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Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (The Graphic Novel) by Leigh Bardugo

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 Timesbestselling 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.

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (The Graphic Novel)
Author: Leigh Bardugo Illustarted by Kit Seaton
Publisher:DC Comics
Format: Digital ARC
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020

Rating: 4.7//5

Fun Fact: I’ve never actually read a graphic novel before. I own the first of the ADSOM Steel Prince comics, but its never been a format I’ve been drawn too. (Yes I know graphic novels and comics are different, but they’re similar enough)

I’ve been debating picking up Warbringer but haven’t gotten around to it yet, so I was excited about the opportunity to dive into this world in some capacity before fully committing to the book.

But I Loved It.

This story is about a young Diane, and her first adventure out into the world of Man.

With this being my first graphic novel, I was super hesitant about how they’ll fit a full story in so few pages. But I feel like I got it all.

Diane, and her feelings of being an outsider because she “hasn’t earned her place on Themyscira”

Alia’s insecurities, self doubt, doubts about being a Warbringer, all of it, translated so well through so few words and illustrations.

And those illustrations! Kit Seaton did an absolutely amazing job! I can’t get over how incredible they are and how every scene leaps off the page.

I got sucked into the story so much, and I’m more excited than ever to read the book itself. I loved the twists of the story, the reveal of who the real villains are, and every character that came to life through the illustrations.

I definitely want to read more graphic novels after this, and explore more go the DC Icon world!

*Thank you NetGalley for the advance copy of this story. All my opinions are my own.

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