Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapter #15 Review

 Somewhere Beyond the Sea

Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 18, 2016

After last chapter's shocking cliffhanger, I've been wondering what the heck is going on.  If you haven't read it yet, Diana ran into Steve Trevor on the streets of Boston and if you don't know why that's shocking, then you haven't been reading this awesome series.  It seems that Steve has shown up at a really good time as far as Diana's concerned because she really wants (needs?) to get to France and hopefully, Steve will be able to help. That's if he even remembers who she is!  So, how does it all work out and is it as good as every single issue has been in this entire series?  Let's find out...

The chapter opens with Steve helping Diana up after bumping into her and while Etta gushes over the "beefcake" pilot, there is silence between the two.  It's obvious right off the bat that Steve has lost almost (!) all of his memories of Diana, but still seems to recognize her.  It all leads to an awkward scene that Renae De Liz uses as an awesome opportunity to slip in some more Wonder Woman yore.  Etta gives Diana the last name of "Prince".

This is one of the big reasons that I love this book.  Instead of shoving things down the readers throat, De Liz slips pretty big things in, almost as if by accident.  It's the subtlety and surprise of seeing it that always makes me smile.

The scene continues with Etta fangirling over Steve and we find out that since his return, he's being used more for morale than actual duty and he does remember a little bit about his accident, including a hazy memory of Diana.  What was more interesting to me was what caused him to crash in the first place, even if  we already knew that dark forces were involved.  It all leads to the two gals finding their ticket to France.  Yep, after being told she would be a singer, Etta is on board as well!

The story leaps ahead to Diana and Etta on a boat heading off to war and I love the awesome interaction between these two.  Unfortunately, it's interrupted by Etta's main rival and villain and while the two aren't exactly at the level of Diana and Antiope, I love the cattiness of it all.  of course, the big question is, "Why is she on the boat?" and the answer broke my heart because it broke Etta's.  I still laughed a bit at the whole thing...forgive me Etta!

The issue ends with Diana worrying about what's ahead for her, but also wishing she could tell Etta about it,  Just tell her Diana!  We all know that Etta is the most open minded, awesome friend anyone could ever ask for.

While I have loved every single issue of this series, every now and again we get an issue like this one.  Because of how these chapters are collected and the needs of pushing the story ahead, this issue was mainly setup to get Diana to the next phase of her journey...France.  The great dialogue and interaction between Etta and Diana still make this a must read for fans.

Bits and Pieces:

This chapter pushes the Legend of Wonder Woman story forward to it's next destination and while I can't wait to get there, I enjoyed this one for the interactions between Etta, Diana and Steve Trevor.  Yep, Steve Trevor is back for a little bit, but I'm sure we will see him again soon enough.  The story here may be setup, but it's still good and the art is as stunning as ever.  Until further notice, this is THE Wonder Woman book that everyone should be reading.


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