Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, adapted by Louise Simonson
DC, pb, £12.99
Reviewed by Sarah Deeming
Diana, daughter of Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons, is desperate to prove herself to the other Amazons, but when the opportunity comes to cover herself in glory, she sacrifices her own ambitions to save an innocent from drowning. Although Diana’s intentions are pure, her actions mean she faces exile from Themyscira. And there is something wrong with Alia, the girl Diana saved. She is a Warbringer, a descendant of Helen and Troy and destined to herald in an age of bloodshed and death.
This is not the future, Alia wants for herself, so she and Diana must work together to face foes determined to destroy or own the Warbringer, to save the world from war.
Warbringer is another prequel from DC for one of their major superheroes; Wonder Woman. Instead of the calm, collected woman we’re familiar with, the reader is shown Diana in her awkward teenage years where she is coming into her strength, keen to prove herself, and yet searching for more than just glory. As with the others in the series, like Batman: Nightwalker, this graphic novel is adapted from the original novel by Leigh Bardugo.
Warbringer mixes mythology with the modern, taking an amazon to New York and combining magic with technology which makes for a very interesting combination, accessible for younger adults, something I’m always up for, encouraging interest in mythology from all countries.
Kit Seaton also keeps the style similar to the other prequels too. Bold illustrations with a clear layout making it easy for the intended audience to follow. Both Diana and Alia are strong women, and this is reflected in Seaton’s illustrations.
This is a powerful story about discovering oneself in the face of adversity, of discovering the price of loyalty and how far one will go for friendship.