Wonder Woman by George Perez
Let’s just get this out of the way. George Perez’ run on Wonder Woman (Vol. 2, issues No. 1-62) is the most quintessential run for the character to ever exist. The DNA of Perez’ run on the character runs through every incarnation of Wonder Woman that has come out of since. Whether it be the DCAU version in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited to Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, you will find notes of Perez in each.
Beyond influencing everything that came after it though, the run is simply great. It starts with the rebooted origin of Diana that directly ties her into the Greek pantheon and from there, its off to the races. From the mythology that Perez ingrains in Diana to the action-packed, and often brutal, set pieces, this series is consistently exciting in the best ways possible. There are also a couple issues that are incredibly emotionally taxing as they deal with drug use and suicide, respectively.
Among all that though, there’s one thing that Perez captures better than anything else in this run: Diana’s joy and kindness. There are so many issues of this run that are made just by showing how kind and joyful she is as a character. The happiness that she brings jumps off the page and will bring a smile to your face as well.