"Love is Lost": Zamaron, Home of the Star Sapphires


Quote1.png You couldn't win... but I can. With your help. Love can be real and true, we all know that... it doesn't have to be tainted and corrupted. Quote2.png
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Wonder Woman Annual (Volume 5) #2 is an issue of the series Wonder Woman Annual (Volume 5) with a cover date of August, 2018. It was published on June 6, 2018.

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Synopsis for "Love is Lost"

Zamaron, Home of the Star Sapphires

Five Dark Gods were awakened by Diana when she desired for the return of Gods on Earth, without realizing how dangerous her dream could be. She inadvertently took five of the twelve Dark Gods of the Dark Multiverse out of their dimension, manifesting them on Earth. Now they will try to transform Earth to a planet that resembled theirs: a planet where all worship them in fear. One of these Dark Gods though decided to manifest himself on Zamaron: this god is called Karnell, god of a twisted kind of Love. He represents the conditions behind love, the violence, the jealousy. While trying to face him, many Star Sapphires, including their now former leader Dela Pharon, died as Karnell can exploit the flaws in their love and, using them, destroy a member of the Sapphires with some sort of power overload.

Being that Wonder Woman helped the corps before, Miri and Miss Bloss decided to take her there and give her once again a Star Sapphire Power Ring: Diana decides to fight then, and learns from Karnell the entity of her mistake. She also learns though that Karnell planted in the Sapphires the idea of bringing Wonder Woman to Zamaron, and this means that the Dark Gods want her away from Earth. As she is the one who took them from their home dimension, she probably has the powers to send them back as well. As Karnell demonstrates to be an hard foe to defeat, Diana learns of his backstory: just like the Greek gods, there were Titans before the Dark Gods. Then, the first Dark God, King Best, became ruler and time after time selected a mortal to transform into another of his new Pantheon. Using the energy of a planet, he would transform this mortals in gods themselves, setting them as part of his group.

Karnell was once a kid growing up with a deranged father that abused his mother, making her prostitute herself. When his father killed his mother in abrupt violence, King Best sensed him and decided he would be worthy to transform into the god of love, in Dark Multiverse fashion. Learning his origins, Diana feels compassion for him and guesses that if he strikes him with enough love and care, he will be defeated. Asking the rest of the Star Sapphires to project their love into her, Diana hits Karnell with her sword full of pure, unconditioned love: this deeply injures Karnell, making him flee to Earth where he will confront Diana once again together with his four brothers. As the crisis on Zamaron passed, Diana asks her sisters to send her back to Earth. With the promise of coming to help her if the need arises, the Sapphires salute Diana, telling her she will be welcome as a full-time member of the Corps anytime she wants.

Back on Earth once again and trying to find her brother Jason, Diana now faces King Best himself, awakened from his sleep. As Karnell said, this time she will have to handle all five Dark Gods at once.



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