Ahh, Wonder Woman.
I remember the first time I encountered the statuesque Amazon warrior. In fact my discovery of the comic and the television show, starring Lynda Carter, occurred at about the same time, and consequently found one of my first crushes.
Combining strength, a drive for justice, beauty, and lets face it, an appealing costume, my younger self was doomed the moment I laid eyes on her.
I followed a number of her adventures, though was bothered by the year she took a role as an agent for the Department of Metahuman Affairs which had her out of her costume and in a white jumpsuit.
The character has been reinvented countless times since her creation in 1941, and on the eve of the DC Film’s release (honestly the only one that has looked good since they have tried to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though the Warner Brothers advertising machine seems to have dropped the ball a little in promoting it), DK Books is unleashing the Ultimate Guide to Wonder Woman.
The book documents every incarnation of the Amazon, her parallels on other Earths, her update for the 21st century, and her place as a role model.
Filled with incredible art from over 70 years of comic stories, the book takes us through important storylines, key themes and characters, both ally and enemy. Often considered part of the DC Trinity comprised of her, Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman has never been given the attention due her, and that is unfortunate, because she has proven herself an amazing creation time and time again.
She has taken on not only supervillains but also faced social issues head-on. She’s saved the Earth, clashed with her Justice League allies, and she’s done it all as the hero she is.
Yes, in the early days, some of her stories were simplistic, but that can be argued of most early superhero stories. Over time, the stories and the character have become intricate and layered, and one could be easily lost, which is why the DK book is such a useful aid.
Helpful to new fans, to catch up on things that have gone before, and possibly what stories to skip, and enjoyable for devotees seeing long forgotten moments and key scenes, DK Books proves they know their material. And WW didn’t have to ensnare me in her lasso to share that truth.
This like the previous guides unleashed by DK Books is a beautiful collector’s piece, and should be treasured. They look gorgeous, are informative, and make for a fine addition to any fan’s book shelf.
Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior is available now from DK Books, and get out there and support the film on June 2!