Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses

Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses

by John Byrne
     
 

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Diana, Amazon princess and the supreme embodiment of feminine power--Wonder Woman to her human charges--is deeply troubled. A televangelist is denouncing her as a pagan, the people she's sworn to defend have turned against her, and a hidden enemy is plotting her destruction. To find answers, she and an aged priest will journey to Mount Olympus itself. What they learn

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Diana, Amazon princess and the supreme embodiment of feminine power--Wonder Woman to her human charges--is deeply troubled. A televangelist is denouncing her as a pagan, the people she's sworn to defend have turned against her, and a hidden enemy is plotting her destruction. To find answers, she and an aged priest will journey to Mount Olympus itself. What they learn there will change them both forever, and sets the stage for an apocalyptic conflict with none other than Ares, the God of War. Based on the classic comic book character, Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses is an exciting story of myth and adventure that explores intriguing questions about faith and the divine.

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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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761504832
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/08/1997
Series:
Wonder Woman Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.04(d)

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