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| Universe = New Earth
| Locations = [[Themyscira]], [[New Olympus]], [[South America]]
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| Locations = [[Paradise Island|Themyscira]], [[New Olympus]], [[South America]]
   
| Heroes = [[Wonder Woman]]; [[Amazons of Themyscira]]; [[Captain Marvel]]; [[Superman]]
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| Heroes = [[Wonder Woman]]; [[Amazons of Paradise Island|Amazons of Themyscira]]; [[Captain Marvel]]; [[Superman]]
 
| Villains = [[Circe]]; [[Beastiamorphs]]
 
| Villains = [[Circe]]; [[Beastiamorphs]]
 
| Others = [[Gods of Olympus]]
 
| Others = [[Gods of Olympus]]
   
 
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| Titles = [[Comics:War of the Gods Vol 1|War of the Gods]]
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| Titles = [[War of the Gods Vol 1|War of the Gods]]
 
| Collected = None
 
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| Creators = [[George Pérez]], [[Russell Braun]], [[Cynthia Martin]], [[Romeo Tanghal]], [[Gene D'Angelo]], [[Albert DeGuzman]], [[Bob Kahan]], [[Karen Berger]] and [[Tom Peyer]]
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| Creators = George Pérez; Russell Braun; Cynthia Martin; Romeo Tanghal;
| First = [[War of the Gods 1|War of the Gods #1]]
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| First = War of the Gods #1
| Last = [[War of the Gods 4|War of the Gods #4]]
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| Last = War of the Gods #4
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| Overview = '''War of the Gods''' was a four-issue limited series published from (cover date) September to December of 1991. The series was written by Wonder Woman series writer/artist [[George Pérez]] who also provided the layouts. Finished art and embellishments were provided by [[Cynthia Martin]] and [[Russell Braun]]. Each issue of the series was forty-eight pages in length and included centerfold bonus pin-ups illustrated by [[Chris Sprouse]] and George Pérez. The storyline crossed over into most of the mainstream titles published at the time and culminated in an unofficial epilogue in ''Wonder Woman'' #62, which also signified Pérez's departure from the series.
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Although the title featured many heroes that populate the greater DC Universe, "War of the Gods" focused heavily on [[Diana of Themyscira (New Earth)|Wonder Woman]] and many of the supporting characters from her title, specifically, the [[Gods of Olympus]]. The plot involved Wonder Woman's most notorious adversary [[Circe (New Earth)|Circe]] and her ambitious goal to satisfy the vengeance of the goddess Hecate by destroying and ultimately remaking all of reality. Circe's motivations were predicated by an ancient prophecy that foretold that Hecate would repossess her soul upon the death and birth of witch.
   
 
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==== Summary ====
 
'''War of the Gods''' was a four-issue limited series published from (cover date) September to December of 1991. The series was written by Wonder Woman series writer/artist [[George Pérez]] who also provided the layouts. Finished art and embellishments were provided by [[Cynthia Marti]]n and [[Russell Braun]] with coloring and lettering by [[Gene D'Angelo]] and [[Albert DeGuzman]] (respectively). The series was edited by [[Karen Berger]] and [[Tom Peyer]] with covers by Pérez. Each issue of the series was forty-eight pages in length and included centerfold bonus pin-ups illustrated by [[Chris Sprouse]] and George Pérez. The storyline crossed over into most of the mainstream titles published at the time and culminated in an unofficial epilogue in ''Wonder Woman'' #62, which also signified Pérez departure from the series.
 
   
Although the title featured many heroes that populate the greater DC Universe, "War of the Gods" focused heavily on [[Diana of Themyscira (New Earth)|Wonder Woman]] and many of the supporting characters from her title, specifically, the Greek [[Gods of Olympus]]. The plot involved Wonder Woman's most notorious adversary [[Circe (New Earth)|Circe]] and her ambitious goal to satisfy the vengeance of the goddess Hecate by destroying and ultimately remaking all of reality. Circe's motivations were predicated by an ancient prophecy that foretold that Hecate would repossess her soul upon the death and birth of witch.
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To appease the vengeful desires of her matron goddess [[Hecate]], [[Circe]] set out to destroy the Earth goddess [[Gaea]].
   
==== Synopsis ====
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Circe enlisted the aid of the [[Amazons of Bana-Mighdall]] who longed to take [[Themyscira]] as their own, as well as Dr. [[Konrad Kaslak]] who stole several mystical artefacts for her. Circe also had the cooperation of [[Eris]], the scheming daughter of [[Ares]].
The sorceress Circe sought to appease the vengeful desires of her matron Goddess Hecate by destroying the Earth Goddess Gaea. Such an ambitious plot required the use of several mystical artifacts, as well as the cooperation of Eris, the scheming daughter of Ares.
 
   
Circe knew that her greatest opposition stemmed from her nemesis Wonder Woman, as well as the armies of all of Themsycria. The first leg of her master plan involved planting seeds of mistrust that would brand the whole of Themyscira as a target. This was achieved chiefly through Phobos, who manipulated the fear and anxiety of the general populace into taking arms against Themsycira. Led by the corrupted General Yedziniak, the United States Air Force took up against the Amazons of Themyscira. General Phillipus and Queen Hippolyta were gravely injured, the latter of whom teetered on the brink of Death. Wonder Woman collected her mother and brought her back to Paradise Island in the hopes of healing her.
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Circe used the artefacts to wave the Hellfire Web which blanketed the entire world, at the same time waking the gods of several pantheons. Through the artefacts, she was able to spur the gods to make war against one another. The spell was powerful enough to affect even the [[New Gods]] of [[New Genesis]] and [[Apokolips]].
   
Upon acquiring the artifacts that she required, Circe wove a spell known as the Hellfire Web which blanketed the entire world awakening the gods of several pantheons and goaded them towards making war with one another. Of the various pantheons, the most vital of which included the Gods of Mount Olympus who waged a brutal battle against their Roman counterparts. The effect spread out across the globe and inspired the deities of several cultures into waging war with one another, include the Nordic Gods, the Heliopolis of Ancient Egypt, the Orisha of the West Indes, Even the deities of other worlds such as Thanagar, New Genesis and Apokolips were affected.
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On [[Mount Olympus|New Olympus]], the [[Gods of Rome|Roman gods]] took arms against their [[Gods of Olympus|Greek counterparts]] in a bid to reclaim their lost legacy. Though the Romans had sought to use the [[Son of Vulcan]] as their champion he had refused, realising something was not right. Instead, they used [[Captain Marvel]] in battle against the champion of the Greeks, [[Wonder Woman]]. The two champions fought before both were cast from New Olympus, each ending up in different locations.
   
The gods of the Roman pantheon took arms against their Greek counterparts in a bid to reclaim their lost legacy. Jupiter, lord of the Gods swapped lightning bolts with Zeus on New Olympus. Mercury fought against the god Hermes, while Mars the God of War journeyed to the Areopagus to battle against his analog Lord Ares. In the midst of war, the Roman gods announced that they had a human champion that would battle against the Greek's Wonder Woman that champion was none other than Captain Marvel. Diana was forced to defend herself against a possessed Captain Marvel while the other gods continued with their discourse. Their battle ended when a tear in the fabric of reality separated them, propelling both combatants to different locales.
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Through all of this, New Olympus pierced the veil between worlds and appeared in the skies above Earth. This caused widespread geological disaster across the globe, forcing Earth's heroes to band together. Circe intensified the strength of her Hellfire Web, placing a stranglehold on Gaea herself. To combat the heroes of Earth, she sent forth her [[Beastiamorphs]] that attacked several American cities including [[Chicago]], [[Boston]] and [[Gotham City]].
   
Through all of this, New Olympus pierced the veil between worlds and occupied space in the Earth dimension. This phenomena caused widespread geological disaster across the globe, forcing Earth's heroes to band together. Circe intensified the strength of her Hellfire Web, virtually placing a stranglehold on Gaea herself. To combat the heroes of Earth, she sent forth her Beastiamorphshalf-human/half-animal creatures of chaos. The Beastiamorphs descended upon several American cities including Chicago, Boston and Gotham City.
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In the [[Tower of Fate]] in [[Salem]], [[Doctor Fate]] gathered several powerful mystics, as well as [[Geo-Force]] and [[Animal Man]], in an effort to create a counter-spell to reverse the effects of Circe's magic. Circe had expected this, and planned on cultivating the energy from the spells the group was now castingbut her plan backfired and her spells were undone.
   
In the Tower of Fate in Salem, Doctor Fate gathered several powerful mystics, as well as Geo-Force and Animal Man in an effort to create a counter-spell to reverse the effects of Circe's magic. Circe had expected this, and planned on cultivating the energy from the spells the group was now casting – but her plan backfired and her spells were undone: yet the war continued.
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Tracking one of the artefacts, Wonder Woman discovered the Bana-Mighdall temple and fought their leader, [[Shim'tar]], who was revealed in defeat to be her mother [[Hippolyta]], under a spell. With her mother rendered unconscious in the battle, Wonder Woman took her to Themyscira to heal.
   
On Themyscira, time was running out for both Wonder Woman and her dying mother. She tracked down Hermes, but he was unable to heal Hippolyta, so Diana resolved to take her mother back to Paradise Island. She was attacked en route by fighters, but with the help of Starman she managed to evade them. On the shores of the Island, she would face Circe at last. Circe had fought her way through Hermes to get to Diana, but she would not simply kill the Amazon and risk Hecate's curse. Cutting them off from other heroes gathered on the Island (Starman, Hawkwoman, Aquaman, and Dolphin), Circe used her magic to revert Diana back into the clay of the island, the very same clay from which she was born. Having destroyed Wonder Woman, Circe departed, ready to grasp final victory. As the Amazons mourned their fallen princess, Superman rallied Earth's heroes for the final battle.
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Driven from her fortress by the [[Suicide Squad]], Circe headed to Themyscira and drew Wonder Woman out to the same beach where she had been formed by Hippolyta years before. To avoid incurring Hecate's curse, Circe reduced Wonder Woman to clay rather than kill her and, convinced she had finally defeated her, left for New Olympus to recreate the entire universe for Hecate.
   
Though Diana's physical body was destroyed, her eternal spirit remained. Collected by the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, and Deadman, her spirit languished inside the very womb of Gaea. They told her that Klarion the Witch Boy had been responsible for disrupting several of Circe's spells.
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Though Diana's physical body was destroyed, her eternal spirit remained. Guided by the [[Phantom Stranger]], the [[Spectre]], and [[Deadman]], her spirit languished inside the Gaea's womb.
   
Superman, meanwhile, lead the charge against Olympus itself, where the confused Greek and Roman pantheons were still committed to destroying each other. Circe resurrected the zombified remains of fallen heroes and villains such as Commander Steel, Mister Terrific, Mirror Master and the Force of July and set them against the heroes. When Circe's deceptions were made clear, she was transported back to the realm of Limbo. There she found Donna Troy and Wonder Woman – restored to life. Diana battled the evil witch, and this time her power was the greater, for Hecate's power had left Circe. The witch was seemingly killed, but Hecate was denied Diana's soul. The gods decided to depart again, but the long war was finally over.
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[[Superman]], meanwhile, led the charge against New Olympus itself, where the confused Greek and Roman pantheons were still committed to destroying each other. Ares, having been told of Circe's manipulations by his daughter [[Harmonia]] who had paid with her life to get the information to him, appeared with the other pantheons' war gods and declared the war at an end.
   
The war had been costly. Much of Paradise Island was in ruins and would need to be rebuilt, and casualties included many Amazons including the seer Menalippe. The United Nations fully exonerated Themyscira from all charges, and Queen Hippolyta was alive and well.
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Undeterred, Circe called on Hecate to bring forth several dead heroes from the realm of [[Hades (realm)|Hades]] and set them against the heroes. As the battle against the undead heroes raged, the Son of Vulcan and [[Lobo]] (following a plan devised by the wizard [[Shazam]]) worked together to free [[Troia]] who had been held prisoner on Olympus since before the war began.
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Circe was transported back to the tomb of [[Cronus]] where she found both Troia and the resurrected Wonder Woman. They fought upon the body of Cronus while on Themyscira, the Phantom Stranger collected representatives of the various pantheons that Circe had deceived. Using Troia as a conduit, those pantheons appealed to Cronus to strip Circe of Hecate's power and, as Hecate herself attempted to destroy Wonder Woman, Cronus took her life also.
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With the war over, the Greek gods left to join Cronus and the other [[Titans of Myth]], leaving New Olympus to the Roman gods. The [[Amazons of Paradise Island|Amazons of Themyscira]] mourned their fallen comrades and celebrated the return of Wonder Woman as New Olympus left the skies of Earth and life returned to normal.
   
 
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| Trivia = *In {{c|Superman Vol 2 51}}'s letter column, this miniseries is referred to as "The Holy Wars".
 
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==== Prologue ====
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 50|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #50]]
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 51|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #51]]
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 52|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #52]]
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 53|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #53]]
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 54|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #54]]
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 55|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #55]]
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 56|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #56]]
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 57|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #57]]
 
 
 
==== Main Story and Tie-Ins ====
 
==== Main Story and Tie-Ins ====
* [[War of the Gods 1|War of the Gods #1]]
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* {{C|War of the Gods Vol 1 1}}
:*[[Captain Atom 57|Captain Atom #57]]
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**{{c|Wonder Woman Vol 2 58}}
:*[[Doctor Fate Vol 2 32|Doctor Fate (Volume 2) #32]]
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**{{c|Superman: The Man of Steel Vol 1 3}}
:*[[Hawkworld Vol 2 15|Hawkworld (Volume 2) #15]]
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**{{c|Hawkworld Vol 2 15}}
:*[[L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 31|L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #31]]
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**{{c|Starman Vol 1 38}}
:*[[Starman Vol 1 38|Starman (Volume 1) #38]]
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**{{c|L.E.G.I.O.N. Vol 1 31}}
:*[[Superman: Man of Steel 3|Superman: Man of Steel #3]]
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**{{c|Hawk and Dove Vol 3 28}}
:*[[Wonder Woman Vol 2 58|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #58]]
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**{{c|Doctor Fate Vol 2 32}}
* [[War of the Gods 2|War of the Gods #2]]
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**{{c|The Flash Vol 2 55}}
:*[[Wonder Woman Vol 2 59|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #59]]
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**{{c|Wonder Woman Vol 2 59}}
:*[[Animal Man 40|Animal Man #40]]
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**{{c|Doctor Fate Vol 2 33}}
:*[[Batman 470|Batman #470]]
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* {{c|War of the Gods Vol 1 2}}
:*[[Doctor Fate Vol 2 33|Doctor Fate (Volume 2) #33]]
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**{{c|Batman Vol 1 470}}
:*[[Flash Vol 2 55|Flash (Volume 2) #55]]
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**{{c|Hawkworld Vol 2 16}}
:*[[Hawk and Dove Vol 3 28|Hawk and Dove (Volume 3) #28]]
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**{{c|Animal Man Vol 1 40}}
:*[[Hawkworld Vol 2 16|Hawkworld (Volume 2) #16]]
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**{{c|Captain Atom Vol 2 57}}
:*[[Justice League America 55|Justice League America #55]]
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**{{c|Suicide Squad Vol 1 58}}
:*[[Justice League Europe 31|Justice League Europe #31]]
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**{{c|Wonder Woman Vol 2 60}}
:*[[Suicide Squad 58|Suicide Squad (Volume 1) #58]]
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* {{c|War of the Gods Vol 1 3}}
:*[[Wonder Woman Vol 2 60|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #60]]
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**{{c|The Demon Vol 3 17}}
* [[War of the Gods 3|War of the Gods #3]]
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**{{c|New Titans Vol 1 81}}
:*[[Demon Vol 3 17|Demon (Volume 3) #17]]
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**{{c|Wonder Woman Vol 2 61}}
* [[War of the Gods 4|War of the Gods #4]]
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* {{c|War of the Gods Vol 1 4}}
:*[[New Titans 81|New Titans #81]]
 
:*[[Wonder Woman Vol 2 61|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #61]]
 
 
==== Epilogue ====
 
* [[Wonder Woman Vol 2 62|Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #62]]
 
   
 
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* [[Wikipedia:War of the Gods (comics)|War of the Gods at Wikipedia]]
 
* [http://www.dcuguide.com/chronology.php?name=warofthegods War of the Gods chronology at DCU Guide]
 
* [[:Category:War of the Gods Crossover|War of the Gods Crossovers]]
 
 
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To appease the vengeful desires of her matron goddess Hecate, Circe set out to destroy the Earth goddess Gaea.

War of the Gods was a four-issue limited series published from (cover date) September to December of 1991. The series was written by Wonder Woman series writer/artist George Pérez who also provided the layouts. Finished art and embellishments were provided by Cynthia Martin and Russell Braun. Each issue of the series was forty-eight pages in length and included centerfold bonus pin-ups illustrated by Chris Sprouse and George Pérez. The storyline crossed over into most of the mainstream titles published at the time and culminated in an unofficial epilogue in Wonder Woman #62, which also signified Pérez's departure from the series.

Although the title featured many heroes that populate the greater DC Universe, "War of the Gods" focused heavily on Wonder Woman and many of the supporting characters from her title, specifically, the Gods of Olympus. The plot involved Wonder Woman's most notorious adversary Circe and her ambitious goal to satisfy the vengeance of the goddess Hecate by destroying and ultimately remaking all of reality. Circe's motivations were predicated by an ancient prophecy that foretold that Hecate would repossess her soul upon the death and birth of witch.

History

To appease the vengeful desires of her matron goddess Hecate, Circe set out to destroy the Earth goddess Gaea.

Circe enlisted the aid of the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall who longed to take Themyscira as their own, as well as Dr. Konrad Kaslak who stole several mystical artefacts for her. Circe also had the cooperation of Eris, the scheming daughter of Ares.

Circe used the artefacts to wave the Hellfire Web which blanketed the entire world, at the same time waking the gods of several pantheons. Through the artefacts, she was able to spur the gods to make war against one another. The spell was powerful enough to affect even the New Gods of New Genesis and Apokolips.

On New Olympus, the Roman gods took arms against their Greek counterparts in a bid to reclaim their lost legacy. Though the Romans had sought to use the Son of Vulcan as their champion he had refused, realising something was not right. Instead, they used Captain Marvel in battle against the champion of the Greeks, Wonder Woman. The two champions fought before both were cast from New Olympus, each ending up in different locations.

Through all of this, New Olympus pierced the veil between worlds and appeared in the skies above Earth. This caused widespread geological disaster across the globe, forcing Earth's heroes to band together. Circe intensified the strength of her Hellfire Web, placing a stranglehold on Gaea herself. To combat the heroes of Earth, she sent forth her Beastiamorphs that attacked several American cities including Chicago, Boston and Gotham City.

In the Tower of Fate in Salem, Doctor Fate gathered several powerful mystics, as well as Geo-Force and Animal Man, in an effort to create a counter-spell to reverse the effects of Circe's magic. Circe had expected this, and planned on cultivating the energy from the spells the group was now casting – but her plan backfired and her spells were undone.

Tracking one of the artefacts, Wonder Woman discovered the Bana-Mighdall temple and fought their leader, Shim'tar, who was revealed in defeat to be her mother Hippolyta, under a spell. With her mother rendered unconscious in the battle, Wonder Woman took her to Themyscira to heal.

Driven from her fortress by the Suicide Squad, Circe headed to Themyscira and drew Wonder Woman out to the same beach where she had been formed by Hippolyta years before. To avoid incurring Hecate's curse, Circe reduced Wonder Woman to clay rather than kill her and, convinced she had finally defeated her, left for New Olympus to recreate the entire universe for Hecate.

Though Diana's physical body was destroyed, her eternal spirit remained. Guided by the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, and Deadman, her spirit languished inside the Gaea's womb.

Superman, meanwhile, led the charge against New Olympus itself, where the confused Greek and Roman pantheons were still committed to destroying each other. Ares, having been told of Circe's manipulations by his daughter Harmonia who had paid with her life to get the information to him, appeared with the other pantheons' war gods and declared the war at an end.

Undeterred, Circe called on Hecate to bring forth several dead heroes from the realm of Hades and set them against the heroes. As the battle against the undead heroes raged, the Son of Vulcan and Lobo (following a plan devised by the wizard Shazam) worked together to free Troia who had been held prisoner on Olympus since before the war began.

Circe was transported back to the tomb of Cronus where she found both Troia and the resurrected Wonder Woman. They fought upon the body of Cronus while on Themyscira, the Phantom Stranger collected representatives of the various pantheons that Circe had deceived. Using Troia as a conduit, those pantheons appealed to Cronus to strip Circe of Hecate's power and, as Hecate herself attempted to destroy Wonder Woman, Cronus took her life also.

With the war over, the Greek gods left to join Cronus and the other Titans of Myth, leaving New Olympus to the Roman gods. The Amazons of Themyscira mourned their fallen comrades and celebrated the return of Wonder Woman as New Olympus left the skies of Earth and life returned to normal.

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