Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – Graphic Novel Review

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Illustrator: Kit Seaton

Publisher: DC Ink

Published: January 7th 2020

ISBN: 9781401282554

Series: Standalone

Pages: 192

Edition: ARC

Genre: YA, Superheroes


She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. Based on the New York Timesbestselling novel by Leigh Bardugo, this graphic novel adaptation brings to life Diana’s first adventure beyond the hidden shores of Themyscira.

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law–risking exile–to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer–a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies–mortal and divine–determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Disclaimer: I recieved a copy of this from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

Thank you to Penguin Random House / DC Ink for sending me an ARC copy of this book to read!

I never ended up reading the actual novel of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I ended up DNFing it as I found it so boring and I couldn’t get into it, it ended up putting me into a slump so I never bothered. But when I received the Batman graphic novel a couple months ago, I knew this would be my chance to actually read the story in a different way, I was so excited as I thought maybe it was the writing style I couldn’t get into (though I adore Leigh’s other works) but turns out it’s the story.

I just ended up being incredibly disappointed. I found it so slow and there was just nothing happening, I almost DNF’ed it again before I’d even gotten to the part I’d read up to in the novel. I think that this just isn’t the Wonder Woman that I know and love.

I only ended up giving this three stars as I really liked the art style of this story and there were some aspects that I liked but nothing really jumped out at me in the amazing aspect, my favourite character ended up being Nim, she seemed like a really cool character I’m sure she’s even more awesome in the novel but I just don’t have the patience to sit and read the book to be quiet honest. I love the Leigh has done a variety of diversity including POC & queer characters, not gonna lie, she is the QUEEN of this, I love her other books and I expected a lot from this and just wasn’t for me, just a bit underwhelming sadly.

If you enjoyed the novel, I’m sure you might enjoy this one as well, though I’m sure parts of the book will be left out, just FYI. Overall, it was okay, not really the quickest graphic novel I’ve ever read actually took me a little while to read compared to the other graphic novels I’ve got.

Have you read the novel of this? Are you looking forwards to reading the graphic novel if so? Or are you like me and couldn’t get into the novel at all?

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