Monday, April 20, 2020

The Legend of Wonder Woman #1 (2015) Review

A Beautiful Beginning

Written by: Renae  De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 12, 2015

I am a huge fan of the DC Digital First line of books and feel that I am in the know when it comes to the lineup.  That's why it always amazes me when a book a big as this seems to materialize out of nowhere without much fanfare at all.  I really can't figure out why DC continues to treat their digital books with such a laissez-faire attitude, but I'm not here to climb on my soapbox, I'm here to talk about The Legend of Wonder Woman.  While I'll admit that Wonder Woman's multiple origins does present a problem to some, I never had an issue with it.  As long as the story I'm reading is good, I'm fine.  However, I am in the minority here and if this "definitive" origin story helps people enjoy the character more going forward, I'm all for it.  However, it isn't enough just to throw big words around, the story has to be good and make sense to be considered "definitive".  So, is it both of those things? Let's find out...

What better place to start an origin story than the beginning, right?  Well, that's what Renae De Liz gives us...the beginning of the Universe.  It is an epic start and really gives the reader the sense that, indeed, this is an all-new and important origin.  However, those jumping into this book expecting to see nothing but Wonder Woman may be disappointed because to have Wonder Woman, you first need her mother, Hippolyta.  This first chapter is mainly her story and it's pretty awesome.

Before I go on with the what's what of the story, I have to pause to tell you that this is one of the best-looking books I've read in a long time.  Maybe it's because De Liz and Ray Dillon's style is right in my wheelhouse...cartoony and colorful, but I can't see how anyone could not feel the same way.  It makes the book look like a fairytale which it kind of is.  Seriously, it looks so good.  Enough of my gushing, how was the story?  It's almost as impressive as the art.

Like I said, this is mainly the story of Hippolyta and her quest to be something more than an immortal Queen.  She wanted to become a mother.  Poor Hippolyta had been granted immortality by Zeus and while that sounds great to me, immortals cannot bear children.  While she desperately sought a way to get back her mortality, everything has consequences and Amazons and Gods all were effected.  Because of all this, Zeus created Themyscira for them all and thousands of years past in peace.  Unfortunately, these years were lonely ones for the Amazonian Queen.

That's when the moment everyone was waiting for happened.  Diana was born out of the clay of Themyscira and the hope of Hippolyta...the The second part is so good.  The book then shifts to the young girls of Themyscira being taught that every Amazon has a calling and then we see Diana and no matter what else is said, this first glimpse of the future Wonder Woman was great.  De Liz's character work here is just incredible.  Little Diana is not a happy camper, though, and senses something is wrong with the island.  We'll have to wait for that little seed to grow, however, because the issue ends with Diana heading into the palace to visit her mother.

I loved this first issue.  I can't say that this is my idea of the "definitive" origin of Wonder Woman yet, but if the next eight issues are as good, I'll be all in.  If you are any kind of Wonder Woman fan, then I think you will love this book.  I can't say much more about the art than I already is incredible and I loved every bit of it.

Bits and Pieces:

This is a great first chapter of what is promised to be the definitive origin of Wonder Woman.  While that's a big statement, if the full series is as good, I'll have to agree with it.  Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon give the reader a great combination of story and art and I've already fallen in love with this book.  If you are a Wonder Woman fan or a comic fan in general, give this first chapter a look-see and I think you'll be hooked.



  1. Oh wow, this looks awesome! I had no idea this comic existed until this review. Now I'm gonna give it a look. Where's Werner's marketing check, DC???

  2. Thank you so much for the thoughtful review :) Made my morning!

    Despite how the media have spun this series, my intent isn't to produce THE definitive Origin. I think a definitive Origin isn't the choice of an individual creator, rather the choice of people who love the character. Rather I focused on creating this story based on how I see her in my heart, trying to bridge that gap between current WW readers and those that would like place to start, then let the readers decide about where it should be placed as her Origin. :)

    I wanted to note this is 270 pages and 27 Digital Issues, not 9 (many are confused on this), just to give any interested the understanding that this is a large story that follows Diana from her childhood on Themyscira (first 9 digital Issues) through her rise as Wonder Woman in the Outside World (remaining 18 digital issues). You may be interested to watch the trailer Ray and I made for the series, to show the scope of the story (check @LoWW on twitter).

    I appreciate the help spreading the word, I get the feel DC is wary of putting their force of promotion behind something they view with uncertainty of success.

    Thanks again, and have a nice day! :)

    1. I'm so glad it is a longer story! Hey, It's already one step toward being my definitive origin.

    2. Also, get those PR people at DC to properly push a book so that people don't have to rely on me and my shoddy research on series' lengths!

    3. Wow, great trailer. I can't wait to read more chapters as they release!

    4. I...Know nothing about twitter? And I have no idea how to even search for the trailer. ^^;
      A shame too, because this is a good read and I am baffled how DC keeps fumbling with the marketing. Honestly, its like nobody even knew it was released in my usual circles

    5. Jasae, go here:
      the trailer is really good!

    6. Geez! Awesome trailer! How much do commercials cost, cause if they could get some ad time during Supergirl (maybe toss in a shoutout towards the DC comic app for picking it up digitally.) I think issues would sell like hot cakes

  3. I've been following the careers of De Liz and Dillon for years, so this was a big deal for both of them, and arguably a breakthrough for DC's digital comics, the sort of things they should definitely be doing, giving new creators a shot with something ambitious.