Ancient serpent brought to bay, dies upon a golden spear. Brave hearts riding into death saving the living world from fear. In victory the heroes fall. Dragon slaying as she's slain.
The Delphi Oracle
Christopher Moeller (w) & (a)
Having developed a taste for reading collected editions I decided to pick out JLA: A League of One from the dusty part of my bookshelves. I hadn't read this since it was published. Unlike the other graphic novels I've been reviewing this was an original story published in both hardback & paperback editions telling the tale of how Wonder Woman betrayed the League.
There were dragons.
Once mankind was plagued by an evil race of dragons the last of whom was seemingly destroyed or banished in the Middle Ages by an army of men. However her acolytes survived and have awakened the ancient evil deep in her Swiss lair.
Dragons feed on gold.
All over central Europe there are thefts of gold and jewellery. Treasure that will awaken Drakul Karfang last of her hateful race. Those that serve will be transformed. Or eaten.
The Oracle at Delphi has a warning that Wonder Woman takes as the death of the league so one by one with the help of a couple of sprites she disables or sends off the others. Only Batman tries to stop her but on this rare occasion he fails.
Wonder Woman sends life-pods around the sun and weakens Superman so he it takes longer to rescue the JLA.
Diana will face the ancient evil and die in the place of the JLA.
An unexpected tale of love, friendship and betrayal (all for the right reasons even if Kal-El is not happy) but an interesting one. Worth picking up and still in print via Amazon which surprised me after all this time and not at inflated prices like some of their offerings.