New books for May 9: Wonder Woman leads the way


Looking at this week’s new titles, a new collection of Wonder Woman comics stands out, as does a new novel from Amanda Quick.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, you may find yourself in need of some reading material, should you be doing some traveling to have some family time. Even if you aren’t, something new to read might end up being more appealing than looking at a to-read pile. That’s why we’ve pulled out these three fresh titles. We give you the Goodreads link, some extrapolation based on official summaries, and the book’s list price. You decide if you’re interested or not.

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One

The idea behind Wonder Woman: Year One seems to have been a cross between “hey, Year One worked for Batman” and “it’s DC Rebirth time, so let’s do it.” Additionally, if you participated in Free Comic Book Day, you got a preview of this work. As the title suggests, this is a fresh take from Greg Rucka on Wonder Woman’s first year of being, well, Wonder Woman. For those looking to get into the comics, it seems like this (and Vol. 1) would make a nice place to start. Ditto if you want to brush up on your Diana Prince basics prior to the movie next month. DC Comics; paperback, 168 pages; list price on Amazon: $16.99.

Wicked Wonders

Sometimes, short stories work better if you’re trying to get back in the swing of reading regularly. Ellen Klages’ Wicked Wonders may very well be just the ticket. There are 10 fresh stories (referred to as a “decade” in the official description, just for that extra bit of flair) to check out. Although we don’t have all of the titles, we do have hints about some of them: there are references to London, Mars, a last day on Earth, a faerie, and a fairy tale with a twist. However, it seems as though none of them last all that long. Depending on what you’re looking for, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. Tachyon Publications; paperback, 240 pages; list price on Amazon: $15.95.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Amanda Quick returns with an Old Hollywood mystery. In fact, even the title itself refers to a classic film: Hitchcock’s 1934 work The Man Who Knew Too Much. The reference works on two levels, because Quick’s novel goes back to the ’30s as well. Irene Glasson is our protagonist, a young reporter looking for her first big break and finding a dead source instead. To discover what’s happened, she’ll investigate the Burning Cove Hotel and its residents — and find herself discovering more than just fodder for some stories. For bonus points, there’s a “mysterious magician” involved, too. Berkley; hardcover, 368 pages; list price: $27.00.

It’s a comics-heavy day in new books, with a new Star Wars collection out today as well as the next Legendary Edition of The Legend of Zelda manga.

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What’ll it be this week for your reading list?