I did like this book though thought the flow wasn't great in a lot of places. Way too many things felt over explained too. And the action scenes were kind of blah. I did love how Bardugo brought in the Greek mythology in her story though (we revisit Helen of Troy) and I loved the whole idea behind it.
"Wonder Woman: Warbringer" is a nice little set up of showing Wonder Woman as a teenager who is doing what she can to prove herself to her fellow Amazons. Due to her mother Queen Hippolyta bringing Diana to life through clay, Diana is seen as outside the Amazons by many on Themyscira. While Diana prepares to run a race, she sees a young woman (Alia Keralis) in the ocean about to drown, deciding to save her, Diana sets things in motions that could see the end of Themyscira and the World of Men. When Diana goes to visit the Oracle and is told that Alia is a Warbringer (a direct descendant of Helen of Troy) and the best thing she can do is to let Alia die, she decides to do what it takes to keep Alia safe even if it means traveling to Alia's world.
I really liked Diana in this one. Bardugo shows that she (Diana) is smart and capable. Diana may not know what the World of Men is like, but she catches on quickly and promises to be there for Alia and Alia's friends and her brother no matter what. I do wish that we had time to delve into Diana bit more. We know that she feels separate from the other Amazons and that she wants to be battle-borne like them, but it definitely feels like she has no one she can really trust or talk to until she meets Alia.
I love that Alia and Jason (her brother) are portrayed as black. I initially thought due to the last names that Alia and Jason would just be seen as Greek. Alia and Jason's friends Nim and Theo are also POC as well which was great to see. Nim and Theo are loyal to the end and there are hints of romance between Alia and Theo that we really don't get into since most of the book is the five of them running from attackers.
I wish that all had been developed a bit more too. Diana is the best developed, but Alia, Jason, Theo and Nim felt a bit thin to me after a while. Probably because they keep running and are trying to figure out to keep the world exploding into war.
The writing was okay. We are able to get into Diana's head a bit more. Maybe this would have worked better as a first person via Diana instead of third person via everyone. I think the book just got too jumbled after a while. The flow was not that great though. It felt like the book kept just randomly ending after a while. Also reading about people running for their lives and occasionally fighting is boring. Bardugo tries to set up a romance between Diana and Jason and it didn't work at all. I hard shrugged that thing and wasn't feeling it. Same issue with Alia and Theo. I feel like it's a YA requirement to have love triangles or whatever going on in YA books.
I also didn't like the twist/reveal since it made zero sense and just felt like it got put in there to show even more conflict.
The setting of the book moves from Themyscira, to New York, and to Greece. I didn't really get a good sense of locations beyond Themyscira though. I think that Bardugo could have made New York and Greece come alive a bit more.
The ending sets things up to show that Diana is eventually going to be Wonder Woman. She's totally clueless though and I thought the whole thing made zero sense since she should know what she looks like.
Nothing earth shattering, at least not yet, so I won't be continuing with this. I think I got this for free via Marvel because they're promoting the show; all I know is I redeemed my comics today and this showed up.
The art is average, and so is the storyline. Add to that I prefer ongoing series to mini-series and I see no reason to continue.
So let's just acknowledge two things. First, Evelyn Waugh was not a pleasant person. Anything you read about him makes that clear. Second, this book is full of racism. There's no way to get around that.
Once you've acknowledged those two issues, this book is fabulous. Satire at its best! William Boot, a country squire who writes the column Lush Places about tiny furry creatures, is sent to cover a war in Africa in place of another Boot who writes much more progressive stuff. Hilarity ensures. I'm not saying that sarcastically like I usually am when I use that phrase. This is genuinely funny stuff about the cut-throat world of journalism and what happens when you HAVE to get a story, no matter what. It would be fascinating to see what Waugh would do with the 24 hour news cycle.
Once I accept the first two issues I mentioned, I was completely caught up in Boot's adventures in Ishmaelia. It's not hard to see why Scoop is often considered the best satirical novel of the 20th century.
I wasn't sure if I'd have the energy to catch up on my reviews: the last couple of times it's been like wave, and I've pooped out in the middle. This time, I got through everything. Yaaaay!
Jack, or his consciousness, goes back in time, to Maurice Boniface, the first Shadowman. What will he learn? Can this provide answers to the true nature of the Shadowman? Can Jack make it back to Alyssa after this side-trip?
I guess I'll have to find out in issue five. Please be a line wide Valiant sale soon...