Wonder Woman: The Complete History – By Les Daniels

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Goodreads Synopsis: The super-powered trilogy that captured the world’s greatest superhero triumvirate of all time is now available in paperback. Relive the adventures of Krypton’s favorite son inside and outside the comic book world in Superman: The Complete History. Uncover the Caped Crusader’s mysterious real-world origin and his evolution into a hugely successful TV and movie franchise in Batman: The Complete History. Follow the Amazon Princess as she evolves from curiosity to feminist icon in the Eisner Awardwinning Wonder Woman: The Complete History. Each book is filled with enough archival comic book art, photographs, and in-depth history to satisfy the most demanding fan—and is now priced to appeal to the most casual reader. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and all related characters, names, and indicia are trademarks of DC Comics 2004.

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Since watching Wonder Woman this summer I’ve been a little obsessed with the character. So it’s been fun to read about her origins and her writer William Moulton Marston, and how her character changed throughout the years.  I learned a lot about Wonder Woman, and I enjoyed that.

Though this book’s title is “The Complete History” this book actually felt more like a brief overview of the character. I feel like it could have been a little longer. I also didn’t like the writer very much, his comments at time felt unnecessary and rude. He makes snide comments about feminists and about Marston’s life.  The Wonder Woman comics have been mostly written by men, and that felt unfortunate to me. I don’t think a lot of the comic writers knew what they were doing with her character, but Daniels doesn’t seem to care one way or the other.

All in all I think this book was still a pretty good read. You can learn a lot, and it’s only 208 pages so it doesn’t take long to read. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

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