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October 12, 2012

‘Wonder Woman’ No. 13 first look: Brian Azzarello plays with gods

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Wonder Woman has undergone one of the most dramatic makeovers in DC’s “New 52″ relaunched titles.

Throughout issues No. 0-12, Diana discovers that the story she’s been told about her beginnings is a lie. She was not molded from clay by Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons; instead, she is the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, and the story was created to protect her from the wrath of Hera, Zeus’ wife. Diana suddenly finds herself part of a scheming and feuding family of gods. And in “Wonder Woman” No. 12, the Amazing Amazon removes her iconic cuffs, shows off some new Zeus-like powers and even takes flight.

It’s certainly a messier story than previous iterations of Wonder Woman, but writer Brian Azzarello has said that’s exactly what the heroine needed; how can a character who’s already so perfect progress and grow?

Gallery: A brief history of Wonder Woman

The new take on Wonder Woman, led by Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, was met with scrutiny initially, especially from fans who felt betrayed by the altering of her origin, but as the story progressed, critics began to praise the Amazon’s newfound agency, relatability and power; her new origins make her both more human and more godly than a mythical creature formed from clay.

For issue No. 13, Azzarello continues his “Wonder Woman” run with artist Tony Akin — who also penciled issues 6 and 8. Chiang drew the cover for the book, which picks up soon after No. 12 left off, showing an Olympus now ruled by Apollo and a closer look at Ares, god of war. The comic also reveals more about the mysterious character whose hand was seen breaking through snow in the last page of issue 12.

Hero Complex readers get a sneak peek at the first five pages of the comic, which hits stores Wednesday. Check out the “Wonder Woman” No. 13 preview in the gallery above, or view larger images using the links below.

Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

– Noelene Clark

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