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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo is Out TODAY! Go Get It!

August 29, 2017

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Today is a big day if you’re a Wonder Woman enthusiast. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman film is available digitally today (it’ll be a couple of more weeks until the DVD and Blu-ray are out) and, if you’re jonesing for a new Wonder Woman adventure, Leigh Bardugo’s YA novel Wonder Woman: Warbringer hits the shelves today as well. I am so excited for this book, gang. I haven’t even read it yet but I feel very confident in telling you all that you’re going to want to pick this one up. Leigh Bardugo is a fantastic writer, and I this book is going to be a blast.

Here’s the official synopsis; the book exists within its own continuity, and the story involves a teen Diana interacting with the outside world for the first time:

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.

So that sounds super fun. A young Diana teaming up with a gal who’s meant to bring war and battling against fate itself to prevent it is definitely a tale worthy of the Amazon princess’ first outing.

We got a closer look at the cast a little while back via posters drawn by Jen Bartel. Sidenote: You know a project is going to be cool when they’ve brought in Jen Bartel to do some artwork. Here are the core characters:

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Diana is Diana, of course, the future Wonder Woman. Alia is the Warbringer, while Jason is her brother. I haven’t seen much about Theo or Nim yet, but from their individual promo posters it looks like Theo might be connected to the villains and Nim may be a friend or ally of the girls. Also, I love the diversity of this cast! I think that every Wonder Woman property should be a true reflection of the world around her, and Bardugo has definitely accomplished that with these characters.

My copy is due to arrive today, and I am so looking forward to digging into it! When this book was first announced, I checked out Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, her latest book at the time, and absolutely loved it. So much so that I immediately got Crooked Kingdom, the second book of the duology, and devoured that as well. Bardugo has a knack for unique, compelling characters and an impressive ability to mix action and heart with some exciting twists and turns. Diana is in very capable hands with her at the helm, and I can’t wait to see what Bardugo does with her.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer is out today, and you should definitely check it out in stores, online, digitally, or any other way you can get your hands on it. The book is the first in DC’s new Icon YA line, and will be followed by YA novels starring Batman, Superman, and most excitingly, Catwoman. It should be a cool line with lots of great writers in the mix, and DC’s certainly done right by their characters in the YA market before, most notably with Gwenda Bond’s stellar Lois Lane series. I love that they’re starting this new line with Wonder Woman; Diana is the perfect character to get things rolling, and with Leigh Bardugo writing her it should be a great read!

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Cover Reveal For New Wonder Woman YA Novel, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

November 14, 2016

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We can all add another fun Wonder Woman property to our 2017 calendars! On top of the Wonder Woman movie coming out in June, there’s also a YA novel starring a young Diana set to hit bookstores on August 29, 2017. It’s called Wonder Woman: Warbringer and it’s written by Leigh Bardugo, the New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows. You can see the lovely cover above, and here’s a description of the book with some comments from Bargudo, courtesy of Bustle:

“Diana means so much to so many people,” Leigh Bardugo tells Bustle. “That’s definitely daunting, but it’s also why I took on this novel in the first place—because I love her, too.”

In Bardugo’s tale, Diana is a girl on a mission to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity arises, she throws away her shot at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mortal — a mysterious girl named Alia Keralis. But as Diana will quickly learn, her brash act could lead the world to doom and destruction.

Because what Diana doesn’t know is that Alia is a Warbringer, a direct descendant of Helen of Troy, and she is fated to bring about bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia must stand together against their enemies — some of whom to destroy Alia; others who want to claim her for their own.

“I was brought on to tell my version of Diana’s evolution as a hero, and it’s been pretty thrilling to try to pull that off,” Bardugo says. “I don’t really think it’s about taking liberties, because there’s a varied canon already. I came to the project knowing I wanted to keep some essential elements of Wonder Woman lore intact, and that I wanted to preserve the strength and kindness at Diana’s core. But I also knew I had my own story to tell and my own spin I wanted to put on her mythology.”

I’m certainly intrigued. We’ve had a few comic book stories lately with a teen Diana that have been a lot of fun; James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson’s fantastic Sensation Comics tale springs to mind, as does Wonder Woman: The True Amazon. And, of course, the many Silver Age adventures of Wonder Girl. Bardugo seems to be doing her own thing here, which I’m down for. Wonder Woman’s canon is in disarray as of late, and I’m curious to see what she brings to the table in terms of establishing a new take on Diana for prose readers.

The mythology angle sounds fun, too. Diana tends to work well with a mortal buddy, and Wonder Woman facing off against destiny should be a blast. I’m excited to see her defend her new friend and prove the fates wrong. Wonder Woman’s not the type to just bow to some vague curse; if she believes in someone, she’ll have faith that they can overcome whatever past and baggage they’re saddled with, and that could make for both a good read and a good message.

I’m not familiar with Bardugo’s work, though I’m certainly going to check out a few of her books now in advance of Warbringer. The last time I did such a thing was when Gwenda Bond was announced as the writer of a Lois Lane YA novel, and that certainly worked out spectacularly. I tracked down her earlier work and enjoyed it immensely, and then her Lois novels were amazing. Fingers crossed that Bardugo’s work is just as fun. I know that Bond and several other writers I follow speak very highly of her work, which is a great sign.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer won’t be out for a while yet, but you can pre-order it now if you’re a keener. It looks like it’s going to be a fun way to cap off the summer; I’m certainly looking forward to kicking back with the book on Labour Day weekend and enjoying some Amazon fun.

Read A New Lois Lane Short Story By Gwenda Bond In Advance Of Lois Lane: Fallout

March 6, 2015

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Lois Lane: Fallout, a new YA novel about a teenage Lois starting high school in Metropolis, isn’t out until May, but now you can get a first look at this Lois in Lois Lane: A Real Work of Art, a free short story by the book’s author, Gwenda Bond. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Lois Lane: Fallout and it is fantastic; trust me, you’re going to want to read it. It’s the Lois we all know and love, just younger, and she’s got a nose for news even as a teen.

The novel begins with Lois starting a new school, determined to make a fresh start after every other school she attended as a military brat had resulted in a new, ominous addition to her permanent record. Lois is a born troublemaker who refuses to sit idly by when something seems suspicious, and the lengthy file that accompanies her to Metropolis is a testament to that. Her plan to blend in at her new school quickly goes off the rails in the novel, but this new short story is an earlier tale set another school, a sort of trip back through Lois’ legendary permanent record.

Much like the novel, the story begins with Lois’ first day at a new school. She’s been assigned to an art class, so what sort of trouble could come from that? Paint a picture, have a nice time, make some friends. Easy peasy. But, not at all surprisingly, Lois soon finds herself on the trail of a mysterious teacher, and things escalate from there. The story is a lot of fun, and a great introduction to the new, teen Lois.

Lois hasn’t had much to do in comics as of late, so it’s very exciting that she’s about to star in her own YA novel. And you can get your Lois fix right now with this free short story! I highly recommend checking it out, and picking up Lois Lane: Fallout on May 1. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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