Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Release Date: June 29, 2016
What better way to spend the time waiting for Volume Two of The Legend of Wonder Woman than
reading the printed edition of...The Legend of Wonder Woman? I really can't think of any. This book has been one of the best things to happen to Wonder Woman in a long while and if you haven't jumped on the trolley yet, you best get your ticket and join us all right now. This issue isn't the best jumping on point, though, so I'd suggest you go back and read everything that led to this issue because as Glinda tells Dorothy, "It's always best that you start at the beginning." Who are we to mess with a Witch, no matter how nice or pretty she appears to be? Okay, enough of my nonsense, let's get down to the matter at hand...my review for the print edition of The Legend of Wonder Woman #7. Is it good? This book is always good, silly...the question here is "how good". Let's find out...
The issue opens in 1944 with the liberation of France and if that isn't great enough, we also get Wonder Woman!!! Yea, she does show up to take out a bunch of Nazis (why are they having a parade before they clear them all out???), but that makes it even better, right?
All of the Nazi butt kicking transitions into a news reel of Wonder Woman being watched by...NAZIS!!! It's like one of those pictures in a picture of a picture in a picture that keeps going until you're afraid the whole Universe will implode in itself. At least, that's what I think when I look at them in the mall.
It's not just Nazis watching it, though, as we are introduced to a ravishing redhead (possibly with a drinking problem?!?) and the Duke of Deception. While they seem to have plans way beyond taking care of this "Wonder Woman". the Duke is still talking more crap than Larry Bird before a three point contest. For those who don't know...that is a whole lot of crap!
The sour mood is lifted as we continue by...ETTA CANDY! If you have been reading, you know why she deserves her name to be in all caps. Etta is going on and on about a huge Paris gala coming up, but Diana appears pretty distracted until the name Steve Trevor is mentioned. She may not jump for joy, but at least she does snap out of it for a second. Then things turn hilarious when Etta straps on Diana's boots and tries her hand at flying. Things don't go so well, but it is pretty hilarious.
The fun is interrupted by what appeared at first to be a disaster, but was instead the arrival of the Holliday Girls! Don't ask me why they decided to try and drive a tank, but it leads to a nice reunion. It's not just the Holliday Girls getting reacquainted as Diana meets back up with Steve Trevor, but after a quick flying lesson (more like an airplane lesson), Diana has to excuse herself. Why? The Duke of Deception, of course.
The Battle we've been waiting for starts out pretty lopsided. The Duke brags about how much more powerful he is than Wonder Woman and the problem is, he ain't lying. However, Diana uses the truth to distract him and...wakes up "somewhere else" with Alcippe. What follows is such a huge part of this series and who would I be to spoil that? A big jerk is who and I don't want to be that! It all ends with Diana being asked to make a choice with everything in the balance and her decision may shock you. It certainly shocked me and left me sad, happy and wondering what De Liz has up her sleeve.
I am not going to lie here, this issue is one of the big setup issues of this whole series. I don't mean to make that sound negative because what it sets up is also one of the craziest cliffhangers of the series and is a huge game changer. It's one of those "I can't believe that just happened" moments that makes you question if you read it right and then when you find out you did, you still don't believe it. It's that good.
The art is never good in this book only because it is always awesome. Seriously, this is one of the best looking books out right now and this is the issue that Ray Dillon steps up and demands that it's his turn to shine. His color work is always great, but the scenes with Diana and the Duke are some of his best. Great job, Ray!
Bits and Pieces:
This issue is filled with interrupted meetings, some light hearted moments and the craziest dang cliffhanger I've read in a long time! Diana makes a choice that is true to her heart, but is still unbelievable. I promise you that after reading it, you will NEED the next issue right away. The art is outstanding with Ray Dillon's color work being the highlight and once again, I cannot recommend this issue and this series enough.