DC Comics has released their schedule for graphic novels and collections for the next year or so, and the item on the list that is most relevant to my interests is the Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus coming on August 25, 2015. This 640 page hardcover collects Wonder Woman #1-24 and Wonder Woman Annual #1, covering the first two years of Pérez’s acclaimed relaunch of the series from the late 1980s. It’ll retail for about $75, which isn’t too bad for such a massive book.
This is exciting news for fans of Pérez’s iconic run, which has been out of print for several years now. DC released four paperback collections of Wonder Woman #1-24 in 2004 and 2005, but they haven’t been part of DC’s catalogue for a while; used copies of the first two volumes sell for upwards of $50 on Amazon, though the latter two are more affordable.
Pérez’s relaunch was a defining moment for Wonder Woman, and re-cemented her as one of DC’s top characters. Wonder Woman was a perennial poor seller throughout the 1980s, and the book became so toxic that no one wanted to touch tackling a new series after Wonder Woman’s “death” in Crisis on Infinite Earths. George Pérez was the only big name creator who was excited by the challenge. His Wonder Woman run embraced key aspects of her past incarnations while presenting a more modern, relevant take on the character, and the book was very popular with fans and critics. The writing and art are both some of the finest in Pérez’s storied career, and it’s an era for Wonder Woman that deserves to remain in print for future generations to enjoy.
The only disappointing note in this announcement is that “Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus” is not followed by “Volume One.” That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a second volume, but tellingly the paperback collections and this omnibus both stop at the same point; after Wonder Woman #24, Pérez stopped drawing the series. He continued to write it for several years, with excellent art by Chris Marrinan, Colleen Doran, Jill Thompson, and a few others, but those issues weren’t collected in the paperback line. My fingers are crossed for a second and third omnibus that collect all 62 issues of Pérez’s run. There were a lot of great stories in the later issues of his tenure, and the art by Colleen Doran and Jill Thompson in particular is a fantastic showcase of these two great artists early in their careers.
But for now we’ve got a first omnibus for sure, and that is very exciting. It’ll be a whole year before we can buy it, but it will definitely be worth the wait. And if it does well, perhaps we’ll see more Wonder Woman collections like this in the future, from Pérez or even other creators. I would definitely be on board for a Wonder Woman by Phil Jimenez Omnibus. So mark your calendars for August 25, 2015, and let’s make the Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus a hit!