Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Summer Reading Wonder Woman Vol.7: War Torn (The New 52)

Part of DC's New 52, "War Torn" shows Dianna struggling for balance amid all her responsibilities. She is now the god of war. She rules as Queen in Themyscira. She is a member of the Justice League. The Stymphalian birds that Ares kept as pets are now attacking Paradise Island. A challenger for the throne has arisen and many of the Amazons are tempted to follow this new leader. In other parts of the world, entire villages are disappearing and the Justice League is trying to find the cause - and the missing villagers. How much can even an Amazon take before crumbling under the forces pulling at her? 

Showing that Dianna is able to make mistakes and have doubts and moments of weakness gives her character emotional depth, but also makes it easier to identify with her and her struggles. The weight she is trying to balance may be epic in proportion, but we all have commitments that pull us in different directions and make us worry that we are not giving our best. Snapping at her fellow League members or crying over the loss of her mother doesn't lessen her ability to fight the battles that need to be fought.

For readers new to the DC universe, this may cause a desire to go back and read previous issues in the series to find out more of the back story for these characters and their motivations. For regular fans, this will carry Dianna forward as she sets the tone for her reign as Queen of the Amazons. Everyone will be treated to the first-rate artwork that brings the story to life.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through edelweiss.

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