Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)
by Greg Rucka
Cover Artist: Nicola Scott
Review by Gayle Surrette
DC Comics Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781401268800
Date: 09 May 2017 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
This graphic novel collects individual comics Wonder Woman numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. The collection makes up a smooth and coherent story. It opens as Diana is feeling a bit frustrated that everyone has been on Themyscira since the beginning except for her. They know what the world outside was like but she doesn't, and wonders what is out there.
After setting up Diana's character there is a switch to learn more about Steve Trevor and what his life is like. We get to see him interacting with his fellow squad members and some of their wives and girlfriends. Steve also doesn't feel like he fits in. Often, he's surrounded by people, yet he feels apart.
To drive home just how much Diana and Steve have in common – though they live in different cultures – there's a series of panels that alternate showing each doing similar activities. This is well done and really sets us up to know that when they meet they'll find some common ground.
I read Wonder Woman comics when I was in grammar school and loved them. This particular reboot updates the entire social/cultural background but makes it very relevant to what's happening politically today. However, it still fits into the rest of the DC Universe. Even the basic plot line of how they meet remains as Steve's plane crashes on the island, with Steve as the sole survivor. Diana is chosen to leave the island never to return. She has to acclimate to this new social and culture environment that has men it. In quick succession, she meets Etta Candy and Prof. Barbara Ann Minerva. Not to mention that Ares, who was foreshadowed earlier, is brought to the forefront of the story and will no doubt be a continuing problem as he stands against all that Diana stands for.
The artwork is beautifully done with lots of detail and colors that set the mood and tone of the storyline. There's the iconic costume for Diana, updated a bit but still recognizable. I tend to get pulled into graphic works by the art and this artist helped to pull me into the story.
There's lots to enjoy provided you're not a purist and can accept these reboots for what they are – an attempt to connect the story to contemporary readers.