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Wonder Woman Just Resurrected the Gods of the New 52

Warning: contains spoilers for Wonder Woman #775!

In Wonder Woman #775, Diana resurrects the Gods of Olympus, revealing that DC's Infinite Frontier era is bringing back the deities of the New 52. Over the past few issues, Wonder Woman has been on a quest to save her fellow gods, and her recent triumph in the Graveyard of the Gods sees a mass resurrection of all but one.

The New 52 publishing initiative began in August 2011, with the conclusion of Flashpoint. The New 52 rebooted the DC Universe, with some characters barely affected and others receiving wholesale changes, Wonder Woman being in the latter camp. Under the direction of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, much of Wonder Woman’s backstory was reworked: the Amazons were recast as brutal warriors, and the gods who gave Wonder Woman her powers were depicted as alien and beyond human understanding. To go along with this new attitude, many of the gods were redesigned visually as well, taking on grotesque appearances; for instance, Hephaestus, the god of the forge, resembled a giant ogre. But when the New 52 era came to an end and Rebirth began, the gods of Olympus were changed back to their more classic appearances. Now, with Infinite Frontier merging all DC's past continuities, and many classic heroes returning, it seems Olympus will see the return of some fan-favorite designs.

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In this issue's 'Afterworlds Part 6,' written by Michael W. Conrad and Becky Cloonan, with art by Andy MacDonald, colors by Nick Filardi and letters by Pat Brosseau, Wonder Woman has made it to the Graveyard of the Gods, determined to restore Olympus. She and Deadman meet up with the Keeper of the Grounds, and Wonder Woman challenges him to a war of wits. The two exchange riddles, and eventually Wonder Woman stumps him. The Keeper allows the Olympians to return, but one must stay behind, and Wonder Woman chooses Chaos. The Keeper then restores the pantheon, and readers see a rush of gods including the New 52 versions of Hades, Hephaestus, Hera, Athena, and what appear to be Apollo and Hermes.

Wonder Woman’s New 52 era stands out because of its unique, out of the box take on the character and mythology. The Olympians of the New 52 were gods, and as such, were beyond humanity. Their motivations and appearances were strange, Hades in particular. Infinite Frontier has reincorporated many classic characters and concepts back into the DC Universe, and the New 52 gods seem to be next in line. Given their cosmic cruelty and dark deeds during Wonder Woman's New 52 era, fans should be excited to see them return, stocking Mount Olympus with individual enemies and allies rather than a monolithic race of bland deities with little interest in the mortal plane.

Notably, some gods appear in more traditional forms once back on Olympus, with a more humanoid Hermes helping Diana move on to the next stage of her adventure. Discussion around Janus implies that DC's Greek and Roman pantheons have merged, suggesting that the New 52 forms may be alternate versions of each Greek god going forward. Resurrecting the gods of Olympus isn't the end of Wonder Woman's quest, but it does help establish a thrilling new status quo as old alliances and grudges are resurrected.

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