REVIEW: ‘Diana, Princess of the Amazons’

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Diana Princess of the Amazons

Diana, Princess of the Amazons is a children’s graphic novel published by DC Comics. The graphic novel is written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by Victoria Ying, with colors by Lark Pien, and letters by Dave Sharpe. The story follows a young, 11-year-old Diana who lives on the beautiful and seemingly perfect island of Themyscira. However, despite being surrounded by her loving mother and aunties, as the only child among the Amazons, Diana feels incredibly alone. At the age of 11, Diana feels she is either too young or too old for just about everything.

Diana isn’t Wonder Woman yet and certainly isn’t old enough to begin training. In hopes of finding someone to play with, she takes matters into her own hands by crafting a friend out of clay. However, her new friend may turn out to be a monster that is nothing but trouble.

Diana, Princess of the Amazons is a heartwarming story about facing your inner demons and insecurities while feeling like an outcast in your own home. Diana’s circumstances are unique but because of the Hales’ engaging and endearing dialogue, she feels incredibly relatable. Diana’s loneliness and feelings of ostracization are universal and something every child, and adult, can relate too.

At the heart of the story is the relationship with Diana and her mother Hippolyta. As Hippolyta grows busier and unable to see her daughter, Diana feels more lost and like she doesn’t belong. The emotional moments between the two, particularly at the end of the graphic novel, are full of heart and, despite being meant for children, feel incredibly impactful.

Diana Princess of the Amazons

In addition to the fantastic narrative, Diana, Princess of the Amazons features adorable and delightful illustrations from Ying. The cartoonish style works well with the younger reading level but is also never too simple. It remains interesting enough for even adults to enjoy and follow along. One of the reasons the emotional beats hit so well is because of how emotively Diana is drawn. The characters are expressive but always beautiful to look at. Pien’s colors add to this often coloring Diana’s face with the perfect amount of flush from an embarrassing moment. The comic features a vibrant color palette that works for its intended audience. Sharpe’s letters never clutter the panels and match well with Ying’s artwork.

Diana, Princess of the Amazons is another example of an excellent graphic novel for children from DC Comics. Any Wonder Woman fans should absolutely pick up this delightful graphic novel. Additionally, anyone looking for a lighter read akin to DC Super Hero Girls or other YA and children’s titles from the DC brand should also add this to their library at home.

Diana, Princess of the Amazons is available now wherever comic books or books are sold as well as online.

Diana, Princess of the Amazons
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TL;DR

Diana, Princess of the Amazons is another example of an excellent graphic novel for children from DC Comics. Any Wonder Woman fans should absolutely pick up this delightful graphic novel.