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Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Iron (The New 52) by Brian Azzarello
Cover Artist: Cliff Chiang
Review by Gayle Surrette
DC Comics Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781401246075
Date: 18 March 2014 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: B. Azzarello's Wikipedia Entry / C. Chiang's Website / Show Official Info /

It has been an incredibly long time since I've read a Wonder Woman comic, making this graphic novel familiar, and yet strange. There's been a reboot or more since I stopped reading, but much of the backstory seemed familiar, although Wonder Woman is a stronger, smarter, and more independent woman than the person I read about in the 1950s.

This issue was about family. The people we are related to, but don't much care for, and the ones that we really enjoy spending time with. The problem seems to be telling who to trust and who to avoid, because sometimes the person you believe in isn't worthy of that faith.

It starts with a young girl trying to find an wonderful present for her mother. There's the usual exciting adventure to get the gift. However, achieving her goal also causes hard feelings among others.

Then we move to the present time and Wonder Woman is trying to find the child of a friend who was stolen from her. Meanwhile, a god has awoken and he's not a bit happy with how he ended up imprisoned, or how the world has changed.

Fairly fast paced and I'm sure the problems I had were because I jumped into things while missing some of the background, but I could still follow the plot without much problem.

The art was beautifully thought out and expressed the emotional content of the text while helping to move the plot forward. This is the Wonder Woman I always envisioned, and I'm anticipating the next installment in the ongoing story line.

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