Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
DC Icons #1
Random House | August 28, 2017
I’d actually had no plans to read Warbringer. I’ve never seen any Wonder Woman movies, or television. I think the only time I’d seen her was watching the occasional Justice League cartoon. Don’t shoot me, I know she’s female empowerment, but I wasn’t ever interested. The lasso of truth and shield bracelets didn’t get me excited. You know who I loved? Batman!
Learning that the second book in the DC Icons series was going to be Batman made me need to read Warbringer. I knew the two stories weren’t connected, but it’s a series so I will read them in order. This is one of those moments where being so anal about serial reading turned out well, because Warbringer was great! I’m telling you, Leigh Bardugo is such a great writer.
I love when the answer to a story stares you right in the face, and yet you can’t see it. That’s exactly what reading Warbringer was. When I completed it I realized how blind I’d been, and I just laughed. It was really well done.
And actually, the most brilliant part of the story was Wonder Woman herself. Diana was so much fun to read! I loved her wisdom and strength, but I especially loved how that was paired with her naivety about the World of Man. I loved her brutal honesty, and her kindness and protectiveness. She was such a strong heroine that she’s actually given me a new appreciation for Wonder Woman overall.
I’m actually hoping for a sequel, even though I know it ain’t happenin’.
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
DC Icons #2
Random House | January 2, 2018
Okay, so the general consensus is that Nightwalker wasn’t as good as Warbringer, and I do agree. Warbringer managed to surprise me, and Diana was so spectacularly written that it would be hard to top. Still, I enjoyed Nightwalker. Now, it could be due to my love of Batman -since he is my favorite Superhero- but I thought Marie Lu kept the story true to the original atmosphere. The story felt dark and gritty. Bruce was noble and brooding, exactly as he should be, and the story itself felt like a Batman movie. I was entertained.
I also loved reading about Bruce’s early relationship with Harvey. I never read the comics, so I’m not sure if they were friends early on or if that was new, but I loved it. It reminded me of Smallville, and Lex and Clark’s early friendship. I also loved the doomed feelings between Bruce and Madeleine. It wasn’t a perfectly written relationship, but I was invested in their interactions.
I do wish Harvey and Dianne had been fleshed out more, and I did figure out everything early on, but I never wanted to put the book down, so I’m glad I read it and I’m glad I own it.
Now we all wait for Catwoman.