Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 6, 2016
If you look at the release date right above this sentence, you will see that I have fallen way behind on this Digital First comic. Like most things, it's my laziness and not the quality of the book that caused this mishap. Believe me, this comic has been outstanding and that's the sole reason why I am venturing forth and trying to catch up with my reviews of it. I don't know if I'll get there, but I know I will enjoy every bit of the attempt. I guess that's kind of an apology and so I will give you my review of chapter 9 of The Legend of Wonder Woman.
The issue starts right after the tournament to determine Steve Trevor's fate and while the reader knows full well who the victor is, it is only evident to the Amazons when Diana removes her helmet. Of course, Antiope is furious and uses this as another excuse to question Hippolyta's right to rule. Hippolyta, on the other hand, goes against her own wishes and declares Diana Champion of the Amazons and allows her to determine Steve Trevor's fate.
Boy, I had actually forgotten how much charm this book has. It is such a fairytale like story and while it is sometimes easy to guess what is going to happen next, that doesn't stop me from having a big smile when it does.
The issue continues with Diana going to apologize to her Mother for what she did, but Hippolyta turns it around and ends up being the one to apologize. It's a great moment between a mother and a daughter and being a parent of children who are growing up way too fast, I know exactly how Hippolyta feels.
Just when I was getting misty eyed, Renae De Liz throws in one of those awesome bits of Wonder Woman lore that makes this book so much fun...Hippolyta gives her daughter a couple of items to help protect her. Things like the Armlets of Artemis, the Tiara of Athena, the Girdle of the Amazons...you get the picture! All this is so great, but nothing compared to the last gift that Hippolyta gives her daughter. I won't spoil is, but it's easy to figure out.
The issue ends with Diana taking Steve Trevor to the boundary between worlds, but things do not go as planned and after what can only be more underhanded treachery, Diana wakes up in a strange new land.
Well, this was just another great issue of this series. That may seem boring, but it's true. This book is so consistently good that I can recommend it without any worries at all. I have mentioned it in past reviews, but I will again...if you have little ones that you want to get into comics, this is the book to do it.
As much as I love the storytelling that DeLiz is laying down, the art is the main draw of this series. It is stunning and every issue has a couple of panels that a suitable for framing. There is one near the end of this chapter that fits that bill easily.
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Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon keep hitting a home run with this book. If you are a Wonder Woman fan than this Digital First offering is a no brainer, but it really is a book for everyone. If you haven't jumped into the series yet, this is a great time to do so as the story is about to open up a whole lot more. Highly Recommended.