I'm convinced that Mr. Azzarello isn't writing a comic book, but is, instead, writing a newspaper cartoon strip.
It's a different medium. A different genre. Related and kindred in many respects, but, they are definitely two distinctly different beasts. Wonder Woman is now a cartoon strip.
In a newspaper cartoon strip, it's all fine and well that Flash Gordon lives somewhere on Mongo, ..amidst people, who aren't trying to kill him. We don't know what in Hades he's doing to earn a living or what kind of building he lives in, because he's on another planet, surrounded by weird, vulgar characters, and there just isn't enough space for little details. In a newspaper strip, it's fine and dandy that Dick Tracy lives in something that looks like an apartment, ..somewhere in Chicago, ..because, with Flat-top and Pruneface on the page, the little things didn't much matter. With a newspaper strip, the stage upon which stories unfolded - setting, supporting cast, etc - don't much matter, because most of us don't have the time or patience to care about familiarity.
In a cartoon strip, it'd be just as well that Diana Prince, Wonder Woman, dresses like a callgirl and lives in something that looks like a hotel suite, ..somewhere in London, ..because there's only enough panel-space to deal with whatever adventure she's having at the moment. Not the same with a comic book...
In a comic book, Wayne Manor, the Daily Bugle, Aunt May, Jimmy Olsen and the Daily Planet give readers an inviting and reassuring sense of definition and familiarity. It gives you the feeling you know Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, because you where they come from. You know Peter Parker better hold onto his job, because he doesn't have the Wayne family fortune to fall back on, and in knowing this, you understand why he does what he does. The colorful worlds of these heroes will be there, when the story is over, ..giving us a cue to stick around and see what happens. In that sense, reading a comic book, is like a coffeehouse you love to hang out at or visiting an old friend.
We've come to expect it.
Not the case with Wonder Woman, these days. The world of Bryan Azzarello's Wonder Woman doesn't feel so solid or permanent, because, like the Sunday comics in your city newspapers, he hasn't seen the need to build one. Maybe, he will. Maybe, he won't. Who knows? Who cares? Should we?
Maybe, we buy another issue. Maybe, we don't. Again...who cares?
In a newspaper cartoon strip, all of this would be fine, because our expectations would be different. Our expectations would be less, because there's less space to expect anything from. If you read Azzarello's Wonder Woman as a series of Sunday newspaper strips, instead of reading it like a standard comic book, it's the most brilliant thing in the cartoon section.
Honestly, ..when I think of Azzarello's Wonder Woman as a Sunday comics strip, I love it. Seriously. I get it, and I love it.