Wonder Woman’s the undisputed champion of women in comics, and in my opinion, the most inspiring character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Getting into Wonder Woman comics can be an immense challenge, though. It’s often unclear where to start, what the best Wonder Woman comics are, and how her complex mythology has transmogrified over time. Factor in her de factor Justice League adventures, and you’ve got yourself some DC continuity navigation ahead.
Below you’ll find the most straight forward Wonder Woman reading order I can manage. Enjoy the comics!
Wonder Woman Reading Order
If you’re unfamiliar, the brilliant Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) and iconic painter Alex Ross (Marvels, Uncle Sam) teamed up for a series of introductions to the essential essence of DC’s most iconic characters. The end results are gorgeous insights into DC’s finest, naturally including Wonder Woman. You’ll get a glimpse of her classic origins, as well as what makes Wonder Woman tick today in our world.
If you want the true beginning, DC’s Chronicles volumes do a nice job collecting the first Wonder Woman stories from William Moulton Marston in the early 1940’s. Marston himself is a fascinating figure (Grant Morrison’s Supergods provides a compelling overview), and his commitment to women in powerful, iconic roles of leadership is decades ahead of his time.
This is a purposefully unique retelling of Wonder Woman’s origins from Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette. If you’re familiar with other Earth One stories, such as Superman: Earth One, then you know these exist outside the confines of what would be considered the “main” DC Universe. You can read them on their own quite easily and quickly, and get another perspective on the character.
It’s far from the only Justice League / Trinity origin out there, but Matt Wagner’s Trinity is a strong starting place for an early meeting between Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
For Wonder Woman, the late 80’s reimagining meant the artwork and storytelling of George Perez, alongside the likes of Len Wein, and later Phil Jimenez.
Note that “Gods & Mortals” collects the first six issues of the relaunched Wonder Woman, and retells her origin, establishing Themyscira for the future of the DC Universe.
There is also a Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals Animated DVD package, that includes both the DC animated movie, and this selection of comics.
If you want to go all in on this era of Wonder Woman, you can check out the first 24 issues plus the first annual of Wonder Woman in this omnibus. Note that it will double up on those Gods and Mortals first six issues above.
Issues: Wonder Woman #25-45, Wonder Woman Annual #2, Who’S Who ’87 #4, Who’S Who ’88 #4
Issues: War of the Gods #1 to #4, Wonder Woman #58 to #62, Wonder Woman: War of the Gods #1
Note that John Byrne’s run on Wonder Woman begins after The Death of Superman in the 1990’s.
Issues: Wonder Woman #101 to #113
Unquestionably one of the finest JLA stories with Wonder Woman as the clear lead. Better yet, A League of One is a self-contained graphic novel, making it one of the easier Wonder Woman comics to pick up and read cold.
Issues: Wonder Woman #164 to #170
Issues: Wonder Woman #171 to #177, Wonder Woman Secret Files #3
Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman
Greg Rucka’s first Wonder Woman story, a standalone graphic novel that prominently features some great Wonder Woman v Batman action.
The above collections contain Greg Rucka’s extended run on Wonder Woman, covering issues #195 to #213.
There are many Wonder Woman fans who will tell you this trade is quite aptly named, as creators Allan Heinberg and Terry Dodson don’t quite seem to know much about Wonder Woman either. Nonetheless, it marks the first six issues of a new, post Infinite Crisis Wonder Woman title.
Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman: The Circle – #14 to #19
The above selections contain Gail Simone’s run on Wonder Woman, from Wonder Woman #14 to #44.
Following the Simone run, Wonder Woman restores her original numbering just in time for a #600 anniversary milestone. This also begins the J. Michael Straczynski era of Wonder Woman.
Flashpoint is the DC Universe event that sets the stage for the New 52. Wonder Woman sees an interesting transformation during this time, albeit thankfully in an alternate future.
If you want to see how Wonder Woman fits into the DC Universe at large, you can check out the full Comic Book Herald New 52 reading order!
Digital first anthology of odds-and-sods Wonder Woman tales. Frequently very fun, and free from the confines of New 52 continuity.
Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang’s Wonder Woman Run
Wonder Woman remained one of my favorite New 52 titles for the first 35 issues of Wonder Woman, with Azzarello and Chang delivering on all the most compelling elements of Greek myth at the center of Diana’s mythos.
In the spirit of the New 52, this is absolutely a departure from the George Perez era, but I found the changes compelling within the context of the story Azarello and Chang set out to tell.
DC Rebirth Wonder Woman Reading Order
For all of the DC Universe during this time, you can check out Comic Book Herald’s complete DC Rebirth reading order.
Note that the first two volumes of Wonder Woman oscillate between odd and even numbered issues. The odd numbered issues form “The Lies,” while the even numbered issues offer a “Year One” story from Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott.
Collects: Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman #1, #3, #5, #7, #9
Collects: Wonder Woman #2, #4, #6, #8, #10
DC Rebirth Era, Out of Core Continuity Wonder Woman Stories
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