Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall Reading 2016 Wonder Woman: The True Amazon


This origin story of Wonder Woman traces back to the myth of Herakles and the golden girdle of Hippolyta. From the retreat of the Amazons to Diana's departure from the island of Themiscyra is shown. There are scenes of the women spoiling their princess, of her battles with monsters and discovery of treasures, and the fateful events that led to her exile. Yes, exile from her home and family. It's hard to imagine Wonder Woman as a selfish and willful young woman, but those are the traits she displays in this depiction. And those characteristics are what causes a tragedy on the peaceful island.

The artwork shows a variety of women in all the occupations a society needs. Some are instructors, some are advisers, some work in the stables, but they all look strong and fit and happy. The expressions on the faces clearly shows the indulgence of the women for their princess, and also captures the petulance and arrogance of Diana.

Readers who enjoy origin stories, superheroines, and tales of folly and possible redemption will enjoy this latest edition to the Wonder Woman saga.

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

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