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There is no objective version of history. Neither this one, nor that.
But this... is our story. The Amazons' ἱστορία. And it begins...
Opening narration of the first issue.
Hail to the Queen

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons is a DC Comics series released under its Black Label imprint set for release in November 2021. Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel ) and art by Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman (1987), Infinite Crisis) on the first issue with artists Gene Ha (Top 10) and Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman (Rebirth), Black Magick) on subsequent issues.

Presented as a "Homeric" epic. The series looks to tell the the true history of Queen Hippolyta and the Amazons, before Steve Trevor washed up ashore on Themyscira.

Millennia ago, Queen Hera and the goddesses of the Olympian pantheon grew greatly dissatisfied with their male counterparts…and far from their sight, they put a plan into action. A new society was born, one never before seen on Earth, capable of wondrous and terrible things…but their existence could not stay secret for long. When a despairing woman named Hippolyta crossed the Amazons' path, a series of events was set in motion that would lead to an outright war in heaven—and the creation of the Earth's greatest guardian!


This comic provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Abomination: Similar to Wonder Woman (2011), this comic gives some of the gods more eldritch appearances. Hestia appears as a woman made of fire, Demeter basically looks like a walking bush with human head and Athena resembles a statue with no neck and her head appears to consist of just a mask and helmet.
  • Adaptational Curves: Aphrodite is portrayed as more heavyset and curvaceous than in previous Wonder Woman works.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Of the origin and history of Wonder Woman’s version of the Amazons. The main inspiration of the series is the backstory given to them by George Pérez in the first issue of his run on Wonder Woman back in the eighties, which covered about half of the 36 pages of that issue. The first issue solicited here alone is over 70 pages.
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  • Adaptational Heroism: Traditionally, Hecate has a villainous role when she shows up in Wonder Woman comics. Here she is one of the main creators of the Amazons and patron of her own tribe.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: A rare male example that crosses over with Truer to the Text. In most Wonder Woman comics, Ares is traditionally covered in layers of stylized Hoplite armor while here he's pretty much naked except for a black speedo. Closer to how Ancient Greek depictions of Ares as not a big believer in clothes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The entire series is one for the Amazons in general, and Hippolyta specifically. Who have mainly been supporting and background characters in Wonder Woman material for the most part.
  • Animal Eye Spy: Hera keeps tabs on Hippolyta through some birds.
  • Animal Motifs: All the Gods have animals that both accompany them and usually wear clothing that evoke them. Demeter has snakes on her person, Athena, naturally, has a giant owl that accompanies her, Artemis is seen with both stags and boars while Hera is accompanied by and wears clothing that evokes peacocks. As for the male gods, Ares is accompanied by vulture and his cape can turn into vulture-like wings, Zeus has ram horns growing out of his head along with a giant pet eagle at his side, Poseidon has the lower body of a winged horse and Dionysus rests with panthers by his side.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: What Zeus states the Gods ultimately are and guardians of.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Aside from Wonder Woman (2011), Hera traditionally doesn't get much attention in Wonder Woman comics and has no real significant involvement in the backstory of the Amazons. Here she's pretty much the main character of the first issue.
    • Io is traditionally just a regular, if very skilled blacksmith, Amazon. Here she's the Queen of the Hestia Amazon Tribe.
  • Asshole Victim: The slaver brigands who the Amazons kill when they rescue Hippolyta.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Aphrodite.
  • Blessed with Suck: Hera, as the Goddess of Women, has the ability to see all the suffering women have gone, currently going, and will go through. All at once.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Being a book under the Black Label imprint, there's far more violent and graphic imagery here than you'd expect from your average Wonder Woman book.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: Fittingly enough for a War God, Ares has blood all over his body.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter / Bratty Teenage Son: Both Artemis and Apollo are visually depicted as looking younger than the other Olympians and also display this attitude.
  • Broad Strokes: The whole series is a broad strokes re-interpretation of the basic version of DC's version of the Amazons, using only the basis established by William Moulton Marston and expounded on later by George Pérez.
  • Call-Forward: One of the slavers that accosts Hippolyta is killed by an Amazon using a rope, a weapon Wonder Woman is quite famous for using. Hippolyta is later seen with said robe at her hip as she rides out.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Each of the gods has an associated color - for example Zeus is blue and Ares is red, where Artemis is associated with brown/red/rust and Demeter with green and golden.
  • Costume Porn: All of the Goddesses and Amazons but Hera in particular deserves special mention. She wears a new, elaborately detailed, costume for every new scene she's in.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Some of the Olympians' designs go into this territory. Hestia appears as a woman made of fire, Zeus has lightning bolt-like veins across his sky-blue skin, and Poseidon skin evokes shimmering ocean water.
  • To Hell and Back: The first issue sees the Goddesses, minus Hera, journeying through the various parts of Hades to get to the Well of Souls.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Timandra's design is modeled after Nicola Scott.
  • Mythology Gag: The hilts of Ares' swords share the design/outline of his iconic helmet from George Pérez's depiction of Ares.
  • Narrator All Along: The first book's narrator is revealed towards the end to be Antiope.
  • Race Lift: Antiope, usually a depicted as a white woman, is black here.
  • Putto: Aphrodite is seen followed and served by hundreds of them.
  • Reincarnation: Like in George Perez's run, the Amazons are created from the souls of women who died to male violence.
  • Wild Child: Artemis' design, with her wearing animal bones and wild plants, evokes this.
  • Written by the Winners: The opening intro evokes this with stating everything everyone knows about the Amazons are a biased history written by men as the Amazons ultimately lost the war with Man's World. The book presents itself as a history of the Amazons that would have been written for a young Amazon.

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