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Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Grade 7 Up Earth's most famous Amazon is back, and this time she's up against Medousa. The enemy of my enemy is my friend philosophy makes unlikely allies of such characters as Circe, Medousa, and Dr. Veronica Cale, who pool their abilities to harm Diana as much as possible. At the same time, the gods pull lots of strings behind the scenes to serve their own agendas. During the course of this book, Diana is buried in rubble, bitten by Medousa's snakes, and beaten and bloodied numerous times. Most horrifying, though, is the moment when she destroys her own eyes with acid rather than risk being turned to stone. Diana's JLA confederates make brief appearances, primarily in the scene in which they test her abilities after she has been blinded. Luckily, her superhuman hearing enables her to hold her own. In fact, she's able to withstand all of their attacks, up to and including a bullet fired by Superman (she deflects it with her enchanted bracelets, in case you were wondering). It's good that Diana gets in this practice, because her final task is to serve as Athena's champion and fight Zeus's champion Briareros, a gigantic hundred-armed monstrosity that towers over her. Readers will fly through the pages to see what challenges Diana will face, and several cliff-hangers will have them clamoring for the next book. Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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In this long, well-plotted story arc (continued by Land of the Dead), Wonder Woman, aka Diana, is faced with challenges on every level. The Amazon island Themyscira, no longer floating above the ocean, now rests off the coast of the Carolinas, which brings up all sorts of U.S. security issues that Diana, as official Amazonian ambassador, must deal with. Unknown to her, the deadly gorgon Medousa and her evil sisters have been released and want revenge against the goddess Athena and her champion, Wonder Woman. At the same time, Athena plots a bloodless coup against Zeus for the rule of Mount Olympus. Medousa challenges Diana to a fight to the death, and in order to beat the gorgon's deadly gaze, Diana blinds herself. While Wonder Woman triumphs, the cost--the life of her friends' young son--is almost too much for her to bear. Then, Athena herself calls upon the still-blind Wonder Woman to help her cement her power on Olympus. Rucka serves up an exhilarating adventure while still allowing us to see the classic superheroine's softer side. His Wonder Woman still packs a punch but also comes across as very human. A traditional comic-book style reigns in the artwork. Tina Coleman
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Writer - Greg Rucka
Pencils - Drew Johnson, James Raiz, Sean Phillips
Covers by J.G. Jones and others
The editorial reviews already covered the plot, so, briefly:
206-209 All the machinations leading up to the big fight.
210 The fight between Wonder Woman and Medousa.
211 Aftermath - Among other things, Circe meets Veronica Cale. She wants her daughter Lyta back from the Amazons.
212-213 After having the JLA test her, Diana is summoned to Olympus to fight Zeus' bodyguard Briareos.
Rucka still does a great job on this. The art on 211 was a little weak - it wasn't Drew Johnson. This one's a tad expensive now, but hopefully DC will reprint it.
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So there is this doctor woman who really doesn't like Wonder Woman for some reason and Circe decides that she is going to recruit the help of the Gorgons to take her down.
This I don't have a problem with, but there is something with the Gorgons (mainly Medusa) that I have a problem with. Okay according to Greek mythology Medusa is so ugly that anyone who looks upon her turns to stone. But in this version she is strikingly beautiful, but just has the snakes as hair. They address this in the book saying that Athena embellished her looks greatly and that is where the disconnect comes in. So the doctor woman wants to strike a deal with Medusa to take down Wonder Woman so she sets up a mirror so she can talk to Medusa and look at her and not be turned to stone. Again, no problems with this at all. You're not looking directly at her so her power doesn't work, just like in Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets.
What I do have a problem with is that everyone who looks at her through a video camera DOES turn to stone. Okay, shouldn't her power work through the mirror better than through the video camera? I mean first her image has to be captured in the camera, be broken down into data, sent shooting through the fiber optic cables , maybe even beamed up to a relay tower or satellite, then back to the computer, the data reassembled and then viewed by the person. Pretty watered down image of her I'd say. I'd think the image of her in the mirror would be more lethal since it's more directly her actual image. And yes I am fully aware that Perseus used a reflective shield in Greek Mythology as a mirror to get close to her and chop her head off so he would not be affected by her power. Maybe that has something to do with it.
On top of that, all the women in this comic are pretty unrealistic. They are all very busty, have small waists and full hips. I mean EVERY woman! Why can't we see a few regular women who look like the everyday women we see in real life? Oh well it is a comic and I shouldn't gripe too much.
The story is good, I do like that Ares is invoked and Medusa challenges Wonder Woman in a fight to the death with the entire world watching her on TV and everyone is rooting for her. The fight between her and Zeus's guardian is kinda silly and it felt like it was tacked on at the end. It should have just ended with her defeating Medusa and demanding answers from Athena.
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All in all, the artwork was good, the story was engaging, the characters were interesting. The book had it's flaws, but it's a good story and I'm glad I picked it up.