‘Wonder Woman’ No. 21 first look: Diana faces the First Born

June 17, 2013 | 8:45 a.m.
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"Wonder Woman" No. 21, Page 1, by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang. (DC)

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"Wonder Woman" No. 21, Page 2, by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang. (DC)

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"Wonder Woman" No. 21, Page 3, by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang. (DC)

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"Wonder Woman" No. 21, Page 4, by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang. (DC)

Wonder Woman prepares to face off against antagonist the First Born in issue No. 21, by comic writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang. Hero Complex readers can get an exclusive first look at the first four pages of the comic, which hits stores Wednesday.

Issue No. 21, “Flesh & Stone,” picks up after Wonder Woman’s battle with Artemis in No. 20 — a battle that left Diana reeling and London in ruins. Now, Wonder Woman must withstand an all-out attack from antagonist the First Born.

Click through the gallery above or use the links below to preview the comic.

Cover | Variant cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

Wonder Woman has undergone one of the most dramatic makeovers in DC’s “New 52″ relaunched titles. Since the reboot, Diana has discovered that she was not molded from clay by Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons; instead, she is the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, and the clay story was created to protect her from the wrath of Hera, Zeus’ wife. Diana finds herself part of a scheming and feuding family of gods, with Zeus-like powers herself, even taking flight.

“If you went to the average person on the street and showed them a picture of Wonder Woman they would recognize her immediately,” Chiang told Hero Complex in 2011. “Ask those people her origin story and some of them might know the clay story but many, many others would not know that at all. That’s not a problem you have with Superman or Batman; everyone knows their origin. By making her the daughter of Zeus, we’ve gotten a big driving force behind our story. It gives her a motivation and it’s a key to character that we now feel is very important. She’s a child of the gods who defends us from them, in the same way that Superman is from another planet trying to save humanity and Batman is the orphan who is protecting us from the criminals who killed his parents.”

Gallery: A brief history of Wonder Woman

The new take on Wonder Woman was met with scrutiny initially, but as the story progressed, critics began to praise the amazon’s newfound agency, relatability and power, as well as the comic’s slow-burn pacing.

The series comes at a time when there appears to be a resurgence of interest in the heroine, with some pushing for Wonder Woman to get her own movie. The CW has been developing a pilot called “Amazon” about teenaged Diana (think “Smallville’s” pre-Superman Clark Kent).

“We’re waiting for the script to come in,” network President Mark Pedowitz said. “We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be. … We do not want to do something that doesn’t work for that particular character. It’s the trickiest of all the DC characters to get right.”

Aron Eli Coleite (“Heroes,” “Ultimate X-Men” comics) is writing the current draft, and the CW put out a casting call earlier this summer for “Amazon’s” young heroine under the code name “Iris,” calling for a leading lady 5 foot, 8 inches or taller, who “comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield.”

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark


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10 Responses to ‘Wonder Woman’ No. 21 first look: Diana faces the First Born

  1. @Lunaseas1 says:

    I'm sorry but I am really unimpressed by what I've seen of this series. The artwork is awful IMHO and the change in background really makes this storyline lose the spirit of Wonder Woman. In particular is the change that the Amazons rape sailors and then kill their male offspring! How awful is that? I don't mind changes in the story but this robs it of so many virtues that it had while I was growing up. It's a shame and I hope it soon gets retconned.

    • Essasin says:

      Wow that rape revelation happened like how many issues ago?? Diana did not participate in the event. As a matter of fact she had no idea it was going on! The comic gave no context in which the amazons raped sailors.

      Please don’t act like amazons have been angles throughout the years. Hippolyta and the other amazons have started wars against humanity and did their fair share of murder and violence for no good reason before all the changes.

      This is a Wonder Woman story book (damn good one) not a story about Amazons.

      Personally I think Cliff Chang is a great artist. If you don't like it you can revisit all the highly sexualized renditions of wonder woman by other artists if you like.

      • shadowcub says:

        What in the world have you been reading? The artwork is scholcky, and if you read your mythology, you would know that the majority of Amazons aren't jumping guys, as they were betrayed and raped by Hercules and his men.

        Wonder Woman's character has already taken hits, from JL's where she is desperate for Bruce's love to the video game where her character is willing to commit any number of criminal acts to be Superman's lover.

        Don't get me started when I was a kid and they had her a Amazon princess wanting the war (WW2) to be over so that she could start washing the skidmarks out of Trevor's underwear.

        To this latest abomination.

  2. Carol says:

    In Greek Mythology Queen Hippolyta 's grandfather is Zeus….So Incest runs in DC comics Wonder Woman.

    Ares the god of war is father of Queen Hippolyta.

    Wonder Woman's great grandfather is her father…Sick. Twisted NOT GREEK Mythology. NOT ROMAN Mythology. NOT TROY(Modern Turkey) Mythology.

    Wonder Woman discovers she is not normal…so sad….She does not have any supernatural powers other than what she had been born a statute brought to life by the goddess Aphrodite.

  3. Carol says:

    In Greek Mythology Queen Hippolyta 's grandfather is Zeus….So Incest runs in DC comics Wonder Woman.

  4. Carol says:

    Why would these Amazons need to rape a sailor? When the goddess Aphrodite would offer her son Eros the god of love for them so they could sexual love.

  5. Carol says:

    In ancient Greek Mythology the first born's parents were Gaia and Zeus. His name was Agdistis. A divinity conceived when Zeus impregnated Mother Earth with a nocturnal emission. It was born with male and female genitals, which so alarmed the gods they castrated it, creating the goddess Cybele.

    Hera and Zeus' first born was Ares the god of war.

  6. Carol says:

    Hera should not be concern about Agdistis, she should bury him or turn him into snakes or wipe him out, with lightening. If she does not have power, she should get hold of Juno, the Roman goddess. Maybe Juno would help her get rid of Agdistis. Zeus cheated on her with Gaia to produce this son Agdistis.

  7. chlj says:

    I have been buying the WW series since issue 11 or 12 and have read about these early comics from the series 1-10 online. I really have to said as least for me, I thought the series went down when Orion showed up!! He's a Pig and jerk!! I stopped reading WW series after issue # 19. I thought the Writer sink really low, and dragged WW down!! Also after buying and reading issue# 19 i through that comic book away!! It made wonder if the writer thinks that sexual harassment and sexual assault is a serious issue!! or does he think it's part of a romance!! If the writer does, that not something I want to read about or see!! I know people have become really liberal, but sexual harassment and sexual assault are ok now??

  8. Marie says:

    Rachel Nichols should be WW. If you haven't seen Continuum on Syfy…you should, she could easily be WW, and a good choice. I just wish they would make a movie already. The studio execs aren't that smart in my opinion they basically force feed you with movies you have no desire to watch. "Oblivion" with Tom Cruise? Yes that's what I thought when I saw the trailer, and haven't thought of it since. "Planet Earth", .. I mean "After Earth"… Planet Earth was a doc that was way more interesting. Will Smith…snor…snoring.. REM… I think I would have gone to see it, if he or his son were not in it.. at the same time, the dynamic seemed off…LOL, It's a remake of LOTF…duh.. I guess they think we are stuupid.

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