Book Review: Wonder Woman: Rise of the Olympian by Gail Simone

riseolympianWonder Woman, Vol. 6: Rise of the Olympian by Gail Simone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When the gods change their plans for man’s world, it’s up to Wonder Woman to protect humanity against an invading army of male warriors and a new adversary called Genocide. An army of Olympians has risen for an all-out assault on war across the globe and only Wonder Woman can stop them in this new title collecting issues #20-27! One particular attack could spell the end of the Department of Metahuman Affairs and end WW’s secret identity of Diana Prince. And Wonder Woman’s life is changed forever when she faces a monster named Genocide who goes toe-to-toe with her… and wins.

Picked up in hardback. I have read few Wonder Woman stories, but recognise Gail’s name enough to try out a few. There for I am sure there are some WW (and JLA) subtexts in this story that I’m not getting simply because I’ve not got the back story.

Zeus, leader of the gods the Amazonians worship, decides that the Amazonians deserve some peace and quiet after all the centuries as warriors. He therefore creates a new (male) warrior race to take the mantel so the Amazonians can retire into seclusion. However, Zeus, being a god, is rather egotistical and does not take people’s feelings into account that this might not be the best idea for all.

Meanwhile, Diana is working for the Department of Metahuman affairs, when it is attacked by a new villain – Genocide the creation of Cheetah. Diana soon realises just how equally matched the two fighters are, and it’s only after the loss of her lasso to this new foe that she finds a shocking fact about Genocide. Meanwhile Genocide starts going through all of Diana’s friends to hurt them, and Diana has to make some stark choices in order to defeat Genocide.

Genocide is a good foil to Wonder Woman, and matches her point for point in physical attributes, and has the “advantage” of not having Wonder Woman’s principals to live up to

Some great graphics, I will probably understand the significance of some of the back story if I ever read more WW. In particular I like some of the Variant covers, and gives more more inkers to be on the look out for

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