Warbringer: The Graphic Novel
Warbringer: The Graphic Novel
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Annotation: Diana risks exile from her land of warrior sisters to save Alia Keralis, a Warbringer--a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy--as both face an army of enemies determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer.
Catalog Number: #200845
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Seaton, Kristen,
Pages: 206 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-401-28255-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-6757-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-401-28255-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-6757-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019040290
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this graphic adaptation of Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer (2017), a pre-superhero Diana is waylaid during a race with her fellow Amazons, thanks to a ship exploding near her island and her compulsion to rescue Alia. Unbeknownst to her, Alia is a Warbringer, a descendant of Helen who brings about conflict wherever she goes. Relying on advice from an oracle, Diana leaves Themyscira to bring Alia to a spring, which might purge her of her curse and end the threat forever. Unlike many typical superhero comics, Simonson's adaptation is text-heavy but remains entirely faithful to the original story. As a lifelong inhabitant of Themyscira, Diana gains insight into the racial and gender issues prevalent in human society, particularly among Alia's diverse group of friends and family in New York. The illustrations are detailed, and colored mostly in shades of blue with the occasional pop of red. Teens will likely appreciate seeing such an iconic character struggle with insecurity. With lots of Greek mythology peppered throughout the book, this should have wide appeal among a broad range of readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-DC's most dynamic heroine returns to the paneled page in this graphic adaptation of Bardugo's 2017 novel. Molded from clay and animated by goddesses, Diana, Princess of Themyscira, is, unlike her battle-tested Amazon sisters, "hollow and breakable." Desperate to prove herself, she enters a footrace but veers off a cliff to save an imperiled ship on the horizon. When she brings Alia, the wreck's sole survivor, to shore, earthquakes rattle her idyllic homeland and Amazons fall inexplicably ill. Alia is a Warbringer, descended from Helen of Troy and shadowed by death and desolation. Facing exile and chaos, Diana and Alia must travel into the world of men and bring the Warbringer bloodline to an end. Simonson and Seaton's joint effort combines key elements of superhero comics, movies, and texts. Although word and image aren't always perfectly balanced, the script judiciously filets Bardugo's dense original. The fast-paced, witty, action-packed narrative chugs along with cinematic verve, ably balancing lore, characterization, and distinctive sequences. Each characterespecially Alia, of mixed black and Greek parentage, and Nim, her fat, fierce, funny, and fiendishly intelligent confidantehas ample space to express their individuality. While most illustrations are subsumed by blue-gray wash, the palette flares red and orange when things grow especially intensean effective and clever device. VERDICT Every exceptional aspect of Bardugo's novelespecially her ethnically, emotionally, and experientially inclusive castshines here. Simonson and Seaton present many models of female strength for reluctant readers, comic geeks, and Wonder Woman fans.Steven Thompson, Sadie Pope Dowdell Library, South Amboy, NJ
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School Library Journal (12/1/19)
Word Count: 16,193
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 511247 / grade: Upper Grades

She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Leigh Bardugo, this graphic novel adaptation brings to life Diana's first adventure beyond the hidden shores of Themyscira.

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law--risking exile--to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn't know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer--a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies--mortal and divine--determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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