With the release of the highly-anticipated film starring Gal Gadot, everyone has caught Wonder Woman fever. And rightfully so. After 70 some years, the Amazon Warrior Princess is finally getting the limelight she deserves out of the shadows of Batman and Superman. Covering Wonder Woman’s history in remarkable detail and masterfully put together over the span of roughly 200 well-designed pages, Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior is another essential and comprehensive tome from the encyclopaedia and visual dictionary kings, DK Publishing.
Whenever a new superhero film is released, you can expect a plethora of merchandise will precede it. While I’m yet to see any Wonder Woman toys or clothing items locally, a number of books have been popping up in stores lately. One of these is DK’s Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior, a large-format reference guide chock-a-block full with details about the legendary DC comic book character. If you’ve just joined the fandom or you’ve been following her religiously throughout the years, there is a lot of ground to cover and this could either be a perfect place to start or the perfect companion to your mammoth collection.
The book is beyond being a mere cash-in and does a great job of educating and explaining her profound impact on pop culture (including her fight for social justice and equal rights for women) during the original Golden Era starting in December 1941, the Silver Age in 1959, The Bronze Age in 1968, The Dark Age in 1988, The Modern Age in 2001 and The New Age beginning in 2011. We’re treated to everything, from the lore of Themyscira to the designs of her invisible jet and her personal relationships (friends, family and significant others). All the information in Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior is cleverly balanced, compressed and outlined in a fun to thumb through coffee table book, focusing equally on beautiful presentation and insightful details.
A short foreword by the current Wonder Woman comic book writer, Greg Rucka, is a welcome reminder of just how much Wonder Woman has impacted society today. The book is then split up into several chapters that cover the span of her history: Foreward, Introduction, Timeline, The Creation of a Legend, Key Comics: All-Star Comics (Vol.1) #18, Wise Words, Amazonian Apparel, Peace Through Strength, The Powers of Olympus, Invisible Jet, The Chains of Oppression, Themyscira, Hippolyta, Olympian Gods, Ares: God of War, Cheetah, Gianta, Circe, Doctor Pyscho, Trinity and The Multiverse.
If you have an unquenchable love for Wonder Woman then this quintessential guide, which covers all the facets of the heroine, is a must-have. DK Publishing has a long history with creating insightful fun, detailed guides for geek fans, and Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior is another great addition. Highly Recommended!
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