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A relaunch of Wonder Woman for DC Comics New 52, initially written by Brian Azzarello with art by Cliff Chiang, with Meredith Finch taking over as writer with her husband Brian as penciller at issue 36.

In the aftermath of Flashpoint the DCU and it's history has been largely wiped clean and a new version of Wonder Woman takes the lead of her own story, with the promise of being more coherent and consistent than her previous books, which tended to shift dramatically in tone and story with each new creative team.

This book was followed by Wonder Woman (Rebirth) in which Diana learns that most of what she thought she knew about herself and her people during this period was a lie and sets out to find the truth.

For the related character pages see Characters.WonderWoman.


Tropes included in Wonder Woman volume four:

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  • Adaptational Heroism: Although neutral, Ares is much more of an ally than an enemy in the New 52.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Wonder Woman and her supporting characters are all much less pleasant people than the norm here, with some like being turned into straight up villains. That the Amazons of this continuity revel in killing and are rapist, slave trading misandrists rather misses the mark of the original intent behind Wonder Woman and the Amazons, who were meant to be an example of the best of humanity and what could be achieved without the limitations posed on people due to bigotry, but does allow for some compelling storytelling.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Zeus. His offspring are now evidently all the result of consensual relationships and he seems to have lost the serial rapist aspect entirely.
  • Adapted Out: Much of Diana's supporting cast, even those created and introduced by Marston himself, were jettisoned from the New 52 including but not limited to, Steve Trevor (who exists but not as a Wonder Woman character), Etta Candy (who exists but not as a Wonder Woman character), Hercules (who doesn't exist at all) and Artemis (who doesn't exist at all).
  • Army of the Ages: Ares, god of war, is able to call up an army of the shades of soldiers from every past armed conflict on earth.
  • Darker and Edgier: This version of Wonder Woman is far more a proud warrior than the idealized hero of the Golden Age, and the Amazons follow suit by being rapists, murderers and slave traders instead of the idealized perfect society of women.
  • Hijacked by Jesus: The Greek pantheon. Most notable in that Olympus keeps getting called heaven and Hades keeps getting called hell.
  • Reincarnation: In this continuity dead gods can reincarnate into their unborn children. In a particularly messed up take on the concept the kids are still their own people, it's just their divine parents can take over their bodies and make them their own, effectively killing the kids.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: As in all versions of Wonder Woman the writers play fast and loose with Greek Mythology:
    • Mythological Eros is either the son of Ares and Aphrodite or a primordial god, older than the Titans, not Hephaestus' son.
    • While there was indeed a prophecy in mythology about one of Zeus' children usurping him there was never any question about which of his children it referred to; it was Athena.
    • While the consent involved in the beginning of Persephone and Hades' relationship is unclear in the original myths, (her father gave her to him which was as much consent as the Greeks needed) by the time heroes were coming to Hades to try and make bargains they had one of the most solid and equal marriages of the gods and Hades allowed Persephone to make decisions on how to run Hades and to make bargains with their visitors. This version of Persephone was so devastated and unhappy with her unequal marriage with Hades she killed herself.
    • Mythological Artemis was the virgin goddess of virgins, and took pleasure in finding creatively cruel deaths for those who saw her naked form, DC's crush on her brother and exhibitionist ways are comic original.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Artemis and Philippus didn't exist in this continuity and were replaced by two very similar, but less pleasant, Amazons named Aleka and Dessa respectively. Especially amusing as Artemis started out as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of a similar Amazon from the previous previous continuity named Orana.
  • Xenafication: This version of Wondy is far more Proud Warrior Race Guy than ambassador of peace and love, for a clear visual a sword is the weapon that is most identified with her, rather than her lasso and defensive bracelets.

    Brian Azzarello's run 
Issues #1- 35note 

  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: The the cover of issue 24 depicts Diana riding a horse with a raised sword atop a pile of human bones, which are mostly skulls though there is at least one ribcage in the mix.
  • Badass Boast: Plenty to go around. A selection:
    Dio: I am the god of vines, of madness, reality like a sot on his knee—bends to me. [...]Should I turn his blood into wine, or honey?
    Diana: You scream for love, First Born, yet you know nothing of it. Love requires compassion... nurturing... and above all, submission. Here... I'll show you.
  • Badass and Baby: Diana and Zola's child Zeke once he's been born as she swears to protect him. She even battles with Zeke strapped to her back.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Dio drives the people he's with to start prepping for an orgy, then when he realizes Zola isn't comfortable with it turns the disrobing people into pigs to make them look for a truffle for her and has to go running after her trying to explain himself and very much missing the mark of understanding why she ran when Zola flees in terror.
  • Body Horror: Everything Apollo inflicts on the First Born, from cutting up and eating pieces of him to burning him down to almost nothing. None of this actually stops the First Born and he rebuilds his body excluding any skin after the later and starts inflicting his own Body Horror on those who oppose him.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The members of the Greek pantheon who were most prominent in the run were each associated with a color: Artemis with Silver, Hera with peacock green, Apollo with purple, Demeter with green, Hermes with light blue and Ares with dusty tan.
  • Cynical Mentor: Ares was one to Diana when she was younger, but not for that long, kicking her out when she refused to kill someone.
  • Does Not Like Men: The Amazons, in a huge departure from their original and traditional non bigoted accepting paradise of a culture, are a society of man hating misandrists who routinely rape and murder men to get children, sell their male infants into slavery, and try to castrate and murder any physically male visitors to their island.
  • Everybody Loves Zeus: Surprisingly for a Wonder Woman story Zeus is well liked and greatly missed after his apparent demise despite retaining his adultery. Even Athena goes out of her way to help revive him. Only Ares seems to despise him just as much as always.
  • Have You Seen My God?: Zeus and Athena are missing. The question of what happened to them/where they are is quite important to how the story unfolds even if Diana herself is not too concerned about it.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Everything important about Diana now comes from her father being Zeus, when in all previous iterations she either had no father or her father was so unimportant he didn't need a name and all her skills and powers came from her mother, the other Amazons and Aphrodite and some other goddesses.
  • Mythology Gag: On the cover of issue 24 Diana is depicted riding an eerie black horse with red eyes, which looks—despite the lack of wings—much like her mount Pegasus from Volume 2.
  • Necromancer: Hades uses souls to build everything in Hades, every brick and stone is a human soul entirely under his control.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Diana's powers and allies are all derived from her father Zeus, which is quite an alteration as she was originally designed specifically to avert this trope with all her strengths and even her creation being due to women and her interactions with them. Her training here was done by Ares rather than her fellow Amazons as well.
  • Race Lift: The Wonder Woman of Azzarello and Chiang's run has a distinctly olive skin tone, though it doesn't seem to have spread to the rest of the New 52.
  • Rousing Speech:
    Diana: Warriors, I ask you to join me in a fight to reclaim Heaven. Follow me... not as your princess... but as the God of War!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The First Born is an evil nihilistic would be world conqueror who was imprisoned deep beneath the earth for several thousand years held there by the power of his father Zeus. After Zeus dies he's able to dig his way out and start killing gods and humans alike once more.
  • Straw Feminist: The Amazons as a whole, as their version of feminism has been altered into them being baby killing rapists who violently hate all men. The closest thing to their former all female paradise and refuge is Hephaestus' forge with it's community of all male artists who were rescued from the Amazons.
  • Throne Made of X: Hades' throne is actually his father, Cronus, who's chained in place.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Apollo refuses to execute or permanently imprison the First Born despite the prophecy stating the latter will kill the king of Olympus. Instead, he tries to torture him into obedience. The First Born escapes and quickly exacts his revenge.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Apollo and Artemis keep trying to hunt down and kill Zeke, who is an infant, because of Apollo's mistaken belief that a prophecy referring to the first born refers to Zeke.
    • This version of the Amazons would kill their male offspring if Hephaestus didn't save them by taking them on as his slaves. They prove to be completely happy with murdering infants when Diana brings Zeke to the island and they try to kill him for being a boy.

    Meredith Finch's run 
Issues #36 - 52, Annual #1

  • Atlas Pose: On the cover of issue 52 Diana is depicted half kneeling while struggling to hold up a glowing disk with a stylized sun on her back.
  • Born as an Adult: Donna Troy's history as Wonder Girl was removed and she was created as an adult villain using magic and clay, even though in this continuity it was decided such an origin was too goofy for Wondy herself who is now the daughter of Zeus instead of a clay statue brought to life.
  • Death by Adaptation: The Moirai—Atropos, Clotho, and Lakhesis—all end up killed in #43.
  • Foot Popping: On the Neal Adams variant cover of issue 49 Diana is depicted kissing Superman with her left foot up. Neal's Wondy also doesn't even come up to his shoulders despite wearing heels and usually being at least as tall, if not taller, than Superman when depicted by other artists since the characters' inceptions.
  • Lady Legionnaire Wear:
    • Jae Lee's wonderful variant cover for #40 shows Diana wearing a tiered skirt of pteruges over armored pants with a marvelous cape while brandishing a sword over her fallen foes.
    • Donna Troy's outfit includes pteruges over pants.
  • Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Game: Cheetah and Artemis are depicted on the variant cover for issue 42, despite neither of them being in the issue and Artemis not even existing in this continuity.
  • Shout-Out: The movie poster variant cover for issue 40 puts Diana in the place of Leonidas on a 300 style cover.

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