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A relaunch of Wonder Woman for DC Comics New 52, initially written by Brian Azzarello with art by Cliff Chiang. Launched in the aftermath of Flashpoint, the series is a hard Continuity Reboot for Wonder Woman.

Diana finds herself caught in a war — or, rather, a tiff — between the Greek Gods when she protects a young woman named Zola from the wrath of Hera. This leads her to learn more about her true history, as she is drawn into the power struggles occurring inside and outside of Olympus.

Compared to previous runs, this series was featured iterations of the Greek pantheon that veered closer to their typical modern depictions in wider media — namely, Jerkass God for most of them. The run is noticeably darker than most takes on Wonder Woman as well.

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.

Tropes included in Wonder Woman volume four:

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  • Adaptational Abomination: This comic is notable for heavily reimagining the Olympian gods designs. While some stay relatively human looking outside of a few traits like glowing eyes or pointy teeth (such as Zeus, Hera or Dionysos), others have stranger and more unusual appearances : Apollo and Artemis look like living statues and can turn into silhouettes made of light, Ares is a creepy old man with empty eyesockets and legs constantly soaked in blood, while Hermes is a grim and pale man with black eyes and bird feet. However the cake goes to the brothers of Zeus, whose design are very surprising and bordering on the eldritch: Poseidon is a giant tentacular sea monster while Hades is a little corpse-like child with a head covered in candles dripping wax over his eyes. And that's without mentionning how the elder Olympians are able to do strange reality-warping feats, such as Poseidon or Demeter manifesting inside their own gigantic bodies (which causes some... strange paradoxes).
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The New 52 took Queen Hippolyta and the Amazons and turned them from a society that tried to represent the best of women into a bunch of unrepentant serial rapists and child murderers; which, ironically, is more accurate to the Amazons of myth. note  Hippolyta spent centuries allowing her society to propagate by raping and murdering sailors, then casting off any baby unlucky to be born looking male. The male children were spared death only because Hephaestus took them (but only because the Amazons traded them for weapons and not because they actually wanted to make sure the boys had a caregiver). When Diana herself learns about all this (after it was somehow being kept a secret from her all this time), she appears disappointed at first but other than trying to give the Amazon sons a home on the island she barely does anything to address the fact her mother and her Amazons sisters were basically monsters. Even worse, a number of the Amazons led by Donna Troy butchered the Amazon men after Diana dared to grant them a home on the island.
  • 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, the 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.
  • Fanservice: The first issues of both runs feature Diana showing a lot of skin.
  • 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 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 continuity named Orana.
  • Xenafication: This version of Wondy is far more Proud Warrior Race Guy than an 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.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Diana is appointed the new God of War by Apollo after she kills Ares.

    Brian Azzarello's run 
Issues #1- 35note 

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Some of the gods have this type of appearance such as Eris, Hermes and Apollo.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Hades tries to make Diana his queen, as part of his dispute against Poseidon to become Top God.
  • 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.
  • Body Sushi: Apollo makes one out of the First Born to humiliate him, with Dionysus taking a slice off his skin.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Apollo does this to Hera after he takes Zeus's throne.
  • Catfight: Zola and Hera get into this after Here is Brought Down to Normal.
  • 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.
  • Damsel in Distress: Zola is in constant need of rescue by Diana. Justified as she's a normal pregnant woman dealing with gods squabbling over her.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Diana is captured by Hades and forced to marry, but she manages to get herself rescued even before her friends can get there to rescue her.
  • Demoted to Extra: Aphrodite is normally a big ally to Wonder Woman, usually the Big Good who personally blessed her. Yet this version has barely any impact on the story and is basically just a background character.
  • 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.
  • Dual Wielding: Eros dual-wields gold plated handguns rather than the traditional bow and arrow set up.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Lennox, a chain-smoking Deadpan Snarker Limey with connections to the supernatural, is basically John Constantine.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Diana is called "Clay" by some Amazons in her infancy due to the story of her being created as molded clay.
  • A Father to His Men: Hephaestus takes in the male children born to Amazons when they would otherwise be put to death and puts them to work in his forge. Diana initially believes he has them as slaves but when she tries to "free" them, they ask her to release Hephaestus because of all he's done for them.
  • Ghost Invasion: After the First Born kills Lord Hades, the shades of Hades flood the surface, where they drift listlessly everywhere among the living.
  • 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.
  • Human Head on the Wall: After Lennox's murder, and Artemis tossing his head back to his friends to taunt them, Hera is so detached from humanity that she thinks the respectful thing to do is place his head (which does not decay due to his powers) in a prominent place on the center of the mantle.
  • 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.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Hermes eyes are entirely pitch black. He has to use shades when walking between mortals.
  • 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.
  • Naked First Impression:
    • Diana is nude in her bed when Zola is first teleported into her room, and doesn't really care about dropping her Modesty Bedsheet in front of her while putting on her armor.
    • Aphrodite gives one to Zola. The sight of the beautiful Goddess of Love sans clothing makes Zola feel extremely self-conscious.
  • Naked on Arrival:
    • Hera is first introduced wearing nothing but her feathered cape.
    • Diana's first scene is when Zola happens upon her sleeping naked in her room.
    • Aphrodite first appears completely naked to Hermes and Zola.
    • The First Born is introduced coming out of his ice prison without any clothes.
  • The Napoleon: This version of Hades is very short, to the point Eris calls him an imp.
  • 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.
  • No-Sell:
    • Hades shots with Eros's golden guns, and Diana tries to deflect them only for them to go right through her bracelets.
    • Lennox first shatters when he tries punching Artemis.
    • Apollo completely shrugs off Zola shooting a shotgun at his face at almost point-blank range.
  • 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.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • Zola, to the point she's not actually sure who Zeus was impersonating when he slept with her.
    • Zeus, naturally. Which makes his wife Hera insanely jealous.
  • The Rival: One of the Amazons, Aleka has been one to Diana since they were both children.
  • 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!
  • Sea Monster: Poseison, who looks like a giant a Mix-and-Match Critter of various sea animals.
  • 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.
  • Sex God: Zeus according to Hippolyta's narration to Diana conception.
  • Sexy Silhouette:
    • Used when Hera is getting dressed behind a curtain
    • One of the panels with Zeus and Hippolyta having sex features this.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl:
    • Hera is introduced naked while wearing only a peacock feathered cloak that barely covers her, relying on Censor Shadow to conceal her body.
    • In Hippolyta's flashback, Zeus is also shown wearing only cloaks while fighting her, with a lot of Scenery Censor to provide him cover.
    • Aphrodite spends all her screentime in the buff, her only cover being Godiva Hair and some strategic panel placement.
  • Significant Name Overlap: Hades mentions that he and his realm share the same name, since they are interconnected, and as a result Hades is often calld "Hell" by other gods. It is a case of Truth in Television (as Hades was the name of the god, the underworld and even the concept of graves), but Azzarello extends this logic to the other Olympians: Ares and Eris are referred to as "War" and "Strife", Zeus and Demeter are sometimes called "Heaven" and "Harvest", Artemis and Poseidon are treated as synonyms to "Moon" and "Sea", etc...
  • SizeShifter One of Eris's / Strife's powers allows her to turn into a Giant Woman, which she uses when attacking Paradise Island.
  • Sleeps in the Nude: Diana is sleeping in the buff when Hermes teleports Zola into her apartment.
  • Speech-Bubble Censoring: One panel has the First Born's crotch being censored by a speech bubble.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Diana, who noticeably towers over Zola.
  • 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 its community of all male artists who were rescued from the Amazons.
  • Taking the Bullet: Hermes takes an arrow in his stomach that was meant for Zola.
  • 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.
  • Top God: Zeus used to be this for the Olymphians, but after he dissapeared Poseidon and Hades start bickering for the throne. Apollo at the end is the one that gets it, with help from Hera.
  • Toplessness from the Back:
    • Both Diana and Hera are shown this way while getting dressed.
    • Hippolyta while making love to Zeus.
    • Aphrodite when she first appears to Hermes and Zola.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: As usual, Gonk Hephaestus is married to Ms. Fanservice Aphrodite.
  • Wake Up Fighting: When Zola is teleported into Diana's room in London, Diana instinctively wakes up giving Zola a Neck Lift.
  • Wedding Smashers: Eros, Lennox and Hephaestus do this to Hades wedding to Diana, although by the time they arrive she already rescued herself.
  • 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 firstborn 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.
  • Yandere: Hera attempts to kill Zola because she's pregnant with her husband's child.

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

  • Adaptational Villainy: Donna Troy was created to be a replacement for Diana by Derinoe and the other Amazons who disliked their new Queen's decision to allow their Amazon brothers to live amongst them, with her leading a cohort of Amazons in slaughtering many of them.
  • 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.
  • Evil Knockoff: Donna Troy was deliberately made as one for Diana. She even has Diana's original backstory of being made of clay.
  • Evil Sorceress: The Amazonian Sorceress Derinoe, a misandrist who opposes Diana rule as Queen of the Amazons.
  • 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.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Derinoe used to be young and beautiful just like the other Amazons, but had her youth taken from her by one of Hecate's assassins.
  • 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.
  • Naked on Arrival: Donna Troy was created by Derinoe and Born as an Adult, rising out of a cauldron naked, with Censor Steam covering her.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: Donna, being made of clay, can mend her arm back effortlessly after it's cut off by Diana.
  • Shout-Out: The movie poster variant cover for issue 40 puts Diana in the place of Leonidas on a 300 style cover.
  • Shower of Angst: Issue #36 has Diana showering while sorrowfully remembering past events, such as her mother turning into clay.
  • Working Out Their Emotions: In Issue #37, Clark notices Diana is being unusually aggressive in their workout session, as she's venting her frustrations (such as being the new God of War, killing her own mentor, and her mother's death) on her training.
  • Workout Fanservice: One of the first scenes in the story had Diana and Clark sparring in tight workout clothes, dripping with sweat.