For the past few years Graphic Audio has put out full cast recordings of novels starring DC Comics characters. The latest is Wonder Woman: Mythos by Carol Lay.
While on their honeymoon, Ana and Henry Lindstadt discover an island that mysteriously appears out of nowhere. This island is close to the legendary island of Themyscria, home to Wonder Woman and the Amazons. After Henry goes missing during some seismic activity, Batman alerts Wonder Woman to what’s happening near her home, and she decides to investigate. After receiving a warrior’s welcome, Diana seeks out her mother who directs her to the oracle. She then learns of the legend of an island like Themyscria, only it’s full of men!
Diana makes her way over to the new island where she finds Henry and discovers the island populated only by men. She then seeks out that island’s oracle and comes across a cave with carvings. The carvings indicate that Henry is to salvage an orb of mysterious power; the orb will enslave Wonder Woman, force her to betray her people and lead to many deaths. She also learns that Ares, the God of War, might be the creator of this orb.
Wonder Woman gets the Justice League involved, but things go from bad to worse when the orb starts to take over Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern. The orb is bringing out latent misogynist thoughts from her male comrades. Diana must now find a way to free her friends and destroy the orb for good.
This was a fun story that involves the entire Justice League, but pays particular attention to a specific Leaguer — in this case Wonder Woman. There are six novels in this line, and Graphic Audio plans to adapt them all. The company’s motto is “a movie in your mind,” and they aren’t exaggerating! Each character has an actor voicing them; this isn’t one actor voicing all the characters like in some audio books. Colleen Delany voices Wonder Woman, and she brings the Amazon princess to life. Superman by James Konicek sounds like the iconic character should, while Richard Rohan’s Batman sounds menacing as the Dark Knight. I would have liked more Batman in the story, but Rohan also directed the story so he might not have had time. There’s no skimping on quality, and that comes across in the final product.
In addition to the six Justice League adaptations, there are also adaptations of two recent DC mini-series which I fully enjoyed. Plus, they have the biggest DC story, Crisis on Infinite Earths, slated to be released in May 2009. I can’t wait to see their take on that.