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Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act VIII

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Our Olympian Odyssey through the ancient Amazon archives continues expeditiously as we leave behind the Herculean Amphitheatre of knowledge we surreptitiously unearthed in our previous instalment, and guide ourselves through a small vestibule daedally draped in silken banners that portray the subjugation and eventual emancipation of the deific Amazons from their ancient adversary Hercules.

Upon closer inspection of the various Vexillum we notice one of them softly swaying back and forth, possessed of a zephyr of air from an unknown source. Pushing aside the intricate pennant we discover a set of majestic marble steps that lead upwards, twisting and turning erratically, triumphantly obscuring our vision of their eventual end.

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After what feels like an eternity of elevation our perpetual pace comes to cessation as we find our progress halted by a lavishly engraved bronze Mycenaean style Lion Gate. Incisively running our fingers across a prominent carving of a Lioness, we discover a hasp ingeniously masquerading as one of it’s intricate incisors. Pulling the hasp towards us causes the Lion Gate to slowly open… instantly we move our hands to shield our eyes as blinding sunlight pores in through the now unlatched gateway, after months spent scouring the archives under scant torchlight, the suddenness of the solar rays scorch our eyes.

With the colossal Amazon archives now behind us, does this mark the end of our epic odyssey? or is it symbolic of a new beginning for Wonder Woman? these questions and more can only be answered through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana of Themyscira.

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A new day does indeed dawn on the paradise island known as Themyscira, as our Hellenic Herald embraces a new origin story, and siblings of Godlike stature. In September 2011, DC Comics relaunched it’s entire line of comic books, with the elaborate event being named ‘The New 52’  – fifty two titles each following a classic DC character. Diana was no longer birthed from clay, moulded by her mother Queen Hippolyta, and given life by a pantheon of Greek Gods, but instead is the demi-goddess daughter of Zeus himself. Her original origin is revealed to be nothing more than an elaborate cover story to protect her from the preconceived wrath of Zeus‘ wife Hera.

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DC brought on board sensational scribe Brian Azzarello to pen her ongoing tales of fantastic fiction, and astounding artist Cliff Chiang to bring her virtual soul to life. Together they succeeded in producing one of the most celebrated runs in Wonder Woman‘s long and varied history.

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

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Vol 4) #1 – The New 52 Years

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Our Olympian Odyssey through the ancient Amazon archives continues expeditiously as we leave behind the Herculean Amphitheatre of knowledge we surreptitiously unearthed in our previous instalment, and guide ourselves through a small vestibule daedally draped in silken banners that portray the subjugation and eventual emancipation of the deific Amazons from their ancient adversary Hercules.

Upon closer inspection of the various Vexillum we notice one of them softly swaying back and forth, possessed of a zephyr of air from an unknown source. Pushing aside the intricate pennant we discover a set of majestic marble steps that lead upwards, twisting and turning erratically, triumphantly obscuring our vision of their eventual end.

ww13-staircase

After what feels like an eternity of elevation our perpetual pace comes to cessation as we find our progress halted by a lavishly engraved bronze Mycenaean style Lion Gate. Incisively running our fingers across a prominent carving of a Lioness, we discover a hasp ingeniously masquerading as one of it’s intricate incisors. Pulling the hasp towards us causes the Lion Gate to slowly open… instantly we move our hands to shield our eyes as blinding sunlight pores in through the now unlatched gateway, after months spent scouring the archives under scant torchlight, the suddenness of the solar rays scorch our eyes.

With the colossal Amazon archives now behind us, does this mark the end of our epic odyssey? or is it symbolic of a new beginning for Wonder Woman? these questions and more can only be answered through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana of Themyscira.

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A new day does indeed dawn on the paradise island known as Themyscira, as our Hellenic Herald embraces a new origin story, and siblings of Godlike stature. In September 2011, DC Comics relaunched it’s entire line of comic books, with the elaborate event being named ‘The New 52’  fifty two titles each following a classic DC character. Diana was no longer birthed from clay, moulded by her mother Queen Hippolyta, and given life by a pantheon of Greek Gods, but instead is the demi-goddess daughter of Zeus himself. Her original origin is revealed to be nothing more than an elaborate cover story to protect her from the preconceived wrath of Zeus‘ wife Hera.

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DC brought on board sensational scribe Brian Azzarello to pen her ongoing tales of fantastic fiction, and astounding artist Cliff Chiang to bring her virtual soul to life. Together they succeeded in producing one of the most celebrated runs in Wonder Woman‘s long and varied history.

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

Comic Cover Of The Week: Batman Europa #3

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Copyright: DC Comics

Salutations my comic collecting cohorts and welcome to another instalment of “Comic Cover Of The Week,” and this episode our spotlight of excellence falls upon “Batman: Europa #3.” Written by: Brian Azzarello and Matt Casali. Cover and interior art by: Diego Latorre. Variant cover by: Francesco Mattina and Diego Latorre.

‘Batman, weakened by a deadly virus, arrives in Paris to find answers. But with the Joker alongside for the journey, The Dark Knight is guaranteed to face many terrifying challenges as they together follow a trail that ultimately leads to a common enemy.’

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Variant cover by Francesco Mattina

The Caped Crusader and Clown Prince of Crime crash the city of Paris in the penultimate issue of the mini-series. With Batman crippled by an enemy even he cannot defeat, a deadly virus to which there seems to be no known cure, he finds that he has to team up with his nemesis The Joker, who seems to be his only hope for salvation. Together the bitter enemies search Europe, desperate to find the answers before the debilitating disease enacts its final denouement. Another fine issue from superstar writer Brian Azzarello, with gorgeous painterly style artwork by Diego Latorre.

Batman: Europa #3 is available at your local comic book emporium right now.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Batman Europa #1

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Copyright: DC Comics

11 years after it was first announced, Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee‘s mini-series Batman: Europa finally hits the comic-book shelves. Originally announced by DC Comics in 2004, the series follows the Caped Crusader and his arch nemesis The Joker as they team up (!?) and journey across Europe in search of a cure for a deadly debilitating virus that is slowly sapping the life from the Dark Knight.

J Lee EuropaThe first issue begins with a brutal, knock-down, drag out fight between Batman and Killer Croc, and ends with him teaming up with the master of mirth and mayhem. After eleven years of anticipation, the series actually delivers on its promise; two superstar creators and the world’s most beloved Superhero. Though Azzarello is around for the long haul alongside Batman and the Joker, Lee (with Giuseppe Camuncoli) is providing the art for just the first issue, with selected artistic talent from across Europe taking on illustrating duties from issue #2.

After over a decade of waiting, this lives up to the hype, Azzarello as always is marvellous and Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli‘s visuals are sublime. So why not pack up your travel bags and join Bats and Mr J on their trek through the E.U. but be prepared for a dark and daunting, but ultimately entertaining journey.

Batman: Europa is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Brian Azzarello. Cover by: Jim Lee. Interior art by: Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli.

New Comics Spotlight: Wonder Woman #36

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Wonder Woman #36 heralds the arrival of a new creative team as writer Meredith Finch and her spouse, artist David Finch take over duties from former collaborators Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang after their successful 3 year run on the title. With the hugely popular reboot of the amazing Amazon by Azzarello and Chiang, it will be a hard act to follow for the Finch duo, though I am liking what I have read so far and as ever David Finch’s artwork is awesome.

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When several villages in Thailand are destroyed by massive floods, Diana investigates what appears to be a terrible natural disaster only to discover that the floods are intentional when a mysterious figure is seen at each of the tragic incidents. This issue also includes a knock down/drag out fight between Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing and a touching confessional as Diana tells fellow Leaguer Aquaman of her struggle to cope with her many new roles as leader of the Amazons, the new God of War and one of the founding members of the Justice League.

Overall a good first issue from the new creative team, with a refreshingly different tone and style than Azzarello and Chiang’s run … recommended.