By Travis Trombley
The first five issues of the the seven-part volume record Wonder Woman’s birth by fire, both figuratively and - later - literally. Raised on the run by a group of Amazonians after Paradise Island was attacked and its inhabitants scattered across the globe, Diana begins the tale headstrong of her abilities but unsure of her purpose. But she quickly finds herself in a desert protecting one of the surviving tribes of warrior women from a group hell-bent (Hades-bent?) on wiping their race from the planet.
The later two issues bring Diana back to the city with a group of modern-looking Amazons (one has an eye patch and a football jersey, another touts a bourret and trench coat with her armor - it’s a striking twist) and a talking cat. There’s some cool stuff about Diana’s background and her obsession/addiction with helping people, with and without violence, but it’s definitely a groundwork thread that requires further entries to fully satisfy.
Like the volume’s namesake, the story contains a number of epic poetry conventions. It starts in medias res. It focuses on a physically powerful character of divine nature and great importance to her people. It contains the obligatory trip to the underworld. These are fun, but ultimately Diana’s transformation, which essentially reduces to “I can kill more people and eventually fly,” is rather weak compared to those of her fellow epic heroes.