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Wonder Woman: Second Genesis Paperback – April 1, 1997
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An Adventure of Apocalyptic Proportions --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Diana Prince, heroine of countless good deeds as Wonder Woman, is accused of bringing evil to Man's world. Her relationship with her closest friend, Helena Sandsmark, is turned into a powerful weapon against them both. The most potent ammunition comes from Helena's own daughter, Cassandra, who idolizes Wonder Woman but spreads unspeakable rumors against her. A zealous televangelist leads the movement to destroy Diana, focusing the burning anger of her many followers on the pagan gods to whom Wonder Woman ascribes her very existence.
Amid all this disorder, a gentle priest journeys with Wonder Woman to Olympus to discover the reality of religion. But cataclysmic turmoil is evident even in the realm of the gods and goddesses: Themyscira, Diana's birthplace and the home of the Amazons, lies in ruins from a tumultuous battle.Back in the world of mortals, angry crowds are massed. From Chicago to Metropolis to Gateway City, their demand is the same: Wonder Woman must confess to her dark schemes and never again interfere in the affairs of the human race. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses casts grave doubts on accepted truths and pits Diana Prince against her greatest challenge yet.About the Author
John Byrne,the writer and artist for DC Comics' Wonder Woman, is one of the most celebrated and influential figures in modern comic books. Among his many achievements, he brought Superman into the 1990s after helping to make The X-Men the most popular comic in history. He has written two other novels. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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And then the story walks in, musses up your hair, and walks off, to be replaced by a silly story of an ancient Greek mechanoid being activated by a 14 year-old whiny punk.
Wonder Woman is great. I even like some of the art. But the Darkseid plot (what is it with my stumbling upon this character) goes nowhere. I get it's probably part of a longer storyline, but I had expected at least a LITTLE closure and not the wide-open doors that I get at the end of this.
And the last issue, Lifelines, is complete goofball. Wonder Woman doesn't even save the day! It's the stupid punk kid who activated the damn thing that fixes it.
Obviously, I'm obsessed with Wonder Woman, so it won't make or break my love for her, but geez, talk about a disappointment!
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Meanwhile back on earth, a religious zealot has fallen under the spell of a well-known enemy of Wonder Woman's from that same pantheon and has gained remarkable political power by accusing Wonder Woman of blaspheming against Christianity with her tales of meeting supposedly false gods and goddesses. She rallies incredible numbers to her cause and severely damages Wonder Woman's reputation, since a zealot cannot be reasoned with despite Wonder Woman's attempts to do so at various points. Riots break out repeatedly in protest of Wonder Woman, leading to crackdowns and the zealot's security forces becoming much like the SS and gestapo of the nazi regime (in a pretty weak parallel, though it would certainly have been likely to be seen in comics, which is Byrne's background of course).
The climax really occurs when Father Morris receives an insight while in Olympus, but his attempt to shed the same light on everyone else runs counter to the plotting god's designs. Whether he will survive and Wonder Woman's tarnished reputation can be cleansed of the stain remains to be seen.
The characters get better as the story goes on, but even those from radically differet walks of life often think in the same mode, with the same grammar violations and run-on sentences. While this seems to be reduced later, the early stages where a teenager and an old man could have their names transposed in their various inner thought paragraphs without affecting the story points to poor characterization in the early going. Still, the characters do get fleshed out pretty well, though the story skips between more than a half-dozen personalities pretty frequently to cover a lot of different bases. The end result is a story that seems a lot longer than it really is because the constant skipping, instead of moving things along faster, makes the story drag on. It's an OK read, but no more than that. We don't even get to see Wonder Woman in costume for more than a few pages, which is more than a bit disappointing.