Whole HeartedWritten by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 12, 2016
I mentioned during our last podcast (between gushes and accolades) that the best thing about catching up on reviewing this series was...well, catching up on reviewing this series so I could talk about it on the podcast! The worst part was that after marathoning ten chapters in one week, I was left with a big hole in my heart that had to wait seven whole days to be filled. I know that makes my life sound really empty, but hey, the truth hurts sometimes. So here we are, the next chapter has arrived and all is well in the world...our world, that is. Wonder Woman's world is in big trouble, especially because going into this chapter, there really isn't a Wonder Woman to speak of. The Titan is ripping through Europe and I don't know who is out there that can stop it. Please, somebody stop it!
The chapter opens up with my pleas going unanswered...the Titan is out and about, stomping around like it's nobodies business. It's an awesome mix of Godzilla and the Iron Giant and I want it dead now! It's time for a hero to step up and we don't get just one, we get two. No, I'm not talking about the Holliday Gal and old lady in the background sharing an oddly nice moment, I'm talking about Steve Trevor and Etta Candy! Seriously though, look at those two standing around without a care in the world. Whatever their secret to living life is, I want to know it. I get upset at everything!
Things go from bad to worst, however, when some axis planes open fire on the group and we leave Steve and Etta running off to get a plane and stick it to the "mann". That's German for "man". See what I did there?
The issue then shifts off into the Mental Plane and I was half expecting someone to announce to lay off the brown acid. If you've been reading my reviews, you are well aware of how much I love the art in this series. I have gone so far as announce that I have run out of adjectives to describe it. Well, the middle section of this book has forced me to make up some new ones. It's fantabulicious, awesomalictic and incredibedilosous! It's not just window dressing, either. Renae De Liz gives readers the history of life, the universe and everything and swirls it around to show us that it all ties into everything we've seen since the first chapter of this book. I mean EVERYTHING! It's a testament to how good a storyteller that De Liz is that this isn't the first such moment, but for me, it was easily the best. This is where we see the true origin of Wonder Woman and it is awesome!!!
What could top that? Etta, of course! The issue continues with her manning the machine guns while Steve shows he's way more than a cart and pony show and they kick some axis butt before turning their attention on the Titan. They are not alone in the fight, of course, and the issue ends with what promises to be an epic battle next chapter.
This is my favorite chapter of this book so far. I know I have said that a couple of times before, but I really think this will be the last time. Oh, who am I kidding? I will probably say it a couple more times in the next month! It just goes to show you how much I love this book and trust me, my love is 100% legit. This book is my favorite book out right now and I am not talking about just digital. If you have been looking for a great book from top-to-bottom, look no further because it is here.
I mentioned above that I had to make up new words to describe how great this book looks and while that was a lame attempt at humor, it was also a sincere compliment. Every single issue of this series has looked great, but then there are those times that it goes above and beyond even that and this was one of those times. De Liz's pencils and Ray Dillon's "other stuff" mix together so well that it should be criminal. I joke about Dillon's work only because his colors were the star of the show this week and I don't want him to get a swelled head. Renae, you can thank me latter!
Bits and Pieces:
How can I go on and on like this and not give this chapter a perfect score? The answer is, I can't. The story and art combined into one of the best reads I've had since...well, probably the last time I gave this book a perfect score. Listen, I'm a miserable man who loves to nitpick during my reviews and while I tried, I really couldn't find anything wrong with this chapter.