The antediluvian Amazon archives opens its ancient gateway once again for another instalment of “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana of Themyscira. This week we present to you; Wonder Woman (volume 2) #150. Written by: Eric Luke. Cover art by: Adam Hughes. Interior art by: Matthew Clark. Released in November 1999.
This weeks episode heralds yet another stunning illustration from the astonishing Adam Hughes, this is actually my second favourite WW cover of all time (due to this classic Bolland cover being my overall fave.) And like the Bolland cover, Adam Hughes artwork was so popular amongst the fans that it was turned into a rather marvellous statue, part of DC’s extremely popular Covergirls series of sculpts.
This oversized anniversary issue is titled “Godwar: Conquest” and finds our titular heroine and her council of war, Zeus, Rama and Hanuman preparing battle plans to confront the nefarious forces of Kronos (Cronus) as he and his chosen pantheon assault the gates of heaven. As Kronos puts angels to the sword, it is up to Wonder Woman and her team of Greek and Hindu gods to stop the slaughter, and put to an end Kronos‘ plan of deadly ascension.
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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.
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Raise your swords and ready your shields as we march into yet another instalment of “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the ultimate Amazon warrior. This week we return from the depths of the ancient Amazon archives with – Wonder Woman (volume 2) #139. Written by Eric Luke. Illustrated by Yanick Paquette. With cover art by the astonishing Adam Hughes. Released in December 1998.
The tantalising tale secreted behind this superlatives Hughes’ cover is titled “Gods and Monsters,” and finds our titular heroine faced with the difficult choice of either, continued immortality, or a mortal life as the chosen guardian of Earth. Whilst Diana ponders the Olympus rendered request, she also takes the time to reaffirm her former bond with Amazon sister Artemis. This empyrean issue contains a pantheon of Olympians including, Zeus, Hestia, and primary creator of the Amazons – Hera.
Olympian Queen Hera, is the Goddess of marriage and women and wife of Zeus, King of the Greek Gods. She is the mother to many of the Olympian Gods and Goddesses including Hephaestus and Ares, and along with Athena, Aphrodite, Hestia, and Demeter, is also the surrogate mother of the entire Amazon race. In Wonder Woman‘s original origin story, Hera was key to the Amazing Amazon‘s birth after directing a distraught Hippolyta, who longed for a child, to fashion out of clay a baby girl, which was then brought to life by Hera and her divine brothers and sisters.
Legends tell that Hera was one of six siblings born unto the Titan Rhea, and her consort Kronos. A prophecy from Gaia foretold that ultimately Kronos would be usurped by one of his children, taking steps to prevent this ever happening, the colossal Kronos devoured his children at birth, Hera, Hestia, Hades, Demeter, and Poseidon all shared in this fate. But his wife Rhea, angered by her husband’s treatment of their children and pregnant once more, conceived her sixth child Zeus in secret with the help of Gaia. Zeus stayed hidden from Kronos until adulthood when he confronted his father, and using an emetic given to him by Gaia, forced Kronos to regurgitate his siblings. Zeus went on to become King of Olympus and Hera eventually his Queen.
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