I'd Rather Be Fishing
Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 11, 2016
With the first print issue of The Legend of Wonder Woman on the horizon, I figured I better get off my duff and catch up on the Digital First series. It is one of my favorite books out right now and my lack of reviews has nothing to do with the quality of the book at all. I'd love to blame it on the recent holidays and our wise decision to record a 4 plus hour podcast each week, but that's not the reason either. The reason is my laziness and that ends now! Maybe. However, I vow to catch up with this book and that's a promise that's very easy to keep as, like I said, it is one of my favorites coming out these days. So, enough talk about my inherent character flaws, lets' get on with my review for The Legend Wonder Woman #7.
The issue begins with Diana getting out of bed, lacing up her sandals and using Jumpa to secretly leave the city. Yes, Jumpa!!! I haven't seen Wonder Woman's trusted kanga since the awesome Tiny Titans series by Art Baltazar and Franco and I smile every time I do. I am smiling right now writing this because it is yet another thing that Renae De Liz gets right. The list is getting longer and longer.
To catch everyone up, Diana is heading off to visit the "Outsider" who we saw crash on Themyscira is a fiery blaze last issue. While it's crazy enough to have a man on Paradise Island, it's all part of Antiope's plan to depose Hippolyta and seize the Amazonian throne for herself. Alcippe has already gone down in her wake and she is looking to do more damage before it's all said and done.
That leads us to the Outsider. He is busy fishing, but it's obvious that doesn't involve catching anything no matter how much he yells at the fish. He turns his attention to a hiding Diana and urges her to come out and talk. I think we all knew the Outsider's name, but it was still so cool to see him introduce himself as Steve Trevor.
This is such an important moment in this series and De Liz has done a great job of setting it up...Diana's study of languages, Alcippe's stories of the outside world and the idea that anyone who steps foot on Themyscira loses memory of their past lives. It all comes to play here and we are left with a meeting that makes Diana seem appropriately cautious (maybe even a little cold) and a Steve Trevor desperate to get back to his own world.
What follows is a montage that shows the two interacting, building a raft and maybe even a relationship. That kind of comes to a screeching halt when Steve presses a bit too hard to find out personal information about Diana. Again, this is appropriate as Steve Trevor's presence on the island is just another piece of the darkness that Diana has been sensing since this series began. Plus, if she just jumped in Steve's arms it would negate the honor and spirit that De Liz has shown Diana to have throughout this story.
The issue ends with an attack on the city and a turn of events that will definitely force Diana to make some quick and drastic decisions. It's a scene that readers had to know was coming and it certainly has me anticipating the next chapter.
This is just another great chapter of a great series. It's filled with low key moments leading to the big cliffhanger, but when those moments involve Diana and Steve Trevor, they are certainly very important. I'm glad that De Liz took her time with it because it will only make what should come next all the better. Yes, this issue is mostly setup, but it's so, so good.
I've said it before, but it's worth repeating until my voice goes hoarse...De Liz and Ray Dillon are giving readers one of the best looking books out right now and the art fits the story so well. I am reading and reviewing the digital chapters and reading it on my tablet really shows the care and detail the two are putting into it. I usually try to avoid the generic phrase, "the colors pop", but they really do here. Great job by both of them.
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This chapter is yet another great bit to this retelling of Wonder Woman's origin. Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon deserve every accolade they are getting for this series and quite frankly, it's not enough. I can't recommend this series as a whole and give it my full seal of approval...for what that's actually worth.