In this third installment of The New 52’s Wonder Woman, Azzarello continues to infuse Greek mythology into the Wonder Woman mythos. Granted, her roots are in Greek lore, but I don’t believe any Wonder Woman writer has ever utilized the gods in such a dynamic fashion. I’ve said this before, but I have never read Wonder Woman until Azzarello restarted her series, and it quickly rose to the top of my reading list. Furthermore, in this volume, he fully introduces the New Gods with Orion. In my mind, this makes perfect sense and is a stroke of brilliance. What better place for the New Gods to appear than in a comic book with old gods still very much playing a role. It is my sincerest hope that he plans a confrontation between the two groups, with Wonder Woman caught between.
I cannot wait to see what Azzarello does next. His take on not only Wonder Woman, but Orion, Hera, Hermes, Ares, Apollo, as well as the introduction of previously unrevealed children of Zeus … it’s simply a very special story unraveling before our eyes. He and Chiang are not merely caretakers of Wonder Woman at the moment, they are architects of an entirely new mythos for her, they are not simply creating interesting stories, they are building entire worlds.
Their run on Wonder Woman will be remembered as a significant one, I assure you.