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Justice League of America: Wonder Woman Mythos
Carol Lay
Multi-cast performance, adaptation
GraphicAudio, 5 hours

Justice League of America: Wonder Woman Mythos
Carol Lay
Carol Lay (b. 1952) is the author of a weekly comic strip, Way Lay, which first appeared in 1992 and which runs in the LA Weekly and Salon. It is also printed in daily and weekly newspapers as far afield as Hong Kong and Norway. Lay has been drawing professionally for over 25 years.

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A review by Gil T. Wilson

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Once again, GraphicAudio delivers on its promise of "A Movie in Your Mind." This time, the focus is on the DC Comics heroine, Wonder Woman. With realistic sound effects and excellent voice casting, GraphicAudio put together a great production that kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want to stop listening. An added extra is the mood music placed into the production. It fits so perfectly that it seems as though it were written by the author of the book.

In Wonder Woman Mythos the story relies heavily on the origin of Wonder Woman and the legends of Greek gods. Themyscira, the home and origin of Wonder Woman (Paradise Island for the old school comic fans), is the island home of the Amazons. Diana (Wonder Woman) was created from the soil of Themyscira because the women of the island could not reproduce and Queen Hippolyta wanted a daughter. Hippolyta was instructed to mold some clay from the shores of Paradise Island into the form of a baby girl.

Six members of the Greek Pantheon then bonded the soul to the clay, giving it life. Each of the six also granted Diana a gift: Demeter, great strength; Athena, wisdom and courage; Artemis, a hunter's heart and a communion with animals; Aprhodite, beauty and a loving heart; Hesita, sisterhood with fire; Hermes, speed and the power of flight. Wonder Woman was raised on the island and later became the liaison for Themyscira to "Man's World." This is when she became a superhero and joined the Justice League.

The Justice League of America consists of all the Superheroes of DC comics. The main heroes are: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and The Martian Manhunter. The League's base of operations in an orbiting satellite called the Watchtower. As the story begins, Martian Manhunter and The Atom are bringing down the Watchtower's systems for upgrades and repairs, leaving the JLA out of communication with each other. The heroes head back to their respective hometowns during this downtime.

Wonder Woman decides to visit her island home after hearing that a man has disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle, which is in the vicinity of Themiscyra. A man's appearance on Themiscyra could escalate into a dangerous situation for both himself and the Amazons on the island. After arriving home, Diana is taken to the Oracle, who warns Diana of the Island of Opposites and that Themiscyra will be attacked. Knowing that this prediction may be linked to the missing man, Wonder Woman begins looking for him. What she finds is the man's new bride searching where her husband was last seen scuba diving.

The man and his wife were spending their honeymoon in the Bermuda Triangle, where he was inexplicably drawn. While scuba diving, the man finds a glowing orb and then leaves his wife, swimming toward a mysterious island. After the wife returns to their boat, she realizes that the island has disappeared. When Wonder Woman arrives on the scene she assists the man's wife with her search. But just as dangerous water spouts appear to threaten the dive boat, Wonder Woman is transported to another dimension.

In this different dimension exists an island of men who are governed by some paintings in "God Cave." The paintings show the men rising up and taking arms upon the arrival of the man and Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman learns the god Aries is behind this plot and she must use all her powers to keep the men from attacking Themiscyra and then, the rest of the world.

Wonder Woman Mythos is an exciting adventure featuring Wonder Woman, with appearances from Batman, Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern. It will keep you listening down to the last minute.

Copyright © 2009 Gil T. Wilson

Gil T. has spent a quarter of a century working in radio and has lots of spare time on his hands and reading or listening to books takes up all that time. Check out his blog to find out what he's up to at any given moment.


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