Wonder Woman: Earth One (Vol. 2) by Grant Morrison

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33 thoughts on “Wonder Woman: Earth One (Vol. 2) by Grant Morrison

    1. I already have a pretty good idea of how you feel regarding some of these subjects, especially anything that falls into the whole “social justice” baggage too. 😂 An enraged Bookstooge is always welcome to share his opinion, to rant away and to let loose whenever he wants hahaha. 😂

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      1. It didn’t help that I’d just written 2 reviews about books featuring groups of characters that were thoroughly unlikeable. I was in a rather foul mood.

        So anyway.

        My issue with something like this, in speaking to real world issues, is that the creators are inherently dishonest. It has never bothered me that Amazonialand (because I can’t remember the island’s name) was in perfect peace, because it wasn’t real. And, there were even stories about one Amazonian or another being WW’s main enemy. So this fabled peace was a rather iffy thing.

        But to start with a false premise, extrapolate false results and then use those results in addressing real world issues is annoying to say the least. The dishonesty is like grit in scrambled eggs. It doesn’t have to be much but it ruins the whole thing.

        You’d think I’d be used to it, as that has always been going on in comics. But it still annoys me to no end and I suspect it will as long as it continues 🙂

        /rant

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        1. Yep. The women from Paradise Island (it’s how they call Amazonialand here hahah) basically see it as a flawless utopia, until Wonder Woman wants more out of her life than what she’s restricted to. She definitely believes that complete submission (pretty much a dictatorship) of men would help the real world achieve that very utopia, but no one would know if that is true without blind faith. I guess to some extent the idea of using this “false result” and to apply to the real world is simply to tease the “potential” of it all, even if we know that it would never be a clean or successful transition or solution to real-world issue. 😂 I think the ideas could’ve been delivered differently, but what we get here is simply too much to absorb..

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  1. Okay, so you enjoyed this more than volume 1, but I can’t really tell why from your review. Lack of non-linear storytelling? I am glad you called out how great the design is– I like the escape from the traditional panels which they seem to have continued in Volume 2.

    Do any of these modern day issues feel like they are being thrown in for the sake of it? It sounds like Diana is tackling a LOT!

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    1. Sorry to hear that you couldn’t tell why I found it slightly better than its predecessor. To summarize, I’d say its how its not non-linear anymore, you don’t start the story already knowing how it ends, you actually have a identifiable goal for Diana and you see who the “villains” are, and you also already know what you’re in for by picking up volume 2, making it easier to “enjoy”. Then again, It was pretty much a 2.5 rounded up, and I think an immediate reread might not be beneficial for the rating. 😂 And yes, some issues were in there just to be in there and make it modern. A bit unfortunate, if you ask me.

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  2. Wonder woman is as I think I have said before next to Batman my favorite DC character. It’s interesting that this book is adressing some real world issues, but I definitely understand what you are saying about just forcing these on the reader. Still, it does sound like this book isn’t half bad, and the art really looks very good😊 It’s amazing how many comicbooks you are reading these days though: wow! Great post as always! 😊

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    1. It might indeed be to the taste of many who dare embrace its radical ideas, and its always a good thing if the art also works in their favour. 😁 I’d be curious to hear more people’s opinion on this series just to find out how they feel about it all. And yes hahaha I don’t particularly have a super fast reading speed to read multiple huge novels per week so I content myself with comic books hahah 😂 I’m also letting Trang compensate with her reviews, especially anything YA she reads 😂😂

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  3. It sounds like they perhaps had a list of issues they were determined to mention before they go through the thing! I hate that sense of things being “ticked off” – I think the point of talking about an issue is to do it in an interesting nuanced way, not just to say you’ve brought it up. It’s a shame these don’t sound so great!

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    1. It surely did feel like that. Most of the issues also felt very, very modern, so I can see where they all came from. It would’ve been nice if it had contented itself to just focusing on a couple of issues and really digging into them instead!

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  4. Well what a review! And yes you have to admire an author for being true to the character and making courageous choices. The drawing are really gorgeous and remind me of the 50ies pin ups with black lips, black hair and generous curves!

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    1. Thank you so much! It is definitely bold of him to do what he did to Wonder Woman, but at least he’ll have been the first to bring it back to life! 😁 and yes, you’re so right about the art hahah All the Amazons do have a similar body type too, which was clearly intended to identify the “ideal” body. 😞

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  5. Another thought-provoking review. I think it’s hard for authors to really strike the right balance when trying to bring in topical but contentious issues. Too light and it’s seen as dismissive too much and it’s preachy. I’m glad some are making the attempt as these are issues that need to be discussed more openly… but it ain’t easy. Lol.

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    1. Well said! And to do through one of the most recognized and popular hero ever? It was sure to draw attention! But, like you said, it’s definitely a good thing that these issues/topics are being the center of attention in some stories. 😁

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    1. A very brave direction! Great ideas! It’s just how its delivered that will likely not be to everyone’s taste. 😂

      P.S. Thanks so much for binging through so many posts! Didn’t think you’d actually do such a thing!!! 😂 😘 Welcome back to the blogging game!!!

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  6. A writing and story telling gimmick has to really work before I buy it… I’m skeptical because it means you have a boring story and are trying to jazz it up. It sounds like the author is trying to capture the female audience?! Did it seem like that to you Lashaan? I’m not that into beating social issues to death TBH (though I certainly keep abreast of them), but it sounds like an audience thing. I just started to do instagram again and your lovely exhibit to so well photographed!! GAHHHHHHH! It looks like you used a light box?! Anyway great review and I’m glad you enjoyed this more that the previous issue. 😀

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    1. While the first volume did blow everything out of proportion and gave us an unexpected provocative story, this one definitely went for something more boring but linear and cohesive, to some extent. I don’t know if it’s really trying to catch a female audience though. This series feels more like it’s trying to give us a portrait of an idea in its most extreme form just to reflect upon it hahah But it does feel like all the side-issues integrated in the story was to appeal a certain politically-immersed audience. Wahh, thanks for the kind words for the exhibit! 😍 I rarely ever get any comments regarding those pictures hahah I just keep on using the same style for all my books just to not overburden myself by trying to be extra-creative (which would take so much of my time, time that I barely have hahhaha)! Actually didn’t use any light box, it just goes through a whole editing process on photoshop 😂😂 Nice to know that it can get people thinking that I used some kind of gimmick to make it work! 😁 Thanks for reading Daniii!!

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  7. Another fantastic review Lashaan, I really do love the way you isolate the core themes of the narrative which is something that always speaks to me and I’m always searching for. Sure, sometimes superhero comics just serve to entertain and I enjoy that but when they reach deeper, that really gets my attention.

    It seems this a troublesome take on Wonder Woman that’s trying to honour the character’s roots but ultimately feels dated in the 21st Century. I get the sense that Morrison is forcing too much in and it’s not really paying off. I think Greg Rucka’s Rebirth run may be a better read for you – that, along with the film are more positive iterations of WW for me personally (I do plan to check the classic George Perez and John Byrne runs one day though).

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    1. Thanks man. Same here. I do prefer an underlying theme being thoroughly explored in the story over pure melee combat sequences ahhaha!

      Yep, I would never recommend this soon-to-be trilogy to anyone as their first experience of Wonder Woman in the comic book medium. I actually hoped to check out Brian Azzarello’s New 52 run at some point too. Have you actually been checking out all the Rebirth runs? I have the impression you’ve experienced all of them and can tell which are worth or not worth checking out hahah

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