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"An Amazon attack. A deadly bee weapon. Bees. My God."

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 series, Supergirl (2005), and Catwoman (2002).

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
  • Bee-Bee Gun: One of the weapons of the Amazons, as stated in the page quote above.
  • Canon Discontinuity: After the conclusion of this event, the cast in general has seemingly adopted a Let Us Never Speak of This Again approach towards this event, suggesting that it's fallen into this trope.
  • Death of a Child: 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.
  • Does Not Like Men: The entire Amazon race as portrayed here.
  • Faux Action Girl: Wonder Woman is barely a participant in her own miniseries. She never wins a fight (at one point being airlifted away by Superman from a fight she's winning), and never thinks to use her lasso on Hippolyta, despite it having once convinced Ares his plan wouldn't work (not even getting into how it can undo brainwashing, which Hippolyta is clearly under the effects of).
  • Hijacked by Ganon: 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!
  • 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.
  • 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. Retconned in Secret Six with a prison labor camp full of Amazon war criminals ... and yet , the story tries to make it seem that the treatment of Amazon prisoners is somehow WRONG !!!?
  • The Man Behind the Man: Granny Goodness, who was behind Athena, who was behind the madness of Hippolyta.
  • Monumental Damage: Few Washington landmarks emerge unscathed.
  • Plot Hole: Loads of them, "why doesn't Wonder Woman just use her friggin' lasso on Hippolyta?" merely being the most obvious.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Given by Athena to all parties at the conclusion. And she turns out to be Granny Goodness in disguise.
  • Rock Beats Laser: The Amazons' horses fly 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: Just about every Amazon is reduced to this, being man-hating warriors. This character ultimately becomes inconsistent because at one point, the Amazons found a female pilot on the ground, and one of them kills her without a second thought. Nor do the other Amazons bat an eye about it. Later, it is shown that a group of Amazons tried to kill Lucy Lane.
  • Washington D.C. Invasion: The raison d'être of the entire project.
  • Wham Line: One of the more bizarre attempts.
    Athena: Hmm, perhaps you're right. Perhaps Justice isn't the proper word. But you must admit... GOODNESS has certainly triumphed!