War of The Gods #3: Casualties of War

  • Writer: George Pérez
  • Penciller: George Pérez
  • Inkers: Pablo Marcos, Romeo Tanghal, Russ Braun, Scott Hanna, Vince Giarrano, Russ Braun, and Cynthia Martin
  • Colorist: Gene D’Angelo
  • Letterer: Albert De Guzman
  • Cover Artist: George Pérez
  • Editors: Karen Berger and Tom Peyer

Standard Edition Cover above: At the top left, just below the DC logo, is Wonder Woman carrying her mother, Hippolyta; in the circle next to them is Billy Batson; in front of the title is Pariah; to the right are several US warplanes and (top to bottom) Starman, Hawkman, and Hawkwoman.

On the far left behind the pillar in the circle is Lobo fighting the Bana-Mighdall; below them is Dolphin and an unknown.

Working to the right, in front of the pillar is Javelin; in the circle above his head is Mars facing off against Ares; in the circle below that is Troia; below her is Silver Swan; below her is Bronze Tiger; in front of him is Nightshade; to the right of her is Black Adam; the circle above him is empty; the circle to the right of that has Batman; above him, attacking Black Adam, is Circe; in the circle above her is Animal Man and, behind him, Dr Fate.

On the far right, behind the pillar, the half obscured circle at the top has Darkseid; below him is Captain Boomerang; below him is a another circle; and below that is Hermes standing on the body of Cronus.

Collectors’ Edition Cover on the right: Same as the above but with the border around it, obscuring everything except the action taking place below the title and between the pillars.

Page 1: Circe’s stronghold in the Amazon; two Bana-Mighdall Amazons rush in to tell her they’re being attacked; the guy holding the plate is Guillermo, one of Circe’s bestiamorphs; and lounging on the couch eating a cooked bird is Circe herself. The attackers are the Suicide Squad pictured in Circe’s crystal ball. At the top is Firehawk; below her are Silver Swan and Black Adam; on the left below them is Karma (with the mohawk hair) and Major Force, then Javelin, then Nightshade; below them are The Writer and Bronze Tiger. The whole attack was shown in SUICIDE SQUAD #58.

Page 2 – Panel 2: Behind Black Adam is Count Vertigo. Circe’s mention of Poison Ivy is from SUICIDE SQUAD #58 where Ivy was captured by Circe’s bestiamorphs.

Page 2 – Panel 3: Circe discards the bone of the bird she was eating. We’ll come to that again in a moment.

Page 2 – Panel 6: Having sent the Bana-Mighdall out to fight the Squad, Circe’s crystal ball reveals the captive Poison Ivy.

Page 2 – Panels 7 and 8: She starts eating the other leg, mentioning Guillermo’s predecessor Mikos whom she turned into a bird back in WONDER WOMAN #60 . . . which is whom she has just been eating.

Page 3: There’s little need to note every panel here – a group of Greek sailors and shepherds land on Circe’s old island and discover the corpses of a sect that was set up to worship Wonder Woman. Their killers will be seen soon enough.

Page 4 – Panel 1: New Olympus where the Greek and Roman gods still fight. At the top, imprisoned in the lightning, is Troia; Hera on the left faces off against Jupiter on the right. Hera mentions Zeus’s death – the chief Grecian god disappeared in a flash of lightning back in WAR OF THE GODS #2.

Page 4 – Panel 2: Jupiter admits it wasn’t him that apparently killed Zeus.

Page 4 – Panel 3: The battle continues; splashing out of the water is the tail of Poseidon (or it might be Neptune); bottom left is Diana; bottom right is Artemis.

Page 4 – Panel 4: Aphrodite rushes in for more weapons from Hephaestus but finds him with his hands in the forge.

Page 4 – Panels 5 and 6: Hephaestus and the forge

Page 4 – Panel 5: It seems likely that the voice and face Hephaestus hears and sees is that of his Roman counterpart, Vulcan.

Page 4 – Panel 6: And it’s probably Vulcan’s hands that reach out and burn Hephaestus.

Page 4 – Panel 7: The forge explodes.

Page 5 – Panel 3: Responding to an alarm is Dr Will Magnus, creator of the Metal Men.

Page 5 – Panel 6: The speaker slowly putting Magnus to sleep is . . .

Page 5 – Panel 8: . . . the Son of Vulcan who stands in front of the Metal Men. Left to right are Lead, Iron, Platinum, Gold, Tin and Mercury. The Son of Vulcan was last seen leaving New Olympus in WAR OF THE GODS #2, while Gold was seen in that same issue apparently connected to the lightning that struck Zeus.

Page 6 – Panel 1: Limbo and the weird, tree-like body that is the corpse of Cronus. Standing on the left is Hermes, on the right Harmonia. Her mention of “spirits” having been gathered by the Son of Vulcan will be dealt with in the next issue. The “metal shells” Hermes refers to are obviously the Metal Men.

Page 6 – Panel 2: Harmonia is the daughter of Ares; when she mentions Hermes taking “Diana from the temple” she refers to the burst of light at the end of WONDER WOMAN #60.

Page 6 – Panel 4: Harmonia mentions the gods’ limitations in Limbo. Note also the necklace she’s wearing.

Page 6 – Panel 5: Hermes is “counting on” those limitations for some reason.

Page 6 – Panel 6: Diana arrives in Limbo, carrying the unconscious form of her mother, Hippolyta.

Page 7 – Panel 1: As the caption says, Hippolyta’s condition is a result of Diana’s actions in WONDER WOMAN #60.

Page 7 – Panel 3: Hermes reveals why he’s counting on those limitations mentioned above – Circe’s power is weakened here in Limbo.

Page 7 – Panel 4: Diana mentions Hecate’s curse that whoever kills Circe would be then possessed by Hecate.

Page 7 – Panel 6: Harmonia cuts through the argument and tells Hermes to send Diana back to Themyscira to have her mother healed.

Page 8 – Panel 1: As far as I know, this is the first mention that the Fates have “demanded that Diana be Circe’s executioner” and that it happen in Limbo.

Page 8 – Panel 2: Harmonia’s missing necklace

Page 8 – Panel 2: The necklace that Harmonia has been wearing this whole time has now vanished.

Page 8 – Panel 4: Hermes determines to remain in Limbo until his battle with Circe ends.

Page 9 – Panel 1: Dr Fate’s tower in Salem.

Page 9 – Panel 2: Animal Man’s mention of the “Bear King” refers to the events of ANIMAL MAN #40 which, and I’m being generous here, was a tangential crossover at best. It’s also worth noting that while Dr Fate and Phantom Stranger appeared in that issue, Animal Man flatly refused to join them, so not sure what he’s doing here.

Page 9 – Panel 3: Left to right are Madame Xanadu, Phantom Stranger, Dr Fate and Zatanna, with Animal Man in front.

Page 9 – Panel 4: Dr Fate claims the creatures Animal Man fought, those led by the Bear King, were bestiamorphs independent of Circe’s control.

Page 9 – Panel 6: Nothing like a big dagger to persuade someone to help, eh?

Page 9 – Panel 7: Back in the Amazon where the Suicide Squad are attacking Circe’s stronghold. Left to right are Maser, Major Force, and Deadshot being attacked by bestiamorphs.

Page 10 – Panel 1: Left to right are Javelin and Nightshade, with Captain Boomerang behind them. As shown in SUICIDE SQUAD #58, Black Adam left the rest of the Squad to find his way inside Circe’s castle, with Nightshade and the others following him.

Page 10 – Panel 4: Black Adam heads upwards. Nightshade’s entreaty to “be working as a team” seems a little redundant as she’s already said Adam couldn’t be trusted to stick with the Squad.

Page 11 – Panel 1: Javelin’s comments about Adam using the Squad as cannon fodder are correct but, in Adam’s defence, he did admit as much when he met Amanda Waller.

Page 11 – Panel 2: Adam finds Circe waiting for him. She refers to him as “Khem-Adam“, an older version of his title.

Page 11 – Panel 5: Black Adam reveals that he has been compelled to seek Circe out and destroy her, but doesn’t know what’s driven him to do that.

Page 11 – Panels 6 to 8: The statue of Set

Page 11 – Panels 6 to 8: Circe provides the answer by revealing one of the artefacts from her altar, that of a statue of the Egyptian god Set.

Page 12 – Panel 1: Set, it appears, is drawing Adam’s power out of him for his own use.

Page 12 – Panel 2: Circe lists the six Egyptian gods that give Black Adam his powers.

Page 12 – Panel 5: Dr Konrad Kaslak, late an ally of Circe, escaping from her fortress which, as he says, is about to explode.

Page 12 – Panel 7: The bundle he reaches for is the artefact he stole from Circe’s altar back in WONDER WOMAN #59.

Page 12 – Panel 9: Mnemosyne on the left, Timandra on the right, the two Amazons freed by Pythia in WONDER WOMAN #60 and who volunteered to stay behind to allow Pythia and Julia Kapatelis to escape.

Page 13 – Panel 1: There’s a bestiamorph hunting Dr Kaslak . . .

Page 13 – Panel 3: . . . and there’s at least one hunting the Amazons as well.

Page 13 – Panel 6: As Kaslak falls from the cliff he calls out to one of the “Celae“, the Thanagarian gods, specifically “Mar Rhigan“, the goddess of death who appeared in HAWKWORLD #15. It might be worth mentioning that this is the last we see of Kaslak – he doesn’t appear in this story again.

Page 13 – Panel 7: The result of which is a big burst of light.

Page 13 – Panel 8: Mnemosyne mentions Nereids, sea nymphs from Greek mythology.

Page 14 – Panel 1: Back with the sorcerers in Fate’s Tower. Just to recap, left to right are Zatanna, Animal Man, Phantom Stranger, Dr Fate and Madam Xanadu. Animal Man has just donated some of his blood for the cause.

Page 14 – Panel 2: Madame Xanadu and Dr Fate

Page 14 – Panel 2: Madame Xanadu mentions a Shaman that has, apparently, given them the recipe to replicate one of Circe’s spells. A Shaman appeared in ANIMAL MAN #40 but said nothing about spells, Circe or, indeed, this whole War of The Gods thing! From an editorial standpoint, this looks like another crossover connection that doesn’t add up.

Page 14 – Panel 4: As the Phantom Stranger heads out, Animal Man tries to stop him, claiming that the Stranger brought him to Fate’s Tower. As mentioned above, though, in ANIMAL MAN #40, he flatly refused to join the Stranger and Dr Fate. The Stranger’s description of the situation being a “convoluted drama” is something of an understatement!

Page 14 – Panel 6: Zatanna’s description of the Stranger as “a mystery, wrapped in an enigma” is a mangling of a quote from Winston Churchill that reads “… a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

Page 15 – Panel 1: The speakers are Hawkman and Hawkwoman who are now in Gotham City. Hawkwoman mentions Wonder Woman leaving Keystone City without them; as mentioned in WONDER WOMAN #60, her trip to Central City appears to have happened off screen.

Page 15 – Panel 2: Hawkman carrying Hawkwoman as Wonder Woman borrowed Hawkwoman’s spare costume.

Page 15 – Panel 4: Hawkwoman realises someone’s using her helmet radio . . .

Page 15 – Panel 5: . . . and that someone is Batman, expecting to reach Wonder Woman.

Page 15 – Panel 6: In WONDER WOMAN #60, Steve Trevor and Etta Candy discovered the US was planning to bomb Themyscira, and now Batman has is trying to warn Wonder Woman of it.

Page 15 – Panel 8: Batman realises releasing this information makes him and it’s source – likely Steve Trevor – traitors.

Page 16 – Panel 1: Back at Circe’s lair which is starting to fall apart.

Page 16 – Panel 2: Javelin, Captain Boomerang and Nightshade discover Black Adam still suffering the effects of Circe’s attack back on Page 12.

Page 16 – Panel 4: Cripes!

Page 16 – Panel 4: Despite Nightshade’s efforts, Black Adam flees Circe’s stronghold without acknowledging any of the Suicide Squad members.

Page 16 – Panel 5: He heads skyward, crashing through the roof of the castle.

Page 16 – Panel 6: Nightshade decides to find out what made Black Adam, one of the most powerful supervillains around, so scared that he was flee the battle. Not the smartest move, you might think.

Page 16 – Panel 7: At cliff’s edge, Mnemosyne and Timandra are still facing off against the bestiamorphs. Behind them, now flying parallel to the horizon, is Black Adam.

Page 17 – Panels 1 to 3: The Amazons dive into the sea in the hopes of escaping the bestiamorphs.

Page 17 – Panel 4: Only to find Circe’s influence extends here as well.

Page 17 – Panel 6: The monsters are driven back by a shark under the control of . . .

Page 17 – Panel 7: . . . Aquaman, accompanied by . . .

Page 17 – Panel 8: . . . Dolphin.

Page 18 – Panel 1: Circe praying to her goddess, Hecate. At length.

Page 18 – Panel 3: Nightshade, Javelin, and Captain Boomerang teleport in to Circe’s chamber.

Page 18 – Panel 4: Ignoring Nightshade’s advice, Javelin launches his namesake weapon against Circe who simply casts a spell and turns it around.

Page 18 – Panels 5 and 6: Circe’s spell apparently captured Nightshade and Boomerang as they are unable to help Javelin who is chased by his own weapon.

Page 18 – Panels 8 to 11: The death of Javelin

Page 18 – Panels 7 and 8: Javelin heads for a hallway that is either an illusion or, as he reaches it, Circe seals it off, either way sending him crashing in to the wall.

Page 18 – Panel 10: Circe appears to be stifling a yawn as she ignores Nightshade’s entreaty.

Page 18 – Panel 11: Javelin dies, impaled by his own weapon. It seems strange that, judging by the word balloon, his last word would be his own name shouted out, and I suspect it was originally intended to be cried out by Nightshade. No idea why it’s in quotation marks within the balloon, either.

Page 19 – Panel 1: Themyscira with flashing lights in the sky.

Page 19 – Panel 2: The Amazons mention Heracles who hasn’t been seen since WONDER WOMAN #58 (which was part 2 of this whole thing and we’re now in part 21).

Page 19 – Panels 4 and 5: Other Amazon scouts have discovered the footprints of a child on the beach of Themyscira.

Page 19 – Panel 6: The eruptions of light from Themyscira’s point of view . . .

Page 19 – Panel 7: . . . and the same as seen from within the realm of Chaos where we find . . .

Page 19 – Panel 8: . . . Wonder Woman, holding the still unconscious Hippolyta. Hermes may have intended to send them back to the island but, as he said, his powers were limited within Limbo so it seems he could only send them so far.

Page 20 – Panel 1: The military strike against Themyscira that Batman wanted to warn Wonder Woman about has started.

Page 20 – Panel 2: One of the pilots mentions General Yedziniak; that’s the rather gung-ho General who’s behind the attack on the Amazons.

Page 20 – Panel 4: We’re back at Fate’s Tower with Animal Man, and Dr Fate reflected in his goggles.

Page 20 – Panel 5: Behind Animal Man are Madame Xanadu, Dr Fate (who must have moved from in front of Animal Man between panels), and Zatanna. The spell they’re casting is the one they needed Animal Man’s blood for back on Page 14.

Page 21 – Panel 1: The axe, and the words, belong to Mars who is still attacking Ares.

Page 21 – Panel 2: And here they are, Ares on the left, Mars on the right.

Page 21 – Panel 4: Still watching the battle is Ares’s daughter, Eris, the goddess of discord.

Page 21 – Panels 6 and 7: Sisters together

Page 21 – Panels 6 and 7: As Eris, holding her golden apple, toasts her own father’s demise, her sister Harmonia appears.

Page 21 – Panel 8: A blast of power destroys Eris’s apple.

Page 22 – Panel 1: Ares becomes aware of Harmonia’s arrival.

Page 22 – Panel 3: Harmonia shows her sense of honour by refusing to allow Eris to murder their father.

Page 22 – Panel 5: We switch now to the city of the Bana-Mighdall where we find a fist punching through a wall.

Page 22 – Panel 6: Despite the Bana Amazons being blinded by the light at the end of WONDER WOMAN #60, they’re all up and fighting Lobo.

Page 22 – Panel 7: The fist that punched through the wall belongs to Black Adam who has arrived from Circe’s stronghold. Lobo’s mention of “the gook in the cheesy red underwear” refers to Captain Marvel whom he was chasing when he ended up in the Bana temple which, apparently, is holy ground to Black Adam.

Page 23 – Panel 1: The Bana Amazons attack . . .

Page 23 – Panel 2: . . . and Black Adam realises he can now feel pain, thanks to being weakened by Circe’s spell.

Page 23 – Panel 4: Lobo mentions a “meatpie with the crazy rope” which refers, in a particularly unflattering manner, to Wonder Woman’s meeting with him in WONDER WOMAN #60.

Page 24 – Panel 1: The Bana-Mighdall Amazon reinforcements are all rendered unconscious in a single blast of power which Lobo assumes came from Black Adam.

Page 24 – Panel 3: But it actually came from the Son of Vulcan who claims to be responsible for them arriving at the temple.

Page 24 – Panel 4: The Son of Vulcan calls the temple a “mostaba” which, according to Wikipedia, is “… is a type of ancient Egyptian tomb in the form of a flat-roofed, rectangular structure with inward sloping sides … Egyptologists call these tombs mastaba, which is the Arabic word for “stone bench”.

Page 24 – Panel 5: Within the chapel is someone Black Adam thought was dead . . .

Page 24 – Panel 6: Shazam and the Metal Men

Page 24 – Panel 6: . . . the wizard Shazam. Upon the altar is Billy Batson, the alter-ego of Captain Marvel, and around him are the Metal Men. From left to right are Lead; Iron; Platinum; Gold; and Mercury.

Page 25 – Panels 1 and 2: Back above Themyscira, the fighter planes are dissuaded from attacking by energy bolts.

Page 25 – Panel 3: Wonder Woman spots Starman, the person responsible for the bolts. Starman was last seen in the Antarctic with Superman in WAR OF THE GODS #2.

Page 25 – Panel 5: Wonder Woman is still carrying her unconscious mother.

Page 25 – Panel 6: Starman is joined by Hawkman and Hawkwoman following the tip off they received from Batman back on Page 15.

Page 26 – Panel 1: Taking Hawkwoman’s advice, Wonder Woman heads through the barrier towards Themyscira.

Page 26 – Panel 2: Whose gloved hand is that pointing towards Earth?

Page 26 – Panel 3: Darkseid, lord of Apokolips, with his faithful lackey Desaad. Neither of these have been seen since WAR OF THE GODS #1, but now Darkseid becomes anxious of the events on Earth.

Page 26 – Panel 4: His villainous monologue is interrupted by a blast from . . .

Page 26 – Panel 5: . . . Orion who seems to think Apokolips is attacking Orion’s home, New Genesis. As Orion states, they are father and son.

Page 27 – Panel 1: Note that on this page it makes sense to read the left hand side of the page first, then the right. Back at Circe’s stronghold, Deadshot is attacked by a bestiamorph while the dead body of Enforcer lays in the foreground. She was killed by the Bana-Mighdall in SUICIDE SQUAD #58.

Page 27 – Panel 4: (Counting the BDAM as Panel 3) Major Victory runs from the bestiamorphs chasing him; that’s probably the reason he calls Deadshot Enforcer.

Page 27 – Panels 5 to 8: Back with the shepherds on Circe’s original island that we met on Page 3. They, too, are being chased by bestiamorphs.

Page 28 – Panel 1: Circe and her globes

Page 28 – Panel 1: Circe surveys the successes of her plan in a series of globes. From top to bottom are:

  • Darkseid facing off against Orion
  • What looks like Silver Swan battling two bestiamorphs
  • Themyscira
  • Phobos
  • New Olympus
  • Areopagus, the mountain of Ares with the effects of Ares and Mars’s battle shown as an explosion

Surrounding her are her bestiamorphs.

Page 28 – Panel 2: Behind Circe are the still captive Nightshade and Captain Boomerang; in the globe in front of her is Heracles beneath Themyscira, still holding the island up since Atlas left in WONDER WOMAN #58.

Page 28 – Panels 3 to 7: Guillermo, her servant, rushes in along with several of his fellow bestiamorphs who revert back to their original forms before Circe’s eyes.

Page 29 – Panel 2: And it’s happening everywhere; Firehawk flies in from the left to join Deadshot and Major Victory.

Page 29 – Panel 4: The shepherds witness the same thing.

Page 29 – Panel 6: As do Vanessa Kapatelis and Inspector Indelicato.

Page 29 – Panel 9: Back at Fate’s Tower, Animal Man, the power behind the spell to force the bestiamorphs to change back to their original forms, lays drained as Madame Xanadu and Dr Fate look on.

Page 29 – Panel 10: Enraged, Circe magically teleports herself away from her stronghold.

Page 30 – Panels 1 to 3: As the castle begins to crumble in earnest, Nightshade attempts to escape with Captain Boomerang.

Page 30 – Panel 4: Maser rescues Poison Ivy. Ivy mentions Count Vertigo – the two had a run-in in SUICIDE SQUAD #58.

Page 30 – Panel 6: The figure in white on the left is Dr Light; the speech bubbles are round the wrong way.

Page 30 – Panel 7: Dr Light mentions another, familiar energy reading that, he colleagues tell her, was also detected in Antarctica.

Page 30 – Panel 8: Back at Circe’s now ruined castle, the Suicide Squad gather. At the top is Silver Swan; below her left to right are Maser; Major Victory; and Firehawk.

Page 31 – Panel 1: As Firehawk says, this is Pariah.

Page 31 – Panel 2: Count Vertigo and Bronze Tiger of the Suicide Squad.

Page 31 – Panel 3: Pariah does indeed appear to be laughing. That can’t be good.

Page 31 – Panels 4 and 5: As Firehawk attempts to speak to him, he vanishes . . .

Page 31 – Panels 6 and 7: . . . only to appear seemingly within the body of Troia who is still imprisoned on New Olympus.

Page 31 – Panel 8: Various gods halt their battle as they listen to Troia’s screams.

Page 31 – Panel 9: The Romans Minerva and Jupiter also pause, starting to wonder about what’s happening.

Note about Pages 32 and 33: In this two page spread, the top half of both pages deal with Hermes facing off against Circe; the bottom halves deal with Harmonia, Eris and Ares. This latter section was printed the wrong way around in both the original comic and then in the collected edition, the first half of the battle appearing on Page 33, the second half on Page 32. The corrected version below is a simple cut and paste job done by myself in order to illustrate what I mean:

Original version
Corrected version

For the notes on these Pages, I’m going to use the original Page and Panel numbers but I’ll follow the panels as laid out in the corrected version above because it makes more sense for the flow of the story.

Page 32 – Panel 1: Circe’s teleportation spell was hijacked by Hermes, forcing her to appear in Limbo on the body of Cronus.

Page 32 – Panel 4: Despite Hermes’ words, Circe’s not intimidated.

Page 33 – Panel 3: Harmonia attacks Eris. Eris’s question of “Why should I be content to serve when I can rule?” is reminiscent of a famous line from Paradise Lost where Satan proclaims it is “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.

Page 33 – Panel 4: As Harmonia tries to reason with her sister, a hand appears behind her, belonging to . . .

Page 33 – Panel 5: . . . Phobos whom we last saw escaping from Superman and Starman in WAR OF THE GODS #2.

Page 32 – Panel 9: Ares cradles the dead Harmonia

Page 33 – Panel 6: Harmonia screams from Phobos’s attack, making Ares turn away from Mars.

Page 33 – Panel 1: Circe, still unimpressed, taunts Hermes.

Page 33 – Panel 2: Hermes launches his attack.

Page 32 – Panel 5: Ares turns and blasts Mars.

Page 32 – Panel 6: Phobos and Eris flee, leaving the body of Harmonia behind.

Page 32 – Panels 7 to 9: Ares discovers his daughter’s body and realises she is dead.

Page 34 – Panel 2: On Themyscira, are Pythia; Julia Kapatelis; and Wonder Woman.

Page 34 – Panel 3: Kneeling beside the bed is Epione; laying on it is Hippolyta. Epione informs us that Hippolyta suffers from a curse laid upon her soul by Circe, the only one who can remove it.

Page 34 – Panel 7: Hawkwoman, Hawkman and Starman still trying to run interference with the fighter jets.

Page 34 – Panel 8: And it looks like the fighter pilots have had enough until . . .

Page 35 – Panel 1: . . . there’s a massive flash of light in the sky.

Page 35 – Panel 2: Julia Kapatelis, Wonder Woman and Epione startled by . . .

Page 35 – Panel 3: . . . the fighter jets appearing above Themyscira.

Page 35 – Panel 6: Wonder Woman hopes to reason with the fighter pilots but before she can . . .

Page 35 – Panel 7: . . . she’s caught up in a massive column of water . . .

Page 36 – Panel 2: . . . and is dumped unceremoniously on to the beach of Themyscira.

Page 36 – Panel 4: Sharing the beach with her are, left to right, Mnemosyne, Timandra, Dolphin and Aquaman. We last saw the Amazons being rescued by Aquaman and Dolphin on Page 17.

Page 37 – Panel 7: God’s bones!

Page 36 – Panel 6: Captain Boomerang and Nightshade captured by Amazons. Her teleportation attempt back on Page 30 seems to have brought them here.

Page 36 – Panel 7: Menalippe on the left whom we haven’t seen since WAR OF THE GODS #1.

Page 37 – Panel 1: Another huge column of water heads for the island.

Page 37 – Panel 2: Wonder Woman appears to know what’s coming and is making her final stand.

Page 37 – Panels 4 and 5: Circe arrives on Themyscira, quoting Hecate’s curse which, as Wonder Woman states, can be lifted by the death of either of them.

Page 37 – Panel 7: Circe produces the skeleton of Hermes whom we last saw launching an attack against her in Limbo. Looks like that didn’t work.

Page 38 – Panel 1: In a rage, Wonder Woman swears to kill Circe, forgetting that she would inherit Hecate’s curse if she’s successful, as well as the curse on Hippolyta remaining in place.

Page 38 – Panel 3: Wonder Woman was formed of clay and Circe intends to return her to that state.

Page 38 – Panel 5: A hastily erected magical barrier seals the battle off from Wonder Woman’s friends.

Page 38 – Panel 7: Neither Hawkwoman nor Starman can break through, either.

Page 39 – Panel 1: In a burst of light, Wonder Woman dies.

Page 39 – Panels 5 and 6: Circe has a moment of doubt before realising that she has finally killed her arch-enemy.

Page 39 – Panels 9 and 10: Circe flies off, planning to create the world anew in the name of her goddess.

Page 40 – Panel 1: As the fighter jets get the go ahead to bomb Themyscira, the pilot realises there’s bigger problems as . . .

Page 40 – Panel 3: . . . New Olympus appears in the skies above Themyscira.

Page 40 – Panel 5: This is the Teen Titan Omen, whose real name is Lilith and she’s on the phone to Terry Long, husband of Donna Troy. Why is she ringing him?

Page 40 – Panel 6: Because Pariah has appeared in Terry and Donna’s apartment.