Comic Book: Amazons Attack
was a 2007 DC Comics
miniseries, written by Will Pfeiffer with art by Pete Woods. The plot involves the return of Wonder Woman
's mother, Queen Hippolyta, from the dead. Under the advice of Circe, a frequent enemy of the Amazons in the past, she leads the Amazons in an attack on Washington, D.C. aimed at rescuing her daughter from American captivity.
Of course, all is not exactly what it seems, and among other things, Wonder Woman's captivity had been engineered by Circe herself. The plot involves a number of subplots, including the Justice League's attempts to fight back, the internment of women suspected of Amazon sympathies by the U.S. government, and an ill-fated mission by Supergirl
and Wonder Girl
to speak to the President of the United States. Events from Amazons Attack
also affected a number of other books, including the weekly Countdown to Final Crisis
, and Catwoman
Ultimately, the war ends and the true players behind the conflict are revealed, but only after considerable death and destruction.
For a miniseries expected to be a major "event" comic, sales of Amazons Attack
were disappointing at best, and the critical/fan reception even worse. While most fans agree that Pete Woods contributed gorgeous art to the project, it's difficult to find positive comments about any other
aspects of the project.
This comic provides examples of:
- Advertised Extra: Wonder Woman is featured in the promotional artwork as well as the covers and the trade collection is even listed as a Wonder Woman book. She appeared in about 20 pages of it at most.
- Armor Is Useless: On both sides. Plate armor is just as useless against assault rifles as reality would dictate, but American tanks and planes are also quite vulnerable to magical but primitive-looking Amazon weaponry
- Ax-Crazy: Hippolyta.
- Bee Bee Gun: See the page quote.
- Deus ex Machina: Just like the plays in ancient Greece, only without the strings holding "Athena" up.
- Does Not Like Men: The entire Amazon race as portrayed here.
- From Bad to Worse: Happens several times over the course of the conflict.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Taken Up to Eleven. A brainwashed Queen Hippolyta has led the Amazons of Themyscira to wage war on the United States! BUT WAIT! It turns out that Queen Hippolyta's attack was actually all a Secret Test of Character by the goddess Athena! BUT WAIT! It turns out it was all a convoluted plot masterminded by Granny Goodness of the New Gods while disguised as Athena and keeping the other Greek gods imprisoned! BUT WAIT! The entire miniseries was actually a tie-in to Countdown to Final Crisis, where Granny Goodness is training hundreds of women to be female furies in connection to the Death of the New Gods! BUT WAIT! The Death Of The New Gods/Jimmy Olsen's superpowers plotline from Countdown was actually all part of Darkseid's evil plan involving the Anti-Life equation, and Granny Goodness was just working for him! WHAT.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. In fact, its what kicks off the plot as two Amazons brutally kill an innocent father and his young son just because they are male.
- Just Following Orders: Apparently, this is the excuse that let the vast majority of the Amazons waltz away from the conflict with nothing more than amnesia. The excuse rings a lot hollow when Amazons are depicted on several occasions going out of their way to commit war crimes against innocent civilians.
- The Man Behind the Man: Granny Goodness.
- Monumental Damage: Few Washington landmarks emerge unscathed.
- Karma Houdini: The Amazon soldiers go out of their way to carry out genocide with fervor and eagerness that would put the Schutzstaffel to shame...and as punishment, they have their memories erased, and are implanted in normal lives across the world. And even this is later reversed, making Granny Goodness the only character who seemed to think that an entire nation leaping at the chance to enact mass murder merited some sort of punishment.
- Rock Beats Laser: The Amazons' horses move faster than jets, and their bows beat guns and tanks.
- Secret Test of Character: Athena (by which we mean Granny Goodness) tries to pass the whole story off as one of these in the last issue. According to her, everyone failed.
- Series Continuity Error: In issue #3, Hippolyta demands for unconditional surrender within one day. In #4, the broadcast of the demands is for one week.
- Straw Feminist: One of many reasons not to bring this series up around Wonder Woman fans.
- Washington D.C. Invasion: The raison d'Ítre of the entire project.