A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Many of the characters come from Greek mythology. The book addresses issues of female empowerment and what it means to be a heroine.
Young women are capable of fighting for themselves and don't need men to look after them. War is not inevitable but can be avoided, if you have the will.
Positive Role Models
Although formed from earthly matter, Diana wants to prove herself the equal of the immortal Amazons. But when she sees someone in danger, she saves them, even at great cost to herself. Diana is White and her allies have dark skin, and one is LGBTQ.
Violence & Scariness
Although Diana and Alia fight various monsters and soldiers, there are few casualties shown during the action. Two of their friends are transformed into monsters out of myth. Diana weilds a variety of weapons to protect Alia.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Men on the street ogle Diana, who wears fewer clothes than most women in New York. Diana and Theo share a kiss.
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Smattering of curse words, with one or two instances each of "hell," "damn," and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine is served at an Amazon feast.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wonder Woman: Warbringer: The Graphic Novel is an adaptation of a novel by Leigh Bardugo (King of Scars, Shadow and Bone). It tells the story of an Amazon princess who travels to the world of men to protect a castaway she's befriended. Comic book violence is the order of the day, with monster attacks, sword fights, and other scenes unlikely to disturb readers of the target age. There's a smattering of swearing -- "hell," "damn," "s--t." Sexual content is limited to a kiss.
Is It Any Good?
Female superheroes used to get short shrift, but this portrait of an iconic fighter demonstrates that young women can be courageous, resourceful, and undaunted. Original author Leigh Bardugo and adapter Louise Simonson devise a plot for Wonder Woman: Warbringer that's engrossing, unusual, and well choreographed. The supporting cast is interesting and suitably diverse. The narrative's level of suspense remains high throughout. It's fun to see Diana as a teen: a little insecure but ready to face off against all sorts of enemies, magical and mundane. Younger readers may see this volume as a stepping stone to other DC Comics graphic novels.
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