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The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling original graphic novel is here in WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2, from the acclaimed creative team of Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette! For years, Diana of Paradise Island yearned to leave the only home she knew behind for adventures that laid beyond its shores. Now, after a fateful meeting with Air Force The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling original graphic novel is here in WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2, from the acclaimed creative team of Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette! For years, Diana of Paradise Island yearned to leave the only home she knew behind for adventures that laid beyond its shores. Now, after a fateful meeting with Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the Amazon Warrior finds herself in Man’s World. And she is ready for anything that it may throw at her. But is the world ready for Wonder Woman? An American Government, fraught with dissession and conflicts foreign to Diana, have deemed her a danger to society. How will Wonder Woman carry out her mission of peace and love in a world that can’t get out of its own way? That is, unless there are more insidious forces at play… Continuing the tradition of critically acclaimed EARTH ONE tales that challenge the status quo of the comics industry, WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2 is Grant Morrison’s latest genre-rocking salvo. With dynamic illustrations from the divine Yanick Paquette, this original graphic novel is a classic in the making.


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The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling original graphic novel is here in WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2, from the acclaimed creative team of Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette! For years, Diana of Paradise Island yearned to leave the only home she knew behind for adventures that laid beyond its shores. Now, after a fateful meeting with Air Force The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling original graphic novel is here in WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2, from the acclaimed creative team of Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette! For years, Diana of Paradise Island yearned to leave the only home she knew behind for adventures that laid beyond its shores. Now, after a fateful meeting with Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the Amazon Warrior finds herself in Man’s World. And she is ready for anything that it may throw at her. But is the world ready for Wonder Woman? An American Government, fraught with dissession and conflicts foreign to Diana, have deemed her a danger to society. How will Wonder Woman carry out her mission of peace and love in a world that can’t get out of its own way? That is, unless there are more insidious forces at play… Continuing the tradition of critically acclaimed EARTH ONE tales that challenge the status quo of the comics industry, WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2 is Grant Morrison’s latest genre-rocking salvo. With dynamic illustrations from the divine Yanick Paquette, this original graphic novel is a classic in the making.

30 review for Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol. 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    What a disappointment. I did not like the first volume of Wonder Woman Earth One so I can't really blame anyone for me not enjoying this one. I figured it could not be as bad as the first one and in fairness it is not but it is close. The story or lack of story is boring, the whole thing is disjointed, and jumps from place to place. I actually 're-read pages not because I enjoyed them but because I did not think that I could have missed so much between pages. To be honest I really do not understa What a disappointment. I did not like the first volume of Wonder Woman Earth One so I can't really blame anyone for me not enjoying this one. I figured it could not be as bad as the first one and in fairness it is not but it is close. The story or lack of story is boring, the whole thing is disjointed, and jumps from place to place. I actually 're-read pages not because I enjoyed them but because I did not think that I could have missed so much between pages. To be honest I really do not understand what the point of this story was. I have to say it is probably the most boring Wonder Woman books I have read. The main bad guy seems to set out to prove that for all of her strength and power Wonder Woman is still "just a woman", and the worst part is he manages to break her. Then just as the story starts to show some promise it ends. I hate leaving stories unfinished but I definitely have to consider if I want send any money on the next book. In both volumes this incarnation of Wonder Woman acts mire like a free love hippy guru then a champion of justice. I definitely would not recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I feel like Kevin Sorbo yelling out stage directions: DISAPPOINTED! Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume 2 is your run-of-the-mill Wonder Woman/superhero story: a Nazi superwoman threatens Paradise Island – Diana’s mom gotta punch her; Doctor Psycho’s up to no good – Diana’s gotta punch him. Hmm… The story really is that generic and uninspired. Amid all that blandness Grant Morrison continues setting out his submitting-to-love thing that Wonder Woman’s creator was into way back in the ‘40s. Fine, but I feel like Kevin Sorbo yelling out stage directions: DISAPPOINTED! Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume 2 is your run-of-the-mill Wonder Woman/superhero story: a Nazi superwoman threatens Paradise Island – Diana’s mom gotta punch her; Doctor Psycho’s up to no good – Diana’s gotta punch him. Hmm… The story really is that generic and uninspired. Amid all that blandness Grant Morrison continues setting out his submitting-to-love thing that Wonder Woman’s creator was into way back in the ‘40s. Fine, but we saw all that in the first book. She saves oppressed girls, shows up some men – she’s the boringly unstoppable hero. Maxwell Lord is introduced, foreshadowing the conflict for the third and final book in the trilogy, but that’s by the by. Yanick Paquette’s art continues to be glorious and he definitely draws the best representation of Doctor Psycho I’ve seen yet (not sure why he looks like Nick Cave though??). I usually enjoy Grant Morrison’s comics but he didn’t bring anything special to the table with this one. Love will save the world… uh huh… snore… Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume 2 proves that sometimes love isn’t all you need.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Wonder Woman: Earth One is the worst comic book Grant Morrison‘s ever written, no joke — and I am a huge and hopeless fan of the guy. The first volume was awful, and the second one follows suit. This entire series comes out of Morrison’s affection for cheesy Golden Age comics coupled with an old man’s understanding of modern society and issues such as feminism and gender equality. The result is a fascinating train wreck, and it’s so clear that Morrison means well, he just doesn’t have a deep eno Wonder Woman: Earth One is the worst comic book Grant Morrison‘s ever written, no joke — and I am a huge and hopeless fan of the guy. The first volume was awful, and the second one follows suit. This entire series comes out of Morrison’s affection for cheesy Golden Age comics coupled with an old man’s understanding of modern society and issues such as feminism and gender equality. The result is a fascinating train wreck, and it’s so clear that Morrison means well, he just doesn’t have a deep enough understanding of the issues he tries to cover, and ends up writing a book that’s offensive to pretty much every party involved. And I could at least partially forgive all that if the main story was any good, but it just isn’t — some Nick Cave lookalike tries to mind-control Diana, meanwhile a chesty nazi lady is up to some chesty nazi lady shenanigans over at Themyscira. There’s zero character development here just like in volume 1, and zero tension and excitement in the story. Once again Grant Morrison proves to be entirely unable to tell an interesting Wonder Woman story, and that’s fine, considering he has such a deep understanding of pretty much every other DC character. Just let it go, Grant. Diana is just not for you. Yanick Paquette’s artwork keeps being porny as hell, and nullifies this book’s every pathetic attempt at being feminist. He never misses a chance to draw his women in lusty, suggestive poses with half-opened mouths and horny smiles, doesn’t matter if the character is playing a sport, fighting a bad guy or just walking down the street. There are several naked shots of Hippolyta taking a sexy shower, as well as numerous panels devoted entirely to Diana’s butt and breasts. Overall, the second volume of Morrison’s Wonder Woman: Earth One is just as bad as the first one. In our day and age when we have so many other great Wonder Woman stories, from thoughtful and deep Rebirth run by Greg Rucka to a daring and audacious one by Brian Azzarello to more classical and down-to-earth stories from Jill Thompson and Renae De Liz, I just don’t see the value in Morrison’s take on the character. If anything, it comes off as degrading and ill-advised. Then again, sometimes it feels like the entire Earth One line was created for the most degrading and ill-advised takes on otherwise great characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    While I did enjoy this more than I did volume 1, this story doesn't stand on its own. It's all prologue for volume 3 which we won't get for another year. I did like Morrison's take on Dr. Psycho, turning him into a more cerebral character who is actually psychoanalyzing Wonder Woman and manipulating her instead of just a dude with psychic powers. Morrison's obsession with the bondage aspect of William Moulton Marston's real life is still off-putting and strange to me. Yanick Paquette's cheescake While I did enjoy this more than I did volume 1, this story doesn't stand on its own. It's all prologue for volume 3 which we won't get for another year. I did like Morrison's take on Dr. Psycho, turning him into a more cerebral character who is actually psychoanalyzing Wonder Woman and manipulating her instead of just a dude with psychic powers. Morrison's obsession with the bondage aspect of William Moulton Marston's real life is still off-putting and strange to me. Yanick Paquette's cheescake art while very good leaves you with something of an ick factor.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. After what was certainly the most disappointing story by Grant Morrison yet, we finally return to the provocative retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin story in this second volume of DC Comics’ Earth One graphic novel line-up. It’s safe to say that the return of the same creative team to work on this second book of the trilogy is a reassuring thought as the sudden shift in artwork style wouldn’t have played a positive role on what is already a cont You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. After what was certainly the most disappointing story by Grant Morrison yet, we finally return to the provocative retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin story in this second volume of DC Comics’ Earth One graphic novel line-up. It’s safe to say that the return of the same creative team to work on this second book of the trilogy is a reassuring thought as the sudden shift in artwork style wouldn’t have played a positive role on what is already a controversial story arc for Diana Prince. With the foundation of this story set in a discourse on feminism, patriarchy and everything that shines bright in the news nowadays, there’s definitely a mystery behind Morrison’s direction and where he wishes to bring this series in terms of story-telling. It’s safe to say that Grant Morrison’s take on the character is one that won’t please the mass unanimously, but it does have the potential to trigger some much-needed reflection on issues we blatantly discuss in our everyday lives today. Following the events in the first volume, this graphic novel shows us Wonder Woman trying to change the world outside Paradise Island with her own vision of society melded through love and peace. While slowly becoming an icon for women, she also encounters several different oppositions in various forms, and notably, the American government and it’s men-filled structure. With threats that flourishes in their old ways in Man’s World, nothing Diana Prince wishes to accomplish is easy and everything comes at a price. Putting behind his nonlinear story-telling ways, Grant Morrison looks to further develop his clash of ideals through multiple perspectives while still keeping this retelling as shocking as possible. Will voicing your ideas be enough to convince the world for change or will Wonder Woman need to reinforce her words with action to get things done? While this Earth One series hasn’t been too successful in my books, it is quite courageous of Grant Morrison to stay loyal to Wonder Woman’s character roots and deliver such a story for fans of the hero to indulge. The second volume of this series continues to stay loyal to its predecessor, but actually builds up an intrigue that relentlessly tries to keep you hooked, even if it doesn’t always connect with the reader. The story still shoehorns a lot of social issues into play, with transsexualism and terrorism being some examples of ideas being integrated and questioned on a philosophical level. While interesting, they always felt like side dishes forced onto the reader to gulp up quickly without ever having the time to savour them. It was still fun, to some extent, to see how Wonder Woman deals with these issues that she has never seen on Paradise Island and how she strongly believes that they are inevitably the cause of men. The artwork is still pretty solid and continues to highlight Diana Prince’s confidence and charisma through her posture and smile. What Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn achieve is definitely gorgeous to the naked eye and makes it easy to breeze through their combined craft without second-guessing their designs. It sometimes even brought me to gaze at some of their designs for their mere creativity, such as the Wonder Niqab. While some might call it culture appropriation, the context made it slightly more appropriate and worth wondering how much Wonder Woman needs to do to adapt to international conflicts if she wants to get her beliefs through. The vibrant colours and the large panels—which in fact aren’t traditional square panels—also make it a lot easier to follow what’s going on without being lost in the narrative. It’s not easy to indulge a Wonder Woman that believes that men should kneel to feminism if they want to see world peace, but when you’ve grown on an isolated island with only women and have not known any form of war, it’s definitely easy to understand why Diana Prince is confident in her ways. But what is to come in the next story arc will surely shed more light on her understanding on Man’s World and its focus on cultural diversity and differences. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment/DC Comics for an eARC copy of this to read and review. I love Wonder Woman, really love that character, so I read this with high hopes. They were dashed. Badly. SPOILERS beyond this point. 1) Nazis as bad guys. The entire book world has been SATURATED with the whole Nazis as the bad guys thing. From now on, unless the book is STELLAR, I am deducting one star whenever the Big Bad is the Nazis. Stop already, we get it, Nazis bad, everyone against them good My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment/DC Comics for an eARC copy of this to read and review. I love Wonder Woman, really love that character, so I read this with high hopes. They were dashed. Badly. SPOILERS beyond this point. 1) Nazis as bad guys. The entire book world has been SATURATED with the whole Nazis as the bad guys thing. From now on, unless the book is STELLAR, I am deducting one star whenever the Big Bad is the Nazis. Stop already, we get it, Nazis bad, everyone against them good. Move on. 2) The artist can't draw hands to save their life. Wonder Woman has the WORST man/old lady/talon hands and it is really off putting and hard to not see once it is noticed. Ruined all of the rest of the decent art. Everyone else has badly drawn hands too, but hers were the worst. 3) Also, the Big Bad Dude was FUGLY. Not sure how he was supposed to be this amazing woman seducer. His mental powers weren't exactly wowing me. And I'm sorry, but we are shown exactly ONE scene between the Big Bad Dude and Wonder Woman and we are supposed to believe that he was able to mentally get into her head with rather poor conversation in that one time? So much so that when her friends were like, "He's a bad dude, can control the mind of people, specifically women," she IGNORES her trusted friends and is all like, "you're WRONG about him". No, nope nope nope-ity nope. Not MY Wonder Woman. She wouldn't have fallen for that poo in ONE conversation. 4) Back to the beginning re: Nazis attempting to invade the Amazon island paradise. We are told towards the end of this that NO ONE has made it to the island and left again to tell anyone about it (this is before WW leaves), so HOW IN THE HECK is the German Frau Hitler Super-Human saying to herself, "Ah yes, as our intelligence indicated, they speak Ancient Greek, they should be able to understand me when I speak this...." If NO ONE left the island once they found it, how is there ANY intelligence on this place and it's inhabitants?? 5) Also, I just LOVE how this story and the art were all done by men, and the view of the Amazon women only paradise and how they dealt with men is NOT what I would think would be a paradise thought of by women. The Amazons have these pink/purple rays that they shoot at the men that at first cause pain, but then seem to cause EXTREME pleasure. ("AAAHHHs become OH YEEEESSSS"). Then the men are sent to Aphrodite via some sort of transporter where the men are given the pleasure that they crave. Ew. That is SO not what I think a female paradise is all about. And of course all of the Amazonian chicks are into one another. Again, not all females would think that is paradise. Some would and more power to them, but not all. So not a paradise for all women. Sounds like a paradise for women thought up by a dude. What happens to the Nazi chick? She is forced to put on the "Venus Girdle" to bring her mind back to her female self, which also has some sort of "pleasure" giving dopamine. 6) Oh, and did you notice that I said the men were sent to Aphrodite, but she is wearing a girdle named after Venus. WHAT THE ABSOLUTE WHUT?!?!? Aphrodite is Greek, VENUS IS ROMAN. WHY ARE YOU MIXING TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS?!? Yes, Aphrodite and Venus are the same concept of love goddess, but different names from different cultures and didn't we establish with the Frau Hitler that the Amazon warrioresses speak GREEK?!?! 7) Oh yeah, and did I mention the Wonder hajib? It was ugly and gaudy and not sure why WW would have worn it. I get she was saving women in a Middle Eastern country, where that is traditional dress, but there is no WAY she was passing as a native in that get-up. So why wear it at all? It seemed kind of rude to me, but I am not from that area of the world, so maybe it is ok? They did get outside thoughts on the design of it, from a woman no less, so they did try to be thoughtful, but I think it missed the mark, at least it did with me. And her hands looked REALLY talon-like in these scenes. So distracting. 8) Also, men versus women trope. Men are fearful and want to maintain power, women are easily fooled by a smooth talking man. Can we PLEASE can the stereotypes? This just perpetuates the man vs. woman antagonism. It's not helping and may very well be hurting any attempt to actually bring about healing and peace where there is already a LOT of discord. Do we REALLY need another book of man vs woman? I'm done with all of that. Can't we just all get along? How hard can that be? Maybe the next volume shows world peace, BUT since the end of this is leading into a war between the Amazons and "men" (America's military, which is something else that irks me. At least it's not the Nazis though, so that's a plus. Sort of.) I somehow doubt we're going to get to peace, unless the Amazons have a HUGE pink/purple ray that they can engulf the world in. I doubt it, too easy a resolution. So, in short, (too late), this particular graphic novel was rather horrendous to this particular reader. YMMV, but I will not be recommending it to anyone. 1, very sad, star.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rabiaah Abdalreda

    Why do people rate something that has not been released yet ?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    WHAT IN THE EVERLIVING FUCK DID I JUST READ Edit: Okay, to expand. What is it that makes Wonder Woman: Earth One so deeply objectionable? The supposed conceit of this trilogy is that it critically engages with Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston's ideas and reimagines them for the modern era. This... does not even happen in the slightest. Grant Morrison's approach to deconstructing Golden Age Wonder Woman is to rip Marston's kookiest concepts directly from their 1940s context - dragging th WHAT IN THE EVERLIVING FUCK DID I JUST READ Edit: Okay, to expand. What is it that makes Wonder Woman: Earth One so deeply objectionable? The supposed conceit of this trilogy is that it critically engages with Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston's ideas and reimagines them for the modern era. This... does not even happen in the slightest. Grant Morrison's approach to deconstructing Golden Age Wonder Woman is to rip Marston's kookiest concepts directly from their 1940s context - dragging them from an era in which they were radical and progressive into one in which they are backward and out-of-step with current feminist discourse - and then to point smugly and declare, "See? It doesn't hold up." I mean, my gosh, what a searing insight, Grant. You mean to say that it wouldn't be feasible or realistic to replace all world governments with a global matriarchy?! Morrison's not interested in understanding Marston and his writing in the context of their time and environment. He doesn't look beyond the superficial weirdness of the Golden Age comics to unpack the ways in which the stories were radical and progressive for their time - in telling children that women were men's equals (and even superiors!) in every way, in telling young girls they could do anything they set their minds to, in promoting a message of love and friendship over violence and rehabilitation over retribution. He doesn't bother to reimagine any of those ideas or sentiments through a lens of modern society and feminism. Because Morrison doesn't really want to deconstruct Marston. He just wants to write a story about kinky bondage warrior ladies who speak in dactylic hexameter and fly vagina planes, because that's what he considers subversive. My god, the smugness is palpable. Beyond that, all the failings of the first volume persist. The gender politics are ugly. The Amazons are irredeemable monsters. Diana remains a deeply unlikeable, reactionary protagonist who spends most of the book farting around and wondering whether she should give up trying to teach people and just force them all to submit to mind control instead. The story itself is half-baked and poorly paced, the result of Morrison trying to cram far too many ideas and characters into too few pages. The reimagining of Doctor Psycho, apparently conceived as a criticism for pickup artists and other online misogynist communities, is so poorly executed that the text actually ends up giving a weird legitimacy to these communities' vile, rubbish, pseudoscientific ideas. Yannick Paquette's art is still beautiful, and he deserves props for his stunning page layouts and fabulous wardrobe of costume designs for Diana. But it remains uncomfortably male-gazey, with a tendency towards portraying women's bodies in bizarrely contorted positions with weird pornfaces. Oh, and the series is still being edited by noted serial sexual harasser Eddie Berganza. HASHTAG FEMINISM!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Not sure what I just read here. The story jumped around so much it was difficult to follow. There was so much left untold that it didn't make sense. It had some good moments and some nice art but not enough to make it enjoyable. Fortunately this was a library book and I didn't waste $25 on this!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    This was a very pleasant surprise. The first volume bordered on bad, to total misfire for me (and I usually like Morrison's work). Now the reason this installment in the proposed trilogy worked for me, well it could be something I'm misinterpreting. Because at some point around the 1/2-3/4 mark I really think Morrison was doing a satire. And, by today's standards he would probably be vilified for it (unless you're me). What do I think he was satirizing? The #MeToo, polyamory, pansexualism and sim This was a very pleasant surprise. The first volume bordered on bad, to total misfire for me (and I usually like Morrison's work). Now the reason this installment in the proposed trilogy worked for me, well it could be something I'm misinterpreting. Because at some point around the 1/2-3/4 mark I really think Morrison was doing a satire. And, by today's standards he would probably be vilified for it (unless you're me). What do I think he was satirizing? The #MeToo, polyamory, pansexualism and similar movements. Even if satire wasn't his intent, it came across that way to me, someone who's Twitter feed is quite liberal, at times find some of my friends have become knee jerk SJW liberals (I'm purposely using over broad general strokes here). So a little skewing here of that type of person, fine by me (personally I appreciate more those who can avoid knee jerk reactions). So if the above offends you, you should skip this piece, and frankly some might be critical of how Diana finally deals with Paula Van Gunther and Dr. Psycho (even though this version of Psycho actually is sleazier and more of a threat than the original). I liked Morrison's supporting character portrayals (Trevor, Etta and the Holiday Girls). The question is can Morrison provide a good conclusion to his story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Eagerly awaited, quickly devoured. Not GM's best work, to say the least, but interesting enough. Gets a little preachy at times. Does not end on a cliffhanger, exactly, but is building up to an as yet unwritten volume three.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Though I am not really a fan of the majority of Grant Morrison's work (stellar concepts, poor execution), I am enjoying his take on Wonder Woman in the Earth One graphic novel trilogy. Though totally contemporary in theme and art, there are more than a few nods to the Moulton-Marston/Peter-era -- I loved the appearance of Jumpa, Diana's pet kanga -- that provide evidence of Morrison's dedication to get to the heart of the characters. And Yanick Paquette's art is the perfect accompaniment for Mor Though I am not really a fan of the majority of Grant Morrison's work (stellar concepts, poor execution), I am enjoying his take on Wonder Woman in the Earth One graphic novel trilogy. Though totally contemporary in theme and art, there are more than a few nods to the Moulton-Marston/Peter-era -- I loved the appearance of Jumpa, Diana's pet kanga -- that provide evidence of Morrison's dedication to get to the heart of the characters. And Yanick Paquette's art is the perfect accompaniment for Morrison's script. His women are truly beautiful -- his Baroness Paula von Gunther brings to mind the art of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez if it were distilled through the likes of Terry Dodson -- absolutely gorgeous! Can hardly wait for the announcement of Volume 3. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anubhav

    Suffers greatly from being the middle part of a trilogy. I don't think Grant knows what the hell he's talking about.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brandon St Mark

    Really enjoyed this issue! Liked the story a lot, and the ending was really good. Can't wait to see where the next volumes ends (since it's the last one, I believe). I think the more Morrison I read, I realize I either really love it, or don't care for it much at all. I read this in the DMV today and I felt a little nervous because there is a Nazi character in this book and so there were Nazi symbols in it and I didn't want any stranger walking by me to get the wrong idea lol I did see one review Really enjoyed this issue! Liked the story a lot, and the ending was really good. Can't wait to see where the next volumes ends (since it's the last one, I believe). I think the more Morrison I read, I realize I either really love it, or don't care for it much at all. I read this in the DMV today and I felt a little nervous because there is a Nazi character in this book and so there were Nazi symbols in it and I didn't want any stranger walking by me to get the wrong idea lol I did see one review where someone didn't like how Morrison handled feminism/modern social issues, and I guess maybe if they were expecting some long Tumblresque thought piece then I can understand, but otherwise I thought Morrison did a good job. He didn't really go too deep into it, but he also didn't make a joke out of it either. I thought it was handled well enough. And Dr. Psycho was a total scumbag, but I like how his character play into this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel López

    Superior al anterior volumen en ejecución pero, sobre todo, en ideas, integrando personajes de la historia de los cómics con el mundo en que vivimos de manera más interesante y provocadora, dejando un poco de lado algunos asuntos que podían echar para atrás a la gente (aunque a mí me parecieron consecuentes) y abrazando el espíritu de Wonder Woman como casi nadie lo ha hecho últimamente. Esperando el siguiente volumen que ojalá concluya la historia y nl tarde tanto 👍🏻

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jordanne ~ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog ~

    Golden Age Wonder Woman Reimagined In Modern Times Where She Promotes … Fascism? I enjoyed the interesting and modern take on Wonder Woman this book presented, in particular on some of Diana’s most iconic villains. Dr Leon Zeiko (Dr Psycho) in particular was a very interesting and clever choice, presented more as a reality-based, troll sharing his hatred of women and his manipulation to an online audience (and as a military weapon, of course) than an actual supervillain. The Amazon ideology is pre Golden Age Wonder Woman Reimagined In Modern Times Where She Promotes … Fascism? I enjoyed the interesting and modern take on Wonder Woman this book presented, in particular on some of Diana’s most iconic villains. Dr Leon Zeiko (Dr Psycho) in particular was a very interesting and clever choice, presented more as a reality-based, troll sharing his hatred of women and his manipulation to an online audience (and as a military weapon, of course) than an actual supervillain. The Amazon ideology is presented differently in Earth One than the more contemporary interpretations that, for me personally, have replaced it in canon – in line with Morrison’s intention to bring a literal light to William Marston’s original Wonder Woman and the ideas surrounding her. The words ‘loving submission to a benevolent authority’ are bandied around a lot and sent shudders down my spine every time. The scenes in Themyscira just come off so backward, from the forced submission and ‘reprogramming’ of Paula von Gunther to Hippolyta’s implied harem of Amazonian lovers. I didn’t know the inspiration behind the book before reading it and so my reactions were generally negative (as they should). I feel knowing the thought process behind the story makes the world of difference for a reader’s experience. Whilst I can holistically respect and even enjoy what Grant Morrison has written from a story-telling and character perspective, I don’t know why exactly it needed to be written? But then, at the end of the day, I didn’t really need this book to teach me that the subjugation of someone’s free will is wrong, or that anyone, no matter how brave or strong can be manipulated and controlled by the right (or indeed, the wrong) person, but maybe other people do. There were some issues in terms of pacing and though a key part of Zeiko’s arc was to isolate Diana from her loved ones I never felt like we saw enough of them or they were fleshed out enough for me to notice. Due to this general approach to the book, it could really fall into either Powerful or Problematic Content territory depending on what the reader takes away from it. One example that immediately springs to mind is a scene where Wonder Woman dons a ‘Wonder Niqab’ inspired costume when visiting a middle eastern country. I’m viewing this in the light of paying respect to another country’s religious customs as opposed to cultural appropriation, however, an argument could be made. The artwork is amazing, and the design of Diana’s costumes alone is just awe-inspiring. I don’t think anyone has ever looked that good in red, white and blue (sorry, Steve Rogers). From her trouser suits (that I want) to her variety of combat costumes, the attention to detail can’t be missed. This is reflected in character-specific panel borders and individually detailed crowd members in the background. I think everyone who’s heard of Wonder Woman (so, everyone, give or take) could jump straight into this book but I feel going into it, or reading up after it, knowing the approach the creators took will alter, if not add to, the reading experience. I have a strange relationship with Wonder Woman, as she is a character I’m very much in love with the idea of but, aside from the recent movie adaption, have yet to read the story that secures that ideal. I had heard great things about Grant Morrison on Wonder Woman specifically, and I think I may go back to read Vol. 1 but despite the book clearly being very clever and generally well-written, I don’t think this is a Wonder Woman I can rock with. I can only say with certainty that ... To see my full review, visit my blog, Bloodthirsty Little Beasts.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Willis

    When it was first announced that Grant Morrison would be writing Wonder woman in DC’s Earth One series of books, I definitely took notice. Some of the most complex, engaging, and truly original takes on DC’s superheroes have been from Morrison. Giving him the opportunity to completely build and structure a new mythology for my favorite DC character sounded exciting. And of course, once initial art from Yanick Paquette started to show up, I was even more excited. But this isn’t about Volume 1, th When it was first announced that Grant Morrison would be writing Wonder woman in DC’s Earth One series of books, I definitely took notice. Some of the most complex, engaging, and truly original takes on DC’s superheroes have been from Morrison. Giving him the opportunity to completely build and structure a new mythology for my favorite DC character sounded exciting. And of course, once initial art from Yanick Paquette started to show up, I was even more excited. But this isn’t about Volume 1, this is about Volume 2, the follow up, and very obviously, middle chapter to a longer epic. That said, if you are already familiar with the basics of Wonder Woman, Volume 1 didn’t feel necessary for hopping into Volume 2. A lot of the familiar structures are there: Themiscyra, Steve Trevor, Etta Candy, Man’s World, and if you have a basic understanding of those, Volume 2 just picks up from that point. One of the places that Morrison really shines here is placing that Wonder Woman mythology in more modern settings and having her villains reflect more modern versions of misogyny and female oppression. The reimagining of Dr. Pyscho from a a diminutive, mentally unstable, hypnotists to a suave, government backed pick up artist/red pill reddit poster in particular hits true. The sprinkling of his online posts and, “tips” for entrapping and dominating women through panels where he is having conversations or interactions with Wonder Woman are a great touch. His Etta Candy is also absolutely fabulous. We only got a bit of a glimpse of her in Volume 1, and I was all in for her. Though we still don’t get enough for my taste in Volume 2, it is great to have her and her not-taking-anyone’s-BS attitude. Paquette's art is, once again, an absolute treat here. From the action sequences to the more quite and subtle conversation sequences, the art and backgrounds are lush and immersive. Which is definitely helped by Nathan Fairbairn’s colors. It is also nice to see a Wonder Woman that is drawn and treated like a warrior. Paquette and Fairbairn also do the work in making the world of Earth One feel like our world. The women in this book aren’t all supermodel rail thin or bleached white as can be. The world of this book is populated by people of all different body types and skin tones. If nothing else, this book is a constant pleasure to look at. My only major issue with this book is that I definitely wanted more. Yes, more as in I want Volume 3, but also more as in depth. It often felt like we had only just scratched the surface of an idea or narrative direction. Admittedly, the format of the Earth One comics may have something to do with it. In reading Morrisons All-Star Superman, his epic run on Batman, or even The Invisibles, it felt like every narrative road we could travel, we went to the inevitable end, and every piece of story or character would eventually play itself out. I found myself feeling rushed through a few plot points that I wanted to be explored more. When you have villains and heroes this good, you really want to get inside their stories more. Now, maybe all of this will be wrapped up in the next one, or will feel more complete when the whole story is available, but if we are going to put Morrison on the last of the DC Trinity, I kind of expect it to be a very deep dive. Thanks to DC Comics and Netgalley for the advanced copy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Minerva

    Why did I fool myself into thinking that volume 2 might be any better after I so thoroughly disliked volume 1? This series continues to frustrate me to no end by assiduously borrowing from all of the aesthetics and basic concepts of Marston's original Golden Age Wonder Woman stories while completely ignoring the messages at that Marston was trying to convey. The Amazons aren't just superior to men because of their advanced technology and strength- they are also morally superior because they are i Why did I fool myself into thinking that volume 2 might be any better after I so thoroughly disliked volume 1? This series continues to frustrate me to no end by assiduously borrowing from all of the aesthetics and basic concepts of Marston's original Golden Age Wonder Woman stories while completely ignoring the messages at that Marston was trying to convey. The Amazons aren't just superior to men because of their advanced technology and strength- they are also morally superior because they are innately more capable of empathy, kindness, and selflessness than men, a point that Morrison's portrayal of the Themyscira misses so badly. Frankly, with the exception of Etta Candy, who I think is actually pretty great, the portrayal of all the female characters in this series is straight-up insulting. Diana is gullible, impulsive, and arrogant, with very little internal depth or development, and Hippolyta and the rest of the Amazons are all portrayed as shrill, man-hating, and body-shaming. Which I'm sure has nothing to do with the fact that this series was written by a man. And no get me started on the shallow, confused attempts to tie this book to modern politics and feminist movements. I know that Morrison is widely considered to be a great comic book writer, but this my only experience with his work so far and I'm not very impressed. I have noticed that a lot of male writers who are praised for their takes on iconic male superheroes struggle when they try to tackle female characters, and I feel like this book really could have been great if a woman had written it. After all of the time I spent researching the history of Wonder Woman for my essay, I have gained a great understanding and appreciation for those weird, goofy Golden Age comicss. I am fascinated by the idea of trying to update those stories for the modern day (also, complaints aside, Paquette's art is GORGEOUS to the point where I almost gave this book another star, just for it), and even like the idea of trying to honor Marston's bizzarre, slightly dubious metaphors about bondage and submission. But Wonder Woman Earth One fails due to a fundamental misunderstanding of both Diana's character and the characters of the Amazons, and I really do wish that a talented female writer had been given the reins on this book so that it could live up to its potential.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Drown Hollum

    This is my favorite of the Earth One books, and I had no idea it was so divisive. Morrison and Paquette craft a truly unique Wonder Woman tale here, blending the modern political landscape with WW's roots in BDSM and feminism. It's a wild animal, and something so daring can only happen in the funny books. We do have a bit of that, middle of a trilogy slump, but the action and art is so immersive and gorgeous, I was never struggling to move forward. It's sort of incredible and sad how using a Naz This is my favorite of the Earth One books, and I had no idea it was so divisive. Morrison and Paquette craft a truly unique Wonder Woman tale here, blending the modern political landscape with WW's roots in BDSM and feminism. It's a wild animal, and something so daring can only happen in the funny books. We do have a bit of that, middle of a trilogy slump, but the action and art is so immersive and gorgeous, I was never struggling to move forward. It's sort of incredible and sad how using a Nazi as our primary antagonist rings true with both WW's origins and the modern political twist of Earth One. These guys know what they're doing, and are creating exactly what they're set out to make. Also, fuck Nazis.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Featherston

    "Wonder Woman Earth 2" continues with Diana beginning her mission in "Man's World" in earnest. As I had hoped, volume 2 shows us a Wonder Woman with more of her characteristic compassion and idealism than we saw in the previous volume, while remaining a version of the character that is clearly the product of an alien culture with values that conflict with our own. After all, isn't William Moulton Marston's original vision of a gynocentric culture with superior technology and a harsh warrior ethi "Wonder Woman Earth 2" continues with Diana beginning her mission in "Man's World" in earnest. As I had hoped, volume 2 shows us a Wonder Woman with more of her characteristic compassion and idealism than we saw in the previous volume, while remaining a version of the character that is clearly the product of an alien culture with values that conflict with our own. After all, isn't William Moulton Marston's original vision of a gynocentric culture with superior technology and a harsh warrior ethic the very definition of the feared "Feminazi" caricature of feminism that haunts the internet? When that specter is granted real political and military power, is becomes a real threat for dark forces in the US government who begin to engineer Diana's downfall. Morrison writes Diana as an almost tragic character, blind to the polarizing nature of the philosophy she pushes, unacquainted with concerns of privilege or personal autonomy outside of "loving submission" to a benign authority, and too excited by the possibilities of her newfound celebrity to sense any danger inherent in living a public life. While other writers have tried to take Wonder Woman's politics and blend them neatly with whatever ideas of gender are palatable or popular at the time, Morrison's Wonder Woman wants us and our world to change in uncomfortable and unwelcome ways. Morrison draws from Wonder Woman's Golden Age stories, reinventing characters, abandoned aspects of the mythology, and classic villains such as Nazi Baroness Paula von Gunter and Doctor Psycho. The prologue depicting a German invasion of Paradise Island reads like a lost issue by Marston himself. Yanick Paquette's art is beautiful as always, with strong, confident line work developing ornamental elements enhancing many double page spreads while never compromising his expressive character work and storytelling. A worthy continuation of his work on volume 1, this is a book you will want to revisit again and again. Many contemporary superhero comics have attempted a realistic depiction of how a superhero would contend with our antagonistic mass media and identity politics. Morrison goes a step further, giving us a version of Diana and her mission that will polarize even her most dedicated readers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Richard Guion

    I didn't like the story in Wonder Woman Earth One Vol 1 very much. I may have to revisit that now as I found Vol 2 to be pretty good! A lot of fun, with two villains for Diana. The artwork by Yanick Paquette is gorgeously detailed, as was the first volume. The story ends on a surprising note and there is already a Vol 3 in the works.

  22. 5 out of 5

    TheYALibrarian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow was this just a mess. The first one was already weird but let's just add super human Nazis into the mix. Not to mention how Wonder Woman got all drooly over a guy and never suspected or was even able to figure out mind control. I can go on but this was just...ugh

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    This was much better than I had expected, based on reading some of the critical reviews on goodreads before I picked it up. I can honestly say I'm eager to finish the trilogy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ian Roditi

    Submissive story was not so wonderful but I'll the conclussion surely.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    Not sure why I bothered with this after not liking the first one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lawren

    For a mind-boggling assembly of People Missing the Point just read the Goodreads reviews for a Grant Morrison book

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kend

    Here is yet another gorgeous volume from one of the most prolific and respected DC comic creators currently working, Grant Morrison, and the talented Yanick Paquette. The artwork does a stellar job of showcasing the power of Diana without over-sexualizing her, which makes for an interesting contrast to the overarching theme of this volume--a volume which touches once more upon the difficulties of integrating the Amazonian mindset of peaceful submission to a loving authority into the world of men Here is yet another gorgeous volume from one of the most prolific and respected DC comic creators currently working, Grant Morrison, and the talented Yanick Paquette. The artwork does a stellar job of showcasing the power of Diana without over-sexualizing her, which makes for an interesting contrast to the overarching theme of this volume--a volume which touches once more upon the difficulties of integrating the Amazonian mindset of peaceful submission to a loving authority into the world of men, which is ruled by military patriarchies. I'd give this more stars, only it's kind of gross to subject Wonder Woman to yet another "seduced by a powerful man" narrative while also having her be betrayed by a woman whose love for her is unrequited. I mean, it's great having a woman be one of the many villains and all, but to render sapphic love as cause for betrayal and the death of an important Amazonian figure is incredibly, incredibly gross. Romantic love between women has historically been perceived as a threat to the "natural order" of our male-dominated world; here it is also a threat to a female-dominated culture. We've had enough of that narrative, thank you very much. The Male Gaze lives on, unfortunately.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brian Poole

    The second volume of Wonder Woman: Earth One sees the significant talent behind it mostly treading water in the middle installment of a planned trilogy. After a World War II flashback that sees the Baroness Paula von Gunther lead a failed Nazi attack on the Amazons’ home island, the action shifts to Diana in the present day, a newly minted multi-media celebrity. She attracts a devoted following by preaching peace and female empowerment, even as her secret reports to her mother suggest a more mili The second volume of Wonder Woman: Earth One sees the significant talent behind it mostly treading water in the middle installment of a planned trilogy. After a World War II flashback that sees the Baroness Paula von Gunther lead a failed Nazi attack on the Amazons’ home island, the action shifts to Diana in the present day, a newly minted multi-media celebrity. She attracts a devoted following by preaching peace and female empowerment, even as her secret reports to her mother suggest a more militant Amazon agenda. Factions in the U.S. military come to fear Diana and turn to Maxwell Lord and Dr. Psycho to undermine her. After a disastrous public meltdown, a personal tragedy sends Diana home, as the world teeters on the brink of war with the Amazons. Writer Grant Morrison is one of the most celebrated writers in the comic book medium and he brings his patented fascination with incorporating all the far-flung, often contradictory, bits of a character’s long history to his treatment of Wonder Woman. Elements like female empowerment and non-traditional gender and sexual identities are certainly timely, but often don’t feel handled in an especially elegant way, as though they were mere items on a checklist to be included in a progressive reimagining of Wonder Woman. More interesting is Morrison’s take on typical fanboy tropes, examining various “If Wonder Woman is/then why” arguments. Morrison’s greatest triumph is characterization, especially his handling of Diana. She’s allowed to be complex and imperfect, not the “virgin saint” icon she’s often been painted as. With layers, nuance and suggestions that she’s far less naïve then assumed, Morrison makes Diana a strong central character with agency. His take on Dr. Psycho as a contemporary purveyor of toxic masculinity is both timely and a sensible use of the villain’s long history. Other characters don’t make as much of an impact, but the Diana/Dr. Psycho interplay is strong enough to hold a reader’s interest. Volume 2 plays like a series of connected vignettes, ending on a cliffhanger that promises to wrap up all the themes Morrison has been working thus far. That may make the complete trilogy more impactful, but can’t help but make this outing feel like a typical “middle chapter,” with the big finish promising more fireworks than are supplied here. The best reason to take in Volume 2 is the art team of Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, who craft a kaleidoscopic visual feast for the reader. The duo make the proceedings bright and big, smartly working in various references to the visual iconography from the character’s long history. Paquette’s design work is beyond stunning here; in addition to the imaginative take on Amazonian tech and architecture, he’s carefully crafted the look of each page, using a fluid approach to panel and page construction that eschews the typical box format with lovingly rendered panels that promote a real flow to the action, where even the panel borders are rendered with care and thoughtfulness to promote overall visual impact. Paquette’s Diana remains strong and confident, entirely expressive and brimming with power, but also suffused with regrets, longing and even playfulness. He nails her shifting moods and concocts some truly inspired costuming riffs that incorporate decades of the character’s visual presentation. Fairbairn wraps it all in bright, warm colors that make even the darker sections stand out crisply and cleanly. At its best, the work calls to mind the legendary Trina Robbins, which is no small amount of praise for Paquette and Fairbairn. One really needs to have read Volume 1 before diving into Volume 2, and even then, be prepared for the lengthy wait for the next installment. This isn’t a complete reading experience on its own, but as the middle part of a trilogy, it manages the pitfalls inherent in such a set-up well enough to be worth a reader’s time.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    Grant Morrison's greatest ability as a writer is to go places few if any others are willing to go. With Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2, he's managed to tell the tale of the post-Trump era no one else has dared tackle. I'm not talking about reactive responses but confronting it head-on. And he doesn't do it in a confrontational manner, either, which is itself remarkable in this age. The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States was an immediate lightning rod, an event so une Grant Morrison's greatest ability as a writer is to go places few if any others are willing to go. With Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2, he's managed to tell the tale of the post-Trump era no one else has dared tackle. I'm not talking about reactive responses but confronting it head-on. And he doesn't do it in a confrontational manner, either, which is itself remarkable in this age. The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States was an immediate lightning rod, an event so unexpected that even months of endless chatter preceding it couldn't prepare anyone for the reality of it actually happening. And that's, essentially, how Morrison treats Vol. 2 as compared to Vol. 1 of his epic Wonder Woman vision (everything he does he has an epic vision for). Vol. 1 was all setup. Vol. 2 is delivery. Morrison usually approaches his topics by getting to the root of the original idea. Wonder Woman has settled into the role of the most iconic female superhero over the years, but originally she was conceived as the prototypical feminist ideal, even as creator William Moulton Marston surrounded her with stereotypes of totems of chauvinist control, ideas of submission and control that fell by the wayside even as their symbols (the Lasso of Truth, for instance) remained visible and trademark elements of Wonder Woman's adventures. Morrison decided he wasn't go to let they remain latent any longer. He was going to go out and talk about them, unabashedly. That's what the modern era is all about, an unapologetic presentation of everything we represent. So his Wonder Woman is by definition a provocation, whose "mission to Man's World" includes empowerment seminars, not mere superheroics. And yet just as inevitably, she's a provocation that, well, provokes. Instead of helping women feel better, live better lives, and assert themselves, she seems to advocate revolution, which is to say, anyone who's threatened by her starts having an itchy trigger finger. (Heh. Trigger warning. Doesn't seem so funny.) Of course, there's a villain, Dr. Pyscho, ready and willing to manipulate the circumstances, fan the flames. And that, I think, is ultimately Morrison's critique, that our age is all about fanning the flames, regardless of what you happen to think. The villain always suits the times. There's also a Nazi, because with comics there's always a Nazi somewhere. Wonder Woman and Captain America, in particular, drag them wherever they go, being unique among superheroes in still having a foothold in the times they were originally created. The Nazi element also serves as a callback to Morrison's own Zenith, and as such you can see where he isn't merely speaking to today but reflecting back on themes he's written about his whole career. And as such, despite what we might think, we're not living in as unique times as we imagine, and maybe that's part of his message, too. Bold literature doesn't merely reflect a mirror to reluctant readers, but reminds us that the story has already been told, and that it must be retold because for all its faults and aspirations, change takes a great deal of time and effort, and that's something Morrison says directly in this story, even as we so often forget it. So we need reminders, in forms that are difficult to forget. I think Grant Morrison has made something that's suitably unforgettable, a timely and timeless version of an old character made suddenly relevant and vibrant. The villains reflect the times, but the heroes rise to the occasion, too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Lost Dreamer

    I wouldn't say that Morrison's take on Wonder Woman is his best work or the amazon's most thrilling comic. And, as I previously said with the first volume, I fully understand why his view on Diana and her sisters feels pretty unconfortable to many readers. But at least the guy is trying to do something slightly different and original with the character. That's more than most of the Wonder Woman main series writers have attempted in the last years. Morrison's approach is unconfortable because at I wouldn't say that Morrison's take on Wonder Woman is his best work or the amazon's most thrilling comic. And, as I previously said with the first volume, I fully understand why his view on Diana and her sisters feels pretty unconfortable to many readers. But at least the guy is trying to do something slightly different and original with the character. That's more than most of the Wonder Woman main series writers have attempted in the last years. Morrison's approach is unconfortable because at least he has taken some time to think about the social implications of the existence of a civilization like the Amazons. And they are fascinating. But also a little creepy. Look, I'm a huge fan of Wonder Woman and I've learnt to be suspicious of the comics that try to redeem her in any way. But I find that exploring the flaws of her personality or the amazon's society can be really interesting. Because these matters can be subject to some cool debates. I think that Morrison doesn't only do this in a smart, but also in a fun way. There's a constant sarcasm in this book (also applies to the previous one) that, to me, makes the feminist conflicts that it depicts even more interesting. I don't feel 100% confortable with the dinamics of the relationship between Diana and her foe in this book, but I think that that's the point of it. Apart from that, like in the first book, I enjoy the constant homage to Moulton Marston's conception of Wonder Woman. The cult to love, submission and bondage is not so common to see in regular Wonder Woman comics, and I think that it's a shame to lose parts that so obviously belong to the character. It's no only for the fun and enjoyment that Paquette's explicit depiction of strong and beautiful women practising BDSM brings. I think that these books actually do something with these ideas, and that's as enjoyable as bold. I just with that some of this Earth One ideas had consequences to the regular series of Wonder Woman, because it clearly needs new ideas. Or at least some boldness. The only thing I really don't like of this book is that everything feels too packed, to fast. The events are condensed and the reader isn't given a chance to stop and reflect about their implications. The rythm is frenetic and that feels unncenessary. Apart from that, top quality. Mostly for those who are into Wonder Woman but feel that the canon version of the character, at the moment, is too flat.

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