All good things must come to an end. "Wonder Woman #35" marks the conclusion of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's epic run on the iconic Amazonian. Brian shares his biggest surprise, proudest achievement, and more.
Charlie Chang: First of all, congratulations on an amazing run with Wonder Woman. Do you feel like this final product is any different than what you envisioned when you started?
Brian Azzarello: Well, it's not exactly but it's the story that we set out to tell three years ago. When we pitched this to DC we had a story that was going to take us three years to tell. We figured it would probably take six volumes for the books and it was going to be an epic journey and we convinced them that people would go along with that. It was going to be different enough from the other books that DC was publishing and we were doing something long-form which is not something that they were really into doing.
CC: I think that's a great way to describe the series. It really is long-form in every sense of the word. It's been the most consistent ongoing story that has stayed true to "Wonder Woman #1" back from when The New 52 first started.
BA: Oh yeah, the last issue will reference things that happened in the first issue.
CC: All of the characters in this story are so unique and nobody is one dimensional. What was a big surprise for you as the story went on?
BA: You know what surprised me? When I got the pencils back from Cliff the first time War appeared. It was like, "Hey, that looks like me Cliff..."
CC: That is amazing!
BA: That was not in the script at all.
CC: Did he fess up?
BA: He said “The way you described him, you know, he's broken, bitter, and he doesn't want to be who he is anymore.”
CC: How do you work with Cliff? Does he just run with what you give him?
BA: Oh yeah, our working relationship really evolved on Wonder Woman. Originally I was doing full scripts and it got to a point where I was just writing out the story with a plot and dialogue, kind of like I was writing prose. Then he would take that, break it down, give it back to me, and I would re-dialogue.
CC: This book is so dense and you can tell that there is a lot of subtext within character movements and the things they say to each other. Everyone says something because there's a reason behind it.
BA: Well it was kind of easy because I was writing Greek gods and all of them stand for something. The character Strife, her purpose is in her name. When we approached this thing we wanted to make them physical and emotional manifestations of what they were gods of.
CC: Last question, what are you most proud of now that this story is done?
BA: Some people would argue with me but I think we're leaving her in a better place than where she was when we started.
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