Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses

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Diana Prince, heroine of countless good deeds as Wonder Woman, is accused of bringing evil to Man's world. Her relationship with her closest friend, Helena Sandsmark, is turned into a powerful weapon against them both. The most potent ammunition comes from Helena's own daughter, Cassandra, who idolizes Wonder Woman but spreads unspeakable rumors against her. A zealous televangelist leads the movement to destroy Diana, focusing the burning anger of her many followers on the pagan gods to whom Wonder Woman ascribes...
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Overview

Diana Prince, heroine of countless good deeds as Wonder Woman, is accused of bringing evil to Man's world. Her relationship with her closest friend, Helena Sandsmark, is turned into a powerful weapon against them both. The most potent ammunition comes from Helena's own daughter, Cassandra, who idolizes Wonder Woman but spreads unspeakable rumors against her. A zealous televangelist leads the movement to destroy Diana, focusing the burning anger of her many followers on the pagan gods to whom Wonder Woman ascribes her very existence.
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Who would have thought that a novel based on a comic-book character like Wonder Woman -- who was also the basis for a campy TV series many years ago -- should prove to be such a fascinating dialogue on the place of God, religion, and the Church in contemporary society? It's true that there's no character growth in the principle character (there can't be with a franchise), and the actual plot is somewhat predictable, but the supporting cast is wonderfully realized, and Byrne does a terrific job on all the elements over which he does have control.

—Charles de Lint

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's a comic! It's a novel! No, it's a strange mix of both, starring Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, the famed Amazon princess created by the power of the Greek Gods and now working as an ambassador of peace and a protectress of the downtrodden. The plot of this first novel by comic-book superstar writer and artist Byrne has a nifty premise. Unknowingly, a puppet of the war god Ares, televangelist Rebecca Chandler, based in a loosely disguised San Francisco and hellbent on stamping out paganism), crusades against the superheroes Superman, Wonder Woman and company, who are themselves battling evil, especially war, on humanity's behalf. Surging through the verbal special effects are a gaggle of predictable secondary charactersteenybopper and would-be superhero Cassandra Sandsmark, who overestimates her capacities; Diana's Jewish boyfriend, Mike Schorr, and his prototypical mother; the villainous Stephen Ramsey, Ares's Sean Connery lookalike incarnation; and the aged, self-sacrificing Father Donald Morris, who regains his Christian faith amid a conclave of regenerated Olympian deities. Stripped to the proportions of the comic books from whence Wonder Woman sprang in the early 1940s, this might have worked. But Byrne requires inflated pages of pop-psych prose to bring his story to life, once again demonstrating that, at least where superheroes are concerned, a primary-colored illustration is worth thousands of muddy words. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761504832
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/8/1997
  • Series: Wonder Woman Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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