Saturday, June 3, 2017

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson

Artist and writer Jill Thompson is a 7 time Eisner Award winning artist and creative powerhouse. She is the creator of the Scary Godmother and has worked on The Sandman, and the Wonder Woman monthly series, and many other notable accomplishments. In 2016 DC Comics published her Wonder Woman: The True Amazon graphic novel in hardcover. This re-imagining of Diana Prince’s origin is unforgettable and heartfelt, a satisfying emotional journey that offers s fresh perspective on Wonder Woman’s formative years. At the heart of the story is Diana’s youthful selfishness which ultimately leads to a life-changing tragedy. Thompson wisely and effectively humanizes the goddess who will one day become a central figure in the world’s pantheon of heroes. A character-driven study and laced with the requisite mythology, Jill Thompson’s Wonder Woman: The True Amazon engages readers in a journey of self-discovery that will forever change their view of DC’s pre-eminent heroine, and that’s a good thing. Thompson’s vision of a young Diana as a spoiled brat may come as a surprise to some readers, but I felt that Thompson did her character justice and the resolution was appropriate. In one sense, the story reminded me of a traditional fairy tale, albeit infused with modern sensibilities, but wise and endearing. The artwork is great and the color palette is bright. The endpapers include sketches and a special “Pencils to Color” feature. Wonder Woman: The True Amazon will be published as a paperback later this year. I’d love to see a sequel. Recommended for readers of all ages.

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