Editor's Note: Visual Reads is a monthly series focusing on the York County Public Library's ever growing collection of graphic novels. Whether you are partial to super heroes or love to see a well-done adaptation of your favorite novel, we've got plenty to choose from.
According to a recent article by Smithsonian Magazine, "Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long." Since her introduction in 1941, Wonder Woman has served as a much needed role model for women across America. Her popularity has continued to expand, earning her own set of postage stamps and — finally! — a standalone feature film. Now is the perfect time to "Honor the power, wisdom and courage of Wonder Woman" during DC Comics' Wonder Woman Day, celebrated this year on June 3.
Whether you are an avid reader of comics featuring the character or a Wonder Woman newbie, the York County Library has something for everyone. Check out this list of resources below to discover why Wonder Woman is a force to be reckoned with and celebrated.
- The Legend of Wonder Woman — For readers new to Wonder Woman and graphic novels, this standalone title stunningly retells the origin of the greatest super-heroine the world has ever known.
- Wonder Woman '77 (2 volumes) — This series continues the adventures of the TV series starring Lynda Carter. Travel back to the sizzling '70s as the undercover Amazon Princess joins forces with special agent Steve Trevor to defend America against Cold War-era criminals. Perfect for fans that fondly remember the TV series.
- New 52 Wonder Woman (9 volumes) — Brian Azzarello helms the first 6 volumes, starting with "Blood". Meredith Finch takes over for the final 3 volumes. The New 52 era for DC Comics was essentially a chance new writers and artists to get a chance to re-envision its entire lineup of heroes. This Wonder Woman series heavily integrates characters from Greek mythology — including Hera, Ares and Chaos, among many others. Its beautiful art is a bit darker and the story line is more mature than other Wonder Woman series.
- Wonder Woman Rebirth — Uber fans who have read all the comics, or those who just want to start with an ongoing series, can start with the new Rebirth series. After New 52, DC Comics launched its "Rebirth" series, which aims to bring together some of the largely chaotic storylines that have made it difficult for readers to begin reading the comics. "Volume 1: The Lies" finds Wonder Woman cutoff from her home and grappling with an identity crisis.
Get an in-depth look at the history of Wonder Woman with these titles.
- Wonder Woman Unbound: The curious history of the world's most famous heroine by Tim Hanley — With her golden lasso and her bullet-deflecting bracelets, Wonder Woman is a beloved icon of female strength in a world of male superheroes. But this close look at her history portrays a complicated heroine who is more than just a female Superman.
- The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore — A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.
- Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (DVD) — Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds narrates this documentary exploring the rich, 75 year history of DC Comics.
While most Wonder Woman comics are appropriate for teens, it is easy to leave children out of the fun. But Wonder Woman can be a role model for them, too. Check out our selection of juvenile books featuring the heroine.
- I Am Wonder Woman by Erin Stein — Meet Diana, Princess of the Amazons, and discover how she becomes the amazing Wonder Woman! This title is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.
- Wonder Woman to the Rescue by Courtney Carbone — Wonder Woman and the DC Super Friends star in this all-new Step into Reading book. Girls and boys ages 4 to 6 will love learning about the most iconic heroine of all time in this Step 2 leveled reader!
- Creature of Chaos by Sarah Hines-Stephens — When riots erupt in downtown Washington, D.C., only one person can stop them . . . Wonder Woman! Elementary school readers will enjoy this action-packed title.
- Wonder Woman at Super Hero High — This new Super Hero universe written especially for girls, recasts some of the world's most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers. Wonder Woman's desire to become a superhero takes her to Super Hero High, where she juggles new friendships, intensive training, and a roommate obsessed with social media.