Okay, just throwing this out. :)
I recently got copies of the CIRCLE tpb and I'm really proud of it. I think both stories are strong, fun tales, beautifully illustrated, and they speak to the kind of Wonder Woman I most enjoy, tough as steel but compassionate, too. You may disagree, but they were quite well received.
Then we have the next tpb, which I like just as much, but whose first story, THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, did seem to alienate some readers. Lots of people enjoyed it, but there were some who were baffled or annoyed by the story.
My goal with Wonder Woman has been to tell lots of different types of stories. I didn't want to be too stuck with one setting, and frankly, Aaron and I both love barbarian comics, especially cheesy old almost forgotten barbarian comics. When I asked Aaron what he most loved to draw, it fit right in with this story, that I'd been hoping to tell anyway.
For me, the art's gorgeous, it's fun to see WW in the different barbarian outfits to match the theme of each world she went to, and Stalker, Claw, and especially Beowulf turned out to be a blast to write. It was very fun to explore this almost forgotten part of the DCU, and I particularly loved how easily Diana slipped into this role. One of my favorite scenes in the book so far is Diana giving Stalker a name for the first time in centuries. That's the kind of stuff that makes Diana special to me, it's something she can do that Superman and Batman can't.
I enjoyed Grendel and D'grth, and I actually think Tom and Etta came to life more here than anywhere else in my run. But perhaps the story was too esoteric for some, I'm sure most readers have never actually READ an issue of Claw the Unconquered, for example.
So if you want, let's discuss the story. If you loved it, tell me why. If you hated it, tell me why. I can't wait for it to come out as a tpb, and paired with the much lighter Hollywood story, it should be a fun, affordable package.