Wonder Woman’s Twelve Labors, Starring the Justice League, Collected

According to Amazon, DC Comics is planning to release a much-anticipated Wonder Woman collection on July 10. The Twelve Labors reprints Wonder Woman #212-222 from 1974-1976. (Yes, eleven issues.) During this storyline, Wonder Woman has had her powers restored (after the white-suit I Ching period), but she’s uncertain whether she’s still worthy to be part of the JLA. Various Justice League members join her on 12 missions to evaluate her membership. The order is as follows:

  • Superman
  • Flash
  • Green Lantern
  • Aquaman
  • Black Canary
  • Green Arrow
  • Red Tornado — and boy, get this story description: “An astrologer taps into Diana’s mental powers and uses them to disrupt her ability to use her weapons” — plus the Phantom Stranger, in two separate, shorter stories
  • Elongated Man — who helps Wonder Woman free a planet of “enslaved women”
  • Atom and Hawkman
  • Hawkman
  • Batman

Covers of all the individual issues can be seen at the “I Am Walter” blog, which broke the news.

It’s a neat idea to get Wonder Woman teamed up with a variety of well-known superheroes, with resonance for her mythological history, but the whole “oh, I’m not sure I’m good enough” approach may rankle with more modern readers. Personally, I’d like to see a collection of the Judgment in Infinity three-issue storyline, #291-293 from 1982, since that features appearances by just about every female DC hero of the era as they face off against the four horsemen of the apocalypse.


7 Responses to “Wonder Woman’s Twelve Labors, Starring the Justice League, Collected”

  1. James Schee Says:

    Interesting…. I wonder if this is a Showcase volume? I just got The Trial of the Flash from Amazon, and it was a Showcase volume.

  2. Johanna Says:

    I hope not. I like the color reprints, and this doesn’t have the Showcase label anywhere near it.

  3. Bill D. Says:

    I’d like to see Judgment in Infinity collected, too, because I’m having a hell of a time finding those issues anywhere around here. But, lame as the underlying drive for the story may sound, the idea of nearly a year’s worth of Wonder Woman team-up stories sounds fun, and this is an era for her that is sorely under-reprinted (not that she has eras that are well-reprinted, comparatively speaking), so at least there’s that.

  4. Michael Rawdon Says:

    Personal trivia: Wonder Woman #220 (the Atom issue) was the first comic book I ever bought. Great art by Dick Giordano. Somewhat muddled story, of course. Some hilariously dated fashions, too. Ah, the 70s.

    Kind of a fun introduction to comics for a kid, though: The story focuses squarely on Diana, but with the JLA there’s this undercurrent of other neat stuff out there to discover. I don’t remember if my mind was blown at the idea of a headquarters in space, or not. Probably not, since I was well acquainted with Star Trek by that point! :-)

  5. Argo Plummer Says:

    This is one of the earliest storylines I can remember following and there is a neat follow up 2 parter in JLA once she is deemed worthy that follows her first mission back with the JLA–hope that wasn’t too much of a spoiler! Anyway, I am looking forward to reading this all in one volume as there are some issues I’ve never read! Hope DC puts more of this kind of stuff out!

  6. David Oakes Says:

    “According to Amazon…”

    Well, it would be, wouldn’t it?

    (Amazon was able to buy the name off a local Minnesota bookstore when they started to get big. I wonder how it played out in the DCU?)

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