10 Wonder Woman Stories You Should Read

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10 Wonder Woman Stories You Should Read.

For more than 75 years Wonder Woman has been one of the most recognisable and well loved superheroes. During this time, she has inspired countless people with her messages of love, peace and equality. She’s also been able to stand tall with DC Comics’ greatest heroes and is even a founding member of the Justice League.

With the release of her solo movie the character has hit an even wider recognition and there are plenty of people wondering (pun not intended) what comic book stories they should read. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 10 Wonder Woman greats that mix fan-favourites and absolute classics to form some quality reads.

Most of these can be found at any good comic book store or digitally.

Enjoy!

Sensation Comics #1 cover by Harry G. Peter.

Wonder Woman/Wonder Woman Arrives in Man’s World

Written by William Moulton Marston. Art by Harry G. Peter.

Go back to where it all started with these pair of comics from December​ 1941 and January 1942. In them we see the origins of Wonder Woman All the way up to her first World War II adventure in the United States.

These stories do a lot of work to establish many of the classic concepts we know and love. Were introduced to Steve Trevor, the soldier/spy, who not only instigates Wonder Woman’s journey but is also the love interest. We start to see some of her signature abilities from super strength, speed and agility, to deflecting bullets with her bracelets.

QUICK TIP: Comics from the 1940’s are a very different reading experience to modern comics. Keep that in mind when reading these comics and you’ll enjoy them more.

Wonder Woman is told in a back up feature of All-Star Comics #8 and continues in Sensation Comics #1. These comics are collected in Wonder Woman Golden Age Omnibus Volume 1 and available digitally here and here.

Wonder Woman (1987 series) #1 cover by George Perez.

Gods and Mortals

Written by George Perez and Len Wien. Art by George Perez.

While Wonder Woman’s origins have told numerous times before, Gods and Mortals stands out amongst the rest for being the comprehensive. It takes the core of the original telling and vastly expands on it. The history of the Amazons is explained in great detail, we are introduced to the various gods, both protagonist and antagonists, as well as a wider cast of Amazons. As a result it feels like a well lived world, as apposed to something secluded in the back of the reader’s mind.

Visually, this is one of the most impressive Wonder Woman comics out there. While George Perez’s 80’s comic style might not be to everyone’s taste there is no denying he has put 110% into it. You only have to look at his depiction of Mount Olympus as proof. Perez renders in the same manner as M. C Escher’s Relativity lithograph, where the general laws of gravity do not apply and impossible architecture that’s still in the Greek style.

Throughout this story we are also introduced to a wide range of supporting characters, each of who are well developed and will hang around to become mainstays in Wonder Woman comics for years to come.

Gods and Mortals is told through Wonder Woman (1987 series) #1-7 and is collected in a trade paperback of the same name, as well as digitally.

Wonder Woman #5 cover by Harry G. Peter.

Battle For Womanhood

Written by William Moulton Marston. Art by Harry G. Peter.

The Wonder Woman comics of the 1940s can be rather goofy, with wild situations and full of imagination. Battle For Womanhood is no exception, with Wonder Woman taking on a dwarf misogynist who can project ectoplasm around himself in order to take other forms. He uses this wacky ability in order to frame women for crimes and devalue their support efforts in World War II.

Like so many Wonder Woman comics of the time, this story reflects the strong feminist values of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston. Wonder Woman is able to rise up and against the misogynists by foiling their plots, while also highlighting the contributions that woman are making in World War II.

Battle For Womanhood is told in Wonder Woman (1942 series) #5 and is collected in Wonder Woman Golden Age Omnibus Volume 1, as well as digitally.

Wonder Woman (1987 series) #10 cover by George Perez.

Challenge of the Gods

Written by George Perez and Len Wien. Art by George Perez.

In the wake of Gods and Mortals, Zeus, king of the gods and player, makes a Wonder Woman a sleazy proposal. Naturally, she refuses him as she believes that it should be a mutual agreement. That only enrages Zeus and creates deadly consequences for Wonder Woman. Punishment for this refusal is a challenge set by the gods which sees her travel deep under the island Themyscira and into the path of many dangers.

While we have seen the gods previously, Challenge of the Gods blows the door wide open by introducing a vast array of creatures from Greek mythology. If you’re a fan of this brand if monsters, you’ll get a kick out of this story with Wonder Woman battling an array of deadly creatures from the cyclops, harpies and even a hydra.

But it’s not all fighting monsters and displeasing sleazy gods, this arc also does a great job at developing Wonder Woman further. We get some great moments between her and her mother, which flesh out the relationship more. We also get to see a Trevor family connection to the Amazons, which inspire Wonder Woman to continue to be a hero.

Gods and Mortals is told through Wonder Woman (1987 series) #10-14 and is collected in a trade paperback of the same name, as well as digitally.

Wonder Woman (1987 series) #46 cover by George Perez.

Chalk Drawings

Written by George Perez and Mindy Newell. Art by Jill Thompson.

Due to its subject matter, Chalk Drawings is the most confronting Wonder Woman story on this list. It deals with the very serious issue of teen suicide, with the issue structured into different periods from before the event, afterwards and the funeral. We see Wonder Woman, trying to make sense of the whole thing, while also being emotional support to the young Vanessa, the friend of the suicide victim.

Chalk Drawings touches on the topic in a way that is respectful to the topic, never using it in a crass way or to fuel drama. Instead, the issue creates a dialogue about teen suicide. This is evident through the reactions of various characters and the way it is discussed throughout the story.

If you or someone needs help please contact the suicide hotline in your country.

Chalk Drawings is told in Wonder Woman (1987 series) #46 and is available digitally.

Wonder Woman (1987 series) #170 cover by Adam Hughes.

She’s a Wonder!

Written by Phil Jiminez and Joe Kelly. Art by Phil Jiminez.

Have you ever wondered what a regular day for Wonder Woman is like? Well, Lois Lane has, so she is tagging along with the hero for the day to write an article. Throughout the day the two women got through Wonder Woman’s routine, speaking to the UN, visiting the White House and participating in various humanitarian and charity efforts and we begin to the the women who only really knew each other through Superman bond.

It’s great to see DC Comics’ best (in my humble opinion) female characters pairing up, even if it’s not in a superheroing capacity. You see the best sides and their insecurities which makes them well rounded and fleshed-out characters. She’s a Wonder! is a very different Wonder Woman story to all the others, but that’s what makes it work. It’s a human story in a world set in a world of superheroes.

She’s a Wonder! is told in Wonder Woman (1987 series) #170 and is collected in Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years, and is available digitally.

Wonder Woman (1987 series) #196 cover by Adam Hughes.

Down to Earth

Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Drew Johnson.

Down to Earth is a bit of an unconventional superhero story as it’s less about Wonder Woman stopping supervillains or saving the world and more about what happens when her ideals are attacked and how she overcomes the challenges that arise.

Wonder Woman has released a book of essays about her ideals and philosophies, but while it is a sales success there are many people who want to use the book against her to tear down her ideals. A lot of this backlash is orchestrated by the mysterious Veronica Cale, who is a bit like a female Lex Luthor, who is pulling all kinds of strings to make life difficult for Wonder Woman. The book also creates tensions in Mt Olympus with the gods, which ends in some disastrous consequences later down the track.

Down to Earth sets the scene for many plots throughout Greg Rucka’s four year run with Wonder Woman and is a great place to start if you want to binge of a run.

Down to Earth is told through Wonder Woman (1987 series) #196-200 and is collected in Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka volume 1 and is available digitally.

Wonder Woman (1987 series) #209 cover by J.G Jones.

Stoned

Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Drew Johnson.

Also known as Eyes of the Gorgon, Stoned sees Wonder Woman take on the deadly gorgon, Medusa. After two millennia Medusa is back and out for revenge against the Goddess Athena for instigating in the gorgon’s death. In order to do that she goes after Athena’s champion Wonder Woman. After multiple attempts on her life pair eventually face off in a battle to the death, in which Wonder Woman must make a shocking sacrifice, that fuels additional stories later, in order to win.

This story shows more than others that mortals are mere play-things of the Gods. Wonder Woman and those close to her are collateral damage in the conflict between Gods of Mount Olympus that Rucka has bubbling away. Unfortunately, this often means that damage can have devastating effects.

Stoned runs through Wonder Woman (1987 series) #206-210 and is collected in the out of print Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon. Luckily, it will also be collected in the soon to be released Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka volume 2. You can also read this story digitally.

Wonder Woman #5 cover by Terry Dodson.

Gimme Shelter

Written by Will Pfeifer. Art by Geraldo Borjes and Jean Diaz.

Gimme Shelter is set during a period where Wonder Woman’s civilian alter-ego, Diana Prince, is a government agent. Her current mission is to track down Wonder Woman and investigate if there’s any connection between a network of women’s shelters and the hero. Of coarse, our hero in a tough spot in terms of investigating herself, but she is curious as to how she has inspired the women at the shelters.

This done-in-one story explores not so much the actions of Wonder Woman, but the residual affects that Wonder Woman leaves behind. In this case, it comes through in the hope and empowerment that her image creates for battered woman, which allows them to start a happier chapter in their life. It shows that you don’t have to beat up bad-guys in order to save a person’s life.

Gimme Shelter is told in Wonder Woman (2006 series) #5, is collected in in Wonder Woman: Love and Murder and available digitally.

Wonder Woman #14 cover by Terry Dodson.

The Circle

Written by Gail Simone. Art by Terry Dodson and Ron Randall.

The Circle is essentially two stories told back and forth, but eventually tie-in together. One of these focuses on Wonder Woman stopping the villainous Captain Nazi, a villain created during WWII, and his army from invading her home of Themyscira. The other side of the coin tells the story set in the past about The Circle, four personal guards of Hippolyta, Amazonian queen and Wonder Woman’s, and their ultimate betrayal. As I mentioned, these stories tie together at the end to form what seems unrelated stories to form a tight story for the final act.

The Circle kicks off Gail Simone’s celebrated run on Wonder Woman and she really gets how to write Wonder Woman. She’s a warrior, but also compassionate. A leader, but also a devoted daughter. Simone gels all of these qualities together to form a well rounded character, who is a joy to read.

NOTE: The Circle takes place after “Amazons Attack!” While I don’t suggest you read it, as it is not well liked by fans and hence not on this list, it’s worth reading into the consequences of the story, as they effect The Circle.

The Circle is told through Wonder Woman (2006 series) #14-17 and is collected in the trade paperback Wonder Woman: The Circle as well as digitally.

Additional Origins

Wonder Woman’s origins have been told numerous times in many different ways. While these interpretations didn’t make the list officially (The list would be half origin stories!), these origin tales are worth checking out too.

  • Wonder Woman: Year One by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott.
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman by Renee de Liz.
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette.

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Trevor Van As

Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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