Behold, Wonder Woman beating the crud out of an octopus god!

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Author Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman has been one of our favorite books of the DC Comics relaunch, what with its profoundly creepy take on Greek mythology and the Olympic pantheon's political machinations.

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And in the latest issue of Wonder Woman, the heroine is caught between the blubbery, tentacled Poseidon and the candle-headed death god Hades. Courtesy of DC Comics, here's an exclusive five-page preview of the weirdness.

This issue, artist Tony Akins gamely fills in for Cliff Chiang, who you may remember drew the Japanese Justice League. I really enjoy Akins' Cerberus — a three-headed hellhound isn't something I'd normally describe as adorable. Wonder Woman #6 comes out next Wednesday, February 15. Here's the plot synopsis:

Wonder Woman #6
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Tony Akins
Covers by Cliff Chiang

Hades and Poseidon both have designs on the kingdom their brother Zeus left behind, but Wonder Woman doesn't intend to let their turf war decimate the realm of man! It'll take a big lie and some help from the mystery man known as Lennox to stop a holy war from breaking out – but what does Lennox know that Wonder Woman doesn't?

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harrisongrey
Harrison Grey

I'm honestly torn here. This ongoing title has been good as a story, but I hate it as an adaptation of the character. I am a fan of Wonder Woman because unlike almost all the others, she has always been about trying to resolve conflict peacefully if possible. Even more than Superman, she's been about being kind and nurturing as a way to save the world as opposed to strictly punching (punching as a last resort). This was the goal of the character before it was even decided it would be a woman. Her ambassador of peace mission from the Gods tied in to the importance of this aspect of her character, and the Amazons have always served as a supportive family for her.

This title is so far opposite from the original Wonder Woman that it is basically a Bizarro Wonder Woman.This new run could not be farther from what she was created to represent, and from what it was about her that put her at the top of my list of favorite superheroes. Divorcing this comic from my expectations of the character, I kind of like it (I like parts of it even though it's not really my thing, but I can respect its quality and totally see how other people could love it). The artwork is superb, and I would love to see Cliff Chang draw an ongoing "real" version of Wonder Woman. But, as with a depressingly large amount of this relaunch, it's not at all a decent inheritor to the legacy of this character. As much as I try to enjoy this by pretending it's a different character or maybe an Elseworld, I just don't want this to be Wonder Woman, and I cannot fathom a reason why it should be Wonder Woman.