Suffering Sappho, you’ve got to love DC Comics (no, I mean you really do, it’s literally the law in these here parts!) not content with thrilling it’s insatiable long term fan-base with stellar stories and astonishing art of superheroic stature for the past eight decades, they also provide many starting points to their ubiquitous universe, especially for younger readers.
Now, the oft overused term – “comics are for kids” is obviously complete nonsense, and usually comes from the mouths of those who don’t (and have probably never) read comics, if comics are really just for the little ‘uns then how do you explain Watchmen, or The Dark Knight Returns or The Punisher! You see comics are just a visual medium for telling stories, surprisingly they’re just like novels, except, they also contain incredible artwork, they’re as much a legitimate form of story-telling as any other medium, and conversely are actually less for “the kids” because of their narrative complexity and adult content. Yet there absolutely needs to be jumping on point for the younger reader, and DC Comics have been providing this essential option for many years now, and continue to do so with a brand new line of graphic novels for kids.
Diana – Princess Of The Amazons tells the tale of the Themysciran Titan many years before she became the icon known as Wonder Woman, an eleven year old girl growing up on the idyllic paradise island of Themyscira. And though her life and upbringing are verging on peaceful perfection, she is starting to feel ever more cloistered and isolated due to the fact that she is the one and only child on an island of millennia old adult women, and despite the fact she is well loved by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and her many, many Amazon aunties, Diana is lonely.
With repeated feelings of being shunned by her mother, Hippolyta, due to her time commitment as Queen, and being too young to take part in the training and ceremonies of her Amazon elders, Diana’s feelings of isolation begin to grow into utter despondency, until that is she decides to create her own companion, one formed from clay, not unlike how she originally came into being, things however seldom turn out the way we expect or ultimately wish them to.
Diana – Princess Of The Amazons is an uplifting fable that touches upon loneliness and insecurity, it’s about facing yourself and your life and embracing everything that is good about them, but also dealing with the inevitable growing pains that everyone ultimately experiences on their emotional journey into adulthood. Shannon Hale and Dean Hale’s glorious narrative is a heart-warming and touching tale, and though it is fundamentally aimed at the younger reader it still proves an absorbing and surprisingly deep chronicle for all ages.
It’s not just the story that shines though but also Victoria Ying’s gorgeous illustrations. Her cartoony style visuals are wonderfully bold and beautiful and even though much simpler in design to most of DC’s “grown up” comics, still convey all the emotion and intention of her peers work in other fields. The vivid bright colours bring Diana’s world to emphatic life, and though the book is aimed at the younger reader, Wondy fans of all ages (I loved it!) will absolutely adore this little slice of Themysciran heaven… Thoroughly recommended to kids of all ages!
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