Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Diana Prince) is the most recognizable heroine ever created. She’s been a staple of the DC Universe and a founding member of the Justice League. She is most notably a highly skilled fighter, utilizes the Lasso of Truth, and is the princess to a lost tribe of Amazon women.
Diana comes from Themyscira, a mystical island inhabited by Amazon warriors who have been gifted long life and super natural powers by the Greek gods. Over the years, she’s had a variation in origins from being sculpted by clay and brought to life by Aphrodite to being the daughter of Zeus himself.
Eventually leaving her homeland, Wonder Woman joins the “World of Men” during the World Wars. Here’s a look at our Best Wonder Woman Stories! They are ranked by popularity, character impact, and essential readings.
Wonder Woman: The Circle
The Olympians have risen and are bringing war to the world. After an attack on the Department of Metahuman Affairs, Wonder Woman’s secret identity is in jeopardy. She must then face the monstrosity called Genocide that could very well destroy the Amazon Princess.
Collection: Wonder Woman #14-19
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Bernard Chang
Justice League: A League of One
The last dragon on Earth awakens and the Justice League is unprepared to defeat it. Wonder Woman must tear the league apart as a mysterious alien is stranded on the JLA’s Watchtower. Wonder Woman will be pushed to her limits as she fights to keep her comrades alive and stop the tide of an inevitable, generations-long war between two civilizations.
Writer: Christopher Moeller
Artist: Christopher Moeller
The True Amazon
In the early years, Diana of Themyscira has the attention of her island nation. She quickly becomes spoiled. Until a series of tragic events force the Amazon Princess to grow up quickly and learn to take responsibility. This is a great reimagining that sets her on the path of becoming the great Wonder Woman.
Writer: Jill Thompson
Artist: Jill Thompson
Wonder Woman: New 52
DC’s New 52 saw a resurgence in Wonder Woman under Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. These six volumes the Princess of Themyscira’s explores her hidden past, battles gods, and goes to Olympus. It’s an epic journey that keeps the Amazon Princess in a constant struggle.
Collection: Wonder Woman (New 52) #1-35
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Cliff Chiang
Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth
In a journey of self-discovery, Wonder Woman must fight public perception. She beings to question her faith and struggles to discover the truth of her origin. The Amazon Princess must face hardships and obstacles as she fights both physical threats and biases.
Writer: Paul Dini
Legend of Wonder Woman
For all the power the Amazons of Themyscira were given, there is one thing they could not have: children. When Queen Hippolyta is granted a child, the balance of power is upset and the island will forever be in danger. Princess Diana grows up feeling the impending doom will do all she can to protect her home even if it means leaving it behind.
Collection: The Legend of Wonder Woman #1-27
Writer: Renae DeLiz
Wonder Woman/Batman: Hiketeia
Wonder Woman begins the Hiketeia, an ancient ritual that she is honor bounds her to protecting and caring for a young woman named Danielle Wellys. Unbeknownst to Diana, Danielle is being tracked by Batman. She must choose to break her oath or to turn her back on Justice and the League.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman: The Rebirth
At the start of DC’s Rebirth, Greg Rucka took over Wonder Woman giving 2 alternating stories. The even numbers are a modernized origin story for Princess of Themyscira. During the odd issues, Diana Prince embarks on a quest to solve the riddle of her true origin.
For a complete experience, we recommend reading this series in publication order. Ruck does a fantastic job relating the two stories together. It’s a truly remarkable read and one of the best comic runs of all time.
Collection: Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman (Rebirth) #1-14
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Bilquis Evely, Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott, Matthew Clark
Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus
In the mid-1980’s, Wonder Woman was reimagined and debuted in DC Comics with the extraordinary comic book creator George Pérez. This new version of the Amazon Princess grew in popularity exponentially. This is the start of the Wonder Woman that we know and love today.
Collection: Wonder Woman #1-24, Wonder Woman Annual #1
Writer: George Perez
Artist: George Perez
Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon
Wonder Woman finding herself battling the lethal Medusa! To defeat the gorgon, Diana will have to make a great sacrifice. After which, she must rise above and prove herself to the Justice League and the world.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Drew Johnson, James Raiz, Sean Phillips, Ray Snyder
Wonder Woman's 75th Anniversary
This is the book to get for new Wonder Woman fans. It contains a bit of everything from her first appearance, to her redesign in the 1960’s to a modern approach to the character. It has something for everything.
Collection: All-Star Comics, Justice League: New Frontier, Sensation Comics, Wonder Woman
Writer: Bob Kanigher, Greg Rucka, Brian Azzarello, Phil Jimenez, William Marston
Artist: Cliff Chiang, Mike Deodato, Mike Sekowsky, Harry Peter