Sunday, January 1, 2017

Want It Got It TPB: War of the Gods

RELEASED on - 03/29/16: War of the Gods
Dork Note: Unfortunately, all the crossover issues were left out of the TPB; except Wonder Woman's.
  Writer and Artist: George Pérez
Publisher: DC Comics (1991)
Includes: War of the Gods #1-4. Crossover titles-Animal Man #40,Batman #470,Captain Atom #56-#57,Demon #17,Doctor Fate #32-#33,Flash #55,Hawk and Dove #28,Hawkworld #15-#16,L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #31,New Titans #81,Starman #38,Suicide Squad #58,Superman: The Man of Steel #3,and Wonder Woman #58-#62

This kind of series is what brings George Perez's artwork alive. His amazing grasp of layout and space becomes overwhelmingly apparent in this series. Gods fighting Gods with the Superheroes between...DAMN!

Fun Fact (clipped from Wikipedia): Around the time of this story, George Pérez was having editorial problems that caused troubles and problems writing the storyline even back to its inception. He felt that DC Comics was not doing enough to celebrate Wonder Woman's anniversary that in turn would promote the story. Also, DC did not plan the story for newsstand distribution, but for retail stores only. Originally, the final issue was going to have Steve Trevor and Etta Candy marry, which was building up since the series was relaunched. DC stopped it so the next writer following Pérez, William Messner-Loebs, would do it instead. For several years, because of all this, Pérez would separate himself from DC.

Fun Fact (clipped from Wikipedia): Touchingly, the final page of Wonder Woman #62 features a letter from Pérez addressed to Diana herself, making clear his feelings on having been a part of arguably one of the most iconic heroines ever created. The following is his letter to Princess Diana, also known as Wonder Woman:

Dear Princess Diana,

I just wanted to let you know just how grateful I was that you allowed me to document your adventures, and it is a great sadness that I must now announce my retirement from the Wonder Woman series.

I've learned a lot these past few years and I'd like to think that I'm a better person for having followed your adventures and hope I did your exploits justice.

As so often happens in life, it's time to move on to start working on that new chapter in the book of life (a recurring image you'll notice in my final issue.) I leave you in the capable hands of one William Messner-Loebs, about whom you might want to ask your new friend Dr. Fate, and the talented Jill Thompson.

Well, that's it for me. I'm glad your current troubles are over and hope your current troubles will prove less hazardous. In your line of work I know that seems unlikely, but there’s no harm in hoping.

Take care, Princess Diana. And as they said over at Themyscira: The Glory of Gaea be with you.


Mr. Acer said...

Does the lack of the crossover issues detract from it?

The Dork said...

Probably not, but it would have been nice if they had included them.