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‘Wonder Woman: Iron’ showcases Chiang & Lee’s Orion designs

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Arriving on shelves Wednesday, Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Iron not only collects issues 0 and 13-18 of the DC Comics series but also includes such behind-the-scenes material as Cliff Chiang’s character designs for Orion and a rough sketch for the zero issue splash page. While much of the art debuted last year at New York Comic Con during the “Concept to Page” panel, the trade paperback also features Jim Lee’s take on Orion, which DC has provided exclusively to ROBOT 6, along with some of Chiang’s art. You can see it all below.

Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Iron
Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins, Dan Green, Amilicar Pinna
Cover by: Cliff Chiang

In these stories from issues #0 and #13-18, a terrible betrayal forces Wonder Woman to make a deal with the gods who want her dead, and her “family” grows larger than she could have imagined. Will the mysterious Orion help Wonder Woman rescue Zola’s baby from the clutches of Hermes, or does he have darker intentions?

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I’m so glad they went with Chiang’s designs rather than Lee’s.

Wonder Woman is one of the few bright spots in the New 52. A great series by a great team.

I like both designs. Lee’s looks like a straight brawler. I like the scruffy facial hair and general roughness of the character. If they would have gone with his I’d be fine. But I’m happy with Chang’s.

DC’s going to regret giving the New Gods to Brian Azzarello when inevitably they come up in their next big event (which will involve Darkseid, I’m betting) and his work won’t tie up at ALL with what they’re doing.

That said. Cliff Chang’s Orion looks better but its also a finished design instead of rough pencils that have been inked and colored. Orion should look sleek and like a god of the future, which is what the New Gods are.

I also prefer Chiang’s but there’s something appealing about Lee’s helmet redesign. Also, considering he’d be appearing in “Wonder Woman,” it’s probably not a good idea to also have Orion bare-armed with metal bracelets. (and what’s with Lee overusing the sleeves/bands that go over the back of the wrist? (see: Superman) To have metal bands that go over like that, Orion would never be able to bend his hands back)

Wow; what is up with Lee and bare arms with his dude redesigns. It’s not cool. It’s not stylish.
Stop trying to make “fetch” happen, Lee. (google for context)…

hint: Mean Girls.

I enjoy Chang’s, but think the roughness of Lee’s is appropriate for the dog of war, who’s become a bit of a 50’s biker rebel stud.

Thank God in heaven Blair was around to explain that esoteric Mean Girls reference. Lee’s design isn’t as awful as some of his others. Chiang’s has a more timeless feel to it though, modern and stylish without being beholden to the time in which it was drawn.

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