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Diana, Hippolyta, and Ares.
What am I?
You are many to many. Peace-maker and war-fighter. Supplicant, aspirant, penitent. The true friend and the boon companion, the trusted soul and the truth-speaker...
...And you have been deceived.
Diana with the Lasso of Truth wrapped around her wrist.
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A relaunch for DC Rebirth, initially written by Greg Rucka with art by Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott.

In the wake of the death of the New 52 Superman, Diana is feeling strange. It is more than grief for her love, it is something else entirely: somehow, she is beginning to remember her past differently. In a fit of rage, she crushes the helmet of Ares... something which she should not be able to do. So she goes to Olympus to figure out what is going on and cannot find it, nor can she find Themyscira anymore.

So she decides that she must do something, that she must find the truth in the lies. And the first step to finding the truth and Themyscira... is to meet with the Cheetah.

This volume of Wonder Woman is divided into two parts: the modern stories ("The Lies" and "The Truth"), which run in every odd-numbered issue, and Diana's revised origins that take place in the past ("Year One" and "Godwatch"), which run in even-numbered issues. Liam Sharp illustrates "The Lies" and "The Truth", while Nicola Scott illustrates "Year One."

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On April 12, 2017, both Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp announced they would be leaving the title after issue #25; Rucka cited the demand of the twice-monthly schedule and ongoing obligations to his creator-owned comics. The following day, DC Super Hero Girls writer Shea Fontana and DC Comics Bombshells artist Mirka Andolfo were announced as the new creative team... then, in June, solicitations listed James Robinson (Starman, Squadron Supreme, Cable) as the writer of the series, taking over after Fontana's arc. Robinson's run follows up on Geoff Johns' Darkseid War, which revealed that Diana has a brother she never knew about, one who'd play an important role in future events. Robinson's run begins with a story featuring the meeting between Diana and this brother, Jason.


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    Greg Rucka's run 
  • Adaptation Name Change: Doctor Cyber goes from being a human woman named Cylvia Cyber to an AI named Adrianna Anderson.
  • Adorkable:
    • One of Steve's most treasured possessions is a photo of Diana from when she first came to America, smiling awkwardly into the camera.
    • The montage in issue 12 shows Diana trying to talk to a lizard while imitating it flicking its tongue.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Veronica Cale is still a villain who's done some awful things, but whereas the original was motivated purely by envy, this one is motivated by her desire to have her daughter back, and is basically a Cosmic Plaything.
    • Ares. Whereas prior to the New 52, he was a pretty straight-forward supervillain who liked to mess with mortals and Wonder Woman in particular, he's now basically a victim of his own status as the god of war.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Barbara, post-Crisis, was attracted to men, and most recently had shown an attraction to Hunter Zolomon (Zoom, the second Reverse-Flash). Here, she's attracted to women, although it's not clear what her sexuality is.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Barbara-Ann Minerva, aka Cheetah, goes from an amoral collector of historical artifacts who gladly gained horrific powers to a much kinder archeologist who was friends with Diana before being horrifically transformed into a Tragic Villain.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Initially, it was shown that Etta seems to have a thing for Barbara, though that might just be her being sarcastic. It was later established that, yes, they were in a relationship.
  • Animal Motif:
    • The gods appear to Diana as the animals they were usually represented by in mythology.
    • A disguised Athena refers to Barbara as a "kitten".
  • Arbitrary Scepticism: A variant. On hearing Diana mentioning her gods, Barbara Ann dismisses that, but Steve and Etta mention Superman. Barbara just says that alien life is provable, but magic isn't.
  • Arc Symbol: A gnarled tree. Diana is bitten by a snake near one, and the SEAR group uses it as their symbol.
  • Author Appeal: Greg Rucka has written Wonder Woman before (in the early 2000s), but this run also includes characters in the spycraft business (like Queen & Country), including Rucka's own character Sasha Bordeux.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Diana gets her cheek slashed up by Cheetah during a fight in issue #20.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Etta Candy notes Diana and Steve seem to have something drawing them to one another.
  • Becoming the Mask: In the first annual, Diana, Superman and Batman all hold the Lasso of Truth. Diana asks who they are, and Diana says she's Diana of Themyscira, Superman says he's Clark Kent, then Kal-El. Batman? He says he's Batman. Yup, at his core, he's Batman.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Etta Candy has no problem shooting Sasha, her friend, in the head. Fortunately, it's not actually Sasha, but a robot duplicate.
  • Body Horror: Cheetah's appearance is more like an actual humanoid cat than previous versions. No long ginger locks or human faces here. She also can't change back to being human.
  • Bi the Way: Issue 2 (the first "Year One" issue) implies Diana was The Casanova during her life on Paradise Island. (Or to be more accurate, some gossiping Amazons speculate that she is.) It is canonized that she was closer than friends with at least one peer. Later on, Greg Rucka himself said that Woman Wonder was definitely queer.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • The "Year One" storyline reveals that the Amazons of Themyscira are born from the souls of women killed by men, the same origin as the original post-Crisis version.
    • Sasha Bordeaux is also reintroduced as one of the heads of ARGUS.
    • Veronica Cale returns, still out to bedevil Wonder Woman.
    • Ferdinand makes a come back, previously having entered comic book limbo after Rucka's last run.
  • The Cameo: Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor briefly appear in an issue to bid on a date with Diana. It's not clear whether Diana knows Bruce yet.
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • If "Year One" is Diana's true origin, then the Amazon's kidnapping sailors and raping them to produce children during Brian Azzarello's run no longer true. "The Lies" suggests that basically everything Diana thinks she remembers (i.e. her New 52 backstory) is probably false.
    • The April 2017 Wonder Woman Annual features a retelling of how the Trinity of Diana, Batman and Superman met, thus removing the New 52 version of the meeting that occurred during Darkseid's invasion.
  • Clark Kenting: Diana once again takes up her Diana Prince identity, when she's suffering a bad case of Heroic BSoD.
  • Cultured Badass: Etta Candy is familiar with the works of Sappho, as Barbara-Ann discovers.

  • Determinator: Barbara Ann Minerva was utterly determined to find evidence the Amazons and Themiscarya existed, regardless of what anyone else told her. And she almost managed it, too.
  • Dramatic Irony: Diana and Steve don't realize the Amazons they're dealing with in issue 11 aren't real until they don't recall someone Steve met the first time, but readers might have noticed a bigger clue: Hippolyta's entire appearance is dramatically different (flashback!Hippolyta has black hair and a more Greek appearance, while the Hippolyta of Azzarelo's run has blonde hair and looks more Caucasian.)
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Barbara Ann's dad told her not to study mythology because he felt such things were harmful to her development. Then he threw her stuff into the nearest fire.
  • Fight Clubbing: Issue #51 reveals that Moon Robinson did this before becoming Mayfly, as one of the ways to not let her hemophilia confine her (since this would obviously put her at more of a risk in such a situation).
  • Friendly Enemy: The Cheetah. Barbara Ann Minerva actually started off as Wonder Woman's friend, before she became the "bride of Urzkartaga." Even as the Cheetah, Wonder Woman declares that she will help her.
  • Grand Theft Me: Urzkartaga turns out to be trapped in the jungle, but he plans to take over a human body in order to escape. That body just happens to belong to Steve Trevor.
  • Hellhound: Veronica Cale has two large unfriendly looking dogs called Fear and Panic.
  • Heroic BSoD: Diana undergoes a serious one after realizing the people she thought were the Amazons weren't. She becomes hesitant and uncertain, even refusing to believe Steve is real. And she doesn't snap out of it quickly.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Barbara-Ann went and became the Cheetah because she wanted to be like Diana. It didn't go at all how she wanted.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: One of the side effects of being a "bride of Urzkartaga" is that the Cheetah craves "man-flesh." Except that isn't true. Urzkartaga cursed Barbara with it out of spite.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • The opening of issue 12 hangs a massive one of Diana's old "Suffering Sapho" catchphrase, when Barbara Ann uses it, and Etta is just confused, calling it "completely unnatural".
    • The "Year One" storyline has characters pointing out how despite coming from an island supposedly based on ancient Greece, Diana's name is pretty Roman.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The gods made sure Diana couldn't return to Paradise Island by removing the precise location of it from her mind.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the Rebirth issue, Wonder Woman sees that her memories of the past (her origin) keeps changing...much like her actual comic book origin keeps changing with each reboot.
  • Legion of Doom: As the story goes on, it turns out there's one after Diana. So far the members known include Dr. Cale, Dr. Cyber, and possibly Circe.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • That Cale's dogs are called Fear and Panic almost certainly isn't a coincidence. Fear and panic are the translated names of Ares' sons Phobos and Deimos in the original mythology.
    • Barbara Ann figures out that "SEAR" can also work as an anagram for Ares.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Amazons repair Steve Trevor's plane and even manage to turn it invisible for the return trip. After it lands, however, it quickly disintegrates.
    • The "Year One" title is a reference to the name used by several post-Crisis series when detailing the origins and first year of their respective protagonists, itself a reference to Batman: Year One.
    • In one issue, Adrianna dresses as Debbie Domaine, the short-lived second Cheetah from The '80s, presumably to get a rise out of Barbara Ann.
    • After the Adrianna AI is destroyed and subsequently brought back as Doctor Cyber, her holographic visage is shown to be scarred. In the Pre-Crisis comics, Doctor Cyber wore a mask to hide her scarred and disfigured face.
  • Nom de Mom: Barbara Ann Minerva's father's name was Cavendish. Her mother's name was Minerva. Given his jackassery towards her, it's little surprise she took her mother's name.
  • Only Friend: Adrianna is again the only genuine friend Veronica seems to have.
  • Painting the Medium: During "Year One", Barbara Ann's attempts at speaking with Diana have odd emphasis, faded coloring and overly-large words, to represent how she's not speaking it entirely perfectly.
  • Race Lift: Doctor Poison is Japanese again, like she was in her original incarnation back in the Golden Age.
  • Rated M for Manly: Discussed in an exchange between Urzkartaga and Steve Trevor over what a man really wants. Urzkartaga claims that it's all about fighting and conquest, but Steve figures most guys just want a glass of whiskey, a juicy steak and a good woman to curl up with at the end of the day.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Etta Candy.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: While Diana and Etta forgive Barbara for her time as Cheetah, Steve doesn't.
  • Retcon:
    • Etta Candy is back to being well-built, after her appearances in Justice League had her thin.
    • The nature and origin of Cheetah's powers. Back in her appearance in Geoff John's Justice League, she gained them from cutting her hand on a cursed knife, and was perfectly happy with her powers. Here, she's once again got them from Urzkartaga, and is anything but happy with them. She's also back to being an English heiress, while New 52!Cheetah's backstory had her as an Idaho orphan.
    • The New 52 had previously introduced Doctor Maru/Doctor Poison as the vengeful daughter of a pair of Russian scientists who were killed during the Cold War. Rucka's run instead presents Maru (now renamed Marina Maru) as a former Japanese soldier who now runs an all-female group of mercenaries called Poison.
    • The first meeting of the Trinity is changed here, although the reason it can do this is actually because of Superman Reborn retconning the DC universe. In the New 52, Diana, Bruce and Clark first met when Darkseid invaded Earth, and they formed the Justice League alongside Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone (it was later established that Superman and Batman had met each other previously, but had their memories of the encounter wiped). The first annual depicts the three meeting a short time after Diana had publicly began her career as Wonder Woman, with Bruce and Clark already being friends somehow. Additionally with these changes, Reborn also confirms that Diana and Clark never had a romantic relationship in the Rebirth timeline, and Diana in fact helped deliver Lois and Clark's son Jon into the world.
  • The Reveal: Themyscira was created as a prison for Ares, whose psychotic urges and desire to plunge the world into war were subdued by the influence of Aphrodite. The Amazons are the eternal guardians of Ares' prison. The "Ares" Diana faced in "Year One" was really Phobos and Deimos trying to find their father. The fake Themyscira, the New 52 Amazons, and the New 52 Olympians were all created by the real Olympians, the Patrons of Themyscira, to further hide Ares from Phobos and Deimos.
  • Rule of Three: Diana gives opponents three warnings. She doesn't give a fourth. Urzkartaga doesn't get one.
  • Sanity Slippage: Diana, after issue 13. In issue 15, she's suffering severe disassociation and hallucinations.
  • Ship Sinking: Diana confesses to Steve Trevor the truth about her romance with New 52 Superman... that she only thought of it as an "easy" relationship with which she could take her mind off the belief that she wasn't a very good romantic, something she hopes to put right by resuming her relationship with Steve. Later in the series and in Superman Reborn its revealed that, due to DC's timeline changes, Diana and Clark were never actually an item in Rebirth's history and have only been close friends.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the first annual, Superman seems to ship Batman and Wonder Woman initially.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Diana realizes she has the ability to speak to animals after a while in Man's World, though not exactly fluently (mainly because animals don't really have the capacity for big concepts. Speaking to an eagle, it just tells her to hunt and fly).
  • Spotting the Thread: On meeting the Amazons again, Steve Trevor tries looking for the one that healed him the first time he crashed on their island. It's when the Amazons have no idea who he's talking about that Steve and Diana figure they're fakes.
  • Take That!:
    • There's a jab at the New 52 Amazons, with Diana noting how they're all wrong.
    • Diana saying that she was only with Superman because it was "easy", which is a common criticism of the relationship: they're two super strong attractive people, so of course they'd be together! The romantic aspect between the two is later removed entirely.
  • That Woman Is Dead: When Adriana, Veronica Cale's advanced virtual assistant, is destroyed, Cale manages to recover some of her neural map in order to recreate her. The AI states that Adrianna is dead, and asks to be called Doctor Cyber instead.
  • Translator Microbes: One of the powers of Diana's lasso is removing the language barriers between her, Barbara Ann, Steve and Etta.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The first annual has a short story featuring the Trinity's first meeting. Superman spends the entire time teasing Batman.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Part of the condition of leaving Themyscira was that Diana couldn't ever return. That Diana has gone home on many an occasion raises a few questions in-universe. Turns out, she never went home and the times she returned to Themyscira were illusions.
  • You Talk Too Much: Cheetah says this to Diana in issue #20 before ending their fight and escaping from her.

    James Robinson's run 
  • Back for the Dead: The Atomic Knights appear for the first time since Flashpoint... and are killed in that same scene. Though it's not clear if they were modernised versions of Gardner Grayle's group, or just random soldiers using the armour.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Weirdly enough, it seems like James Robinson's run ignores Rucka's revised origin and sticks with the New 52's.
  • Canon Immigrant: James Robinson introduces Sameer, Charlie and Chief as Steve's fellow soldiers.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Grail and Darkseid get focus for an issue. It serves to set up the status quo between the two, while also clearing up some issues regarding Dark Nights: Metal.
  • Enfante Terrible: Darkseid as a child. Even as a baby, he still possesses all the cunning of his adult self, as well as his Omega Beams.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: In his odd choice to ignore Rucka's work Robinson brings back into play this unfortunate side effect of the New 52 origin of Wonder Woman, which attributes all the things that make her a superhero to Zeus rather than her mother, the Amazons, Aphrodite, and Athena.
  • Rapid Aging: Grail's goal is to accelerate baby Darkseid's aging by feeding him the power of Zeus, harvested from Zeus' children. She succeeds, and over the course of a few months, he goes from baby to his adult form.

    G. Willow Wilson's run 
  • Black and White Insanity: Ares. His idea of justice is to punish everyone equally, even if they were Just Following Orders.
  • Hope Spot: It appears that Ares is willing to fight alongside Diana, as he renames himself a God of Justice. And then he goes off the deep end.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Ares hasn't fully comprehended the error of his ways, even after noticing the damage he caused in #60, he chooses to abandon direct involvement rather than undo his damage, and only one issue later, returns to threaten any chances towards a resolution, and threatening to kill Wonder Woman after she and Steve protect the prime minister.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Aphrodite has given up on love after witnessing all the wars, abandoned relationships, and foolish decisions it has led mankind into.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ares realizes how much damage he has caused when he and Wonder Woman find a baby abandoned in a village destroyed by his carnage.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: As Aphrodite casually notes, Steve asked her to do this. And she is seen wearing what looks like a shirt the length of a minidress.
  • The Power of Love: Steve Trevor begs Aphrodite for a chance to prove her wrong by helping him find and help his girlfriend. She calls him a fool, but he persists, even as he somewhat agrees with her.
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • In mythology Atlantiades/Hermaphroditus was born to Aphrodite and Hermes, the gods of female and male sexuality respectively, while here they were created by Aphrodite alone. Particularly erogenous as they even explain they are a union of opposites, while they're not really the result of a union of any kind in this iteration where they have been turned into an intersex Aphrodite clone.
    • In mythology Atlantiades less commonly known name comes from Hermes' mother being a daughter of Atlas, while here Aphrodite's mother Dione was mistaken for one of Atlas' daughters when her father was given variously as Uranus or more commonly Aether, never Atlas. Up until this point in the DCU Aphrodite had not been a daughter of Zeus either, though their is some mythological basis for this as some sources claim she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione rather than the daughter of Zeus' grandfather Uranus as she is more commonly thought of.
    • Getting rid of their father Hermes makes their more commonly known name of Hermaphroditus entirely nonsensical, as the name is a combination of their parents names Hermes - Herm and Aphrodite - aphroditus.
    • Hermaphroditus was one of the Erotes in mythology, but was the god of hermaphrodites, effemate men, and androgyny while lust, sexual desire and mutual love were aspects of other Erotes: lust/desire an aspect Himeros and Eros and mutual love of Anteros.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Diana to Ares as he kills soldiers rather than disarming them, calling it revenge rather than justice.

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