Wonder Woman: Warbinger (graphic novel) – book review

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer
adapted from the novel by Leigh Bardugo
by Louise Simonson
Illustrated by Kit Seaton
Adventure
Graphic Novel
Supernatural
Thriller
* * * * Stars (Great!)

In this graphic novel adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s novel, Wonder Woman is a young Princess Diana, determined to prove herself to the rest of the Amazons. Diana enters a race, intending to win, but midway through she discovers a shipwreck and chooses to aid the sole survivor, a teenage girl named Alia. Because Alia is human and an outsider, her mere presence in Themyscira (the Amazon’s secret island home) causes destruction (storms, natural disasters, etc.). Themyscica is also poisonous to Alia, so Diana must find a way – sooner rather than later – to return Alia to her home.

She consults the Oracle which reveals that Alia is actually an ancestor of Helen of Troy – a Warbringer – whose mere existence will wreak havoc once she comes into her full power – in just a matter of days. There is a way to save their worlds, AND Alia, but it will require a dangerous journey to cleanse Alia of the Warbringer’s curse, and they are running out of time.

This graphic novel is action-packed and suspenseful. The protagonists are young women who are learning to be confident in their abilities, and they are strong and powerful. An excellent introduction to Wonder Woman at a young age!

Reviewed by YA Librarian

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