Sample Entry from The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia y Phil Jimenez
- Day 5: E: ECHIDNA
In Greek mythology, the mother of several monsters, including the Hydra, the Chimera, Cerberus, and the Sphinx. In the post-Crisis universe, the snake-like Echidna and several of her children were consigned for millennia in the catacombs of Tartarus beneath Themyscira. During the Challenge of the Gods, Echidna disguised herself as Julia Kapatelis to lure the Amazon Princess Wonder Woman III away from her mission and to her death. But Wonder Woman escaped Echidna’s poisonous clutches and went on to uncover her destiny, forever linked to Patriarch’s World and Diana Rockwell Trevor.
Later, Wonder Woman and her mother Queen Hippolyta II confronted Echidna on the giant body of Heracles, transformed into a stone statue by Zeus centuries before. Before Echidna could use her serpentine tail to crush Wonder Woman to death, Hippolyta decapitated the Mother of Monsters with a single, deft stroke of her battle-ax.
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