“Year One” takes the reader back to when Diana first meets Steve Trevor on Thymoscira. It’s used as a flashback to further the plot of volume 1: The Lies. The first half of volume 2 is set on the Amazon’s island and does a great job of setting up the relationships and skills that Diana has prior to leaving the island. The second half of the volume is Diana adjusting to the modern world. We are also introduced to Dr. Minerva, who is the only person who can speak Diana’s language. Diana also confronts Ares, much like she does in the first Wonder Woman film.
If you like Greek mythology and hero’s quest narratives, this is a good mix of those elements along with the obvious superhero story. I appreciated that when Diana arrives in San Diego, she’s not flatly characterized as a naive female who needs people to explain things to her. I thought the writers did a good job balancing her amazement and questions of modern society with her being an adult woman.