I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Friday, January 6, 2017

Wonder Woman: Earth One Volume One by Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

This comic opens with Wonder Woman, Diana, in chains being brought before her mother Hippolyta on Paradise Island after being away for a period of time, which is, of course, unheard of. She has requested a trial by the Fates: Clotho, Atropos, and Lachesis.

It then goes back in time to when things began to go wrong. Diana is trying to heal a deer with the purple ray machine which speeds up healing. She is the best at working the machine among the Amazonians. Also, everyone is getting geared up for the games. Hippolyta won't let Diana compete in the games as she is a Princess and much stronger than the others. Her mother tells her she made her out of the clay of the ground. The others have been around for 3,000 years since they ousted Hercules off the island when he tried to subjugate them.   They allow no men on the island because men are beasts who want to control women.  Hippolyta has a mirror that lets her see what is going on in the world and she sees that nothing much has changed over the years, but Diana who is desperately curious about what she sees in the mirror wonders if there is something that can be done to help others.

A Steve Trevor crash lands on the island and Diana tries to heal him with her ray, but it doesn't work. Now she knows that she must find a way to get him off the island, but that will mean going against her mother and the other Amazonians. Can Diana afford to risk everything for not just a stranger, but a male one at that?

This is yet another origin story but it is very well done.  It's a modern time discovery of Paradise Island rather than World War II like the original.  The artwork and paneling are stellar with some of the paneling marked off with a golden lasso when someone is being questioned by it. It's quite creative. I cannot wait to read volume two to learn what happens next.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Woman-Earth-One-Vol/dp/1401229786/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483712336&sr=1-1&keywords=wonder+woman+earth+one+vol.+1

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