WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 1: THE LIES | Greg Rucka
DC Comics | 02.28.2017
Rating: 3/5 stars
In light of the recent release of the Wonder Woman movie, I knew I wanted to take a step into the graphic novel side of her story. I grew up watching Wonder Woman in cartoons and easily developed a love for her, but had never ventured into her comic book world. With the recommendation of my local comic book store, I decided to start with Greg Rucka’s most recent New 52 run and picked up Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies.
Greg Rucka presents a story arc where Princess Diana of Themyscira, aka Wonder Woman, realizes she’s not entirely sure of who she is and where she came from. Diana’s ties to her homeland have been cut and she can no longer find a way to return to the Amazons. In order to find a solution, Diana is forced to reach out to her nemesis, Cheetah. Deep in the jungle, Diana finds Cheetah in the midst of a struggle between the God who has claimed her as his wife and the threat he is imposing on the surrounding villages.
Steve Trevor and his team are simultaneously trying to stop the same threat and rescue the villages in danger. Wonder Woman is there to save the day and convince Cheetah to help her with her mission, but will this be enough to squash the feelings of uncertainty Diana is currently feeling?
I love the premise behind this volume of Wonder Woman. Diana’s backstory is fascinating and as a fan of mythology it is something that greatly appeals to me. I was disappointed that the story wasn’t more fast-paced and addictive, as I had hoped. I believe the problem lies in the fact that this volume compiles issues #1, #3, #5, #7, # 9 and #11. With only the odd issues to weave a story, the volume was left feeling incomplete. I intend to pick up Volume 2, as I have read several reviews indicating that this will help fill in the voids and complete the story a bit more. Overall, I thought this first volume was average, but I won’t be deterred from continuing on with the story.