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Wonder Woman, Vol. 3 by Gail Simone
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Jan 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read in January, 2009

I think that Mercedes Lackey said it best (by quoting Gail Simone) about Gail Simone's vision of Wonder Woman in the introduction: "When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you call in Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman." And the stories contained within illustrate why GS's vision is so powerful... and show why many times the knock-down-drag-out fights are not always necessary, and that you can be unafraid to fight, while listening and negotiating with your adversary... sometimes the evil gorillas attacking you were just misled... and can be allies if only they understand the truth of the situation.

I really don't get into the Paradise Island, Greek mythos stuff that surrounds WW... It is fun when you place it in the context of having a Minotaur as a cook at the embassy, but gets stale otherwise... but Simone ties up some loose ends with another look at WW's origin and tying it into a Nazi invasion of Paradise Island. And also shows why the Magic Lasso is not just a lame "girly" weapon... it is a thing to be FEARED.

The other stories also have a theme of conflict not always being quite what it seems... and WW's novel approaches to resolve that conflict. This is GREAT STUFF. I'm looking forward to more of GS's work on this series.
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