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It’s a brand-new day for Wonder Woman! As Diana starts to pick up the pieces of her life following her battle with the Four Horsewomen and her run-in with the Phantom Stranger, Man’s World has become more complicated to navigate than ever before. It seems everyone has a take on who Wonder Woman should be-some who look on her heroics with admiration, and some who lie in wait It’s a brand-new day for Wonder Woman! As Diana starts to pick up the pieces of her life following her battle with the Four Horsewomen and her run-in with the Phantom Stranger, Man’s World has become more complicated to navigate than ever before. It seems everyone has a take on who Wonder Woman should be-some who look on her heroics with admiration, and some who lie in wait to seek revenge. A familiar threat is watching Diana’s every move, and now is the perfect time to strike… Collects Wonder Woman #759-769.


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It’s a brand-new day for Wonder Woman! As Diana starts to pick up the pieces of her life following her battle with the Four Horsewomen and her run-in with the Phantom Stranger, Man’s World has become more complicated to navigate than ever before. It seems everyone has a take on who Wonder Woman should be-some who look on her heroics with admiration, and some who lie in wait It’s a brand-new day for Wonder Woman! As Diana starts to pick up the pieces of her life following her battle with the Four Horsewomen and her run-in with the Phantom Stranger, Man’s World has become more complicated to navigate than ever before. It seems everyone has a take on who Wonder Woman should be-some who look on her heroics with admiration, and some who lie in wait to seek revenge. A familiar threat is watching Diana’s every move, and now is the perfect time to strike… Collects Wonder Woman #759-769.

30 review for Wonder Woman: Lords & Liars

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    An unevenly written volume of 11 issues revolving around Maxwell Lord. Tamaki doesn't really get Lord's character, making him a smarmy, wall street type who messes with people's minds for the sheer joy of it. All of the good Lord character work in the lean up to Infinite Crisis is gone with just a reference to what Wonder Woman did to him and that he wants revenge. In the middle of this, Wonder Woman and Maxwell Lord team up for a mission like it's a buddy cop movie. It's bad. Mikel Janin is mark An unevenly written volume of 11 issues revolving around Maxwell Lord. Tamaki doesn't really get Lord's character, making him a smarmy, wall street type who messes with people's minds for the sheer joy of it. All of the good Lord character work in the lean up to Infinite Crisis is gone with just a reference to what Wonder Woman did to him and that he wants revenge. In the middle of this, Wonder Woman and Maxwell Lord team up for a mission like it's a buddy cop movie. It's bad. Mikel Janin is marketed as the artist on this even though he bails after 2 issues. Then Carlo Barberi comes in to draw an awful Wonder Woman with a long spindly neck for 3 issues. He's followed by Steve Pugh for 3 issues. Then Rafa Sandoval for a couple before Steve Pugh returns. I'm assuming Tamaki bailed to write Detective Comics and I Am Not Starfire and I'm OK with her departure.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Lords & Liars is the mega-collection of Mariko Tamaki's run on Wonder Woman. Picking up where G. Willow Wilson and Steve Orlando left off, she throws Wonder Woman into a collection of adventures hinged around the return of Maxwell Lord, a long-time foe for Diana who comes with enough baggage to fill his own reclaim carousel at the airport. Tamaki digs into Diana and Max's relationship well enough, although I do think they're a tad too chummy for two people who have tried to kill each other on num Lords & Liars is the mega-collection of Mariko Tamaki's run on Wonder Woman. Picking up where G. Willow Wilson and Steve Orlando left off, she throws Wonder Woman into a collection of adventures hinged around the return of Maxwell Lord, a long-time foe for Diana who comes with enough baggage to fill his own reclaim carousel at the airport. Tamaki digs into Diana and Max's relationship well enough, although I do think they're a tad too chummy for two people who have tried to kill each other on numerous occassions, even for Wonder Woman. The through-line of Liar Liar and her identity isn't exactly anything we haven't seen before though, which weakens the overall impact of the storyline. The most fun parts are the middle stories actually, with Wonder Woman and Max heading to a villain casino and then on to Vlatava. These are less bogged down with Liar Liar and have a bit more of a breezy feel to them which was a nice change. The art's more of a hodge podge than the story. We start strong with Mikel Janin, who was touted as the artist for Tamaki's run, but he's only around for two issues before disappearing in favour of a rotating stable of Carlo Barberi, Steve Pugh, and Rafael Sandoval - no one to sniff at of course, but it's still a shame to see Janin's name plastered around and then only have him draw two issues of the eleven. Lords & Liars is fine, I guess. I had high hopes, so maybe that's my fault. There's nothing overly wrong with it, but it's not a run that I'll remember particularly fondly, or perhaps at all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Sadly, an overly decompressed and unevenly written volume of Wonder Woman. The focus on Maxwell Lord is good, especially since it's OK again to refer to Diana killing him (albeit in a different part of the multiverse, apparently). That creates nice continuity and tension. But, oh, this goes on forever and ever, bouncing back and forth between two villains, one of whom was supposed to be a surprise but overly obvious from the first issue. And then we get this bizarre sequence in the middle which is Sadly, an overly decompressed and unevenly written volume of Wonder Woman. The focus on Maxwell Lord is good, especially since it's OK again to refer to Diana killing him (albeit in a different part of the multiverse, apparently). That creates nice continuity and tension. But, oh, this goes on forever and ever, bouncing back and forth between two villains, one of whom was supposed to be a surprise but overly obvious from the first issue. And then we get this bizarre sequence in the middle which is a buddy cop-movie between Diana and Max. It is so weirdly inappropriate that it feels like the writer has no idea what Wonder Woman stands for. Did I mention it all goes on and on forever? There's some good stuff here and there. An interesting new character, some funny bits here and there, Diana really coming of her own in the last issue. If the writer stuck around, it might be that she has the hang of the character by the end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Picking right up where we left off, Diana is helping her fellow Amazons into housing as some of them are now ambassadors to the world. It is here she meets Emma, a girl with who she quickly makes friends. Diana is investigating crimes where people appear to be mind controlled, and immediately thinks it is Maxwell Lord. He does prove himself to be able to be trust (for the most part) and this leads to the discovery that "Emma", is Emma Lord, Maxwell's daughter, and having had inherited his powers Picking right up where we left off, Diana is helping her fellow Amazons into housing as some of them are now ambassadors to the world. It is here she meets Emma, a girl with who she quickly makes friends. Diana is investigating crimes where people appear to be mind controlled, and immediately thinks it is Maxwell Lord. He does prove himself to be able to be trust (for the most part) and this leads to the discovery that "Emma", is Emma Lord, Maxwell's daughter, and having had inherited his powers, calls herself Liar Liar. The majority of the rest of the Volume deals with fighting her, which is just as bad as fighting him, with the using of innocent people to fight Diana. While the story doesn't fully end, I'll be interested to see where this continues after so much of Wonder Woman changes at the end of Death Metal. Though longer than usual, this Volume was still a quick read. Recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    this was a good volume. definitely better than the previous one. more focused. max lord is always an interesting villain. he's either used well or terribly. he was used pretty well here, the revenge issues especially. this was a good volume. definitely better than the previous one. more focused. max lord is always an interesting villain. he's either used well or terribly. he was used pretty well here, the revenge issues especially.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian Raffaele

    The story was solid and hit on points I look for in Wonder Woman comics; namely Diana's willingness to work with adversaries in service to a greater goal and using diplomacy instead of fighting as an effective means to resolve conflict. Also, it will never not be funny to me whenever Diana brings either a friend or villain to Themyscira, either temporarily or indefinitely, to the absolute chagrin of Cheetah. It's all Dr. Barbara Minerva wanted since the Rebirth series started. Diana brought Magg The story was solid and hit on points I look for in Wonder Woman comics; namely Diana's willingness to work with adversaries in service to a greater goal and using diplomacy instead of fighting as an effective means to resolve conflict. Also, it will never not be funny to me whenever Diana brings either a friend or villain to Themyscira, either temporarily or indefinitely, to the absolute chagrin of Cheetah. It's all Dr. Barbara Minerva wanted since the Rebirth series started. Diana brought Maggie, a waitress who got wrapped up in a previous plotline, to live on Paradise Island with the Amazons. Isadore Cale lives on the island too, though she's still cursed and unable to leave. I feel like Wonder Woman could solve a lot of problems if she concentrated on finding a way to get Isadore off Themyscira and let Minerva in. Heck, I bet Cheetah would allow Circe to change her back to human if it meant living on Themyscira. But anyway, I've gotten away from myself. The comic was fine and kept my interest. It was nice seeing Maxwell Lord and meeting his messed up daughter. I hope she is able to reform and get the help she needs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: Wonder Woman is teamed up with Max Lord to deal with a new threat. It's pretty rare that a trade has such a singularly consistent story arc in it with no real digressions. That was refreshing. I love Lord as a Villain, and Liar Liar is equally disturbing. The story was well done, with good pacing. Honestly, one of the things that tickled me most was Diana getting to use her out overlooked ability to speak to animals. I do have one large complaint, though. There were several artists who Basic Plot: Wonder Woman is teamed up with Max Lord to deal with a new threat. It's pretty rare that a trade has such a singularly consistent story arc in it with no real digressions. That was refreshing. I love Lord as a Villain, and Liar Liar is equally disturbing. The story was well done, with good pacing. Honestly, one of the things that tickled me most was Diana getting to use her out overlooked ability to speak to animals. I do have one large complaint, though. There were several artists who worked on this book, and most of them cannot draw Diana consistently. There were some REALLY jacked up panels in here. Her fave was squishy, or had an inexplicably giant forehead, or looked like she had an actual, f-ing child's face at one point. Seriously. D-fricking-C comics can afford better talent than this. WW is a major character, and this is a major title. Find better artists. UGH.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this comic. So many of the new ones I've picked up haven't been doing it for me. (Mostly because they feel like they're just trying too hard to... do or be something other than just a cool comic story.) But this... was just that. A really engaging collection of Wonder Woman stories that had me turning the pages and wanting to know what would happen next. Good action. Some nice themes. And a really interesting Maxwell Lord story. If you like books that dive i I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this comic. So many of the new ones I've picked up haven't been doing it for me. (Mostly because they feel like they're just trying too hard to... do or be something other than just a cool comic story.) But this... was just that. A really engaging collection of Wonder Woman stories that had me turning the pages and wanting to know what would happen next. Good action. Some nice themes. And a really interesting Maxwell Lord story. If you like books that dive into what makes particular villains tick, then that will be an added bonus into what is, all together, a really well-rounded comic. (All of that, plus, I just really liked the art style in this, particularly how Wonder Woman was drawn.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Way too long for what it is. This entire volume is basically all about Maxwell Lord, and his apparently infinite powers of mind control. Add to that a second antagonist, basically a carbon copy of Lord, so it's eleven straight issues about dealing with a psychic villain. And then there's a weird buddy cop interlude in the middle, where Diana has to team up with Lord for very poorly explained reasons. Which all sounds like I hated this book, but I didn't. For all the flaws in storytelling, I did Way too long for what it is. This entire volume is basically all about Maxwell Lord, and his apparently infinite powers of mind control. Add to that a second antagonist, basically a carbon copy of Lord, so it's eleven straight issues about dealing with a psychic villain. And then there's a weird buddy cop interlude in the middle, where Diana has to team up with Lord for very poorly explained reasons. Which all sounds like I hated this book, but I didn't. For all the flaws in storytelling, I did mostly like the way that Tamaki wrote Diana, and her (overdue) final confrontation with Lord plays out well. This just needed to be shorter and tighter.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MK

    My first encounter with Max Lord and I really like him as a villian. The best ones believe they are on the side of right and this volume really emphasized that. This was a wonderful story. ETA: I see the writer is a Toronto playwright. No wonder the story was so good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erica McGillivray

    A far more interesting take on Maxwell Lord than the WW84 film. However, this had one too many filler villains unfortunately.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Tamaki is fantastic!

  13. 4 out of 5

    AWC

    pretty good, max is probably one of my favorite wonder woman villains cause of his powers but he is sorta boring, also diana with the lasso around her eyes was cool And the way they connected it to old continuity was pretty good

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Dinges

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wasan Syananondh

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maflca

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sam Evans

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

  21. 5 out of 5

    Arturo De Tuoni

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nikos Daniel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Remy's Dad

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan Farve

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve Barten

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bern

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