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School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up
Wonder Woman tackles a variety of silly, cartoonish villains (alien dinosaurs, amoeba men, and robot versions of herself) in the lighthearted stories published nearly 50 years ago (1958-1960). These playful selections were originally intended for tween girls and feature a charming combination of romance, light adventure, and whimsy. However, their allure may be lost on modern readers as Wonder Woman suffers from marriage anxiety and spends too much time concealing her secret identity from her fiancé, Steve Trevor. Highlights include Wonder Woman's new origin and the "Wonder Girl" stories (her adventures as a teen). These stories lack the sophistication and feminist perspective of early "Wonder Woman" stories and present a bland, palatable version of Amazon princesses that reflects the rigid gender roles of the late 1950s. Still, die-hard fans and Silver Age aficionados will welcome this economical, hefty collection that reprints more than 30 stories in black and white on newsprint.
—Philip Charles CrawfordCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.