Diana: Princess of the Amazons is an excellently woven origin tale of Wonder Woman by Shannon and Dean Hale, gorgeously illustrated by Victoria Ying. Living on the island of Themyscira, Diana knows little of the truth behind her existence. What she does know, however, is that she is constantly surrounded by adult warriors and in desperate need of a friend. So, one day, when she learns the truth of how she came to be, Diana decides to take matters into her own hands. Maybe she can make herself a friend.
This middlegrade graphic novel was one of the most gorgeously illustrated that I’ve come across. I had so much fun flipping through the pages of exquisite artwork as I read the tale.
The story, while certainly fun and engaging, was at times a bit odd to me. The fact of the matter is that I didn’t know much about Wonder Woman before reading this. Honestly, I doubt I’d have even recognized it was a story about Wonder Woman at all had it not been for the synopsis actually mentioning it. And really, I don’t think many kids reading this will recognize that either. But what was really strange to me was just the nature of the friend she ends up making.
I guess I just didn’t expect it to be dark in that way.
Regardless of this, though, Diana: Princess of the Amazons is a genuinely fun and thoroughly entertaining read. Whether you’re a fan of Wonder Woman or not, I imagine just about anyone could fall in love with this book.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.