Our footsteps echo through the halls of the ancient Amazon archives as we retrieve another classic tome, and continue our weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the amazing Amazon. This weeks instalment presents you with; Wonder Woman (volume 2) #145. Written by: Eric Luke. Cover art by: Adam Hughes. Interior art by: Matthew Clark. Released in June 1999.
The terrific tale secreted behind the astonishing Adam Hughes cover is titled “Devastation 3: Death Begun”, continuing the tale of Diana‘s new and deadly foe, Devastation, with her origin story. Last episode we recounted the tale of Titan Kronos (Cronus) and his devilish predilection for swallowing his children to prevent any from usurping his position of power. Although Zeus managed to free most of his siblings from their gastroscopic fate, unknown to him, Kronos still had trapped, earlier unknown Gods, Oblivion, Disdain, Arch, Harrier and Slaughter.
Centuries later, Kronos released his remaining children, who became his own personal pantheon, through whom he would use to destroy other Gods on his attempted ascension to ultimate power.
Though there stood one major obstacle in his ignoble quest for power, Olympus’ champion; Wonder Woman. Kronos devised a scheme to create a dark mirror image of the ultimate Amazon, like Diana herself, created from Themysciran clay. Once formed Kronos breathed life unto the graven image and named her Deva. And thus Devastation was born, possessing the same powers and abilities as her Olympian counterpart, but with diabolical and deadly twists, and none of the pathos or compassion of her Themysciran sister.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my affable Amazonian associates!