Total Eclipse of the HeartWritten by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 19, 2016
I always hate when someone tells me they have good news/bad news for me. I don't know about you, but every time it pops up, the bad news far outweighs the good. I mean, really outweighs it! Thankfully, I can finally break the trend because the good news here totally destroys the bad. I guess for drama sake, I should tell you that bad first...This awesome series is coming to an end. I actually knew it was nearing the end, but I guess I thought that if I didn't acknowledge it, it might not happen. The good new...DC has agreed to let Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon have a second volume! I told you the good news kicked total butt. Just as much as this book has. I personally have recommended it to anyone who will listen to me and not one person has been anything but thrilled after jumping in. I actually got an email today from our friend, Red Robert, who said, "I started reading the Legend of Wonder Woman and I ADORE IT!" and called it "amazing" and "delightful". You know what, he's right, it is amazing and delightful. Plus, De Liz promised that she has plenty of Etta stories to tell so a second volume is bound to be even better. Actually, that's pretty hard to imagine. I really have to stop gushing like this every time I start a review for this book, but it really is my favorite book out right now and I am tired of being so damn negative all the time. It's time to put a smile on our faces and get on with this week's review...
This issue begins with Steve Trevor and Etta Candy wondering what the heck is going on. The huge Titan (who is actual a Manhunter, in an awesome twist) and Wonder Woman are going at it and although Steve wants to help, Etta has to be the voice of reason and tell him otherwise. The voice of reason who calls Steve a "Sweet Idiot"! Have I mentioned that I love Etta?!?
As Gaea acts as Diana's Obi Wan, she tries to figure out how she can take down the Titan, but the behemoth isn't going to go down without a fight. This all leads to probably the most fighting any chapter of this book has seen. It's exciting and epic and there is even a little heart to it all as well. Yes, that was a bit of a pun. I'm really lousy at puns.
As the fight rages on, Diana is both saving lives at the same time she's attacking the Titan until she finally gets the opportunity to enter it's head and find out the truth. We learn the why and how of the Manhunters, but also see that the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Awry they did and instead of protecting the Universe, the Manhunters have been destroying innocent lives for eons. The issue ends with Wonder Woman stepping up to end the madness. Maybe this is the event that Truman was referring to when he said, "The buck stops here!" I'd like to think so.
There really isn't a whole lot to talk about in this chapter as it really is a long fight scene. I enjoyed it and also realize that it is the middle chapter of the arc and after seeing Diana truly become Wonder Woman last week, it was nice to see her cut loose. However, the best part for me was how Gaea stressed that Wonder Woman was fighting the Titan using her real super powers...her compassion, intelligence and her heart. Things she's had since the very first page of the very first chapter.
While last chapter was full of jaw dropping pages, De Liz and Dillon are giving us a fight here and the art was quick and frantic. Of course, they make it easy to follow and the end result was an exciting read that doesn't let up. If I had to pick my favorite panels it would be seeing the origins of the Manhunters or the kid giving Wonder Woman some encouragement.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue is a whole lot of action and I didn't mind seeing Wonder Woman stretch her legs a bit. I also liked that De Liz shows us exactly what makes Wonder Woman so great in the first place. The art goes hand-in-hand with the action packed nature of the issue and it all leads to an ending that may not be a twist or a turn, but promises to finish it all in style next issue. I'm still on cloud nine that De Liz and Dillon will get to continue telling Diana's story so really, everything is gravy right now.