- Posted by Johanna on November 1, 2006 at 10:46 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Coming from DC in April:
WONDER WOMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP
Writers: William Moulton Marston, Robert Kanigher, Dennis O’Neil, George PÃƒÂ©rez, and Phil Jimenez
Artists: H.G. Peter, Ross Andru, George PÃƒÂ©rez, Phil Jimenez, and others
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Price: $19.99 US/$23.99 CAN
Page Count: 192 pages
Finally! I’m very curious to see what stories are included in this book. They seem to be aiming to cover all of the major eras, but I don’t know that I’d include any of Denny O’Neil’s I Ching-era stories in the “greatest” category when looking at the character’s history overall.
That’s part of the problem with Wonder Woman, though — great character, notable lack of truly outstanding stories. There’s never been any one volume you could shove in someone’s hand and say “here, read this”. The recent reprints of the George PÃƒÂ©rez run have come close, but they’re still ongoing stories in the traditional superhero soap opera style.
Hopefully this book will remedy that.
Update: Ragnell says that a Showcase for the character is also planned, but I can’t find confirmation anywhere. Either that means my search skills are failing me, or it will be out after April 2007, which is as far ahead as DC has officially announced.
At Ragnell’s blog, a commenter says:
There’s like 40 years’ worth of Wonder Woman that has NEVER been collected and now we are getting two different volumes almost simultaneously. I fear the “Greatest” volume may have very little of that huge untouched archive for us. They’ll almost certainly include the widely reprinted origin story from Sensation #1, and the stories by the two post Crisis writers listed are likely already available in graphic novel format, so to be entirely pessimistic that could leave us with as little as two previously unreprinted stories.
Which is an interesting point. It’s true that companies make more money if they can repurpose art they’ve already cleaned up for a previous reprint project. Clearly, based on the comments here, there’s a market (size unknown) for little-seen Wonder Woman stories of any era. But a Greatest volume has to balance fresh reprints with the title mandate. I’d be surprised if I wasn’t already familiar with at least some of the stories in a such-titled book.