Amazons Attack! – 3


Amazons Attack! – 3

General Info

Issue No:
3
On Sale Date:
June 2007
Cover Date:
August 2007
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
The Road To Hell...

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Peter Woods
Writer:
Will Pfeifer
Penciller:
Peter Woods
Inker:
Peter Woods
Letterer:
Travis Lanham
Colourist:
Brad Anderson
Editor:
Matt Idelson, Nachie Castro (Associate Editor)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana)
Heroes:
Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El), Grace Choi, Green Arrow (Oliver Queen), Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), Blue Beetle (Jamie Reyes), Big Barda, Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Vixen (Mari McCabe), Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Starman (Thom Kallor), Hourman (Richard Tyler), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Hawkman (Carter Hall)
Villains:
Amazons of Bana-Mighdall, Karna
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
Artemis, Philippus, Hippolyta
Other:
Allison Addison, Darla, Jonathan Horne, Martha Kent, Jonathan Kent, Nemesis (Tom Tresser)
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This issue is a companion issue to “Wonder Woman” #10 and follows on from events in “Teen Titans”#48.

Synopsis

As the TV news channels spread the word of the impending disaster in Kansas, Superman quickly arrives and uses his super breath to put out the raging inferno. Checking that his grateful parents are OK he swiftly returns to the scene of the battle in Washington D.C. However, it appears the Kansas attack is not an isolated incident as reports from across the country tell of chaos spreading. Roads are jammed as people flee from cities; all flight have been cancelled causing disruption at airports across the nation; Women’s Shelters have found themselves under attack as people suspect they have connections with the Amazons; murders; suicides; looting…

As people watch the news horrified by what is happening the broadcast is cut short and they find themselves staring at an image of Hippolyta! She addresses the nation, saying that she has been responsible for the escalating conflict and has no intention of stopping until she achieves her goal. Originally, she had intended to free her daughter from the U.S. Governments unjust incarceration. But now the stakes have been raised and she tells America that it has one way to save the county – by complete and unconditional surrender! She gives them one day to decide and with that, promptly slays the male cameraman she had requested to film her live broadcast!

Philippus and Artemis watch from the sidelines, unable to believe what they have just heard. They fear the Amazon Queen has lost her mind and wonder what action must be taken when their leader is no longer fit to lead?

Meanwhile in the skies over America the fugitive U.S. President discusses the situation below with one of his aides aboard Air Force One. The President says they should land and do something about Hippolyta but is advised that it is better for the country if he remains safe up here…in control. The President decides to invoke the McCarran Act, a relic of the Cold War that gives the government sweeping powers to to arrest suspicious individuals, provide for deportation and create internment camps. He knows it will be controversial but cannot see any other way to prevent the country ripping itself to pieces. In order to keep the people secure, there must be some temporary erosion of civil liberties.

Back in Washington at the Korean War Memorial, a group of Amazon warriors is felled by tranquilizer darts fired by Batman. As he checks one of the sleeping Amazons he finds himself under attack by a straggler but before she can run her sword through him she is knocked unconscious by Superman. They discuss recent events and in particular the escalation and spread of violence and Hippolyta’s ultimatum. Batman says that terrorism is not one of the the Amazon’s usual tactics but as nevertheless effective in creating fear and panic…

Just outside of Washington at the Athenian Women’s Shelter they are discussing the situation and how their patron, Wonder Woman, might fit into things. Their meeting is interrupted by the police who announce that they are all being taken into custody…

As news of arrests all over the country hit the airwaves Batman tells his Justice League colleagues that this is an ominous development. He looks down at the comatose body of Tom Tresser who has recently been felled by an Amazon poison whose only known antidote is somewhere on Themyscira. They have nobody spare to send even if they could locate the Amazon homeland. Wonder Girl and Supergirl would have been an obvious choice but they have recently gone missing in action along with the rest of the Teen Titans. It seems as if Tom is going to become just another casualty of this war. Just then Wonder Woman touches down and says that there is another way…

At the Amazon War HQ Wonder Girl and Supergirl arrive to speak with Hippolyta….

Meanwhile Wonder Woman looks down at Tom’s prone body, amazed his stamina has helped him last this long. She continues to say to Batman that before she had died, Circe had told her that the only way to end the conflict was to slay Hippolyta and take the throne. As she lifts into the air Batman radios Superman to say they have a problem but is interrupted by Oracle, who says that there has been a bomb attack at a Nuclear Power Plant. Batman requests Green Arrow’s assistance and Oliver replies that he is already on the scene…

Back at the Amazon HQ Philippus and Artemis discuss their next move. Artemis says that this is no longer a war but an act of terrorism. Instead of conquering they are sowing fear. Instead of attacking innocents they should be focusing on the leaders. They should be waging war with intelligence and with honour. Philippus agrees and says that she has organised a detachment of soldiers to head to Virginia where the remnants of the U.S. government are hiding. Artemis nods in approval but adds that they have a problem much closer to home. Hippolyta is becoming more and more dangerous by the hour. “There is no detachment we dare send on that mission”, replies Philippus. They agree that this is something they must handle themselves….

Elsewhere in the city Grace Choi fights of a group of Amazons and her impressive skills are secretly watched…

Meanwhile Green Arrow reports back to Batman that everything is under control at the Power Plant but adds that he had found a sophisticated explosive device that had it gone off, could have caused a far greater tragedy. He says that he did not realise Amazons could develop such devices and Batman replies that they cannot. This is the work of somebody else. “The game has changed Oliver.” Batman replies. “A new opponent has taken the field”…

Elsewhere up aboard Air Force One the U.S. President is still keen to land but his aides continue to forcefully respond that he is better serving the nation by staying safe in the sky. Just then they hear a noise coming from the front of the plane as the surprised pilots find themselves staring through the cockpit window at Wonder Girl and Supergirl. The two teenagers demand that they land the plane immediately or else they will bring it down for them!