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The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol.1: Origins by Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon~ Graphic Novel Review

Pages:  288

Published: December 16, 2016

Format:  Hardcover book

 

 

 

 

If I had ever known the origin story for Wonder Woman as a child, I had completely forgotten it in adulthood.  It is a marvelous story and one that is well told in this beautiful rendering by Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon.  I love that Diana (Wonder Woman) is the daughter of the immortal god, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, given life out of clay by Gaea.  She is born on Themyscira, a planet for the immortals, where her mother hopes she can live an immortal peaceful life.  However, Diana senses she has another purpose in life and begins warrior training in secret with Alcippe.  A mortal, a fighter pilot named Steve Trevor, lands on Themyscira as part of a plot by Ares to overthrow Hippolyta.  His plan is foiled when Diana wins the tournament and is named champion.  Diana accompanies Steve Trevor by boat to the boundary between Themyscira and Earth, but ends up being pushed out of Themyscira to Earth herself by Poseiden.

On Earth, Diana is befriended by singer, Etta Candy, who takes Diana under her wing acclimating her to life on Earth.   Etta follows Diana to France to aid in the war effort during WW2, where Etta will sing and Diana will work as a nurse.  Diana goes there in pursuit of an evildoer that is raising the dead Axis forces that are told to destroy the remaining Allied forces.  The man in command of the destruction wears the baetylus, which Diana immediately recognizes as a sacred item of her mother’s.

Diana becomes a WW2 heroine as both a civilian and Wonder Woman.  She is a fighter for truth, more often than not, impairing her enemies by showing them the truth with her lasso than actual physical harm.  She is willing to give up a normal life to protect life on Earth.  This is a coming of age story for the young Diana Prince, who must discover who she is, where she came from, and what her purpose must be.

This is not my usual genre, so I thank Book Riot Read Harder 2017 Challenge for pushing me outside of my usual comfort zone.  This was a stunning book, one I had a hard time putting down.  I have renewed respect and love for the heroine, Wonder Woman, and am so glad I was able to get to know her better through this graphic novel.  I highly recommend this everyone!  The combination of Greek God background and WW2 hero made this entirely compelling.

The movie Wonder Woman was released in the United States on June 2, 2017.  Did you see it?  I have not yet seen the movie, but I plan to watch it and write a follow-up post in reaction to it.  An interesting fun fact is that, in October 2016, the United Nations named Wonder Woman a “UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.”  Two months later she was dropped from her role, following a petition.

 

 

 

Owly Vol.1: The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton ~ Book Review

Pages:  160

Published: September 29, 2004

Format:  Softcover book

 

 

 

 

I chose to read this book because of it’s description as an “all ages comic book,” in order to help complete this year’s Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.  I was surprised when it arrived to see exactly how few words this book contained.  The animals make noises and occasionally there are words shown from a book one of the animals is reading, but that’s about it.    Conversations are conveyed through bubbles containing pictures.  Emotions are expressed by way of pictures. I found it pretty incredible that so much could be conveyed without words and with some fairly simplistic depictions.

This book is composed of two novellas, each in comic book style.  In the first, Owly, the charming main character, is out to help others and make friends.  He puts birdseed out for the birds.  He frees captured fireflies.  He rescues Wormy from nearly drowning in a puddle during a rainstorm and stays up all night making sure he is ok.  The next day he helps Wormy find his parents.  In the second novella, Owly and Wormy go out of their way to research and find the right food for two hungry hummingbirds.  Owly also must learn to let go in this story, as the hummingbirds must migrate south for the summer.   Owly’s good deeds do not go unnoticed and those he has helped become his loyal friends, destined to return even if flying far away.

These are truly heartwarming, enchanting tales of friendship and kindness.  I read this with my 4 year old daughter who summed the book up in one word, “awesome.”  I look forward to reading more of Owly in the future. 

Andy Runton’s website – contains teaching tools, coloring sheets, animation shorts and much more!

Girl Over Paris #1 (Cirque American #1) by Gwenda Bond ~ Comic Review

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Published:  July 5, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Comic books are not usually on my “to-read” shelf, but I picked this one up to read as part of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.   That being said, it was fun to sit on the couch and read this while my son was reading one of his “Big Nate” graphic novels.  We promised to trade afterwards.

Not being a comic book connoisseur, it is a bit difficult to discuss this book.  However, as a newbie, I will give it a try.  Thematically this comic is aimed at female teenagers, however it would not be disturbing in any way for a younger reader (8+).  The heroine in this comic is a tight rope walker, who has an enemy who is yet to be discovered.  This first comic in the series sets the stage, as she travels to Paris by plane with her agent, boyfriend and boyfriend’s sister.  The illustrations are great.  It was fun to read.  I do think it would be loved by teenage girls, especially those who have been brought up on comics and graphic novels.  There is a hook here, and even though comics are not in my usual repertoire, I may continue this series.  3-stars