I'm torn about how I feel about these novels, on one hand YES! I love these superheroes and it would be great to have them in book form. On the other... Well, there's something about having their stories mixed up that irks me a bit and seems almost sacrilegious. For instance, no Steve Trevor in this book with Wonder Woman, probably because that would coincide with the recent (AMAZING) movie that just came out. No Catwoman with Batman (because those two stories are written by different authors, instead Catwoman is going to be paired with Batwing and Batman with someone else. That really just hearts my soul. So... While I think I would have loved the story and plot line of Wonder Woman: Warbringer a lot if it wasn't about Wonder Woman, a character I already know and love... It was hard to separate what I know about the character and give her a clean, fresh slate to read this book with an open mind. Seriously, I think this plot would have been something I would've been totally in love with, if it hadn't been Wonder Woman.
I'm giving the novel 6.5/10 stars. It felt slow at the beginning, maybe because of how unopen I felt about the book, and also the direction some of the characters were going in? I wasn't a big fan of Alia's character until very late in the novel, especially at the very beginning I found her to be irking. I love her name, though. Jason, yeah, not a fan, Theo and Nim I liked, and then Diana. I don't know, I guess I liked her character? Sometimes I felt weird about it, just because, you know, it's already a character I know. I was just unable to give this story a clean slate. I'm sorry, I tried.
That's why I'm just not sure if I can read any of the other DC Icons books... It's not that they won't be well written or that the stories won't be interesting, it's that I can't get over my bias with the characters. I'll admit, I did preorder Catwoman for the pop socket, but... maybe not any of the other books. It's not fair to the authors for them to get a lower-than-they-should-get review just because of a bias I have about the characters.
Wonder Woman: Warbinger, while feeling slow for the beginning, definitely caught up later. The climax/ final act of the novel certainly was superb. The best thing about the story was definitely the action scenes. They were so well written, in such a way that you felt like you were in the fray, and could really feel what was going on.
Anyway, I would say yes! This is a good book, it has an intriguing and action-filled plot and interesting characters. Even with my personal bias against it, I was still able to find myself getting lost inside the story. Especially as long as you don't have any write feelings about reading a book about comic book characters, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to indulge yourself in this book in a way I most certainly could not.
Anyway, interested? Here's the synopsis:
Daughter of immortals.
Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.
Daughter of death.
Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
Thanks for reading,