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""The Princess and the Power!"": 30,000 BCE

Quote1 We are commanded to choose a champion -- the very best among us! She shall prove herself through tournament and the Trial of Flashing Thunder! She alone can save us and she alone shall face Ares in the world of man! Quote2
-- Menalippe

Appearing in "The Princess and the Power!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Aella (First appearance)
  • Antiope (1st appearance & origin)


  • The first City of Themyscira (First appearance)
  • Doom's Doorway (First appearance)
  • Temple of Hades (First appearance)



  • None

Synopsis for "The Princess and the Power!"

30,000 BCE
A caveman returns to his home after a harrowing day of hunting. Having lost the use of his arm in battle, he feels weak and ashamed. His pregnant mate tries to console him, but her pity only drives him into a fit of rage. Picking up a club, he brutally bashes her across the head, killing her. The dead woman’s spirit leaves her body and travels into the underworld.

1,200 BCE
A convocation forms in the palace of Zeus on Mount Olympus. Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt petitions Zeus to create a new race of warrior women – a race that will help to lead mankind back towards faithful worship of the Gods. Ares, the God of War, believes this plan to be pitiful and will only serve to weaken the vitality of the Gods. Zeus has no interest in the idea at all, and leaves the chamber, allowing the other Gods to decide the issue amongst themselves. Artemis addresses Zeus' wife Hera and asks for her blessing in this endeavor. Hera warns her to tread lightly, and to never again ask her to take sides against her husband.

Artemis gathers several Gods sympathetic to her cause together including Hermes, Demeter, Aphrodite, Hestia and Athena. Without Zeus' knowledge, they book passage across the River Styx to the Cavern of Souls, which contains the souls of every woman unjustly slain by men. The Gods pool their resources, extracting these spirits and reincarnating them on the shores of the Aegean Sea; thus are thousands of women reborn into the warrior race called Amazons. One spirit however, is not reincarnated and remains behind in the Cavern of Souls. Athena notes that this one has a special destiny, and that her time of rebirth has not yet come. Athena addresses these newly born Amazons and tells them that they are a chosen race, born to lead humanity in the ways of virtue. Athena selects Hippolyte to serve as Queen of the Amazons, with her sister Antiope acting at her side. Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth, forges them a great city and the Amazons live in prosperity for centuries.

Years later
Years pass, until one day the Greek hero Heracles learns about this flourishing community of warrior women. Suffering madness at the hands of Eurystheus, Heracles decides to demonstrate his purported superiority over these chosen warriors. [1] Heracles' anger and savagery does not go unnoticed by the gods however. From his castle stronghold on Areopagus, Ares uses his influence to intensify Heracles' rage. He manipulates him into waging war against the Amazons.

Heracles' army is met by a full compliment of Amazon warriors. Hippolyte herself challenges Heracles to armed combat, and succeeds in defeating him. Impressed with her martial prowess, Heracles decides to call a truce, and declares that there shall be peace between his soldiers and the Amazons. That night, both man and woman alike enjoy each other's company, but as the evening wears on, Heracles' true motives reveal themselves. He viciously attacks Hippolyte and forces her into bondage.

While shackled inside of a dungeon, the image of Athena appears before Hippolyte. Athena chastises her for withdrawing from the outside world when she should have been helping humanity to new heights of enlightenment. She beckons Hippolyte to "bathe in the light" of her wisdom. With renewed courage, Hippolyte breaks free of her prison cell and inspires her fellow Amazons to overthrow their male slavers. While signaling a call to arms, Hippolyte reminds her sisters that although they fight against their oppressors, they should never forget the ways of Gaea. Not all of the Amazons fight with compassion however. Antiope, and many like her, crave only vengeance and brutally rebel against Heracles' soldiers. The Amazons prove victorious, but their ranks are split amongst those who follow the peaceful ways of Hippolyte and those who follow Antiope.

The Gods favor Hippolyte's Amazons, and Poseidon parts the Aegean Sea leading them to a new homeland – an island paradise that will come to be known as Themyscira. As penance for their past indiscretions, however, the Amazons are now charged with the safekeeping of an ancient evil that remains locked beneath the island. Centuries pass, and the Amazons create a massive city on this Paradise Island.

Artemis' congregation decide that it is now time for the final spirit trapped within the Cavern of Souls to be reborn. Hippolyte is the reincarnation of the pregnant cave woman who was slain by her husband over 30,000 years ago. The isolated soul in the Cavern is the spirit of the woman's unborn child. The Amazon oracle Menalippe consults with Hippolyte and tells her that she must go to the shore and mold the form of a child out of clay. Hippolyte does as advised and the Gods breath life into the clay figurine, infusing it with the spirit of the final lost soul. This infant female is the first and only child to actually be birthed on Themyscira. Hippolyte names her Diana after a fabled heroine from their past. Diana is raised by all of the Amazons and is trained in every aspect of Amazonian culture.

As Diana approaches adulthood, Menalippe receives another vision from the Gods: that Ares has grown in both power and madness, and plots to destroy the entire world. There is but one hope: Themyscira must send a single champion, selected through tournament and "Flashing Thunder", into Man's World to battle Ares. Hippolyte obeys this edict but, fearing for her daughter's well-being, forbids Diana from competing in the tournament.

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Diana participates in the "Trial of Flashing Thunder"

With Athena's blessing, the stubborn Diana disobeys her mother and enters the tournament, knowing all the contestants will be masked to guarantee impartiality. The disguised Diana out-performs her fellow Amazons and proves herself worthy of being the Champion - much to Hippolyte's horror. Though remorseful, Diana insists she has only obeyed the Gods' will, and Hippolyte has little choice but to give her the Champion's silver bracelets and let her take the final challenge – the Trial of Flashing Thunder.

The "Flashing Thunder" is revealed to be a handgun - a weapon from "Man's World" wielded by the Captain of the Guard, Philippus. Diana is ordered to defend herself against it with nothing but her silver bracelets, and succeeds, though not without difficulty. With this final challenge concluded, Diana is officially proclaimed Themyscira's Champion, attired in the armor of a great warrior from ages past, and prepared for her journey into Man's World.


  • Includes a one-page editorial by George Pérez on the interior front cover.


  • Diana is actually named after Diana Trevor, an American who crash-landed on Themyscira years ago and became a great hero to the Amazon people. Diana Trevor is the mother of Steve Trevor, whom Diana will meet next issue. [2]

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Links and References

  1. In Greek mythology, Eurystheus was king of Tiryns, one of three Mycenaean strongholds in the Argolid. Eurystheus was an opponent of Heracles and forced him to perform twelve labors after the demigod suffered a bout of madness at the hands of jealous Hera and slew his family
  2. The story of Diana Trevor is revealed in greater detail in the "Challenge of the Gods" storyline running through issues #10-14 of Wonder Woman
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