Wonder Woman, Volume 4
Princess Diana—Wonder Woman—is a hero to the world. But there are those who see her very differently. And one of those, Veronica Cale, the leader of the all-powerful Godwatch, will stop at nothing to use Diana to get what she wants: revenge on the gods themselves! As the story unfolds from year to year, bridging the gap between the YEAR ONE story to present day, Wonder Woman faces off against not just scheming Cale, but also the powerful witch Circe and her own former friend Barbara Ann Minerva, now known as the Cheetah! The celebrated run from writer Greg Rucka (GOTHAM CENTRAL) ends with WONDER WOMAN VOL. 4: GODWATCH, with art from Bilquis Evely, Mirka Andolfo and Nicola Scott. Collects stories from WONDER WOMAN even issues #16-24 and WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1.

Wonder Woman, Volume 4 Details

TitleWonder Woman, Volume 4
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 21st, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401274603
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, Volume 4 Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    DC really dropped the ball here. Read in the order they were released, the story in volumes 3 and 4 make complete sense. All of these flashback stories are needed for volume 3 to make any sense. Plus the epilogue for volume 3 is in this volume. Splitting apart every other issue made sense for volumes 1 and 2. They were self-contained stories. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for volumes 3 and 4. They are reliant upon one another to tell a cohesive story. Rucka's done some great writing here DC really dropped the ball here. Read in the order they were released, the story in volumes 3 and 4 make complete sense. All of these flashback stories are needed for volume 3 to make any sense. Plus the epilogue for volume 3 is in this volume. Splitting apart every other issue made sense for volumes 1 and 2. They were self-contained stories. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for volumes 3 and 4. They are reliant upon one another to tell a cohesive story. Rucka's done some great writing here. It was just ruined by a terrible editorial decision.Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Well...I guess I was expecting more? I LOVED Year One first part. I gave it a very very high 4. This? The later half? Just feels decent. So now we have the cheetah origin which feels extremely rushed and kind of lifeless. We also see how grief can ruin someone to the point they become a monster themselves. This is kind of to show who Diana really is and how she handles being a God on earth protecting us while also dealing with her personal issues, especially with Cheetah. Good: Overall the art s Well...I guess I was expecting more? I LOVED Year One first part. I gave it a very very high 4. This? The later half? Just feels decent. So now we have the cheetah origin which feels extremely rushed and kind of lifeless. We also see how grief can ruin someone to the point they become a monster themselves. This is kind of to show who Diana really is and how she handles being a God on earth protecting us while also dealing with her personal issues, especially with Cheetah. Good: Overall the art stays very strong. It was the strongest part in the first half, and still very very high here. The cheetah fight at the end was vicious and really entertaining. I also enjoyed the dinner scene a lot. Bad: The two gods in here are kind of boring and did nothing for me. Also what the fuck was that rushed origin with Cheetah? Like a two page turn. I was just...just no. Overall this was a weaker second half. I wanted to love it but came out going Meh. It's good but could have been great. Oh well, sadness.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    This continues Diana's early adventures that inform Wonder Woman, Volume 3: The Truth, and works in tandem to close out Greg Rucka's Rebirth run. We get a really compelling look at the tragic origin of the villain Veronica Cale and Godwatch here, as well as a look at Cheetah's great origin and how it relates to Cale. Some interesting stuff in this one! As you can tell if you read my reviews of the different volumes, I enjoyed the story arcs that take place in the past more than I did the present This continues Diana's early adventures that inform Wonder Woman, Volume 3: The Truth, and works in tandem to close out Greg Rucka's Rebirth run. We get a really compelling look at the tragic origin of the villain Veronica Cale and Godwatch here, as well as a look at Cheetah's great origin and how it relates to Cale. Some interesting stuff in this one! As you can tell if you read my reviews of the different volumes, I enjoyed the story arcs that take place in the past more than I did the present day ones but ultimately, I really enjoyed what Rucka did here, bringing Wonder Woman into the Rebirth world with a bang!
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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Sud666
    January 1, 1970
    I am going to be blunt. Godwatch should have been Bitchwatch. Since the events all revolve around Dr. Veronica Cale. She is pretty much a bitch. She hates Wonder Woman. No idea why other than she is beautiful and powerful. So when Demios and Phobos steal her daughter's face (um yeah you read that right) Dr. Cale embarks on a quest to betray Wonder Woman and eventually free the Twin God's father- Ares, the God Of War.Along the way we see Dr. Cale try all sorts of ways to get Diana to reveal secre I am going to be blunt. Godwatch should have been Bitchwatch. Since the events all revolve around Dr. Veronica Cale. She is pretty much a bitch. She hates Wonder Woman. No idea why other than she is beautiful and powerful. So when Demios and Phobos steal her daughter's face (um yeah you read that right) Dr. Cale embarks on a quest to betray Wonder Woman and eventually free the Twin God's father- Ares, the God Of War.Along the way we see Dr. Cale try all sorts of ways to get Diana to reveal secrets. Wonder Woman helps a Chimera, doesn't help Dr. jane become the Cheetah and learns to speak better English. It was not terrible but nothing I would ever read again. I am not going to waste much of a review on this one.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    The final two arcs in Rucka's Wonder Woman Rebirth run are much more interconnected than the first two, so the decision to split these arcs into separate trades seems even more jarring. Ideally, these 12 issues should be read in their numeric order and collected in one single book. Alas, we have what we have, and the actual finale to this story will be collected in Volume 3, which I will review as soon as that final issue will be released in a couple of weeks.But anyway, I really enjoyed both 'T The final two arcs in Rucka's Wonder Woman Rebirth run are much more interconnected than the first two, so the decision to split these arcs into separate trades seems even more jarring. Ideally, these 12 issues should be read in their numeric order and collected in one single book. Alas, we have what we have, and the actual finale to this story will be collected in Volume 3, which I will review as soon as that final issue will be released in a couple of weeks.But anyway, I really enjoyed both 'The Truth' and 'Godwatch'. Rucka brings everything full circle in these two arcs. Godwatch in particular is, again, more of a backstory, but now it's the story of Veronica Cale, the villain. And I really liked it. She's not your typical one-dimensional bad guy, there is some depth to her conflict with Diana, and the resolution of their rivalry was quite original and unexpected.The Cheetah sublot, though, was really one-note, and basically the same as in Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies. I just don't understand why she had to go through all this again, and blame it all on Diana.Still, I am really impressed by Rucka's work here. This is some of his best writing in superhero genre, aside from Gotham Central — which, admittedly, wasn't too super-heroic. And this is by far the best Rebirth title, which isn't saying much, but is still quite an achievement. If only it wasn't so poorly structured...
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  • Rory Wilding
    January 1, 1970
    Although I would consider this to be the year of Wonder Woman as her cinematic solo feature was an absolute delight and a huge success, her recent adventures in the pages of DC Comics haven’t quite reached that success in quality. After 25 issues, Greg Rucka has departed from the title and thus the fourth volume features the remaining issues that mark not so much the end of his run, but oddly the middle.Please click here for my full review.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    DC's shitty graphic novel department strikes again.Volume 4 contains all the information you needed for Volume 3 to make sense, but ends with the issue that concludes volume 3's storyline.My apologies to Rucka.
  • Diz
    January 1, 1970
    This volume is a bit anti-climatic as it goes back to fill in some story that happened before the big events that occur in volume 3. As such, we already know where it is going, so it's not as interesting as it could be. Also, one of the issues in this volume has art by Mirka Andolfo, whose art is very inconsistent. I'm hoping that this series gets back on track with the next volume.
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  • Scott Foley
    January 1, 1970
    Godwatch is an interesting read because it fills in many of the gaps from Volume 3. Rucka's "Rebirth" run is alternating from "present" to "past" with each volume. Volume 1 takes place in the present. Volume 2 in the past, 3 back in the present, and now 4 is about seven years ago in the past. It's a captivating format because Rucka gets to play with what is revealed when. For example, volume 3 showed the "rebirth" of Cheetah, whereas volume 4 details her original transformation. We learn how "Dr Godwatch is an interesting read because it fills in many of the gaps from Volume 3. Rucka's "Rebirth" run is alternating from "present" to "past" with each volume. Volume 1 takes place in the present. Volume 2 in the past, 3 back in the present, and now 4 is about seven years ago in the past. It's a captivating format because Rucka gets to play with what is revealed when. For example, volume 3 showed the "rebirth" of Cheetah, whereas volume 4 details her original transformation. We learn how "Dr. Cyber" came to be, as well as why Phobos and Deimos are dogs. We even meet Circe for the first time in the "Rebirth" initiative. My only issue with the book is that it undoes much of what Azzarello established in his Wonder Woman run--a run that, to me, is one of the all-time best. However, Rucka has a great handle on Wonder Woman and always provides engaging, articulate reads.
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this, though I wanted to like it more but the editing was disjointed - or at least felt that way to me - throughout the volume. One of the strengths was Veronica Cale going to questionable lengths to help her affected tween daughter, which may strike a chord with the parental readers. Also, Circe being summoned to cause trouble as usual ( "You wanted a witch, you got a witch." ) was a highlight, as was a wordless cameo appearance by a frustrated Bruce Wayne at a fundraiser.
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  • Nicola Mansfield
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what an actually deep storyline. I'm impressed. I won't get into the events much except to say Wonder Woman finds herself up against more gods. Ultimately this is a story of friendship. Friendships deepened and friendship severed. First the one between Veronica Cale and Adrianna, as well as love of mother for child. Cale and Etta Candy; Cale with Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman with Cheetah. Then, finally, the book ends with the first meeting of Batman and Superman with Wonder Woman. This has Wow, what an actually deep storyline. I'm impressed. I won't get into the events much except to say Wonder Woman finds herself up against more gods. Ultimately this is a story of friendship. Friendships deepened and friendship severed. First the one between Veronica Cale and Adrianna, as well as love of mother for child. Cale and Etta Candy; Cale with Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman with Cheetah. Then, finally, the book ends with the first meeting of Batman and Superman with Wonder Woman. This has been a great run so far in Rucka's Wonder Woman, bringing her mythos back in line.
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  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    A phenomenal run and a reorienting of Diana back to what she's suppose to be. World: The art is great and full of character, this series since Rebirth with Scott and Sharp has been fantastic. The world building is absolutely amazing. Not only do we get great world building for Diana in the Annual but we get Cale world building. Simply amazing. Story: What can I say? This is the culmination of Rucka's Rebirth run and it's simply amazing. Not only was he able to deal with her convoluted origin, te A phenomenal run and a reorienting of Diana back to what she's suppose to be. World: The art is great and full of character, this series since Rebirth with Scott and Sharp has been fantastic. The world building is absolutely amazing. Not only do we get great world building for Diana in the Annual but we get Cale world building. Simply amazing. Story: What can I say? This is the culmination of Rucka's Rebirth run and it's simply amazing. Not only was he able to deal with her convoluted origin, tell a fresh origin for all of Diana's main characters, he's also set very firmly what Diana is for his books and also the DCU. Batman said it best in the Annual "we have a lot of catching up". But I digress, I'll talk about Diana later. This arc was amazing because Rucka made sure we knew who Cale and Barbara Ann are. So much time is spent with them that they are fully formed and this arc is all about their origins. The entire Rucka run has been about characters and this is just an extension of it. The two parallel stories are melded together and the end is poetic and so very Wonder Woman I can't explain without spoiling it. This arc was just amazing. Characters: This Diana is a beacon of love for the DCU and with what Tomas and Jurgens is doing with Supes it's good to read DC again. It's so hopeful it's so positive I'm so happy. Diana is all we want and someone we strive to be and it's great. That does not make her flawless and a Mary Sue, she's real, she's flawed but her ideals are inspiring and that's what makes her so great. Rucka you did good. Cale, what can I say? We got a fully formed and deep character and it's not stupid and mwaa haa haa at all. She's complex and riveting to read. This arc was her story of breaking bad...well not so much breaking bad but it's about love also. Love has been the focus of the series no matter what form it takes. I love this arc and I love this run. I'm thinking which run is better, this or Rucka's previous DCU run.Just thinking about how hopeful and loving these titles are since Rebirth makes me tear up..DC this is what I needed. This is what the world needs more of. Onward to the next book!*read individual issues*
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman run kind of ended in the previous volume, but this storyline runs basically in tandem with The Truth, so it's best to read both of them together. I think I mentioned that in my review for Volume 3; if I didn't, I should have.Anyway. Told almost entirely in flashback, this arc details the first meetings between Diana and Veronica Cale, Cale's reasons for hating Diana, and how she, Doctor Cyber, and the Cheetah are all twined together and tied to Di [Read as single issues]Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman run kind of ended in the previous volume, but this storyline runs basically in tandem with The Truth, so it's best to read both of them together. I think I mentioned that in my review for Volume 3; if I didn't, I should have.Anyway. Told almost entirely in flashback, this arc details the first meetings between Diana and Veronica Cale, Cale's reasons for hating Diana, and how she, Doctor Cyber, and the Cheetah are all twined together and tied to Diana's fate. This really informs the conclusion of The Truth, to the point where it really won't have as much impact if you haven't read this volume too.Bilquis Evely handles all of the art in these issues from what I remember, and she's got a timeless quality about her that really fits this time period; it looks classic, but modern enough that it won't put off modern readers. You really need this to make Rucka's story complete - if you've read v1-3, 4 is a no-brainer.
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  • Greyson (Grey) Edwards [Use Your Words]
    January 1, 1970
    Wonder Woman, DC Rebirth Series Ratings: Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies: ★★★★Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One: ★★★★Wonder Woman, Volume 3: The Truth: ★★★Wonder Woman, Volume 4: Godwatch: Godwatch: Lost Interest in Series— Another DC let down...___│Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Basic plot: Wonder Woman attempts to return to Themyscira.There was a lot of story packed into these issues. The return of the Cheetah, fighting Phobos and Deimos, Veronica Cale, and more. The Wonder Woman stories continue to resonate. Interestingly, WW leaves behind her lasso, so I'm very curious about how its loss will affect her in the future.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    I really dug this volume! Everything with Veronica Cale makes sense now! Which kinda sucks for Wonder Woman, Volume 3: The Truth, which I thought had choppy-ass storytelling & now we know why... because this volume (Vol 4) stole all the important explanatory parts.Why you do this DC? *shrug*To all WW Rebirth readers: try to read Vols 3 & 4 together! For the first time, I like Veronica Cale as a baddie. I get her. So, that's pretty important storytelling... I like Dr. Cyber, and the date I really dug this volume! Everything with Veronica Cale makes sense now! Which kinda sucks for Wonder Woman, Volume 3: The Truth, which I thought had choppy-ass storytelling & now we know why... because this volume (Vol 4) stole all the important explanatory parts.Why you do this DC? *shrug*To all WW Rebirth readers: try to read Vols 3 & 4 together! For the first time, I like Veronica Cale as a baddie. I get her. So, that's pretty important storytelling... I like Dr. Cyber, and the date auction Bruce & Luthor lost. I like the art overall, and the Godwatch Epiglogue with Steve. Added adorableness to this vol. is the addition of And Then There Were Three... (Wonder Woman Annual #1) at the end with Batman and Superman meeting Wonder Woman for the first time. Adorable moment & hilarious (and meaningful) lines from Batman.Gorgeous variant covers by Jenny Frison, as usual.
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  • Maggie Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    First, I should note, that the separation of this graphic novel from volume 3 makes no sense. They need to be read in tandem (and should have just been one long volume). Good job DC! Learn how to organically publish your stories :l Godwatch is all the non-Wondy perspectives behind the whole Ares disaster, and it's a fascinating set of stories that really brings me back to the old days of Rucka's Wonder Woman pre-52. This volume fleshes out all the back characters in Wonder Woman's world quite a First, I should note, that the separation of this graphic novel from volume 3 makes no sense. They need to be read in tandem (and should have just been one long volume). Good job DC! Learn how to organically publish your stories :l Godwatch is all the non-Wondy perspectives behind the whole Ares disaster, and it's a fascinating set of stories that really brings me back to the old days of Rucka's Wonder Woman pre-52. This volume fleshes out all the back characters in Wonder Woman's world quite a bit, making them into actual people with reasons to what they are doing. If only DC published this in a way that would have let these stories truly shine...
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  • Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)
    January 1, 1970
    Arc received from NetgalleyWhoevers decision it was to split up 3+4 into two trades was not smart or particularly logicalI enjoyed this arc once i realised that this jumped between issues and only contained the the evenly numbered ones. However if i was to read them again i would read them in the correct logical order. DC what kind of weird game are you playing with this...
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  • Rebekah Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of the stuff in here was good, but the way it’s collected makes no sense. Why did they do it this way?? I guess maybe someday I’ll get the single issues or read volumes 3 and 4 side by side alternating.
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    You're reading this, right?
  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Because of the weird alternating presentation of this series, this volume fills in backstory for the previous volume. Since we already know how events turn out, these stories aren't as satisfying despite being well told. The final story with Batman and Superman makes the whole thing worthwhile though.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books.I received a free copy of Wonder Woman Volume 4: Godwatch from DC Comics in exchange of ray honest opinion.If you have not read the pervious 3 volumes of Wonder Woman, then volume 4 will make absolutely no sense. As someone who has read the previous 3 volumes, I still found it confusing up until issue #24.We jump back to before the events for the first 3 volumes occur, and focus on how Barbra Ann becomes Cheetah and why Veronica Cale went abo Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books.I received a free copy of Wonder Woman Volume 4: Godwatch from DC Comics in exchange of ray honest opinion.If you have not read the pervious 3 volumes of Wonder Woman, then volume 4 will make absolutely no sense. As someone who has read the previous 3 volumes, I still found it confusing up until issue #24.We jump back to before the events for the first 3 volumes occur, and focus on how Barbra Ann becomes Cheetah and why Veronica Cale went about everything the way that she did. Since I was unable to figure this out for the first 4 issues, I was constantly asking myself “hasn’t this already taken place?”. Maybe I just was not with it when I read Godwatch but I do feel like Rucka could have easily made it clearer that we had gone back in time to before issue #1 occurred. Once I had figured this out though, everything made sense, I just wish that I had been able to enjoy the story the first time around, as once I had re-read it with this knowledge I found it to be much more enjoyable.The art style again seems very hit-and-miss. I find it very hard to understand why over 24 issues the art style has not changed for the better. Whenever I read other reviews of Wonder Woman Rebirth, the constant complaint is that the art work just does not work. So at least it is not just me being fussy. I have no idea what I am not liking about it but I do hope that the art work is brought up to the quality of the story telling.Whilst enjoyable, I wish that a more coherent and understandable story that draws me into it was utilised the first time round.
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  • Daniel Butcher
    January 1, 1970
    It's a story where I liked the concept a bit better than the final delivery.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    The structure of the 4-volume story arc reminds me of TV’s Lost, the way bits and pieces from various timelines come together. Each volume has been satisfying enough on its own, but each volume reinforces the others. This volume fills in detail gaps and also advances Diana’s overall story a bit. We get a fuller understanding of what Dr. Cale was up to and how Barbara went from being Diana’s friend to being her enemy. Circe is a fun and stylish baddie.It’s cute how Dr. Cale’s AI (Adrianna, AKA Do The structure of the 4-volume story arc reminds me of TV’s Lost, the way bits and pieces from various timelines come together. Each volume has been satisfying enough on its own, but each volume reinforces the others. This volume fills in detail gaps and also advances Diana’s overall story a bit. We get a fuller understanding of what Dr. Cale was up to and how Barbara went from being Diana’s friend to being her enemy. Circe is a fun and stylish baddie.It’s cute how Dr. Cale’s AI (Adrianna, AKA Doctor Cyber) changes her hologram avatar according to what’s going on, including looking like a little girl when there are puppies in the room.Bilquis Evely’s art is of a more traditional comic book style than Liam Sharp’s—more linear, less elaborately detailed—and not quite as lovely as Nicola Scott’s, but it’s still very good.One section in this volume (Part 4) is done in a near-manga style by Mirka Andolfo, which seemed odd two-thirds of the way through the book.At the end of the volume, we have “And Then There Were Three” (with N. Scott’s beautiful art), which is essentially the beginning of the Justice League and/or the “Trinity” storyline, Diana’s first meeting with Batman and Superman. Clark is cute, cheerily sarcastic and impressed with Diana. Bruce is dour and skeptical. I haven’t read any “Trinity” yet, but I think I’m going to have to check some of it out.The inclusion of Jenny Frison’s wonderful variant covers is a really nice bonus.
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch' ends the run by Greg Rucka with this volume collecting the even numbered issues from 16-24. That's part of the problem.The main story arc is about Veronica Cale and her daughter Isadore who has been defaced by Phobos and Deimos. Phobos and Deimos want Isadore to find out where Themyscira is, in exchange for the return of her daughter. Now Veronica must depend on the person she dislikes, Wonder Woman, in order to help her daughter. Along the way, Circe shows up to 'Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch' ends the run by Greg Rucka with this volume collecting the even numbered issues from 16-24. That's part of the problem.The main story arc is about Veronica Cale and her daughter Isadore who has been defaced by Phobos and Deimos. Phobos and Deimos want Isadore to find out where Themyscira is, in exchange for the return of her daughter. Now Veronica must depend on the person she dislikes, Wonder Woman, in order to help her daughter. Along the way, Circe shows up to offer her brand of help, and Barbara Ann Minerva becomes the Cheetah.The story jumps around in time a bit, but I had no problem following the events. I liked the story and most of the art, but some of it felt a bit lacking for the title. The alternating issues idea will hopefully end soon because it's strange to keep hopping back and forth. I loved the story "And Then There Were Three" from the Wonder Woman annual which shows how Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman all came to be a force to be reckoned with. It's clever and shows all of these characters on equal footing.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    DRC REVIEW Story: Godwatch is the past look at how it got started. They are nice issues that give you the insight to Veronica Cale's motivation. It explains what exactly happened to Izzy how Adrianna became Doctor Cyber and just how Cale was able to trap Deimos and Phobos in to dogs. Even how she was instrumental in Barbara Ann Minerva's change into Cheetah. Vol 4 starts six months after Wonder Woman's appearance and moves to the present. ...And Then There Were Three from the Annual is the intro DRC REVIEW Story: Godwatch is the past look at how it got started. They are nice issues that give you the insight to Veronica Cale's motivation. It explains what exactly happened to Izzy how Adrianna became Doctor Cyber and just how Cale was able to trap Deimos and Phobos in to dogs. Even how she was instrumental in Barbara Ann Minerva's change into Cheetah. Vol 4 starts six months after Wonder Woman's appearance and moves to the present. ...And Then There Were Three from the Annual is the introduction of Superman and Batman to Wonder Woman.Art: Bilquis Evely is just wow. The cover, to me, looks very reminiscent of a Mucha painting. You see the visible strength of Wonder Woman but also soft womanly features. I love that cover. The rest of the book is just as good it has great lines and beautiful colors, except Godwatch part four. While it was well drawn and beautifully colored I just couldn't stand that they all looked like teenagers. They look like they should have been in some angsty teen drama instead of Wonder Woman. I love Jenny Frison's variant covers. Review: Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Sometimes I like to know what's going on in the bad guys mind set and Veronica was a good villain. Greg Rucka did a great job with the timeline for this whole story arc and keeping you interested bouncing back and forth from past to present. Normally that would bug me and I think it would if I was reading this single issue by single issue but grouped as they are in the graphic novels it makes reading them very easy.
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  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    Greg Rucka's (second) finale for Wonder Woman has a great historical story. These have really been the strength of his new run. Here we get a wonderful tale of Veronica Cale and her interactions with Cheetah, all spread out over years. It's a beautiful character study and intriguing reading.The deficit of this story is the ending, when we suddenly jump back to the modern day with issue #24 as a capstone to Rucka's entire run. Perhaps it's just the manner in which these trades were collected, but Greg Rucka's (second) finale for Wonder Woman has a great historical story. These have really been the strength of his new run. Here we get a wonderful tale of Veronica Cale and her interactions with Cheetah, all spread out over years. It's a beautiful character study and intriguing reading.The deficit of this story is the ending, when we suddenly jump back to the modern day with issue #24 as a capstone to Rucka's entire run. Perhaps it's just the manner in which these trades were collected, but since this last issue depends on elements from V3 (I presume, it's been a while), it's not a very clean continuation of the rest of the volume.Still, it was great getting there, and great to see Rucka have another 24 issues with DC's princess. I'm hoping the stories are kept in the original order in the deluxe volumes, because I've just about decided to pick them up based on the strengths of the run even in this bifurcated form.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I think the way Rucka has put together this narrative the time skipping—flashbacks, flashforwards and present—can be confusing for some readers. I like how it all just loops and feeds into each other because it echoes the first issue and how Diana struggled to comprehend her massive canonical history. Volume 5 tries to fill in the gaps specifically those tied to Veronica Cale. How and why did she start her endeavor? How did she become this so-called villain? How did she and her accomplice Doctor I think the way Rucka has put together this narrative the time skipping—flashbacks, flashforwards and present—can be confusing for some readers. I like how it all just loops and feeds into each other because it echoes the first issue and how Diana struggled to comprehend her massive canonical history. Volume 5 tries to fill in the gaps specifically those tied to Veronica Cale. How and why did she start her endeavor? How did she become this so-called villain? How did she and her accomplice Doctor Cyber interfere and direct Diana’s past over the past 8 years? In the end, you understand that Cale was merely a pawn in the quibbles of gods. Cale isn’t a villain because she sought to become one. She doesn’t want to cause chaos. She’s a mother and her daughter is lost and impaired.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I really, really enjoyed this one. I already had the third volume in this series as a review copy and loved it, and I loved this volume just as much. I think the storyline in this one is very interesting and I love this version of Wonder Woman.
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