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Title: Wonder Woman The True Amazon
Author(s): Jill Thompson
Publisher: DC Comics (2017)
Age Rating: 13+
I have been meaning to get to reviewing some Wonder Woman, and while I was picking up my comics this week I saw this gem on the shelf and remembered wanting to pick it up. So I did.
This Wonder Woman origin story is told as an old Geek Myth, a Legend, telling the tale from Diana’s mother wanting a baby, until that baby is a grown woman heading out into the world. It’s a beautiful story. I say that a lot, I know, but the coolest thing about this book is that I seriously got lost in the story. You know I do one of these a day, right? And a lot of the time, it does feel like work, even if my review doesn’t read that way. Work that I do not mind putting in, but work none the less. But once I got into the story of Diana growing up and her relationship with Alethea, I lost myself in the story, not to be found again until I finished. It was nice to read a graphic novel about such an iconic character that allowed my to get lost in the universe.
The color scheme is cool: lots of browns and grays punctuated by splashes of vibrant color, all done in magnificent water color, and if you normally read this blog, you know how much I love water color!
This book does, at times, feel like a children’s story; I do not mean that it is elementary. I mean that it embodies many themes and motifs that are found in younger titles: dangers of pride; use of power; family vs. responsibility; etc. There are good number of lessons to be learned in this emotional journey for younger readers as well as older ones that forget the lessons of their youth. You will not find Wonder Woman battling super-villains in this book, but you will find a young woman learning what it means to own her responsibilities.
I met Jill Thompson once at C2E2, and she was super cool. I can’t wait to get her to sign my copy of Wonder Woman, and I look forward to sharing it with my students! Might even order a few copies to add to a lit circle…
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