Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapter #17 Review

...Make a Liar Tell the Truth

Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 2, 2016

Last chapter ended with Diana finding out where the Duke of Deception was from a guy that kind of looked like he was about to know, like in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Yea, that's pretty messed up and I can't wait to see what Diana does to him...the Duke, not the guy who looks like he's about to melt...that guy has enough problems!  Of course, that wasn't the only thing that happened.  Etta had to deal with Pamela Smuthers and while the safety of the world might hinge on if Diana can stop the Duke, I might want to see Miss Smuthers get hers just a little bit more.  Hey, it's not my fault that Renae De Liz made Etta such a great character, is it?  No, it is not!  So, with all these things on the line, this next chapter just has to be great, right?  Hold your horses and let me review it before you go asking me questions like that!  Geez...

Diana doesn't waste any time at all for as the chapter begins, she is already gearing up with all the gifts her mother gave her.  After sixteen chapters of waiting, Diana can just about be called Wonder Woman as she gets ready to confront the Duke.  It wouldn't be complete without Etta, though, and she pops her head in, comments on Diana's fashion sense, but most of all is worried that her friend is heading off to get slaughtered.  Diana hasn't exactly been a woman of many words, but she does at least tell Etta how much she means to her, though she could have done a little better than, "I wish you well in this life".  I guess she is a warrior, not a poet.

She heads off to where the Nazis and the Duke were last spotted and seeing Diana naturally adjust to her gifts was great, especially seeing her fly through the air with the greatest of ease.  I have mentioned in my reviews for this series how much I've enjoyed Diana's journey towards being Wonder Woman and was afraid that the book might lose some of it's charm the closer we got to the destination, but this chapter proved me wrong in a very big way.

I mention that because when Diana joins the troops that are facing the Duke and his army of undead Nazis, she might have been dressed as a common soldier, but I was singing the Wonder Woman '77 theme as she deflected bullets with her bracers and threw zombies left and right.  I half expected her to twirl around and end up looking like Linda Carter.  Okay, I was hoping more than expecting it!

The big thing that comes from all of this is she does meet the Duke and he is not at all what I expected.  In fact, I was shocked with the reveal and had to go back a bunch of chapters to make sure what I was seeing was what I remembered.  It was and it is pretty intriguing.  The issue ends with the Duke giving Diana a choice that will push the story forward in the coming chapters.  That has me pretty excited, but I also wonder what will happen when the troops go back and tell everyone what they saw as far as Diana is concerned.

This chapter was a very quick read because once Diana put on her gifts, it was a rip roaring good time of Nazi killing and Wonder Woman goodness.  De Liz threw a curveball with the identity of the Duke that made it all the better, even if we really didn't get a whole lot about him before or now.  It still somehow made it more personal and his reaction made me believe that he may not be fully in control of everything including himself.  Whether I'm right or not, I can't wait to see Diana take care of him as she fully becomes Linda Carter...I mean Wonder Woman.  Yes, I have a thing for Linda Carter...sue me!

I go on and on about Renae De Liz's art and it is as awesome as always here, but this chapter lets Ray Dillon jump fully into the limelight with his awesome color work.  The whole issue takes place at night and Dillon uses the torches, shadows. flames and the Nazi's glowing red eyes to make everything look stunning.  It's like a horrible nightmare that you would stop and admire if you weren't so worried that your brains were going to get eaten.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, grab this issue and we will finally be on common ground with each other.  Either that or eat six tacos right before going to bed...strike that, just get this comic!

Bits and Pieces:

If you've been waiting for Diana to act and look more like Wonder Woman, than De Liz and Dillon have a chapter for you.  While I was kind of afraid that this time would come, actually seeing it was awesome and made me eat my words.  Believe me, they went down easier than six tacos and with such an action packed story and great art (with outstanding color work), I think that fans of this series will look at this chapter as a highlight among highlights.  That's how good this series is...a series of highlights on top of other highlights all rolled up in one big highlight.  I'm sorry if I sound like a fanboy...actually I don't!  Highly Recommended.


No comments:

Post a Comment