A playlist to associate with WONDER WOMAN 1984

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He was one year, law? That’s why I take pleasure in little things; things that other years might not seem like a big deal. A good day of mail. A good phone call with a friend. My favorite movie on television. All this considered, I am really excited about Wonder Woman 1984.

I haven’t always been a huge Wonder Woman fan. I only really got into comics about 4-5 years ago, and Diana Prince’s story was one of the ones that piqued my interest. With him, I fell head first into Bombshells, Batwoman, Star Wars, Captain Marvel, many Marvel stories and characters in general, and much more. But Wonder Woman was a favorite, which I talked about here. At first the different arcs confused me, but I learned to pick a favorite and go with it.

When I first saw the preview of WW84 I was so excited and can’t believe it’s finally here. If you’re new to the world of Wonder Woman, or want to learn more about her after watching this movie, here are some places to start. I have included comics, graphic novels, and a novel. I wanted to include books of different reading levels so if you want you can also read them with the kids in your life because it’s never too early to start loving Wonder Woman! I know everyone has their favorites, and this list is by no means exhaustive or close to it. These are just a few selections to whet your appetite. One caveat, however: this list is very white. Although the comic book industry is diversifying, some characters still lack diversity with writers and illustrators, and Wonder Woman is one of them.

If you’re looking for even more Wonder Woman goodness, check out this post and this article.

Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia Deluxe Edition by Greg Rucka, JG Jones, Wade von Grawbadger, Todd Klein and Dave Stewart

When I first started out in WW, it was the comic book that was always recommended to me. It was Rucka’s first time writing Diana, but wow, is that right. This comic is a Greek tragedy where Diana finds herself caught between breaking an oath she made or ignoring what needs to be done for justice, and also finds herself in conflict with Batman. It’s hard to talk about this one without giving too much away, so I’ll just say read this ASAP.

Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood (The New 52) by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins, Dan Green, Matthew Wilson and Jared K. Fletcher

Confession: I am at times conflicted about this one, mostly because of the rewrite of its origin story. That being said, it’s definitely worth reading for the strong portrayals of Diana and the Amazons, with a big dose of Greek mythology as well. What you think you know about Diana’s origins is pretty much reworked in this arc, but overall it’s a fast-paced comic (a bit more violent than the other WW comics) with lots of action. I would recommend this as a kind of counter-reading to Rucka, since that’s how I’ve categorized them in my head – I tend to compare and contrast the two, for some reason.

Diana: Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and Victoria Ying

Looking for a mid-level graphic novel about Wonder Woman? It’s here! Eleven-year-old Diana generally enjoys living in Themyscira, but she is the only child on the whole island. It’s related to becoming lonely. Diana decides to make a friend with clay… but things change. It’s a great introduction to the world of Diana Prince that shows even the youngest fan how much kindness and justice is an integral part of Wonder Woman, even as a young girl.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Yes, there is a graphic novel version of this book, but I wanted to include the YA novel version in this list. I did it because I think there’s a plus… something to reading a novel about a comic book character. It’s another way to appreciate history. Diana is still young and eager to prove herself. When she risks everything to save a deadly girl, she discovers that the girl is in fact a Warbringer. In her efforts to establish herself among the Amazons, has Diana made matters worse for the whole world?

DC Comics Bombshells, Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, Laura Braga, Stephen Mooney, Ted Naifeh and Garry Brown

It’s not specific to Wonder Woman, but it’s one of the Bombshells and it’s a great series that I love. It’s WWII and the Allies have called in the Bombshells: Kate Kane, Diana Prince, Kara Starikov (Supergirl) and her adopted sister Kortni Duginova (Stargirl) and Mera. The writing is superb, the art is beautiful, and the way the story unfolds on this volume and the following ones is timely and clever. I love to reinvent the story and the original details of each Bombshell. Definitely a fun take on these superheroes and a story with themes still relevant today.

Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Just War by G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord, Xermanico and Jesus Merino

I loved G. Willow Wilson’s work with Ms. Marvel, and seeing her write Wonder Woman is awesome. Ares is back – he escaped his cell on Themyscira somehow – but this time he says he’s being reborn. Can Diana make him a good person? Is it possible? Wilson really gets Diana in this volume; its complexity and personality, as well as the internal struggles it faces. Diana is a complex character and this profession captures it well. If you are a fan of G. Willow Wilson, you will not be disappointed.


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