WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the DC Zoom original graphic novel Diana: Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Victoria Ying, available now.
Diana: Princess of the Amazons is an original graphic novel published under the DC Zoom banner, a line of books aimed at young readers. The book introduces a Diana Prince who is far from being the Amazon Princess known as Wonder Woman — in fact, the comic takes place entirely during Diana’s formative years, at a time when she was just a child living on Themyscira.
There is no invisible jet here, no red and blue armor, no shield and no Lasso of Truth. There’s just a young Diana, learning what it means to be an Amazon and trying to pass the time on an island filled with warrior women.
Diana: Princess of the Amazons is a modern re-imagining of Diana’s early adventures on Themyscira that anyone can jump into without much prior knowledge of or familiarity with previous Wonder Woman comics. In fact, the comic’s version of the Amazons’ home might feel familiar to any fan who has seen the 2016 film, Wonder Woman. However, there is one instance where Diana: Princess of the Amazons calls back to the original comics by William Moulton Marston.
In the DC Extended Universe films Wonder Woman and Justice League, viewers were introduced to a Paradise Island that was extremely serious: Amazons trained constantly to become the most fierce warriors on the planet and when invaded, they rushed into battle riding their principal mode of transportation: Horses.
However, in 1942’s Sensation Comics #6 by Marston and Harry G. Peter, the Amazons weren’t riding horses: They were known to ride alien kangaroos known as Kangas. In fact, Wonder Woman got an animal sidekick in the form Jumpa, her own Kanga. Although Jumpa doesn’t have the name recognition or as many appearances as, say, Krypto or Ace the Bat-Hound, the kangaroo still gets a nod from time to time in the comics. It was an odd addition to the mythology of Wonder Woman and something that isn’t addressed all that much in modern comics save for the odd tip of the hat.
However, in Diana: Princess of the Amazons, the Kangas return front and center. In fact, they are once again placed as the Amazons’ principal mode of transportation throughout the island and the kangaroos are what the warriors ride into battle. While there is no specific mention of Jumpa (given that it is much too early in Diana’s life to get her own Kanga), multiple other giant kangaroos can be seen around Themyscira.
What’s also interesting is that Diana: Princess of the Amazons doesn’t make a big deal about it.. The kangaroos are part of the Amazons’ daily lives and culture. Everyone on the island is familiar with them and no one questions where they came from.
For seasoned readers, this is a perfect throwback to the Golden Age. For newcomers, it serves as perfect introduction to the Amazons as William Moulton Marston envisioned them — not on horses, but on kangaroos.
In the original graphic novel Diana: Princess of the Amazons, one of Wonder Woman's oldest and oddest comic book elements makes a return.