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Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act VII

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Our ongoing odyssey through the ancient Amazon archives has begat many magnificent and momentous tales of bravery, heroism and valour as we have pedantically pursued the scintillating sisterhood of antediluvian Amazon warriors, and their champion, Diana of Themyscira.

As we proceed in negotiating the vast annals of knowledge, our perpetual path brings us ever closer to the ultimate truth behind the legends of Gods, and monsters, sacrifice and salvation and the hellenic herald who would lead her sisters into the light of a new world and, in the fullness of time, become the emancipator of humanity itself.

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As we continue apace the corridors of collation, we glimpse, in our peripheral vision, an evanescent trail of golden light that guides us to a small crevice located in the ancestral archive walls. Reaching cautiously into the cleft our hand alights upon a small but infinitely intricate lever, pulling this down causes the walls to slowly unveil their secrets, folding in of themselves to reveal a hitherto unseen amphitheatre of Herculean magnitude, with every inch of this precious structure overflowing with vast volumes of lore pertaining to the revered history of Hera’s adopted daughters.

Once more, as if Zeus himself guides our path, we happen upon a volume so elaborate that it is hard to believe that even the Olympic Gods themselves could ever forge such a magnificent tome, a book so mysterious and rich in power that it could only ever be translated through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince.

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Welcome my fellow comic book loving compatriots to another astonishing advent in Amazon lore, an intense, illuminating issue that is brought to you by those luminary lights of cosmic creation – J.Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester, Eduardo Pansica, and Alex Sinclair. Wonder Woman #608 was unleashed in April 2011.

Wonder Woman #608 continues the ‘Odyssey’ storyline that began in the anniversary special Wonder Woman #600, which rebooted our heroic herald with a new backstory and costume. Though the lengthy fourteen part epic tale by master scribe J.Michael Straczynski was a well structured and finely wrought piece of narrative, the fundamental changes made to Diana during this saga, never sat well with fans, and was ultimately rebooted soon after, when DC Comics began the ‘New 52′ complete overhaul of it’s entire multiverse.

Join us again next time for more ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ my adroit Amazonian associates!

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Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act VI

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Our effervescent expedition through the ancient Amazon archives continues apace as we descend yet another level into what is a seemingly infinite array of chambers and corridors, with each and every recess literally crammed with untold millennia of encyclopedic knowledge pertaining to the deific Amazon race.

This new tier though appears more majestic than the three previous floors we negotiated, the palatial surroundings are bathed under an ethereal light that transcends even the anterior archives in elegance. Diaphanous silks drape across the walls, and each turn of the interminable passageways present us with an exquisite effigy of one of the founding Gods of Olympus, layered in gold and precious stones that denotes their importance to the noble race of warriors and artisans.

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The hellenic architecture of the passages give way to an extraordinarily large Propylae gate that forms the entrance to an elegant repository that house the largest collection of tomes and parchments we have yet seen in our ongoing odyssey. One wall though contains a single volume, bound in leather and embossed in gold leaf this intricate book shimmers under the luminescent glow of the nearby torches. Carefully opening the tome, our eyes alight upon the magnificence of the interior narrative, an elaborate exposition that can only be translated through… Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince.

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A scintillating six hundred issues into the astonishing adventures of the amazing Amazon, and DC merge the previous three volumes and return Diana’s foray into man’s world to its original numbering. This oversized anniversary special brings together a legion of tantalising talent to create a commemorative comic of epic proportion.

The cadre of comic-book composers gathered together for this illustrious issue include – George Perez, Amanda Conner, Gail Simone, Phil Jimenez, Jock, Adam Hughes, J. Michael Strazczynski, Nicola Scott and many, many more. Plus, an incomparable introduction by stunning seventies superstar of the original Wonder Woman TV series, the lovely Lynda Carter!

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The anniversary issue comprises five different tales of the Themysciran Titan, with the highlight for this fevered fan being the short tale written and drawn by the amazing Amanda Conner. We find Wonder Woman teaming up with Power Girl and one time Batgirl Cassandra Cain to battle the inexplicable Egg-Fu! It also touches upon a power we rarely see used by Diana, her innate ability to empathise and to some extent converse with animals, as she gives Power Girl a look into why her pet cat is out of sorts in a heartfelt and amusing tale.

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Join us again next time for more ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ my adventurous Amazonian associates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act V

 

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Pushing ever deeper into the cavernous chambers of the ancient Amazon archives we happen across an expertly crafted statue of Queen Hippolyta, the intricate design is so meticulous that it could only have been created by the Gods of Olympus themselves.

Tracing our fingers across the elaborate effigy we notice that the grandiose Sarissa spear that the likeness of the Amazonian Queen clutches in its left hand has a small catch hidden just below the tip. Lifting the catch cautiously causes the graven image of Hippolyta to suddenly drop the Aspis shield it was wielding. Upon retrieving the heavy bronze Aspis from the dusty chamber floors we notice, secreted behind the leather interior of the shield, a slender tome, that can only be translated through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the Titan of Themyscira.

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Once more unto the breach my astonishing Amazonian affiliates as we celebrate yet another illustrious issue from those ceaseless composers of fantastic fiction – Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti & Matt RyanWonder Woman (volume 3) #41 was released in April 2010.

This compelling comic showcases a literal Clash of the Titans, as two of DC’s heavy hitters collide head on.  Kryptonian Power Girl is the Earth 2 variant of Supergirl and possesses the same powers and skills as her parallel dimensional cousin, super strength and speed, near invulnerability, flight and more, making her a very ferocious foe to her rogues gallery of enemies. Unfortunately for the amazing Amazon, today, all of Power Girls focus is directly on taking down Diana, in a battle royale of epic proportion.

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Possessed by the offspring of AresPower Girl believes Diana to be a fake and instantly sets about exposing the truth by attempting to pummel the Themysciran Princess with all her immeasurable might. Though the two powerhouses are equals in both strength and fortitude, Power Girl is not an Amazon and with millennia of training and combat expertise, Diana is more than a match for the raging Kryptonian.

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Another fantastic issue from Simone and Lopresti that pits two of DC Comics’ most beloved heroines. Standout moments of this two part tale entitled ‘A Murder Of Crows’ are, Wonder Woman extolling that she is “A Little Peeved” (after getting swatted by a down town bus that Power Girl is hefting like a baseball bat) and Power Girl punching Diana so hard… she ends up across the border in Canada!!

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my adroit Amazonian associates!

Happy Wonder Woman Day

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Wonder Woman weekend is upon us my astounding Amazonian associates, triumphantly commencing yesterday with the release of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkin’s stunning cinematic adaptation (oh and believe me folks, it definitely lives up to the hype, review incoming soon) and continuing through today, which DC Comics have officially declared – Wonder Woman Day!

Hera’s heraldic hero of hope has been with us for an astonishing 75 years now and in that time has immersed herself in all forms of entertainment media from comic-books, animation, novelisations, television series, and beyond. So here’s three ways that you can join in the celebration of the world’s most important fictional female…

Indulge In The Fantastic 2009 Animated Origin Tale…

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Patty Jenkin’s fantastic adaptation might be Wondy’s first cinematic live action solo debut, but the Themysciran Titan has headlined her own movie previous to this in the amazing 2009 animated tale.

The film, which was written by Gail Simone and Michael Jelenic gave us a George Perez inspired origin tale, that takes us from the golden shores of Themyscira and Diana’s complex relationships with her mother, Queen Hippolyta and sister Amazons, to the dangerous and uncertainty of the world outside of the Amazon’s paradise island. With a star studded voice cast that includes – Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Virginia Madsen, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson and David McCallum, this is one of the best adaptations of Diana Prince outside of the comic books themselves… highly recommended.

Read Wonder Woman Rebirth…

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DC Comic’s recent Rebirth shake up of it’s iconic universe of characters has been a massive hit with fans across the globe. The 2016 relaunch heralded the end of their New52  run and returned the DCU to a time before the Flashpoint Paradox but retained the history and continuity of what came before.

Wonder Woman Rebirth has been a stunning adaptation of Zeus’ favoured daughter, alternating each issue between her present and past, with a retelling of her canonical origin story in the “Year One” chapters by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, and the contemporary tale of Diana’s trials and tribulations to discover the truth behind “The Lies” by Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp. Diana’s world was brought to glorious and evocative life through the talent of these individuals presenting us with quite possibly the greatest WW run of issues since the glory days of the great George Perez. 

Continue Your Odyssey Through The Ancient Amazon Archives…

Our Herculean Odyssey through the Ancient Amazon Archives was a particularly big hit for Precinct1313 last year, and in anticipation of Gal Gadot’s solo escapades as the Amazon Herald we have been revisiting the archives from it’s humble beginnings through to it’s thrilling denouement… and Act IV begins right here. Happy Wonder Woman Day, my astoundingly awesome Amazonian affiliates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act IV

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Our torches flicker white hot incandescence across the walls of the ancient Amazon archives as we continue our research into the millennia long annals of the Olympus created Amazon race. We have descended vast depths since beginning this investigation, floor after floor of extensive libraries detailing every facet of the venerable Amazons and their feats of great valour, which are then regaled to you through – Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Zeus’ favoured daughter.

This weeks tantalising tome is brought to you by those veracious virtuosi of comic book excellence – Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan. Released in September 2009.

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After her titanic struggle against the unremitting foe Genocide and a sorrowful departure from her home of Themyscira, Diana returns to her apartment in Washington DC. It is here she learns that Genocide is still alive, though broken, and is being harboured by Dr Psycho in Japan, Psycho is using an underground Meta-Human fight arena as cover whilst he sets about returning Genocide (who is actually the corpse of Wonder Woman, stolen by Ares in the future and corrupted to become Genocide) to full power.

Diana consults fellow Justice League member Dinah Lance (better known as Black Canary) about her dealings with illegal operations such as Psycho’s fight den, who gleefully agrees to join Diana on her mission to infiltrate the Meta-Human arena as competitors. Cue another fantastically written tale by the talented Gail Simone, the quirky story follows our two celebrated heroines on a journey through zany Japanese culture and even comparisons of Super female bust sizes(!?)

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I love this run of Wonder Woman by Gail Simone, in my opinion it rivals all the greats that came before and after it including George Perez and the more recent saga by BrianAzzarello. Simone just ‘gets’ the character like no other, it helps also that her talent runs the gamut of both deep dramatism and incredibly funny comedy. Rounding this series off perfectly are Aaron Lopresti’s fantastic visuals, his characters exhibit real emotion and his articulation of facial expressions in his art is worthy of the great Keith Giffen himself, and that is high praise indeed.

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my astonishing Amazonian associates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act III

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Pushing ever deeper into the ancient Amazon archives we discover a seemingly forgotten pathway, heavily shrouded in near impenetrable darkness and coated in a fine layer of dust and cobwebs. Beyond this hidden path lies a small ornate room illuminated from some unknown and otherworldly source, and at its centre lies a magnificent manuscript that can only be translated through – “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Princess Diana of Themyscira.

Today’s tantalising tome is brought to you by those boundless bastions of comic book creation – Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan. Released in July 2008.

The startling story secreted behind the colossal cover is the first part of a four issue mini-series entitled “Ends Of The Earth” and marks the beginning of Gail Simone’s legendary run on the awesome Amazon’s adventures.

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Diana must brave the mystical demonic real known as the Black Horizon, this desolate plane has devoured many a great warrior whom have encountered its perilous landscape. Bereft of most of her powers and fighting a growing bloodlust in her veins, Diana must journey through this dangerous dimension to reclaim her soul from a demon lord who resides at the edge of existence.

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my astute Amazonian associates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act II

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The ornate chambers of the Amazon archives are vast, stretching as far as any mortal’s eyes can see. We make our way deeper into the legendary library, stopping occasionally to survey the various parchments and tomes, the millennia long annals of Amazon deeds and accomplishments are contained within this sacred place, and conveyed to you through – ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover coundown to the 75th anniversary of the Themysciran legend.

This week’s tenacious tome is brought to you by those mythical maestros of comic book creation – J. Torres, Julian Lopez, & Marta Martinez. With the classic cover rapturously rendered by – Terry & Rachel Dodson. Released: December 2007.

Thirteen issues into Volume 3 of Diana’s daring adventures brings you a startling story entitled “Mothers and Daughters”, a crossover issue in conjunction with the mini-series “Amazons Attack”. After the cataclysmic events of Infinite Crisis, the Amazons return to Earth to find their Princess, Diana, unlawfully held in detention by the United States Government.

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Led by their Queen, Hippolyta and her adviser Circe, and joined by mythic Greek creatures that includes, Pegasus, Hydra, and Cyclops, the Amazons attack the USA, with Hippolyta hellbent on destroying the world of men. Unbeknown to the Queen and her sister Amazons however is that the whole event was orchestrated by Circe, who is using the war as a means to destroy the Amazons and their fabled home of Themyscira.

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my astonishing Amazonian associates!

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited…

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The first official reviews are in for the Wonder Woman movie, and by ‘The Mighty Chariot of Zeus’ they are universally in praise of the Themysciran Titan’s first outing on the silver screen. Currently holding a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it makes Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins’ comic-book translated opus the highest rated Superhero movie ever… that’s right, my amazing Amazonian associates, EVER!

Now, if you are a veteran agent of Precinct1313, you will no doubt be aware that we adore the Amazon Herald, with well over 50% of the posts emanating from this Malefic Mansion of Mystery centered around the exploits of Zeus’ favoured daughterWith the recent influx of new agents to the Precinct (many thanks, and welcome by the way) and with not only the highly anticipated film releasing this Friday, but also Saturday June 3 being DC’s official Wonder Woman day, we believe now is the perfect time to repost our epic journey through the Ancient Amazon Archives that took place last year (and ended up being our most successful series of articles.) It began as a fun way to introduce our WW 75th anniversary comic cover countdown, but grew into something much grander as the series went on.

Over the next few days we shall relive that Herculean Odyssey from it’s humble beginnings. So don your stoutest walking boots, for we are about to journey into Amazon history…

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A warm breeze caresses our face as we cross a small river that quietly flows its way through the centre of the paradise island known as Themyscira. Just up ahead lies the intricately carved gateway that leads down to the ancient Amazon archives, where great tales of heroism and legends may be found, and retold in “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince.

This weeks colossal cover celebrates the beginning of a new chapter for the Amazon Herald, as we join Donna Troy as the new holder of the title of Wonder Woman, in the very first issue of volume-3 of the awesome Amazon’s continuing adventures. This terrific tome is brought to you by – Writer: Allan Heinberg. Artists: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Alex Sinclair, with the colossal cover by Terry Dodson. Released: August 2006.

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The tantalising tale secreted behind the captivating cover is titled “Who Is WonderWoman” and picks up one year after the catastrophic events of Infinite Crisis. Diana has stepped away from the role of Wonder Woman, passing the mantle unto Donna Troy. Donna was once known as Wonder Girl and is Diana’s exact duplicate, brought to life by the Sorceress Magala originally as a playmate for the Themysciran Princess. Donna made her first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #60″ in 1965. Created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. She is most fondly remembered as a founding member of The Teen Titans, though she has also allied herself with, The Justice League, Darkstars and the WhiteLantern Corps.

Join us again next time for another classic WW cover, my affable Amazonian associates!