I’m back on Polygon today, and this time things are a little more controversial! I was asked to assemble a list of the best Wonder Woman comics of all time, and this is the result.
First, know that I suffered for this. Enjoyably so, though. It was really fun to put this together! But so many favourites didn’t make the cut, and I’m still lingeringly sad about several of them. Second, this sort of list is also meant to be an introduction for new readers. That means it’s half a “best of,” half key moments and important elements of the mythos, so we’re serving a couple of purposes here.
That being said, I think it’s a pretty solid list! I’d gladly recommend any of these books, for general excellence and/or importance to the character. We’ve got all the big stuff, of course. Marston and Peter’s original Wonder Woman, Rucka and Scott’s Year One, the landmark Pérez run, Simone’s beloved tenure. There are also great historical moments, some well known like the first appearance of Nubia in the 1970s and “The Contest” that made Artemis Wonder Woman in the 1990s, and some lesser known gems like DC’s first all-female team up “Judgment in Infinity” from 1982.
I managed to sneak in a few of my recent faves as well. I think Fontana, Andolfo, and Messina’s Heart of the Amazon was super fun and a great showcase for Etta, so that’s there. I also love Wilson and Nord’s recent team up of Wonder Woman and Giganta, so that’s there too. And DC Comics Bombshells. OF COURSE DC Comics Bombshells! Bennett and her amazing artists turned a bunch of pin-up covers into one of the best series of the past decade! I still miss that book.
As for my much lamented faves that didn’t make the cut, here’s a quick list for extra reading:
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth – Daniel Warren Johnson’s recent Black Label book is so brutal and beautiful. I absolutely love it. Unfortunately, the “Multiverse” section was packed and it just missed the cut!
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia – Wonder Woman vs. Batman makes for a compelling read here, but I had so much Rucka already. His entire first run on Wonder Woman was on the maybe list from the get-go, too.
Wonder Woman: Twelve Labors – As much as Wonder Woman having to prove herself to rejoin the Justice League in the 1970s isn’t a great premise, there are so many cool team ups and fun stories from some of the marquee creators of this era here.
Smallville: Olympus – Dang, I loved this story. Bryan Q. Miller introduced Diana brilliantly in a new and compelling way, and the art from not-yet-a-superstar Jorge Jimenez is fantastic. Such a cool read.
So yeah, check out the list and sound off in the comments with your thoughts! I’m sure a lot of you will disagree with where I landed, and that’s half the fun.