Hello happy readers! I am super excited with the books I am currently reading and the movies coming out this month. I look forward to sharing them with you as I review them. Today I’d like to share my thoughts on the first DC Icons book featuring Wonder Woman written by a favorite author of mine, Leigh Bardugo. I held off on reading this until after I saw the movie thinking it might be related but rest assured they are not related or in the same universe. Anywho here are my thoughts on WonderWoman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo.
Everyone knows at least one version of Wonder Woman, though most pick up after she has become Wonder Woman. This is the story of two girls, daughter of immortals Princess Diana and daughter of death Alia Keralis. Diana is still training and trying to live up to her fellow Amazons. She wants to prove herself to them and has the chance to win glory but passes it by and breaks Amazon law risking exile to save a mortal. Diana didn’t save a normal mortal though, but the Warbringer, Alia. Alia was just trying to get away from her overprotective brother and spend a semester at sea away from her normal world of worry. Until a bomb sinks her ship and she is rescued by a strange girl with amazing strength and she is forced to learn a horrible truth about who and what she is: the bringer of an age of bloodshed and misery. Together they may be able to keep this from happening and destroy the Warbringer line…if they can face all the enemies along the way.
This story was interesting and I was intrigued by the way she grew up. She was different from everyone and had a need to prove herself. Seeing that the super strong and confident hero we all know was a teen and felt left out and uncertain of herself is a great play on things. I enjoyed the journey and how it was about both girls and not just Diana. They both have to learn and grow along the way. Diana was learning about the world in a real way rather than just in the books. Alia is in shock given everything but she takes the crazy in a way I think most people could relate to. I mean I would think I had a concussion if some strong beautiful woman was talking in riddles. They were a great balance to one another in their views: raised on the stories known as myths to be true and raised on fairytales focusing on science.
"You can't live in fear. You make things happen or they happen to you."
This is a journey full of action for sure from chases, fights, and explosions but it is more a character story. Getting to know the two girls and wanting to see them succeed despite the obstacles. I enjoyed getting to know them on such a level. I also enjoyed the inclusion on the whole gang from friends to family. They made a merry little band of misfits. The connections that shone between them really bonded the characters in reality amongst the craziness that is Warbringers, Gods, Oracle, and the like. I also enjoyed the inclusion of mythology in the story. It flowed simply and was easy to follow, as was the science.
Overall I enjoyed this story and kind of wish there was more to come in the world. It left off in a way that ended this journey. Still I could see many more adventures on the horizon for Diana. I enjoyed the listening of it and was excited to dive into the next Icons book Batman: Nightwalker directly after this. They don't go together in any way I just wanted to read them this way because I'm a bit OCD and had to see for myself! That's all for now I look forward to sharing more later!
Until next time…