Wonder Woman: Warbringer: The Graphic Novel

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Teen superhero tests her powers in thrilling adventure tale.

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Educational Value

Many of the characters come from Greek mythology. The book addresses issues of female empowerment and what it means to be a heroine.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

Men on the street ogle Diana, who wears fewer clothes than most women in New York. Diana and Theo share a kiss.

Language

Smattering of curse words, with one or two instances each of "hell," "damn," and "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine is served at an Amazon feast.

What 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.

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Kid, 11 years old July 14, 2020

This was a really good graphic novel

This graphic novel was really good. The main character is Wonder Woman and she is fighting against evil in a war. It has strong female characters. It is best fo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by[email protected] February 6, 2020

What's the story?

Wanting to prove herself to her warrior sisters, Diana sets off on a race in WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER, only to be waylaid by the sinking of a nearby ship. She chooses to rescue one of the drowning passengers, Alia Keralis, only to learn that she has put her home, Themyscira -- and the entire world -- in jeopardy by doing so. Alia is a Warbringer, a descendent of Helen of Troy, fated to herald an age of misery and bloodshed. The two young women somehow wind up in New York City, and they need to reach a magical spring in Greece before an unbreakable deadline, despite the dangers in their way. Diana's superpowers are tested all along the way, even as she heads toward a trrible betrayal.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Wonder Woman: Warbringer: The Graphic Novel uses Greek myth to tell a modern story. Why are myth, religion, and folklore still so powerful today? Why do artists use them for inspiration?

  • What would it be like to live on an island without any male humans around? How would a single gender impact society? 

  • How do you define a "hero"? What superpowers would you like to possess?

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