Author: Michael Teitelbaum
Genre: MG, choose-your-own-adventure, comics & manga
Publication Date: September 25, 2012 (Starscape/Tor/Macmillan – North America)
Source: Publisher-provided ARC
Summary: A hot new superhero series that combines an action packed mystery with interactive puzzle-solving where readers control the outcome of the story. There will be fifty chapters, twenty of which will end with a puzzle used to help the reader determine the next place to travel within the story. Both a book and a game combined with the huge popularity of the most popular superhero characters—Wonder Woman will be a sure winner with both boys and girls. Each book will contain twenty interior illustrations.
Wonder Woman suddenly loses her powers—then, just as quickly, they return. Her powers continue to “blink” on and off. She remains powerless for longer and longer periods of time. She returns to Paradise Island seeking answers to this mystery. There, she is forced to relive her history and again battle Ares, win the contest to find Themyscira’s greatest worrior, battle Neron, be reborn, and travel back in time to become part of the Justice Society.
☆: 4/5 – a fun new choose-your-own-adventure that’s surprisingly sophisticated!
Review: Short review because this book is pretty short itself.
I have to say, I liked this one better than the previous “Batman”-centered Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book from Kingfisher/DC – this story not only gives you a compact version of Wonder Woman’s personal history, but has surprisingly complex puzzles within it – so much so that even I had some trouble with the puzzles hidden within the last half of the book. However, the story is great – again, far more complex than the Batman book, and has a LOT more outcomes to your story as Wonder Woman, as well as a lot more twists and turns for you to take.
I spent an afternoon trying to chart out this book and I had a ton of fun with it. However, I think it’d be good for the older MG/young YA crowd. Anyone younger than 9 might have some serious trouble with the puzzles, but I think everyone will be able to enjoy the story. The story, even though very detailed and at times long (depending on which paths you choose), is fairly easy to understand. It’s just the puzzles that trip you up.
So if you want your kid to have some fun and challenge their brain at the same time, I advise you to pick up “Wonder Woman: Power Outage”. For old and new fans alike, this one will definitely give your brain a workout while being insanely fun at the same time!