by Paul Dini
    Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka
    JLA: A League of One by Christopher Moeller
    Wonder Woman: The Circle by Gail Simone
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7-Love View Post
    Wonder Woman Archives, Volumes 1-7 by William Moulton Marston
    Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals by George Perez
    Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Challenge of the Gods by George Perez
    Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Beauty and the Beasts by George Perez
    Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Destiny Calling by George Perez
    Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka
    JLA: A League of One by Christopher Moeller
    Wonder Woman: The Circle by Gail Simone
    I'd add Paradise Lost and Paradise Found by Phil Jiminez as well as JLA Vol 1 by Grant Morrison (I think? The White Martians?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RealWonderman View Post
    I'd add Paradise Lost and Paradise Found by Phil Jiminez as well as JLA Vol 1 by Grant Morrison (I think? The White Martians?)
    Added! Thanks for the suggestions

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7-Love View Post
    Added! Thanks for the suggestions
    I'm missing a couple of these...guess I'll be going shopping soon!
    It's not about 'deserve' it's about what you believe. And I believe in Love.

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    Thanks, both of you. That's great. Those Archive books are great but expensive. Does WW have a Chronicles series?

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    Yes.

    You also might want to check out Wonder Woman: Blood, the first volume of New 52 WW, and Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'Dax View Post
    You also might want to check out Wonder Woman: Blood, the first volume of New 52 WW, and Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth.
    There's a reason why I didn't put the former on the list. The Wonder Woman fandom is kinda divided about her New 52 solo series. Classic fans of the Pre-New 52 Wonder Woman don't like it, but newer Wonder Woman fans do love it. I do agree though that the latter is also a great choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealWonderman View Post
    JLA Vol 1 by Grant Morrison (I think? The White Martians?)
    I never read this one? Was this one really a Wonder Woman-themed story? Please tell me all about it (but use spoiler tags for the OP and others who don't want to be spoiled).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'Dax View Post
    Yes.

    You also might want to check out Wonder Woman: Blood, the first volume of New 52 WW, and Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth.
    I have all the New 52 WW's. But glad to know you think the first volume belongs here.

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    And I know there's a collection of the period in the late 60's when WW lost her powers. Any opinions on that?

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    It's very divisive. In my opinion, it's at least the most fun Wonder Woman has been since Marston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Wave View Post
    And I know there's a collection of the period in the late 60's when WW lost her powers. Any opinions on that?
    Yeah, not a fan.

    Sorry, I like my Diana awesome and powerful. I don't mind a single arc or two where she loses her powers, but try to sell me on "powerless Wonder Woman" as a new status quo and prepare to fail.

    Nope! Give me "Can Hang With Superman" Wonder Woman any day.
    Though much is taken, much abides; and though
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    --Lord Alfred Tennyson--

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard-01 View Post
    Yeah, not a fan.

    Sorry, I like my Diana awesome and powerful. I don't mind a single arc or two where she loses her powers, but try to sell me on "powerless Wonder Woman" as a new status quo and prepare to fail.

    Nope! Give me "Can Hang With Superman" Wonder Woman any day.
    Same here. Wasn't Odyssey Diana also a powerless Wonder Woman if I remember correctly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7-Love View Post
    Same here. Wasn't Odyssey Diana also a powerless Wonder Woman if I remember correctly?
    Hell, no!

    She started off unable to fly, but she learned how to fly just a few issues in. Other than that? She was pretty much the same Diana we'd always known and loved power-wise. She kicked some substantial ass in that story too.
    Though much is taken, much abides; and though
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    --Lord Alfred Tennyson--

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