Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Review: Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon writing and art by Jill Thompson

After a war with Herakles, Queen Hippolyta and her Amazon warriors flee to the island of Themyscira. They set up an all-female paradise where peace and harmony reign. The only sadness for Hippolyta is that she wants a child. The Greek gods have compassion on her grief and send her a child, Diana. Diana is the darling of the Amazons. She has too much free reign and becomes spoiled and selfish as she grows into womanhood. She is the top star among the Amazons. Diana explores the strange and dark parts of the island and conquers the dangerous creatures she finds. Her ego leads her to compete in the annual contests of endurance and skill. She makes interesting discoveries and one bad decision that changes the course of her life forever.

The main enemy for Diana in the story is her own ego, which gives her a believable character arc and a reason to go out into the world as a hero at the end. I enjoyed the story even though it was predictable in parts. The water color art style is not my favorite but sometimes it worked perfectly with the story (the dreamy or fantastical parts--Poseidon looks amazing and unlike other depictions).

Well worth reading!

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