Friday, April 29, 2016

The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapter #16 Review

Pass the Mic

Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

I'm back in my never ending quest to catch up on this great Digital First book.   Last chapter showed Diana and Etta heading off to France and while Etta got a little bit of bad news, I was still pretty excited to get to story moving along.  Actually, having Etta's entertainment career sidetracked a bit is a-ok to me if it means she will be staying by Diana's side.  Renae De Liz has a star on her hands and the more we get, the better!  So. does this next phase in the origin of Wonder Woman live up to the greatness (and even the hype that I've tried to generate) that has come before it?  Let's find out...

The chapter opens in Normandy and Diana is a nurse and no matter what she expected to find, it seems that the death and destruction of her dreams doesn't quite match seeing it all first hand.  It's a pretty dark beginning for a book that has mostly been a fairy tale and I really liked it.  Diana is going to have to up her game because she is finding out very quickly that war is indeed Hell!

When Diana's shift is over, we find out that I was wrong...Etta is singing for the troops, but thankfully, she is still hanging out with Diana and is always there with a shoulder to cry on...if Diana actually cried.  At least Diana is opening up a bit more and even though this whole "Duke of Deception" thing is getting her down, she agrees to go watch Etta belt out some tunes.

On the way, Diana witnesses more atrocities and through the horrors you can get the sense that she is about to take it upon herself to make things right.  Boy, I can't wait for that, but at the moment, there is yet another problem at hand.  While not as dire as war, it does affect my Etta, so it's important to me.  What am I talking about?  That darned Pamela Smuthers is at it again!  London wasn't enough for her, she is now in Normandy to take the spotlight from Etta.

Before the bombs go off, however, Etta and Diana see Steve Trevor and strike up a conversation with him and his buddy, Lieutenant Colonel Stone.  It's pretty much a quick way to get Steve and Diana alone so they can kind of catch up.  They are alone because Stone has to leave and Etta goes to take care of business and what follows is one of the funniest things in this entire series.  As Steve and Diana make small talk, Etta is in the background kicking "Princess Pamela and the Peas" off the stage.  It's hilarious in a silent movie type of way and I loved it.

When Etta starts singing, Steve takes the initiative and asks Diana if she would like to dance and I really think she was just about to...until she overhears that another victim of the Duke has been brought in and she runs off.  The chapter ended with Diana getting a really good idea where the Duke is and I'm sure she will waste no time seeking out a little face time with him.  While I still love seeing Etta every chance I can, seeing Diana beat the snot out of the Duke is a close second on my most wanted list.

Yes, I loved this chapter.  Renae De Liz does a whole bunch in the page count she's given here.  Up until now, Diana has been fueled by the darkness taking over Paradise Island and the Duke's connection with her Mother, but here she sees it's much more than that.  When she sees a large group of refugees and asks Etta, "Do they not have a Champion?", I got chills because to me, this is the real moment when Wonder Woman's origin began.  

What more can I say about the art in this series?  This series is up for an Eisner and the art is a large part of that. I imagine that when De Liz and Ray Dillon get done a chapter, they run into another room, pick up a mic and then drop it and walk away like total bad asses.  At least, that's what I would do if I could do what they do.

Bits and Pieces:

Diana and Etta are in France and while Etta continues her fight against Pamela Smuthers, Diana is getting closer and closer to the Duke of Deception.  While we get a little Steve Trevor action, the chapter ends with Diana getting the information she's been looking for and I can't wait to see what happens next.  The story and art continue making this a series I can recommend to anyone and everyone who enjoys good comics.  Drop the Mic!


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